Eagles 53-Man Roster Projection

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles need to trim the roster down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday. Here’s how I see it playing out heading into the team’s final exhibition game:




Quarterbacks (3): Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley.

Sanchez was so good this preseason that Chip Kelly is holding him out of the final game along with Nick Foles. A lot of work for Barkley, who could use a good outing Thursday to put on his resume.

Running backs (4): LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Matthew Tucker, Kenjon Barner.

This is a tough one. Chris Polk gained 98 yards (8.9 avg. ) and scored three times on just 11 carries last year. He has a bunch of promise but hasn't been able to stay healthy. A hamstring tear left him sidelined for most of training camp. The Eagles recently acquired Barner from Carolina for a conditional seventh-round pick. The former Duck could potentially be used as a return man. I'll say that gives him the edge over Polk. Maybe Henry Josey finds a spot on the practice squad.

Wide receivers (6): Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Brad Smith, Jeff Maehl

Ifeanyi Momah hasn't been used much on special teams this preseason. Kelly wants his reserves to be standout special teamers, so I don't think he makes it. Maybe a year of seasoning on the practice squad. Arrelious Benn, who is coming off a concussion, had the blocked punt against New England to go along with a touchdown catch (off the hands of Momah). He could find his way on. Maehl is battling through an ankle injury as he tries to hang on to a spot.

Tight ends (3): Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey

I had Emil Igwenagu making the team in my first projection. Good call on my part.

Offensive linemen (9): Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, Allen Barbre, Matt Tobin, David Molk, Dennis Kelly, Andrew Gardner.

Lane Johnson goes on the reserve/suspended list after the preseason and won’t count against the 53-man.

The second unit has played well this preseason. That's an encouraging sign, as there were a lot of questions about depth at this position heading into the offseason.

Defensive linemen (7): Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Cedric Thornton, Taylor Hart, Vinny Curry, Beau Allen, Brandon Bair.

Bair has earned a spot. Think he needs to make the team. Allen has stood out this summer. We'll predict that he gets the nod over Damion Square, who is eligible for the practice squad. 

Outside linebackers (6): Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, Marcus Smith II, Bryan Braman, Brandon Graham, Travis Long.

Graham's ability to rush the passer makes him too valuable to let go. Braman is here to play special teams. Long is cross-training as both an inside and outside linebacker. The ability to play him inside in a pinch could allow them to carry just three true ILBs.

Inside linebackers (3): DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Najee Goode

I could go either way on Matthews (I had him making the team in my first projection) but I'm thinking Long can take over his role from last year as a player that can play inside or out if need be. Emmanuel Acho is also fighting to make the team.

Cornerbacks (5): Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Nolan Carroll II, Jaylen Watkins.

Roc Carmichael is a pretty good special teams player and that at least gives him a chance of sneaking onto the team, but spots are hard to come by.

Safeties (4): Malcolm Jenkins, Nate Allen, Earl Wolff, Chris Maragos.

Ed Reynolds had to miss some time this spring because of the NCAA graduation rules and had a quiet summer. The Eagles could try to stash him on the practice squad.

Specialists (3): Jon Dorenbos, Alex Henery, Donnie Jones.

The Eagles may not finish with Henery as their kicker but I'm guessing they start with him. Cody Parkey hasn't had much time to audition. Don't think they would be comfortable just handing that job over to him. I can't see Kelly committing two roster spots to kickers.

 

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  • knighn

    Which of these roster moves would piss you off the most?
    A) Cutting LeSean McCoy
    B) Keeping Casey Matthews
    C) Keeping Curtis Marsh
    D) Trading a 1st to Washington to get back DeSean Jackson and then cutting him again the next day just to make a point.

    • cloisterwater

      Seriously?

      • knighn

        No.

    • John E. Zang

      B! Absolutely B.

