Stay Or Go Eagles Roster: Chip Kelly Edition

Posted January 18, 2013


M. Vick: Hasn't been ruled out as an option officially, by no one other than Vick himself and his public refusal to restructure his contract. It's a clear play to try and get himself out of town and perhaps into another starting job. Personally I don't think Chip Kelly is dumb enough to place his offense in the hands of an injury prone turnover machine like Mike Vick when his salary could be used to improve the team in other areas as well. Go

N. Foles: Despite the praise by Kelly, I don't think he's sold on Nick, and the truth is he shouldn't be. Nick showed some flashes last season, but he's slow footed, has questionable arm strength, and can't  run. His durability is also in question as he missed the final game due to injury. The harsh reality is that if Nick Foles wants to be the starter for the Eagles then he had better channel his inner Tom Brady, because that is they only way he keeps the job beyond next season. Stay

T.Edwards:  He may be the guy on the roster who fits least of all. At one point I thought he would be a good backup for Foles once Vick was released, but now I wonder if he even makes the roster. If the Eagles keep both Vick and Foles, then he's most likely gone. The Eagles are likely to draft another quarterback which would make him the odd man out if the Eagles decide to keep Vick. Go

Running Backs

B. Brown: In the NFL turnovers are an absolute killer. Bryce Brown had some exciting games last season only to be dampened with a costly fumble or two. He has to learn how to hold onto that football and learn some patience running between the tackles. A running back who fumbles will not have a long NFL career unless he can fix that problem. Stay

D Lewis: Somehow found himself underneath Andy Reid's doghouse last season despite his strong preseason. Truth is Lewis is an expendable cog in a crowded backfield. Cut him and add a linebacker or offensive lineman to the roster. Go

L. McCoy: People are crazy who want the Eagles to trade Shady. Shady can make this offense go and if used properly will take some of the pressure off Vick or Foles next season. There isn't much to write about. Stay

C. Polk: Tops the Eagles keep three backs and a fullback. Polk is going to have to work his tail off to make this team as the Eagles will likely have a late pick of a back or even a free agent guy come in and try to make the team. We don't truly know what Polk is, but last season's performance wont guarantee him a roster spot. Stay for now

Full backs

S. Havili/E. Igwenagu: The position could use an upgrade in terms of finding a blocking fullback to help get first downs. If Chip Kelly plans to go for it on 4th down, then he better get a fullback in here that can clear out a linebacker or two. Both GO

Wide Receivers

J Avant: Two things Chip Kelly recently mentioned that are not in Avant's favor and that is youth and speed. Avant lacks both, but he still is a viable third down weapon and it may be hard for the Eagles to just walk away from him. He's still a solid and versatile receiver who is willing to play special teams. Stay

R. Cooper: If Tebow is truly in their plans (highly doubt it) then it may be best to keep his college roommate around to keep him company. I think people see Jordy Nelson potential in Cooper. I don't, but he at least can play special teams. Stay

B. Cunningham: Big kid from Michigan State. He will have to show he deserves to stay. Practice Squad again

D. Johnson: Will be a weapon for this team the Eagles will try to get in space with some of their other speed guys. It's unfortunate all of the Eagles speed guys are midgets. Stay

D. Jackson: People were very down on Jackson last season despite the fact he was on pace for one of his best seasons as an Eagle with all of the offensive turmoil. Hopefully Kelly can find ways to use Jackson as more than just a decoy. Stay

J. Maclin: Will this be the season Maclin finally turns into that elite receiver? I doubt it, but the team will most likely keep him an hopes he can. Stay

M. McNutt: Not very fast, hands are suspect, and he isn't a good route runner, but he's at least big. Go

Tight End

B. Celek: The guy is a warrior, but man was he bad this past season. So many critical drops, and terrible fumbles. Passes skidded off his hands and into defenders. He was just bad. Maybe he can bounce back, but the Eagles need to consider drafting his replacement. There is little use in the NFL for a tight end who isn't good at blocking or catching the football. Stay until a better option comes along

C. Harbor: Seems to be getting better as a player overall, but again the Eagles could use a solid blocking Tight End on the roster. The team needs some guys who can hold their blocks to get some short yardage first downs. Stay until a better options comes along


D. Bell: Boy did he stink. Maybe he just couldn't figure out Mudd's system, but MAN DID HE STINK!!!! Go

J. Peters: I don't think we should assume it will be business as usual for Peters once he returns from his injury. It's been a long time since he played some football and he will have to learn a new system. Anyone remembers how long it took him to figure out Juan's system when he first got here? Stay

