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Final 53-Man Roster Projections

Louie DiBiase

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The Eagles have some decisions to make. Players had their final chance to make a case to the Eagles in last night’s preseason finale against the New York Jets.

Was it enough for some to crack the 53? Was it enough for some to create not only a roster spot but a role on the field?

For QB Christian Hackenberg, TE Billy Brown, TE Gannon Sinclair, and C Jon Toth, it was not as the Eagles released the four players today.

Although both the offensive and defensive starters appear set for the regular season, there are still question marks around the roster that will be answered after continued roster cuts this week.

Before the roster is set for next Thursday’s season opener against Atlanta, it is time for the final Locked on Eagles 53 man roster projections!

* Keep in mind this is a projection of what the 53 should look like throughout the season, that is counting suspended players like Nigel Bradham.

Louie’s 53

Offense: 

QB (3): Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Nate Sudfeld

RB (4): Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Darren Sproles, Josh Adams

WR (6): Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson, Markus Wheaton 

OL (9): Jason Peters, Stefen Wisniewski, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Halapoulivaati Vaiti, Jordan Mailata, Matt Pryor, Issac Seaumalo 

TE (4): Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers, Anthony Denham  

 

Defense:

DE (6): Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Michael Bennett, Chris Long, Steven Means, Josh Sweat

DT (4): Fletcher Cox, Haloti Ngata, Destiny Vaeao, Bruce Hector 

LB (5): Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry, Joe Walker 

CB (5): Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox

S (4): Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, Jeremy Reaves 

 

Special Teams: 

K: Jake Elliott

P: Cameron Johnston 

LS: Ricky Lovato (For the brand)

 

Gino’s 53

Offense: 

QB (3): Carson Wentz, Nick Foles Nate Sudfeld

RB (4): Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Darren Sproles, Josh Adams

WR (6): Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, Mack Hollin, Shelton Gibson, DeAndre Carter

TE (3): Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers, Anthony Denham 

OL (9): Jason Peters, Stefen Wisniewski, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jordan Mailata, Issac Seaumalo, Matt Pryor

 

Defense: 

DE (6): Brandon Graham, Michael Bennett, Derek Barnett, Chris Long, Josh Sweat, Steven Means 

DT (4): Fletcher Cox, Haloti Ngata, Destiny Vaeao, Elijah Qualls 

LB (5): Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry, LaRoy Reynolds

CB (6): Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Avonte Maddox, DeVante Bausby 

S (4): Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, Jeremy Reaves

 

Special Teams: 

K: Jake Elliott

P: Cameron Johnston

LS: Ricky Lovato

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, in addition to working as the Sports Director for 91.3 FM WBNY Buffalo. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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Is Jordan Matthews back?

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After 3 seasons as the Eagles primary wide receiver, Jordan Matthews was traded to the Buffalo Bills for Ronald Darby.

One year later the Eagles are razor thin at wide receiver and may just be bringing the former second round pick back.

It may not be the reunion story people were expecting but after Matthews had a workout with the Eagles Tuesday, it looks like he may be in midnight green this Sunday.

Louie and Gino break down EVERY aspect of this potential move. Why are fans so upset? How will it impact Nelson Agholor? What will they do when Alshon Jeffery comes back? Will Wentz and Matthews start up right where they left off in 2016?

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Double debut on Sunday?

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 17: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) scrambles in the fourth quarter of a week 2 NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs on September 17th, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The Chiefs won 27-20. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)
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Wentz is back! Wentz is back! Tell the people! Wentz is back! According to Doug Pederson Carson Wentz has been cleared for contact and will start against the Colts this Sunday.

With Alshon Jeffery still week to week and Mike Wallace now out indefinitely, do the Eagles need to get more help for Wentz?

Perhaps an old friend like Jeremy Maclin or Jordan Matthews? What about trading for Josh Gordon by the 4 pm deadline?

We speculate!

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DeSean Jackson and the Eagles: A redemption story that never was

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When DeSean Jackson runs out of the tunnel Sunday taking on his former team, you can’t help but wonder if Jackson will think about what could have been.

