THIS IS THE BEST WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW.
INJURY and the second round of Free Agency leave this open to change. But here's my idea of the best Week One roster based on what we have today
SPECIAL TEAMS: (3)
K: Alex Henery :Only one on the roster
P: Chas Henry :I have no idea why they picked up another body here
LS: Jon Dorenbos :Abracadabra! Dorenbos will make the rookie disappear
QB: (3) Michael Vick / Mike Kafka / Trent Edwards :Foles is a 3rd rounder and you hate to part with that, but if Vick is hurt they’ll need a vet
HB: (3) LeSean McCoy / Dion Lewis / Chris Polk :Barring injury Polk has the mental make-up of a team player while Brown does not. (Graig) Cooper offers nothing McCoy and Lewis don’t already. If Polk doesn’t stay healthy in the minis, look for a veteran signing in July
FB: (1) Stanley Havili :He’ll be listed at FB, but you and I know what’s going on
WR: (5) DeSean Jackson / Jeremy Maclin / Jason Avant / Riley Cooper / Marvin McNutt :I know they like Gilyard as a KR and they like Hall in general, but McNutt gives them the option to go tall in both slots and clear out the redzone.
TE: (3) Brent Celek / Clay Harbour / Brett Brackett :Bracket and Ford are the same guy, but Brackett has been on the PS here since November; and not only didn’t they draft a TE, they only signed one undrafted FA at the position. That’s a big nod of confidence in Brackett’s direction
OT: (4) Todd Herremans / Demetress Bell / D.J. Jones / Dennis Kelly :(Note: Jason Peters will be on I.R.) I think Jones beats out Dunlap. I think developing the rookie takes priority over continuing to try squeezing any potential out of Dunlap. I think Dunlap is gone before training camp
G: (3) Evan Mathis / Danny Watkins / Mike Gibson :Gibson is versatile and has been part of this system before (although he had 0 starts here). If they let talent determine the 3rd spot, camp could be interesting
C: (1) Jason Kelce :Zane is just a scare tactic. Kelce has to step it up, and what better way to signal that than bringing in a guy who knows the system, to “compete” for a spot that has changed hands every year since 2009. If Gibson makes the roster, Zane is as good as gone
DE: (4) Trent Cole / Jason Babin / Brandon Graham / Vinny Curry :I’ll miss Tapp; and unless Hunt (244lbs) can learn to drop into coverage, I’ll miss him too. I just can’t see them keeping 5 here
DT: (5) Cullen Jenkins / Mike Patterson / Antonio Dixon / Derek Landri / Fletcher Cox :The Eagles have mentioned the idea of using a 3-4 front at times. If they do, then Jenkins, Landri and Cox all fit as excellent 3-4 Ends, with Dixon at the Nose.
OLB: (3) Jamar Chaney / Keenan Clayton / Mychal Kendricks :Fokou and Jordan have to be out of chances by now. I think Rolle, will. Simmons was a college DE but at 226 is way undersized for that role.
ILB: (3) DeMeco Ryans / Casey Matthews / Greg Lloyd :Matthews stays so he can play where he truly fits: ILB in a 3-4 scheme. Lloyd matches Ryans for biggest body at the position, which is necessary in a 3-4
FS: (2) Nate Allen / Tom Nelson :If Anderson isn’t ready by mid-camp, expect to see Nelson stick around if only to fill Anderson’s Special Teams role. Saw some “highlights” of Thomas. He won’t make the Practice Squad.
SS: (2) Kurt Coleman / Jaiquawn Jarrett :Coleman is listed at FS but he doesn’t play there. There are no options here. It’ll be as it was last year. Hopefully they’ll play better.
CB: (5) Nnamdi Asomugha / Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie / Joselio Hanson / D.J. Johnson / Brandon Boykin : Johnson offers the ability to play Safety, Boykin can return kicks. Neither will be a starter, so they’ll likely make the most of their opportunites.
This clears away 30 odd names, so you can now see what's under the soot. This brings the roster to 50 players and with decent depth and some wiggle room to boot.
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