K. Dunlap: A serviceable backup who can come in for a game or two if needed. He's not great, but he's at least serviceable. Stay

D. Kelly: Was actually somewhat of a surprise as a rookie. He came in and played fairly well. Stay

T. Herremans: May be served best to move back on the inside. Like Peters there is no telling how well he plays when he comes back, but he wasn't having his best season before he got hurt. Stay


D. Watkins: Roseman's child even if doesn't wish to admit it. He has a cronic  ankle problem, isn't strong at the point of attack, and isn't aggressive. Nothing about him says player. Everything about hims says bust. Go

E. Mathis: If there was a guy on the Eagles roster who deserved to be in the Pro Bowl last season it was him. Stay

J. Scott: Like Mathis last season; Scott came in and did an admirable job filling in for the offensive line. Stay

J. Kelce: I have never been that much of a fan. Mudd saw Jeff Saturday, but I don't. Nevertheless he's athletic and quick so maybe he can improve.  Stay

D. Reynolds: Just isn't an NFL center. Go

Defensive End

T. Cole: Has age and injuries finally caught up to Cole? If they have then he will not make it out of preseason. Stay for now

D. Tapp: A waste of roster and cap space. Go

V. Curry: They finally let him play. He shows flashes, and then they re-shelf him. What gives? Stay

B. Graham: Finally showed he was worthy of that high pick. Let's see if continues especially if he is moved to a 3-4 linebacker. Stay

P. Hunt: Another guy who shows flashes. He's a big preseason and training camp guy who disappears in games. Stay

F. Cox: The Eagles brought him along slowly, but before he was injured he was playing at a high level. If the Eagles go 3-4 I see him more as an end. Stay

C. Jenkins: Cullen Jenkins worked hard this season. He seemed to be one of the guys who didn't quit, but if the Eagles make a 3-4 switch I could see him becoming one of those "cap casualties" Stay for now

C. Thorton: Last season the Eagles loved him. I thought he showed some flashes, but I also thought he made some rookie mistakes. Could push for a starting job next season. Stay

A. Dixon: The Eagles signed him back for two seasons before they even had a coach. Even playing NT in a 3-4 set he's going to need to cut down the weight and work on the technique. Stay

D. Landri: Didn't have a good season and doesn't fit if the Eagles go 3-4. Go


J. Chaney: The Eagles could do worse for a backup linebacker who can play all three positions. Stay

C. Mathews: A Chip Kelly guy, but that doesn't mean Chip Kelly keeps him. He's going to have to earn a roster spot. Stay for now

R Rau: The guy is like a little missile. The perfect kind of linebacker for special teams. Stay

M. Kendricks: As the season wore on, Kendrick wore down until he finally broke down. Still he has a ton of potential. Stay

D. Ryans: I wouldn't be surprised if Ryans becomes a cap cut like Jenkins. He had a solid, but not spectacular year. Stay for now

A. Jordan: The guy is the NFL version of a cat (9 lives). Even if the Eagles move on from him, he still most likely will have a job in KC. Go

Corner Backs/Safeties

N. Asomugha: Nnamdi quit and was finally benched at the end of the season. For the money he makes, he surely isn't playing like he should be. Bringing him back could send the wrong message to this team. Sadly they may not have a choice due to the money he is owed. Stay

DRC: The knock on him coming to Philly was at times he would take plays off, and only played when he was motivated to do so. You can add terrible tackler to the list. Go

B. Boykin: Hopefully he improves as both a corner and a kick returner. Hopefully the new defensive coordinator will be smart enough not to have him playing man to man with the best receivers in the game over 6 feet tall. Stay

T. Lindley: Why did they resign this guy after the season? Is he fodder for camp? Go

C. Marsh: Another wasted pick. Go

B. Hughes: Showed more fight in his spot time then DRC and Nnamdi did all season. Stay

K. Coleman: He has a lot of heart, but heart doesn't equal skill. Go

C. Anderson: Special teams guy who likes to fly to the ball. He is a liability in coverage. Then again what Eagles safety isn't? Stay

Nate Allen: Never recovered from his injury. Can't wait any longer for him. Go

D. Sims: Played as well as he could, but the bottom line is the Eagles need another safety and somebody has to be cut to make room. Go

Special Teams

A. Henery: If we are always going to go for it now does he matter? Stay

M. McBriar: How do you get blocked by your own player??? Stay for now

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