Predicting Eagles' 53-man roster after spring practices originally appeared on nbcsportsphiladelphia.com
The last time I predicted the Eagles' 53-man roster was before OTAs and minicamp, so we have more to go on now.
The Eagles had a total of 13 practices and reporters were allowed to watch seven of them. Based on what I've seen over the last several weeks, I've updated my prediction:
Here is is:
This didn't change. Thorson didn't have a very good spring, but I still think they're going to use a roster spot on him. Over the last couple weeks, he's looked overwhelmed and has made some poor decisions and equally poor throws, but he's a fifth-round rookie. Unless he's awful in training camp, I think this is his spot.
TE (3): Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers
No changes here either. These guys are pretty much cemented. Goedert had a tremendous spring.
I think these top four guys are still making it. I know Hollins still isn't a full-go, but his ability on special teams keeps him around. Last time, I had them keeping five receivers, but I think there's a chance they keep six. And I think there's a better chance of them keeping an extra offensive player than a defensive player. Then, I gave this last spot to Michel, but there are plenty of candidates: Shelton Gibson, Greg Ward, Charles Johnson. I think that's a pretty talented group, talented enough that one of them will do enough to force the Eagles to keep six wideouts.
OL (10): Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Andre Dillard, Stefen Wisniewski, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jordan Mailata, Matt Pryor
The only change from the last time is Wiz is back on here after being re-signed. That kicked Ryan Bates off the list, but he has a chance to stick as a practice squad player. I do wonder about Pryor's job security. He was a sixth-rounder last year and they kept him on the roster all year, but with Big V's emergence as a guard, there might be less of a use for Pryor, who they might be able to keep around on the practice squad.
The big change here is Scott over Wendell Smallwood. No, I don't think it's really fair to compare Scott to Darren Sproles and I'm not on the hype train yet, but Scott had a good spring and might be a more complementary player than Smallwood or Josh Adams. And his ability as a punt returner is what might most help him make the team.
DE (5): Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, Josh Sweat, Shareef Miller
No changes here, although I do think Daeshon Hall might push for a job. I'll need to see more from him when the pads go on.
DT (5): Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, Tim Jernigan, Hassan Ridgeway, Treyvon Hester
Last time, I had just four DTs, but keeping five makes sense and I was able to steal a spot from the cornerback group (more on that soon). Hester and Ridgeway might be competing for the same spot, but there's a decent chance both are on the roster.
LB (5): Nigel Bradham, Kamu Grugier-Hill, L.J. Fort, Zach Brown, Nate Gerry
I kept six last time because I wasn't sure which player to remove. Sorry, Paul Worrilow. It's not that he had a bad spring, but that knee injury did flare up and it's starting to feel like all five of these guys are definitely going to be on the roster.
CB (5): Ronald Darby, Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox, Sidney Jones, Cre'Von LeBlanc
You'll notice the omission of Jalen Mills, who is still coming back from a lengthy foot injury. While other recovering players have been working out on side fields, Mills has been noticeably absent and I'm beginning to wonder just how close he is. I heard a few weeks ago that he was expecting to be ready for training camp, but we'll see. Until I see him doing something, I'm not ready to keep a roster spot for him. I don't think the PUP is out of the question.
S (4): Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Andrew Sendejo, Tre Sullivan
Folks want to cut Sendejo to save a compensatory pick, but I don't see it happening. Sendejo has been working as as starter as McLeod recovers, so I think he's their third safety for now. Sendejo had a good offseason, so he would need to play poorly this summer to get cut.
ST (3): Jake Elliott, Cameron Johnston, Rick Lovato
Unless Kamu really applies himself to becoming a kicker, these three are set.
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