2013 ROSTER FORECAST
HERE’S my two cents on what I think the roster will look like. (In the end I do add a couple of “it’d be nice” players.)
Special Teams (3) (Dress 3)
K: (1) Alex Henery- He’s the only Kicker on the roster, so…
P: (1) Brad Wing- As far back as March 23rd I said we should take a look at this guy (http://www.yardbarker.com/forum/3/57/discussion/defensive_needs/13218910 ). To date (8/23/13) He has 8 punts, 4 in his last game with 2 FC, and 2 downed inside the 20. His competition hasn’t punted since the NE game.
LS: (1) Jon Dorenbos- This is a no-brainer. I would like James Winchester to stick around. Not only as a back-up LS, but as a ST/utility player. Since he starred at WR in high school and spent time working earlier this year with our RT and our O-line coach, he (at 6’3 230) could flex out in Heavy packages and maybe give us a hybrid TE/WR player. It’s unlikely, but it would be nice.
Defense (22) (Dress 20)
DE: (2) Vinny Curry, Damion Square*- Curry has been a man on a mission this preseason Square has looked promising as well. They may keep a third guy here, but I’m thinking they’ll just load up on DT’s.
DT: (4) Fletcher Cox, Isaac Sopoaga, Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan- When I see this group all I can think about is this as a 4-3 rotation. It should be a good starting point for a solid if not great 3-4 line.
OLB: (3) Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Connor Barwin- There isn’t a genuine cover OLB on the roster so it remains to be seen how this will shake out by Week Five.
ILB: (5) DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Casey Matthews, Jamar Chaney, Jake Knott*- Yes five ILB’s. Kelly likes extra LB’s for ST purposes, and there is more schematic versatility among his ILB’s than his OLB’s.
S: (4) Nate Allen, Patrick Chung, Colt Anderson, Earl Wolff- I’m underwhelmed this year. Hopefully this group will surprise me.
CB: (4) Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Jordan Poyer- Again, not flashy but has all the earmarks of a solid NFL CB grouping.
Offense (26) (Dress 22)
QB: (3) Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley*- At least one of these guys won’t be here in 2014, but barring a Foles trade this is our depth chart for 2013. I can see us keeping Dennis Dixon as well, but I wouldn’t put money on it.
RB: (4) LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk*, Felix Jones- With Kelly’s stated interest in Special Teams, coupled with his interest in a fast paced attack, I can’t imagine him keeping fewer than 4 here.
TE: (4) Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, Clay Harbor*, James Casey- With the injuries at WR and a strong preseason so far, I think Harbor has made room for himself as a motion TE/SE player. While it’s doubtful that we keep a true FB, Casey has been that guy as he was more of an H-Back/Special Teamer in Houston. (He isn’t the toughest customer, but the loss of his second level blocking in Houston is no small factor in my shying away from Arian Foster in Fantasy this year.)
WR: (4) DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson- I don’t want to discount Greg Salas, but if it becomes a numbers game and they only keep 4, Special Teams and schematic versatility will earn you a spot on pretty much any team, but with Kelly’s background that seems to go double for this team. Both Johnson and Salas give you a 5th WR, but Johnson also gives you a PR, and neither guy is a kick coverage ace.
OT: (4) Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Dennis Kelly*, Allen Barbre- Barbre has been more than holding his own keeping QB jerseys clean, and he’ll likely be on the game day list until Dennis Kelly is healthy. Michael Bamiro will probably end up on the PS, solely because “you can’t coach 6’8 340”. Whatever.
G: (3) Todd Herremans, Evan Watkins, Danny Watkins- I have no idea why we still have Watkins, and I still have my eye on Herremanns
C: (2) Jason Kelce, Dallas Reynolds- If we keep Matt Tennant (Whovian inside joke) over Reynolds I won’t be surprised.
Now this is only 51 players with some likely to spend lots of time deactivated (*) on game day. This list would leave us with 2 players in wiggle room who would of course also spend time deactivated, but would be ours and could pitch in.
If I’m filling those last 2 spots the key for me would be Special Teamer mentality with schematic versatility. I’d keep James Winchester (LS/TE/SE), and Everette Brown (DE/LB). You get size, speed, strength, versatility, a receiver/blocker and a tackler. Not just that but having these guys allows you to plug them in so you can move around other, better athletes and create mismatches.
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