One of the biggest questions that surround NFL training camp is who eventually makes the final 53-man roster. With Eagles camp just about two weeks away, it’s time to speculate who will make the final cut and be a part of the 2022 Philadelphia Eagles.
Today, we look at who stays and who goes with the linebacking core. As of right now we have 35 current players on the roster, and the Eagles kept seven last season. Let’s look to see who makes the cut.
LB’s on the Roster
Shaun Bradley, Nakobe Dean, TJ Edwards, Christian Eliss, Ali Fayad, Kyron Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Haason Reddick, Jacoby Stevens, Kyzir White, Davion Taylor
LB that will be on the 53-man Roster
Haason Reddick, Kyzir White, TJ Edwards, Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley, Kyron Johnson
Howie Roseman and Nick Sirianni have a lot of difficult decisions to make regarding the 2022 roster. The linebacker group offers a boatload of tough decisions.
There are the no-brainers. Haason Reddick comes in as a pass rushing weapon and will be used in a variety of ways for Jonathan Gannon. Then you have Kyzir White who was Los Angeles’ third best defensive player last season. White’s skillset against the pass is something the Eagles have sorely missed.
Then there is Nakobe Dean. The third round pick out of Georgia could very well be the future leader of the Eagles defense. The perfect blend of size, speed and athleticism, the argument could be made that Dean is the most important Eagles draft pick this season.
Then you have the combination of Davion Taylor and TJ Edwards. Taylor was playing very well last season before he was lost for the year due to an injury. Edwards is a very good run defender but struggles against the pass. Both players should make the 53, but could very well be competing for a starting spot in training camp. If I were to guess if one were to be released in camp, it would probably be TJ Edwards because Taylor is a more balanced backer, and with the emergence of Dean, could make Edwards the last man out.
Shaun Bradley is a solid special teams leader that should be on the team in two months but two late round linebackers in Patrick Johnson and Kyron Johnson could be competing for the final roster spot. Patrick was drafted in the seventh round in 2021 but Kyron is more of a pass rushing linebacker similar to Reddick. I could see Kyron getting cut because of Reddick’s presence, but this final roster spot will be determined on who plays special teams better.
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