Eagles 53-man roster prediction: Training camp twists & turns

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The Eagles officially report to Training Camp today which means it’s FINALLY time for Football. Before the sound of clashing pads fills the air once more, here’s a quick look at the projected depth chart, those on the roster bubble and the wildcards who could sneak onto the roster.

Quarterback: 3 (3)

Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, Cody Kessler

This shouldn’t come as a surprise. The development of Nate Sudfeld has been extremely impressive, but there’s no experienced veteran to lean on anymore and if Carson Wentz were to go down with injury or miss even one game during a key period in the season, could he keep the offense moving? That’s where Kessler and his 17 NFL starts come into play. The team keep Sudfeld developing while also maintaining an insurance policy.

Fifth-round selection Clayton Thorson will likely be placed on the practice squad if he’s unable to really show a jump from an underwhelming spring.

Running back: 5 (8)

Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles, Corey Clement, Boston Scott

The return of Darren Sproles has completely reshaped the bottom end of the depth chart here, but missing 23 games in two seasons is hardly a strong enough resume to convince Philly to keep 4 backs, another of whom is coming off a season-ending injury, and a rookie who missed the entire Spring with a hammy setback. Boston Scott emulates the skillset of Sproles and his special teams value should be enough to push him ahead of a ‘jack of all trades’ in Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams, who also faces an uphill battle, but is likely the closest to contending that RB5 role.

Offensive line: 9 (17)

Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Andre Dillard, Jordan Mailata, Matt Pryor, Halapoulivaati Vaitai

The surprise cut here is Stefen Wisniewski, but think about it. While Wis is closer to a roster lock than he is being cast aside, let’s remember the facts. He wanted a longer-term deal prior to last season and wasn’t offered it. He was benched midway through 2018 for reasons he did not understand and vocalized. He tested free agency waters and eventually took less money to remain in Philly. Halapoulivaati Vaitai was getting first-team RG reps over him in OTA’s.

Matt Pryor can play every spot along the offensive line, Jordan Mailata is going nowhere, and the team will want to get younger eventually. If there’s a weak veteran link, it’s Wisniewski…and if it means adding talent at other areas, don’t write it off.

Tight end: 3 (20)

Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers

The return of 13-personnel is upon us, people. I don’t really have anything else to add here except #GoedErtz.

Wide receiver: 6 (26)

Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Charles Johnson, Mack Hollins

There’s some speculation over the future of Nelson Agholor, and rightly so. But for now, there’s no shocks. Mack Hollins sneaks onto the roster, but so does AAF standout Charles Johnson. If you’re wondering why, just give this video a watch.

I truly believe Johnson has potential as a ‘big’ slot receiver, and he’s not alone. Hollins does too. This new focus on size over speed after the return of DJax could be pivotal in deciding those final roster spots.