KEEP in mind I’m a fan. I have no more inside information that you do, I just have a kick-ass record of being right about these things.
This Final Roster Prediction is just a guess based off of what Chip Kelly did last year. Imagine you and I were having a beer and giving our take on the roster. That’s all this is. So don’t be an asshole if I don’t nail all 53 of these.
Special Teams: (3)
K: (1) Alex Henery – There just isn’t enough known about the other Kickers on the roster. Foolishly one wasn’t allowed to kick in any game, and the other was brought over so late, there’s no way of knowing if he’s better or worse.
P: (1) Donnie Jones – He’s the only Punter on the roster.
LS: (1) Jon Dorenbos – He’s the only Long Snapper on the roster.
QB: (3) Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley – Foles is your starter and Sanchez has demonstrated a quick command of this system. If he isn’t traded to the Rams, he’s the #2. If he is then Barkley has a leg up on anybody they could bring in.
RB: (4) LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Henry Josey, Matt Tucker – I’m thinking 4 because last year Kelly went with 4. I’m thinking Josey because all he did was make plays. I’m thinking Tucker over Chris Polk, because Tucker has been solid while Polk hasn’t played a down this preseason and has trouble staying healthy.
WR: (6) Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Damaris Johnson, Jeff Maehl – I doubt Johnson makes the roster if Huff still isn’t hurt, but if he still is we need a KR. Maehl went to Oregon.
TE: (3) Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey – Rookie Trey Burton is more versatile and a better fit in this offense, but cutting Casey carries too much of a Dead Money penalty to justify over a 3rd string player.
OT: (5) Lane Johnson, Jason Peters, Allen Barbre, Dennis Kelly, Matt Tobin – Last year we kept 4 but Barbre was listed as a Guard. Aside from that this is the exact same group.
G: (3) Evan Mathis, Todd Herremans, Julian Vandervelde – Vanderveld is listed as Center on the EAGLES roster, but he was a Guard in college, and this preseason has lined up at Guard when the back-up Center has been in.
C: (2) Jason Kelce, David Molk – There’s wiggle room all over the O-line as some players have no hard positional designation. That’s a strength among 3rd stringers, not 2nd. Molk on the other hand is a Center. Period.
DT: (2) Bennie Logan, Beau Allen – Allen hasn’t shown anything that says if he has to step up, he can. But the coaching staff likes him and they get to make the call.
LB: (8) Trent Cole, Connor Barwin, Marcus Smith, DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks, Bryan Braman, Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho – The last 3 will stick for Special Teams.
S: (4) Malcom Jenkins, Nate Allen, Earl Wolff, Chris Maragos – Kept 6 last year, but CB offers some flexibility so 6 aren’t necessary now.
CB: (6) Cary Williams, Brandon Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Nolan Carroll, Curtis Marsh, Jaylen Watkins – Many want Marsh gone, but when you read his bio on the EAGLES site and compare it with the one of Roc Carmicheal, it tells you what the organization thinks of each man.
So there it is. Again it’s just a guess. Injury or trade however, could change any of this.
Just a bit of gossip: As of this moment (8:07 a.m. Monday 8.25.14), Sanchez hasn’t been traded to the Rams and has said he doesn’t want be. I (like most of you), am hoping we don’t do it. But if we do, hopefully we get our grubby mitts on QB Shaun Hill as part of the deal.