A handful of players have had excellent training camp, further clouding the tough decisions regarding the defensive depth chart.
With Philadelphia two weeks out from kicking off the regular season against New England, we predict the roster locks as the Eagles approach Week 1 and the cutdown date.
If not for the $5 million guaranteed, Mariota wouldn’t be on this list.
It’s hard to imagine that Philadelphia would have held Rashaad Penny out of the preseason finale, only to potentially cut the free agent signing.
The Eagles running backs by committee have combined to lead the NFL in rushing in past years, and this group has four legitimate options, with Trey Sermon fighting to make it five backs.
Dallas Goedert is the star at the position, and Stoll looks like a solid No. 2. Things could get tricky between Dallas Goedert and Tyree Jackson.
Fred Johnson’s two-year deal clearly makes him a roster lock.
Bradley’s injury was brutal, as the linebacker was a critical piece on special teams, while Nakobe Dean will enter the season as the unquestioned starter at middle linebacker.
Christian Elliss had a great summer and will make the roster, while Nicholas Morrow is not a roster lock due to not having any guaranteed money on his contract.
Zach Cunningham recently signed and should be a starter.
K’Von Wallace, Terrell Edmunds and Justin Evans battled for what could be one final roster spot with defensive coordinator Sean Desai having flexibility to play corner and safeties at multiple positions.
Evans has looked like the odd man out at times, but he started the final preseason game and could be the starter opposite Reed Blankenship.
Roster locks (2): Jake Elliott, Ric Lovato
Arryn Siposs still isn’t safe after vanquishing Ty Zentner in the battle for the punter job.