    • Ian Farley

      I want to answer B or C cause it is funnier. but Honestly it would be A. D wouldn’t bother me if we did it minus the draft pick…. ‘Cause he is going to be worthless in Washington and people aren’t ready for it.

      • knighn

        For me, it’s probably C. D would just crack me up… and might be worth it, especially since we know that 1st round picks don’t always work out.

        I could probably be convinced that there was a good reason that the Eagles needed to get rid of LeSean but I just can’t think of any justifiable reason to keep Curtis Toasted Marshmallow.

        I don’t think DeSean going to be worthless in Washington. I just don’t think he’s going to duplicate or improve upon what he did in the 2013 season… pretty much anywhere. If he does: Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman are going to look really bad…. and I’ll feel really sad.

        • anon

          Curtis Toasted Marshmallow = Amazing

          • knighn

            I’ve been saying that since pre-season game 2. Apparently Kempski had the same thought:
            http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/red_zone/Three-years-later-The-Eagles-disastrous-2011-draft.html

          • anon

            does kelce make that whole draft worth it? i think we could have kept jj.

          • knighn

            A shame for Toasted Marsh that the Canadian Fireman isn’t around to help him cool off!

            Outside of Kelce (a big plus), here is what that 2011 draft was good for:
            1) Making Canadian jokes
            2) Making fireman jokes
            3) Making Canadian Fireman jokes
            4) Making Curtis Toasted Marshmallow jokes
            5) Reinforcing just how bad Andy Reid could be at drafting and personnel decisions.
            That is all.

          • aub32

            Coaching destroyed that entire draft class. I think Marsh and JJ would be further along if they had a real DC. Stoutland might have been able to reach Watkins better than Mudd and his unconventional coaching style. Casey Matthews would not be nearly as hated if he was sold as solid LB depth instead of a starter. The draft class still would have lacked top talent, but the guys would have made up the depth we were searching for last season.

          • JofreyRice

            ugh, Kempski can be alright sometimes, but I think he kills credibility with this kind of stuff. The MSPaint effects are probably the least amateurish part.

          • knighn

            He is not for everybody.
            I won’t give my exact age but I will say that I’m under 50 and I am amused at his way of doing things. I’m glad that not everybody does things his way, but I appreciate that he does.
            Also, to his credit: he was the first one to write about the fact that the Eagles would be moving DeSean… so he’s not a total hack.

          • dnabrice

            They’re hysterical.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      i’d do D for the free Brown pick. remember the Yankees announcing Billy Martin as manager, 1 of the 5 or 6 times, and Steinbrener firing him in the middle of it. that would be great

      • knighn

        Brings back memories of Seinfeld and George Constanza working for Steinbrenner.

  • Philly0312

    So basically it is Jeff Maehl vs Ed Reynolds. I dont see the 53 man roster looking different from this for the most part.

    • B-West

      Agreed, and I’d keep Reynolds over Maehl. Maehl is a ‘stash on the street’ guy to me. No one will swoop in and pick him up if he’s cut. If we sustain a bunch of injuries at WR, Maehl will be sitting by his phone at his house when we call.

      My only other question would be the RB depth, as I’m not real sure how that will shake out. I do think there is enough there to warrant keeping 4. Also, I agree with the thinking that Sproles is a hybrid type and not a true back up.

  • anon

    Not a huge fan of the list.

    a) WRs no discussion about possibility of keeping 5 instead of 6 and maybe a 5th RB — feel like the talent at RB is better than WR and our Rbs catch balls – but maybe it’s a ST call.
    b) Too many OL, hopefully some of those hit the squad.
    c) Same with OLB, like to see Long hit the squad, if you’re going to include Maehl as a WR you gotta include Casey Matthews as ILB he plays well on every ST.
    d) DBs i think this is right, but no commentary on Ed Reynolds and the fact that our 5th round pick isn’t even projected to make the squad? A 5th round pick!

    Looking at the larger context of Kelly’s drafts – i’m even more inclined to say “meh”.

