The Eagles roster is at 53 at the moment but there will be a few moves in the next couple days, I guarantee it.
Quarterbacks (3): Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Matt Barkley
Same as I predicted, as did everyone else.
Running Backs (3): Lesean McCoy, Bryce Brown, Chris Polk
Tucker was a luxury that I wanted to keep. I hope he makes it to the practice squad.
Tight Ends (4): Brent Celek, James Casey, Zach Ertz, Emil Igwenagu
Four tight ends as expected but I was off by one. Clay Harbor has the physical tools but things have never clicked for him so Emil makes the team based off of his ability to play full back, h-back and tight end.
Wide Receivers (5): Desean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson, Jeff Maehl
Everyone was wrong on this one. Rather than keeping camp darling Greg Salas or undrafted interest Shepard, the Eagles kept Chip Kelly veteran Jeff Maehl. Maehl stays thanks to his experience in the system and ability to play anywhere, but don’t be surprised if he is gone by the end up of the week for someone with more raw potential.
Offensive Line (9): Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, Lane Johnson, Allen Barbe, Julian Vandervelde, Dennis Kelly, Matt Tobin.
The 5 starters and Allen Barbe are on as expected. Same for backup center Julian Vandervelde. I thought maybe Dennis Kelly would go to the PUP list, but he is on the roster so perhaps he will be ready sooner rather than later. I only had Danny Watkins on the team to fill Kelly’s spot but he was cut as many hoped and expected. What a bad 2011 draft for the Eagles at the top. I said Matt Tobin was a dark horse to sneak onto the roster, thanks to his ability to backup at both right tackle and right guard, and he was the last guy to make it here. Michael Barimo simply was not as NFL ready as Tobin and hopefully makes the practice squad.
Defensive Line (7): Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan, Isaac Sopoaga, Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers, Damion Square
Same 7 guys as I, and many others projected. Damion Square is most in danger of being cut for a waiver wire player simply because he has no outstanding physical attributes.
Outside Linebackers (3): Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Connor Barwin
As predicted Everette Brown and Adrian Robinson didn’t stick. Travis Long is a practice squad hopeful. The biggest surprise cut is Chris McCoy, who looked like he was the #4 outside linebacker. He is another guy that hopefully can make it to the practice squad as the team searches the waivers for another outside backer.
Inside Linebackers (4): Mychal Kendricks, Demeco Ryans, Emmanuel Acho, Jake Knott, Casey Matthews
I saw a few bad plays from Matthews in the final preseason game and reacted by having him not make the roster, but he is a valuable special teams player and ahead of Jake Knott to actually see the field in a meaningful game right now.
Cornerbacks (6): Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Jordon Poyer, Curtis Marsh, Brandon Hughes
I predicted Willians, Fletcher, Boykin, Poyer and a player to be named later. For now Marsh and Hughes stay, but neither or them are safe by any means, and that player to be named will be named by the end of the week. Be sure that the team is looking for a number 4 corner back who can play right now, because Poyer is not quite there. I wish Marsh would have panned out but Hughes has a better chance to stick thanks to special teams.
Safety (5): Nate Allen, Patrick Chung, Earl Wolff, Colt Anderson, Kurt Coleman
This one was pretty straight forward, these were the best 5 guys on the roster.
Special Teams (3): Alex Henery, Donnie Jones, Jon Dorenbos
Overall I did a pretty solid job getting into the head of the Eagles front office. I had the last player at 4 different positions wrong, and kept an extra running back and linebacker over some depth at corner. The 5th wide receiver and 4th tight end were Jeff Maehl and Iggy and not Russell Shepard and Clay Harbor. The last two offensive linemen were Dennis Kelly and Matt Tobin and I had predicted Kelly on the PUP list and Michael Barimo’s long-term potential over Tobin’s ability to play right now. At linebacker the Eagles kept Casey Matthews and not Chris McCoy and both Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes made it, for now. I look forward to seeing who makes it to the practice squad and who might be available from another team that could help the Eagles this season.