SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 18: Jalen Hurts #1 and DeVonta Smith #6 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrate after a touchdown in the third quarter at Lumen Field on December 18, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

Mini Camp is over for the Eagles. We have a month and a change before we actually get to training camp. Which means it is time for a way too early Eagles 53-man roster projection.

The roster going into camp could still change. We are all waiting to see what they do with James Bradberry. Will they cut him? Trade him? Could he still actually make the Eagles 53-Man Roster? Will they add anyone else? Maybe a linebacker?

Howie has made a name for himself with late additions. James Bradberry was originally a late summer addition. They traded for CJ Gardner Johnson late into training camp. Last year they added Zach Cunningham at the start of camp.

The current 90 players, won’t be the same group they have going into Pre-Season. Something is going to change.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 26: Jordan Davis #90 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts during the first half of the game against the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field on November 26, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

A Tradition Of Way Too Early Projections

But with that said, it is tradition to take a way too early, half-blind guess, at the eventual Eagles 53-man roster. If I am wrong, no one is going to remember a article from June. If somehow this is mostly accurate, I will be able to point to it and impress people (no one would actually be impressed).

At least 40 of the spots are near locks. There are only so many spots actually up for grabs. The Eagles had a lot of draft picks, were busy in free agency, and already had a crowded roster, at least on offense.

That doesn’t mean the roster is great, just that there are a lot of players they are locked into long-term.

Who will make it on the final roster though? Will there be any surprise cuts, or surprise players with the team in Brazil for week 1?

LANDOVER, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 29: DeVonta Smith #6 celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown with A.J. Brown #11 of the Philadelphia Eagles during a game against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on October 29, 2023 in Landover, Maryland.
(Photo by Jess Rapfogel/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jess Rapfogel/Getty Images)

Like the mock draft, it is just a fun exercise. It lets us take a look at what this team might look at it, and lets us take account of what holes they may still have.

Here is my best, probably mostly wrong, Eagles 53-man roster projection:

  • Quarterbacks (3)

    • Jalen Hurts
    • Kenny Pickett
    • Tanner McKee

    This one is easy. The only odd man out is Will Grier. From the start, we knew Grier was here to help new OC Kellen Moore implement his system. But it is hard to see him supplanting McKee as the 3rd stringer, and the other two guys are obviously locked in.

    McKee was impressive last spring, well impressive by the standard of a 3rd string QB. It’s worth holding onto to him to see if he can become a long term back up.

    TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 15: Jalen Hurts #1 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs at Raymond James Stadium on January 15, 2024 in Tampa, Florida.

  • Running Backs (3)

    • Saquon Barkley 
    • Kenny Gainwell 
    • Will Shipley 

    Another easy one. We know that Saquon will start, and Gainwell will be the main backup. Gainwell gets hate randomly by some Eagles fans. But as a backup, he is effective. They aren’t going to play Barkley every single snap, so don’t get upset when we do see Gainwell out there.

    As for Shipley. Unless he is a complete disaster he will make the roster as the 3rd string RB. Will he see much of the field? Who knows, but he will be on the team.

    Last year they carried 4, with Rashaad Penny spending most of the season on the inactive list. As of now, there is not a 4th RB worth spending that roster spot on.

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 11: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants celebrates after scoring a five yard touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter in the game at MetLife Stadium on December 11, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Wide Recievers (5)

    • AJ Brown 
    • DeVonta Smith 
    • Parris Campbell 
    • Anias Smith 
    • Britain Covey 

    I still don’t have John Ross making the roster, yet. He will have to do a lot more than impress in Mini Camp. The guy hasn’t played in a few years, and wasn’t good when he did play. It will be an interesting story to watch, but he is still a longshot.

    For now, I only have 5. Brown and Smith are locks. Campbell and the other Smith will compete for the slot spot, but both should make it regardless. And Covey will make it as the return man. I even heard they might find ways utilize Covey on offense.

    LANDOVER, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 29: DeVonta Smith #6 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates a touchdown with A.J. Brown #11 during the fourth quarter against the Washington Commanders at FedExField on October 29, 2023 in Landover, Maryland.

  • Tight Ends (3)

    • Dallas Goedert 
    • C.J. Uzomah 
    • Albert Okwuegbunam 

    TE depth has been an issue for the eagles for years now. But these 3 should be locks to make it. Goedert should see a boost in his production with Moore in charge. The Eagles will utilize the middle of the field, and the TEs much more now.

    The other two guys, I am not sure about. With so little depth, they are currently locks to be here. But I don’t know if they would step up if Goedert misses time.

    I left Grant Calcaterra off. It has been two years, He had multiple chances to step up and prove something, and never did.