    Year 1: LJ and Ertz are the only starters, Logan is rotational, Wolff is losing ground to Nate Allen (and i think we like him largely b/c he’s not Nate Allen), Barkley is terrible, everyone else is gone already. I’ll admit that LJ and Ertz are great picks, but we’re also picking #4 in the draft.
    Year 2: Marcus Smith (meh), Matthews (good), Huff (meh), Watkins (meh), Hart (meh), Reynolds (cut), Allen (good pick)

    I realize it’s too early to judge the 2014s and probably the 2013s as well but what are our talent guys doing? 2 years 5 players performing up to their draft level (LJ, Ertz, Logan, Allen, Matthews) and that’s taking into account where they were drafted. I think Allen may take Logan’s job which is ok considering i think Allen is made to 2 gap, and logan was sort of a reach to fill a spot but jeez.

    • Ian Farley

      a bit of a knee jerk. Beau Allen was our 7th rounder this year. Bair is a 29 yr old free agent signing. I get where you are going here, but its all premature. Just sit back and let it play out.

    • JosephR2225

      Your expectations of the draft in general are way, way too high if you consider two “great picks” and a solid rotational player coming from one draft to be disappointing.
      I think Reynolds makes the roster, because there is no way they would have taken him in the fifth if they were willing to cut him loose after an abbreviated offseason, and I don’t think he lasts on the practice squad without getting snatched up. But there is no way to make any kind of informed judgment on any of the 2014 picks at this point.

      • anon

        You’re probably right. The 2012s are just coming into form, but you gotta wonder how many of the 2013/2014s will even be on the roster in 2 years.

        We have done a great job getting some UDFAs on the line and at RB, feel like we should try to trade more of those (but also understand they are the two most important positions to us).

        • Kleptolia

          Watkins, Smith, Hart, Huff, will still be on the roster in 2 years (maybe not Huff, if he gets the dropsies).
          Reynolds….maybe.
          Matthews will have already gone to the Hall of Fame by then, but he’ll be forced to leave the team in order to battle forces of evil for control of the planet.

          The Avengers will be impressed.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            He won’t need to leave the team to deal with trifling stuff liking saving a planet/galaxy. The Chosen One can multitask.

          • Kleptolia

            I am so dumb.

          • aub32

            So if Thanos were to attack during the SB, where does his allegiance lie?

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            what, that’s easy, the SB! he better get me a GD lombardy! i can live under alien rule if they at least allow a parade down Broad St

          • aub32

            best response ever!

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            I’d assume he foresees the attack and takes care of it before kickoff.

            Failing that, J-Matt v Thanos for control of the known universe would be pretty sweet halftime entertainment even if it is clearly gonna be a one sided beatdown.

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            The Pope would demand a TV timeout and proceed to rip the football apart revealing an infinity stone inside which he would use to slay Thanos. He would then call up his summer training partner, Thor, and have him take the stone back to Asgard until Pope finishes the game, morphs back into Oden (his true identity) and goes back to store it properly.

          • aub32

            So remind me why we nicknamed him pope/apostle when he should clearly be referred to as Lord Odin King of Asguard, father of Thor, and protector of the 9 realms?

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            Because the people of Midgard weren’t ready for that information yet. We can follow the Pope as we have for thousands of years, but an alien god might be a bit too much to swallow.

    • aub32

      I posted something on the previous thread that applies to this as well. I think that fans are going need time to get used to Kelly’s way of doing things. Reid attempted to draft players that he thought were ready to start from day one. Watkins, JJ, Nate Allen, Matthews, Cox, Kendricks, Maclin, Graham, DeSean, and Henery were all drafted to start. The only day one starter Kelly has drafted in two years is Lane Johnson, and he was a top 5 pick. Kelly drafts players with the intention of having them play a backup role until they are ready to start. At this point we are going to have to give up the idea of evaluating draft classes a year or two into their careers. I doubt we will know what most of these guys are until year 3.

