02 August 2015

2015 Eagles projected 53-man roster (training camp version)

As I said back in March, the Eagles roster will undoubtedly undergo a number of changes between now and September due to free agency, trades, the draft, and injuries. A half dozen or more names could change. But if the team had to pare its current roster to 53 right now, based on players that the team currently controls, what would that roster look like? Here's my look as training camp opens today. The five players in bold are my last five (bubble) players.

QB (3): Bradford, Sanchez, Tebow
RB (3): Murray, Mathews, Sproles
WR (6): Matthews, Huff, Agholor, Cooper, Austin, Ajirotutu
TE (3): Celek, Ertz, Burton
C (2): Kelce, Molk
G (4): Barbre, Gardner, Tobin, Moffitt
T (4): Peters, Johnson, Andrews, Graf

DL (7): Cox, Logan, Thornton, Bair, Allen, Curry, Mihalik
LB (9): Barwin, Kendricks, Alonso, Graham, Smith, Hicks, Ryans, Braham, Jones
CB (5): Rowe, Maxwell, Carroll, Shepherd, Evans
S: (4) Jenkins, Thurmond, Maragos, Prosinski

P: Jones
PK: Parkey
LS: Dorenbos

It's not too difficult to project the first 48 or so players on the roster but the last group of 4-5 players is always very difficult.

First five out: Barkley, Acho, Goode, Watkins, Wolff

 I've learned with Chip Kelly that those last few spots come down to versatility (special teams) and injuries. Here are a few close calls that could go either way:

QB: Tebow > Barkley

OL: Not at all confident in the offensive line depth. Training camp could definitely make a difference in the third and/or fourth guard or tackle. I have John Moffitt on the bubble, but he could easily move up with a good camp.

S: Earl Wolff should be in the mix, but the injury bug may really hurt his chances of making the roster especially with Walter Thurmond switching to safety. Given the value that Chip places on special teams players, it would be difficult to see him part with Maragos or Prosinski, both of whom were among the league's best last year. Only time will tell.
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