Just a year ago Jackson was a free agent after spending three seasons in Washington. Even before the 2016 season ended, speculation arose that the former Eagle might be coming back to the city where he spent six seasons becoming one of the most dangerous deep threats in NFL history.

During the Eagles-Redskins week 16 match-up, an employee at Lincoln Financial Field asked Jackson “You coming home?” Jackson’s reply got Eagles fans everywhere excited about a possible reunion.

Not only did Jackson comment on a potential comeback with the security guards, but he also told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that he wanted to play for a great quarterback (praising Carson Wentz) and that coming back to the Eagles would be a “great story or ending I guess you could say.”

The pairing made perfect sense. In the three years that Jackson wasn’t with the Eagles, the team was unable to replace him at wide receiver, rolling through the likes of Dorial Green-Beckham, Josh Huff, Jordan Matthews, and Miles Austin.

They also couldn’t find anybody to cover Jackson who suddenly was playing the Eagles twice a year.

He went from being the most dangerous deep threat in Eagles history, to the most dangerous threat to go deep against the Eagles.

Jackson gave the Eagles fits as he exposed the mediocre groups of Carry Williams and Bradley Fletcher, Byron Maxwell and Nolan Carroll, followed by Carroll and Leodis McKelvin.

He was the kryptonite of the Eagles. They  could not stop the once Giant, Cowboy, and Redskin killer that was now the biggest Eagle killer in the NFL.

The Eagles finally had the opportunity to do right by Jackson who was cut unexpectedly by Chip Kelly after (or before) a story came out that Jackson had gang ties back in California. It was speculated that the Eagles leaked the story as a way to justify cutting a receiver who had a career year in 2013. Jackson who has never got in trouble off the field spoke on the matter often, saying he grew up with friends that did get involved with gangs but he had never been a part of it.

Now that Chip Kelly was out of the picture and the Eagles desperately needed weapons to surround Carson Wentz with, it seemed like DeSean Jackson could be coming home.

Jackson seemed to like the idea, the Eagles reportedly had interest, and even former teammates like Brandon Graham and LeSean McCoy were talking about the potential reunion.

Brandon Graham:

“It’s an exciting feeling to get an Eagle back. I’m excited because he should have never left. Everybody knows that DeSean, yes, things were happening while he was here, but he’s a good guy. I used to be with him all the time.”

“I’m just happy because I kinda knew already. I’ve talked to him. I talked to him when Doug (Pederson) got hired. We have fun during the season. He’s like, ‘B.G. you know I’ll be back, man.’ But now that it’s official, as far as the season about to be over, I think you’ll be hearing a lot of noise about DeSean … I’m saying official as far as the end of season, now we’re gonna really see.”

LeSean McCoy:

The comeback of a fan favorite never came to fruition. Jackson, in a free agent market where a lot of teams were willing to pay big money for weapons like him, cashed in with Tampa Bay.

The Eagles took the route of bringing in Alshon Jeffery on a one-year prove it deal, while bringing in Torrey Smith to be their new DeSean Jackson.

Smith struggled to make the deep plays down the field but signing Jeffery over Jackson seemed to pay off as the Eagles finally had a complete WR1 who scored 12 touchdowns on the year including three in the playoffs. Jeffery was one of the biggest reasons the offense opened up and the team never looked back winning their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Jackson has to think that potentially could have been him had he and the Eagles worked something out in free agency.

With DeSean instead of Jeffery, Wentz would still have plenty of weapons on offense to take the MVP-caliber step he took in year two.

He commented on the Eagles winning the Super Bowl in an appearance on “Undisputed”, and how he and players like McCoy or Jeremy Maclin could have been with that Super Bowl team had Chip Kelly kept them around.

But DeSean’s situation is different from that of McCoy and Maclin. The Eagles were interested in bringing Jackson back. Had he asked for less money, perhaps the Eagles bring him home and he is hoisting the Lombardi Trophy with the Eagles.

What a story it could have been.

Instead, Jackson will be looking to once again be a problem for the Eagles secondary this Sunday. This time with a journeyman quarterback and a team that despite being 1-0, has a lot of question marks for this season and the future.

Gotta wonder if Jackson would do it differently if he could go back to 2017 free agency.

 

 

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