      • anon

        Then how do you get any value out of those guys. Performance from 1st contract guys is super important for maintaining the cap – though seems we’re committed to being 10-15mm under cap.

        • JosephR2225

          Sam Hinkie knows how, he’s just not telling.

          • B-West

            #TeamHinkie

        • aub32

          STs, depth, and they aren’t all going to take as long to develop. Ertz is still a backup, but does anyone see him not being a major contributor to this offense. I expect decent production from Matthews this year, and he should contribute even more in the years to come.

      • B-West

        Good point. I like the early returns on their player development abilities as well. Our two best position coaches are probably on the lines, and there’s suddenly a ton of depth at those spots (the defensive depth was a bit more expected). A few other things I didn’t see coming… I hate Nate Allen way less than I used to. Cooper is a bonafide NFL receiver. And Kendricks looks seriously ‘leapish’ for this year after having some really bad moments in first two years (although a lot of us stayed hopeful with him).

        • Kleptolia

          That’s what good coaching gets you.

        • dnabrice

          Nate Allen wasn’t absolutely terrible last year. He had to play next to Chung for goodness sakes. I think he will really settle this year.

          • B-West

            Oh, agreed. Last year was my turning point with him. I had pretty well checked out on him coming into last season and with some of his early play (the Chargers game comes to mind). He steadily got better and better as the year went on and hopefully the trend continues this year.

    • Kleptolia

      I hate to be that guy, but Beau Allen was the last pick of the draft. He’s going to get some playing time.
      Brandon Bair was on the practice squad from last year.
      I respectfully disagree that Smith is meh. He is playing like a rookie, but he has the physical tools to excel in this defensive scheme.

      • dnabrice

        7th Rounder is no guarantee you’re going to make the team. We’re talking about Reynolds possibly not making it and he’s a 5th…

        • Kleptolia

          Yeah, but there’s no guarantee on any pick. I should know. I’m from Oregon (Akili Smith, Joey Harrington…).
          If even half of a draft class sticks with a team for over two years, that’s pretty good.

    • greenmachine

      U mean Beau Allen….

    • igglesfaninportland

      Year 1 rounds 1 through 5 still on the team and yes the three 7th rounders are gone. Jordan Poyer, the last pick plays for the Browns (I know the browns are just barely an NFL team). Barkley could provide another draft pick, but Ill give you that one. Undrafted Free agents are also still on the team, while they may not be come Saturday they have contributed, Tucker, Tobin, Square. Knott contributed last year. Really not that bad. Both years the eagles went in without a full deck of draft picks. This year all ratings are meaningless until the end of the season, some guys come on slower than others. Hows Deon doing in Miami?

    • TNA

      re Logan (315 on heavy days) vs. Allen (333+)

      They’re similar in that they’re both relatively nimble, but I think we’re going to see Allen a lot more in 4th and 1 situations at the end of games when Logan may be getting a little winded (think end of NO game when Logan kept on getting knocked back and Brees was able to easily convert several short yardage keepers). I’m not sure how Allen looks on stunts and containment when he loops to the outside, but Logan is very quick and fast for a NT and did a good job with that for most of last year. I think it really depends on the personnel they’re facing. Allen, as was seen in the Penn State game, can be blown off the LOS without even being double-teamed, but hopefully he’s improved his technique since that game. But Logan overall, looks like a more versatile NT than Allen.

  • southy

    Has anyone seen Donnie Football attempt a kickoff?

  • Andy Six Score and Four

    Swap Dennis Kelly for Ed Reynolds. Swap Maehl for Josey. I’m good with the rest.

    • Chuck Dougherty

      I think i would rather keep an extra running back, than a 6th receiver for this year.. josey played much better than meahl, regardless of position.

      • Eaglehaslanded

        Totally agree!

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I think Josey is potentially the best inside runner on the team but with big gain ability.

