2018 Eagles Roster Predictions 1.0: Midway Through Training Camp

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We’re halfway through training camp and the first preseason game is Thursday.

Football is back.

There have been players who’ve done well and players that have struggled. Most of the strugglers are players you probably have never heard of and probably won’t ever again.

We’re still a ways away from the 53-man roster deadline of September 1, but the overall group of Eagles looks set for the most part.

Let’s take a stab at this:

Quarterbacks (3) 

Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Nate Sudfeld

Missing out: Joe Callahan

There’s no question about this position. Despite not practicing in team drills, Carson Wentz looks fine. He just needs to get rid of some rust.

Running backs (4)

Jay Ajayi, Darren Sproles, Corey Clement, Donnel Pumphrey

Missing out: Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood, Matt Jones

The big question here will be Pumphrey and Adams. Pump has definitely improved from last year’s training camp, but Adams has had a very good stretch of practices this past week. I think Adams is the better player and it’ll be hard to give him up to 31 other teams, but Pumphrey stays for now. There’s a reason why the Birds traded up to get him last year.

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Wide receiver (6)

Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, Mack Hollins, Markus Wheaton, Shelton Gibson

Missing out: Greg Ward Jr., Rashard Davis, Bryce Treggs, Kamar Aiken, Tim Wilson, Anthony Mahoungou, DeAndre Carter

Jeffery (once he returns from shoulder surgery), Agholor, and Wallace will be the starting wideouts. Mack Hollins has had a quiet training camp. Wheaton will be a good addition on a one-year deal, but the big story is Shelton Gibson and his improvement from last year. He’s still dropping some passes, but not as many as he did last year, and he’s making some nice grabs. Ward and Davis have also impressed, and Treggs has recently returned from the NFI list with some good catches in his first two days back.

Tight end (3)

Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers

Missing out: Billy Brown, Josh Perkins, Gannon Sinclair

All you need is three tight ends. Ertz and Goedert are the easy 1-2, while Rodgers is a great veteran to have as a number three.

Offensive line (8)

Jason Peters, Stefen Wisniewski, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Matt Pryor, Isaac Seumalo

Missing out: Chance Warmack, Taylor Hart, Jordan Mailata, Darrell Greene, Toby Weathersby, Ian Park, Aaron Evans

The starting line and Big V are locks. Pryor has had some flashes as a backup during camp and has definitely been more impressive than Chance Warmack. Seumalo at center has been a rough ride with his high snaps, but he brings in some versatility and can play anywhere on the line.

Defensive line (10)

Chris Long, Michael Bennett, Fletcher Cox, Destiny Vaeao, Haloti Ngata, Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, Steven Means, Elijah Qualls

Missing out: Tim Jernigan (PUP), Aziz Shittu, Danny Ezechukwu, Joe Ostman, Adam Reth, Bruce Hector, Winston Craig

Obviously the notable exception is Jernigan, who will probably start the season on the PUP list. I think he’ll miss at least the first six games. Graham hasn’t practiced yet, but he should be ready to go for week 1. Doug Pederson mentioned Aziz Shittu as one of the young players that has stood out, but for now I’m going with in-game experience in Qualls.

Linebacker (6)

Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry, Joe Walker, LaRoy Reynolds

Missing out: Corey Nelson, Kyle Wilson, Asantay Brown

Grugier-Hill and Gerry have gotten first team reps when Jim Schwartz has gone with three linebackers. Walker is a good special teams player, while Reynolds has done more than Nelson in camp and is cheaper to keep.

Cornerback (6)

Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, De’Vante Bausby, Avonte Maddox

Missing out: D.J. Killings, Chandon Sullivan

Everybody in this group (except the rookie Maddox) has improved since last season. Despite being the subject of trade rumors, I don’t see Darby getting moved. He’s looked phenomenal thus far in a contract year. Sidney Jones is going to be fun to watch, and I’m loving Rasul Douglas and his confidence as well.

Safety (4)

Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, Tre Sullivan

Missing out: Chris Maragos (PUP), Stephen Roberts, Jeremy Reaves

Corey Graham just re-signed on a one-year deal today, which wasn’t a huge surprise. That helps the depth with Sullivan being a fourth safety, but I think there’s a big question revolving around Maragos. He’s a great special teams guy, but is it worth keeping him on the roster?

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Special teams (3)

Rick Lovato (long snapper), Cameron Johnston (punter), Jake Elliott (kicker)

They have no competition. I’m surprised to see the team not bringing in another punter to compete with Johnston. He has power, but he’s sometimes shanking his punts.

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6 Responses

  1. He will be the MC at Club Lavo. Your top four in the world are Tiesto, Aoki, Afrojack and Killings

  2. I once saw Cuz in the Acme parking lot. He was only three spots away from the cart return but he still just let it sit there. It started rolling away and almost hit an old lady, cuz just laughed. What a jerk

  3. I saw the Cuz last summer at the Four Seasons in Maui. Great guy, every 2 min fans were coming up to him for pictures and autographs. The Cuz is such a good dude. Signed every one.

  4. Big Cuz guy here. Saw him at DiBruno Brothers a few weeks back and he paid for groceries for this single mom who was in front of him in line. Heart of Gold, I tell ya.

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