Wednesday, May 27, 2015

2015 Eagles Roster: Preseason

As the Eagles prepare for offseason workouts and the roster sizes around the league balloon to 90-player proportions, the Eagles will begin sorting through the fringe veterans from last season and the incoming class of young players.

The offense had a well documented major make-over this offseason--new quarterback, running backs and a change at receiver.

The defense added a salvo of youthful competition--acquired linebackers and defensive backs through trade, free agency and the draft.

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Keyword for Offense: MAKEOVER

At QB, the competition is really to sort out the pecking order behind Sam Bradford. Mark Sanchez looks like the top back-up, but Tim Tebow and Matt Barkley will likely duke it out for the third spot.

The RB position is pretty much solidified with Demarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Only question remaining is--if there is room for a fourth in Mathew Tucker or another interesting youngster.

At WR, Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews are the new young guns looking to attack the league by storm. Riley Cooper and Miles Austin are in the lead to fill out the top four WR positions. But a bevy of affronting challengers capitulated by Josh Huff, John Harris and Seyi Ajirotutu have hopes to earn roster spots and playing time.

Brent Celek and Zach Ertz are clearly the class of the tight end group. Trey Burton has a strong advantage against tight ends challenging for a third position.

If Evan Mathis returns to the fold upon mandatory practice resumption, Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Allen Barbre and Lane Johnson project as the starters.  The returning youthful depth of Matt Tobin, Andrew Gardner, Dennis Kelly and David Molk will attempt to hold-off any undrafted free agents fighting for a position.

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Keyword for Defense: COMPETITION

The defensive line is seemingly set with Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Cedric Thornton and Vinny Curry as a rotational pass-rush specialist.  The rest of the competition is intriguing. Chip continues to acquire absurdly tall defensive linemen.  Travis Raciti (6-5), Brandon Bair(6-7), Frank Mays (6-9), Taylor Hart (6-5) and Brian Mihalik (6-9). Throw-in Beau Allen as the only traditional NT prospect behind Bennie Logan.

At ILB, the competition for a starting position is very real. Mychal Kendricks, Demeco Ryans and Kiko Alonso are joined by a promising third round pick in Jordan Hicks. Brad Jones, Najee Goode and Emmanuel Acho are looking for a roster spot as well and they have been service-able NFL players.

Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin are starting at OLB with very little depth behind them. Last year's first round pick, Marcus Smith is still a mystery, but he and special teamer, Bryan Braman, are in a good position to see the field in 2015. If an available OLB tickles Chip's fancy, they could bust a move. Perhaps an "ILB" may fill a void at "OLB" in an emergency.  Rumors of Kiko Alonso at OLB have been circulating.

The biggest competition in camp is in the secondary--cornerbacks and safeties. Byron Maxwell (CB) Malcolm Jenkins (S) and Eric Rowe (CB/S) are locked-in, but after that its a battle royale for a roster spot. With Rowe's potential flexibility to play CB or safety, it will be very interesting to see how Walter Thurmond and Brandon Boykin compete for an outside cornerback spot and/or the nickelback spot while youngsters Jaylen Watkins, Jacorey Shepherd and Nolan Carroll pursue an opportunity to start in the secondary at corner or compete with Ed Reynolds, Earl Wolff and Jerome Couplin as a safety.

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