      • Eric

        I like this idea because with McCoy, Sproles and Barner, you have a few that can line up in the slot and Ertz is used as in the slot and WO a lot too.

    • aub32

      I’d keep Kelly. He’s at least shown he can play on this level. Reynolds will be fine for a year on the PS.

      • damrvrhunter

        How did that strategy work out with Jordan Poyer last year?

  • Tim_A_H

    I think keeping an injured Maehl for special teams is a bit much, especially since Maclin, Cooper, and Huff have missed a little time from injury (even if just soft tissue) and Matthews and Huff are rookies. I see Momah staying.

    And how many special teams players do you expect to field? Sproles, Tucker, Barner, Huff, Smith, Casey, Braman, Smith II, (maybe Graham, Long, Goode), Boykin, Carroll, Watkins, Wolff, Maragos, PLUS specialists? And we saw starters out there last year too. I’m not sure Maehl’s skills can’t be found among these others.

    • anon

      be nice to see a breakdown of special team groupings and related stats since that seems to drive a lot of roster moves.

    • Eaglehaslanded

      You can shake a tree and 20 Jeff Maehl’s will fall out. Plenty of Jeff Maehl’s on the street waiting for a phone call. Keep an extra running back as they are all more talented than Jeff Maehl.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I’m with you there.

    • UncleCarm

      Momah remains intriguing. He made a heck of a leap from last summer to this summer, and all that without any in game experience. I just imagine what he could do with some live experience in meaningful games.

    • damrvrhunter

      All the way at the bottom to finally find some love for Momah. Hopefully this is irony brewing. I made the same points about injuries to the first four wideouts in the other post from this morning. The injuries are not even soft tissue ones, it is mildly alarming at this point. I am putting the chance at both Cooper and Maclin missing the same game at above 50%. Only time will tell though.

    • dnabrice

      Didn’t we bring in new special teams aces?

  • knighn

    Whoa. I apologize if this is old news to anyone, but has anyone seen the news about the Eagles uniforms?!

    Apparently the Eagles will be wearing a lot of the white uniform (and some of the black uniform) early in the 2014 season!
    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11414003/philadelphia-eagles-find-not-easy-being-green-uni-watch

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Ha, just posted that last night. Should have gone Kelly green.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        This the shade of green you’re looking for? I can’t stand the pine tree green of the 80s & early 90s. I don’t mind this color, but want to see more than two colors. Get creative. But like I said last night, come up with a fresh & modernized redesign. I don’t want a retread of this same exact uniform.

        http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/54/files/2013/07/eagles-throwbacks.jpg

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          That’d be it. Wouldn’t mind switching the logo to the Eagle carrying the football. But I like those. I don’t need “modernized”. That’s what the midnight greens were. I’m over them.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            When I say modernized, I am not talking about Tampa’s gaudy look this year. I’m saying throw a modern twist on it. Add in some texture maybe and a 3rd color to add depth. Use a modern cut, cuff, neckline, etc. Do something different and cutting edge with the helmet. Keep the core but make it better.

            Don’t get me wrong. I like retro. I only wear Adidas sneaks. I’ve got 2 pair of modern Sambas & 1 pair of the old black & white w/ the elongated tongue. I also have another pair of their zx series track style shoe. I like their classic styles, with updated colors, textures & slightly updated designs to meet modern tastes.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Black trim on the collar and sleeve do it for ya? That’d be the point where I drew a line. Albeit imaginary.

  • Rick H

    Side note: I watched the Dolphins vs. Cowboys rerun last night. Granted I
    missed the 1st quarter but I did not see Dion Jordan anywhere. He is listed on the 2nd team right defensive end. Wow! Think about that. Dolphins traded way up and jumped the Eagles to get him. Now he doesn’t start or appear to play much at all.
    Personally I would still pursue Jordan. Looks like he is playing out of position in the wrong scheme. Do you think the Eagles could use Jordan at 6’6″ 275 lbs and can run like the wind? I do as one of their movable chess pieces in Bill Davis’s defense.
    Dolphins probably saving face by keeping him plus cap hit they would take if he is traded.