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 18: Dallas Goedert #88 of the Philadelphia Eagles lines up in the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on December 18, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

  • Offensive Linemen (10)

    • LT- Jordan Mailata 
    • LG- Landon Dickerson 
    • C- Cam Jurgens 
    • RG- Tyler Steen 
    • RT- Lane Johnson 
    • Mekhi Becton 
    • Matt Hennessy 
    • Trevor Keegan 
    • Dylan McMahon 
    • Fred Johnson 

    The starting 5 are near locks. The only possible change could be Becton taking the RG job from Steen. They worked him out there in Mini-Camp, and he apparently looked good. Both guys are locks to be on the team at this point though.

    Eagles love having lots of OL depth, and they love guys who can play multiple positions. Nearly everyone, apart from McMahon and Johnson, fit that description here.

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 05: Lane Johnson #65 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field after a win over the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on November 05, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Edge Rushers (5)

    • Bryce Huff 
    • Josh Sweat 
    • Nolan Smith 
    • Brandon Graham 
    • Jalyx Hunt 

    The Edge Rusher room has lot of question marks. None of these guys have proven they can be consistent pass rush threats.  

    Huff has only 1 season with double digit sacks, where he was a part time player. Will he hold up with more playing time? Sweat has 1 double digit sack season, and fell off last season. Nolan Smith has never been productive in the NFL or College, but his upside is huge. Graham is 35. And Hunt is a project. 

    All 5 of these guys are locks. Patrick Johnson is on the bubble.  

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 10: Bryce Huff #47 of the New York Jets celebrates after a sack during the first quarter in the game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium on December 10, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

  • Defensive Tackles (5)

    • Jalen Carter 
    • Jordan Davis 
    • Milton Williams 
    • Marlon Tuipulotu 
    • Moro Ojomo 

    I would classify at least the first 4 guys here as locks. Ojomo was on the roster, but inactive most weeks. They didnt add much in terms of DT depth this off-season though, so barring future moves, his spot should be mostly safe. UDFA Gabe Hall has a chance to break through though.

    Like on the EDGE, they are relying on a lot of inexperience. Carter and Davis have huge upside, but are not proven commodities yet.

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 18: Jalen Carter #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on in the second half at Lumen Field on December 18, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

  • Linebackers (5)

    • Zack Baun 
    • Devin White 
    • Nakobe Dean 
    • Jeremiah Trotter Jr 
    • Ben VanSumeren 

    Baun surprisingly has been their main inside linebacker so far. He has mostly been an edge rusher in his career, but evidently, Vic Fangio sees something in him as a LB. Devin White was the 2nd LB, leaving Nakobe Dean the oddman out of the starting group. 

    All 3, plus Trotter, are locks to make the roster, its just a matter of who gets the most snaps. VanSumeren is less of a lock, but they seem to like him, so I see him sticking around.  

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 05: Nakobe Dean #17 of the Philadelphia Eagles react after a sack during the second quarter in the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on November 05, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Cornerbacks (6)

    • Darius Slay 
    • Quinyon Mitchell 
    • Cooper DeJean 
    • Kelee Ringo 
    • Isaiah Rodgers Sr. 
    • Eli Ricks 

    The Eagles have a lot of corners. There are going to be a lot of cuts. We are all waiting for Bradberry, it just hasn’t happened yet. I don’t think he makes the team though. Eventually I think he is cut though. They might be hoping to pull of a trade to lessen the dead cap blow.

    Slay, Mitchell, Dejean, and Ringo are near locks. DeJean I think ends up the starting slot corner, with Mitchell and Slay the starters outside. That leaves Ringo as the main backup, and Rodgers and Ricks there for depth.

    As for Avonte Maddox, I have him making the team, but playing a different position.  

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - NOVEMBER 26: Darius Slay #2 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts during the first half of the game against the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field on November 26, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Safeties (5)

    • CJ Gardner Johnson 
    • Reed Blankenship 
    • Sydney Brown 
    • Avonte Maddox 
    • Andre’ Sam 

    CJ Gardner-Johnson thankfully gives them 1 sure thing at Safety. He was mostly great for them in 2022. They badly missed his playmaking last season.

    Who the 2nd Safety will be is up in the air. Plus with Fangio, there will be many 3 Safety packages. Brown is evidently on track to come back earlier than we first thought . He will likely play a big role. We can expect Blankenship to see a lot of time as well, even if his sophomore season was disappointing.

    I also have Maddox moving to Safety. He has played there in the past, and its probably the cleaner path to him keeping his spot on the roster with there being so much competition at corner.

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: C.J. Gardner-Johnson #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles reacts against the New York Giants during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Special Teams (3)

    • Jake Elliott 
    • Braden Mann 
    • Rick Lovato 

    These 3 are all locks. Elliott is one of the best kickers in the league, Mann was above average after joining the team, and Lovato never messes up a snap. Special Teams was the one part of the team that worked the way it is supposed to last season. None of these 3 will even have competition on the roster.  

    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 18: Jake Elliott #4 of the Philadelphia Eagles attempts a field goal in the second quarter at Lumen Field on December 18, 2023 in Seattle, Washington.

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