Monday, December 22, 2014

Breaking down the Eagles' roster

The Eagles have finished up their offseason OTAs and will not reconvene until the July 26 start of training camp at Lehigh.

Breaking down the Eagles' roster

Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett makes the catch during the final practice at OTAs Thursday afternoon. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Eagles wide receiver Hank Baskett makes the catch during the final practice at OTAs Thursday afternoon. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

The Eagles have finished up their offseason OTAs and will not reconvene until the July 26 start of training camp at Lehigh.

The roster stands at 80 players and the Eagles will have some decisions to make come cutdown time, although they also will have information from training camp and preseason games to make those calls. 

NFL teams needs to be at 75 players by Sept. 1 and then down to 53 by Sept. 5. The Eagles open Sept. 13 against Carolina.

Here is how the 80-man roster breaks down right now:

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Wide receiver (11): Danny Amendola, Jason Avant, Hank Baskett, Reggie Brown, Kevin Curtis, Brandon Gibson, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Shaheer McBride, Brandon Robinson, Marcus Thigpen.

Offensive line (15): Shawn Andrews, Stacy Andrews, Nick Cole, King Dunlap, Paul Fanaika, Mike Gibson, Todd Herremans, Jamal Jackson, Max-Jean Gilles, Winston Justice, Mike McGlynn, Chris Patrick, Jason Peters, Dallas Reynolds, Fenuki Tupou.

Tight end (4): Eugene Bright, Brent Celek, Cornelius Ingram, Matt Schobel.

Running back (4): Lorenzo Booker, Eldra Buckley, LeSean McCoy, Brian Westbrook.

Fullback (3): Kyle Eckel, Marcus Maileli, Leonard Weaver.

Quarterback (3): A.J. Feeley, Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb.

Defensive end (7): Victor Abiamiri, Chris Clemons, Trent Cole, Josh Gaines, Darren Howard, Juqua Parker, Bryan Smith.

Defensive tackle (5): Brodrick Bunkley, Jervonte Jackson, Dan Klecko, Trevor Laws, Mike Patterson.

Linebacker (9): Stewart Bradley, Tank Daniels, Moise Fokou, Omar Gaither, Chris Gocong, Charleston Hughes, Akeem Jordan, Joe Mays, Tracy White.

Cornerback (9): Sheldon Brown, Joselio Hanson, Macho Harris, Ellis Hobbs, Jack Ikegwounu, Dimitri Patterson, Courtney Robinson, Asante Samuel, Trae Williams.

Safety (6): Rashad Baker, Quintin Demps, Sean Jones, Reshard Langford, Quintin Mikell, Byron Parker.

Kicker (1): David Akers.

Long snapper (1): Jon Dorenbos.

Punter (2): Ken Parrish, Sav Rocca.
 

And just to clarify the point after reading some of the comments below, there is a long way to go before the Eagles have to come up with a final roster and they could potentially add players between now and then. The idea here was to give you a sense of what they have to work with as they try to craft the 53-man roster, where they have depth and where they don't appear to. Believe us, there will be plenty of analysis to come, including an entire special section devoted to training camp.

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A lot of attention has been given to all sorts of rankings. Rick Gosselin, the highly respected football writer for the Dallas Morning News, listed his offseason rankings today. He has the Eagles third behind New England and the New York Giants. Here is what he said about the Eagles:

The Eagles have won an NFC-high 92 games this decade on the broad shoulders of Donovan McNabb, who went to his only Super Bowl with Terrell Owens. Other than that season, McNabb has been throwing to a cast of no-names this decade. We've all wondered how good McNabb could be if he had some legitimate weapons on the flank. Eagles coach Andy Reid has finally decided to find out, using premium draft choices on speedy WRs DeSean Jackson in '08 and Jeremy Maclin in '09.  Final '08 ranking: 12  

 

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