Monday, August 23, 2010

Projecting the 2010 Eagles 53 man roster, Ver. 3.0

With two games in the books, it's time to take another look at who is going to make the Eagles roster. Based on their play in the two preseason games, several players have made strong cases for being on the team. With cuts coming just around the corner, time is running out for players that just can't seem to make an impact or just can't get healthy. This is my third attempt at predicting the Eagles Week One roster. Below my roster projection I have also listed several players who are on the bubble and I gave reasons why they might not make the final roster. Changes from my previous projection are listed in bold.

QB(3): Kevin Kolb, Michael Vick, Mike Kafka

RB(3): LeSean McCoy, Mike Bell, Eldra Buckley

FB (1): Leonard Weaver

WR(6): DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, Riley Cooper, Chad Hall

TE(3): Brent Celek, Clay Harbor, Cornelius Ingram

LT(2): Jason Peters, Austin Howard

LG(2): Todd Herremans, Max Jean-Gilles

C(2): Jamaal Jackson, Mike McGlynn

RG(2): Stacy Andrews, Nick Cole

RT(1): Winston Justice

DE(5): Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Juqua Parker, Darryl Tapp, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

DT(4): Brodrick Bunkley, Mike Patterson, Trevor Laws, Antonio Dixon

LB(7): Stewart Bradley, Ernie Sims, Akeem Jordan, Omar Gaither, Keenan Clayton, Tracy White, Jamar Chaney

CB(5): Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, Joselio Hanson, Trevard Lindley, Dimitri Patterson

FS(2): Nate Allen, Quintin Demps

SS(2): Quintin Mikell, Kurt Coleman

Special Teams:
K(1): David Akers

P(1): Sav Rocca

LS(1): Jon Dorenbos

Could start season on injured list: Jamaal Jackson, Victor Abiamiri, Cornelius Ingram
The more we hear about Jackson, the more it seems he is going to be ready to go pretty early on. Abiamiri is always hurt so there is nothing new to report there. Ingram, on the other hand, doesn't appear to be making any progress and could force the Eagles to stash him away on the IR for another season. Or, perhaps the Eagles will just let him walk.

Players on the bubble:

RB: J.J. Arrington, Martell Mallett, Charles Scott
If J.J. Arrington doesn't get a carry in the preseason, was he ever really on the team? Mallett appears to be just a step behind Eldra Buckley for the last running back spot. Scott's move to fullback signals that his end is coming soon.

WR: Kelley Washington, Jordan Norwood
I was all set to put Washington on the roster ahead of Baskett this time around due to his strong special teams play. Then, after Jeremy Maclin hurt his shoulder against the Bengals, Baskett stepped in and played with the first team offense. Washington still has a shot but he's going to have to make a strong showing these next two games. I'm putting Chad Hall on the team, at least for now. I think the Eagles like the idea of having him return punts so DeSean Jackson can stay fresh.

TE: Nate Lawrie
Should the Eagles want to go with three tight ends and Ingram is too injured to go, I would bet the Eagles would sign a veteran tight before they went with Lawrie.

OL: Fenuki Tupou, King Dunlap, Dallas Reynolds, A.Q, Shipley
With Jackson poised to come back early there are going to be a few linemen on the outside looking in. Both Tupou and Dunlap didn't do anything noteworthy as the Bengals defense carved up the line all game long. It might be time to pull the plug on the Dunlap project, although his recent ankle sprain could earn him a trip to the IR.

DL: Jeff Owens, Ricky Sapp
Owens is putting up a good fight against Antonio Dixon but he's coming up just short. Given how well Dixon played against the Bengals, Owens appears on the outside looking in at this point. Has anyone been less impressive this preseason than Sapp?

LB: Moise Fokou
With Jamar Chaney seemingly locked into a roster spot, that's going to leave Fokou, who hasn't even been playing linebacker, out. Given that Fokou can barely get on the field in a preseason game playing as a defensive end, I don't think he's long for the team.

CB: Macho Harris, Geoff Pope
Harris hasn't done anything this preseason to earn a spot on the roster. With Patterson clearly passing him up, the only thing that might get Harris on the team is his ability to play safety.

That's the team as I see it. Did I leave anyone off? Who needs to be cut? Discuss in the comments section.

1 comment:

allthingsphilly said...

Looks like Chad Hall won't be making the team at this point. Perhaps King Dunlap gets another shot?