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      At this point, with him being suspended 4 games and playing him out of position anyway, not sure how much that cap hit really matters. They may just be trying to get him through to next offseason to lessen the cap burden, unless they think he’s really developed as a 4-3 end.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      how bad did ‘allas look?
      .
      edit…ooops, just saw rerun part…i watched it, the whole game, they stink

    • anon

      2-3 years of him becoming an end and then we gotta take him, have him lose weight and unlearn everything from the last two years.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        But he’s learning the things that he was weaker at playing DE. Plus he wouldn’t need to drop too much weight. I’m not clamoring for him, but I’d be willing to see what he can do as a 3-4 OLB.

  • Andy Six Score and Four

    Attempt #2, let’s hope I don’t get censored this time.

    So I walked in to a Karaoke Bar last night, and low and behold, 3 of the Eagles’ quarterbacks were taking turns signing Down With the Sickness by Disturbed. (Kinne was too cool for school, so he sat out.) Each put their own spin on the chorus based on their most memorable preseason experience this year:

    Nick Foles:
    You mother get up, don’t stay down now Jeremy
    You f-er get up, don’t stay down now Jeremy
    Maclin and his knee/scared the crap out of me!

    Mark Sanchez
    You mother get up, come on get down with the Jordan
    You f-er get up, come on get down with the Jordan
    Matthews is the gift/that has been given to me!

    Matt Barkley
    You mother get up, run your hands though my blonde hair
    You f-er get up, run your hands though my blonde hair
    Hair gel is the gift/that has been given to me!

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Nice attempt. But not your best work…lol. Sorry brother. Up vote for the attempt though!

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        I’m out of practice :)
        And I was self-amused that Barkley’s only highlights are in his hair.

    • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

      I wanted to laugh when I started reading this, but then I didn’t. I still got love for you though, 124 A.D.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Maybe I should have let it stay censored lol.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          It’s OK man. We know you’re capabilities!

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            I’m with you Jerry…

            While typing this I realized that I hate the name Jerry. It instantly makes me think of Jerrah. Sorry if you’re real name is Jerry, by the way.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            It’s ok. Yes it’s my real name. Actually it’s Gerald. But I can’t stand that. My dad’s name too. You can call me JP as some people do.

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            Henceforth, you are JP! Good to meet you JP.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Same to you Joe.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Odd story, my dad’s name was supposed to be Girard (as in Girard Ave), but the people at the hospital read my grandmother’s writing wrong. So Girard became Gerald. So I was ultimately going to be named after my father, who was named after the main drag in the old neighborhood…Fishtown.

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            That’s pretty interesting.

            My name got butchered at Ellis Island when my Great grandparents came over on the boat from Italy. I understand it was common place for that to happen back then.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Yeah somewhere along the line the “E” was dropped in my last name from Pomeroy to Pomroy.

          • Say No to Marc Mo From Easton

            My Italian professor thought I lost a fairly good portion of my name. He said that it doesn’t make sense the way it’s written now and names always had a meaning in old Italy.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    Rbs…can live with this. Josey will be safe on practice squad. cant see any team giving him 53 spot site unseen due to that knee. Polk can be PUP’d or IR’d w/ return, so if someone get hurt or stinks, he can step in when healthy
    .
    WRs, meh, 1-5 dress, even if Huff isnt ready, he’ll be soon enough. not getting worked up over JAG/STr. though i hate Maehl. not sure where this special teamer ace designation came from, dont think he even had a tackle last year. so, by default, Benn
    .
    Reynolds isnt getting cut or PS’d, safety play is horrible in general, no one is brushing aside an unknown after 1/2 a camp. i smell a hammy coming tonight

    • anon

      Be interesting to see who gets injured

  • damrvrhunter

    I think they have a real health problem percolating with their wide receivers. Maclin’s knee does not look anyway close to full strength, Cooper sported a walking boot for close to a month, Benn had ACL surgery too, Maehl has a really bad ankle sprain(as reported by Kempski et al from earlier this week), Huff shoulder sprain is SERIOUS and Brad Smith has given you absolutely nothing in the passing game. You are left with a healthy rookie and MOMAH. Maybe the alternative would be to not line up any wide receivers and just do 3 tight end plus Shady/Sproles. Those that understand football much better than I do can explain why that wont work.

  • Breathe 21

    I would like to get a talented 5th that gets cut from another team or play Sproles inside at WR. I would just use Tucker and Polk as RBs behind McCoy. Neither Maehl, Momah, nor Benn will have any impact in the pass game

    • damrvrhunter

      Momah has been running much better routes, getting open but just cant hang onto the ball yet. Ertz had the same issues the last three preseason games from 2013 and look at how he turned out. Momah had four bad drops/fumble reverse all of those and the narrative changes.

      • Breathe 21

        We had a hard time seperating in preseason and was nonexistent in the Steelers game that others thrive in. When the season starts and people gameplan, I can’t imagine him doing a thing

        • John E. Zang

          He barely played against Pittsburgh.

  • dnabrice

    No OL draft picks = UDFA from last year making the team. Maybe it works out for them…

  • John E. Zang

    What’s going to really tick me off about keeping roster dead beats like Maehl and Mathews is cutting guys like Josey and even Acho. They are nuts if they let Josey loose. He won’t last a second and may make us look silly. Polk is okay but he’s beat up and I believe he’s a bit over rated popping a few big runs.

  • Pennguino

    25 Starters: (22 O, 22 D, 3 ST) (5 Oline, 2WR, 2TE, 1RB, 1QB, 3 Dline, 4 LB, 4DB)
    13 Key Players, First off the Bench: (1 OT, 1 C, 1 WR, 1 RB, 1 TE, 1 QB, 1DE, 1 DT, 2 OLB, 1 ILB, 1CB, 1S)
    7 Key Players: Caroll II (CB), Maragos (S,ST), Braman (ST,OLB), ??? (RB,ST), Bair (DE), Smith (WR,ST.Emergency 3rd QB), Tobin (G)
    Thats 45 players. Meaning only 1 more active player to choose from out of the last 8 players. You already have 2 QB, 3 RB, 4 WR, 3 TE, 3 OT, 3 OG, 2 C, 4 DE, 2 DT, 5 OLB, 3 ILB, 4 CB, 4 S, 1 K, 1 P, 1 LS.
    Need a 5th WR (Huff)
    Need a 3rd QB (Barkley)
    Draft Pick Watkins (5th Corner)
    Draft Pick Hart (5th DE)
    Draft Pick Reynolds (5th S)
    4th RB ???
    6th WR ???
    OLB/ILB Long
    3rd RB issue: Polk will “reaggrevate” is hammy and go on short term IR. Barner takes his spot as KR and RB because Huff is dinged. Josey takes the 4th spot but never dresses unless there is an injury.
    Momah makes it as the 6th WR and never dresses. Strictly developmental for the year. Barner gets cut in week 5 to clear a slot for Lane and we keep our 7th rounder. If Polk does not go on full term IR then or Hart will be cut.

    • Warhound KnowsHstryWarts&All

      I really think that they’ll save that short term IR slot in case a starter goes down early in the season.

  • morganc

    Biggest myth that I can’t seem to get my head around: Polk can’t stay healthy. He hasn’t missed a game in his career. Yes he had shoulder surgery. Yes his hammy is bothering him now. Again, how many NFL games missed due to injury again? Not saying I love the guy or anything, but let’s live in reality.
    One injury that has impacted his pre-season.