53-Man Roster Speculation

After two preseason games, the Eagles' roster picture comes a little bit more into focus.

For purposes of this examination, I'll look at the predictions I had made for the 53-man roster a week ago, and I'll see if there are any changes to be made, based on how the roster has performed in two road losses.

QUARTERBACKS

Before Preseason: Nick Foles (S), Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley

Changes: None

G.J. Kinne has still an outside shot to unseat Barkley for the third spot, but it's going to take a performance that pulls out all the stops vs. the Jets in eleven days. Beyond that happening, Barkley's almost certainly backing up Foles and a rejuvenated 'Sanchize'.

RUNNING BACKS

Before Preseason: LeSean McCoy (S), Darren Sproles, Chris Polk

Changes: None

Maybe Henry Josey is on his way toward being this year's Russell Sheppard, the pet underdog of the avid preseason watchers. Josey could pull past Matthew Tucker certainly, but his impressive performances still haven't been enough to pass the currently-mending Polk. Maybe if Chip Kelly goes to four backs, which is a possibility.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Before Preseason: Jeremy Maclin (S), Riley Cooper (S), Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Brad Smith, Arrelious Benn

Changes: None

Benn's heads-up Friday night trumps Ifeanyi Momah's uneven performance. Smith seems to be a lock based on versatility. Damaris Johnson showed improved awareness in the Patriots game, but the evolution at the position may have left him in the dust. Still no word on Huff's shoulder, but if the news is bad, Momah and Johnson would have new life.

TIGHT ENDS

Before Preseason: Brent Celek (S), Zach Ertz (S), James Casey

Changes: None

Duh.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Before Preseason: Jason Peters (S), Evan Mathis (S), Jason Kelce (S), Todd Herremans (S), Lane Johnson (S/SUSP), Allen Barbre (S), Matt Tobin, Julian Vandervelde, Michael Bamiro, Josh Andrews

Changes: David Molk, Dennis Kelly, Andrew Gardner replace Vandervelde, Bamiro, Andrews

I admittedly hadn't seen the depth chart prior to my picks, but even seeing it, I had no idea how well the second group would be playing. Vandervelde's back surgery has only given way to Molk's excellent second-level run blocking, while Kelly, Tobin, and the suspended Johnson have been stellar in second-team action. Gardner gets consideration for being solid in the group, despite not standing out as much.

SPECIALISTS

Before Preseason: Alex Henery (kicker), Donnie Jones (punter), Jon Dorenbos (long snapper)

Changes: None

Carey Spear's laying in the lost-and-found box with Patrick Chung's competence.

DEFENSIVE ENDS

Before Preseason: Cedric Thornton (S), Fletcher Cox (S), Vinny Curry, Brandon Bair, Taylor Hart

Changes: None

Unless Kelly carries six, there seems to be no room for Joe Kruger. The best pass rushers of the group have been back-ups Curry and Bair. With these five, frequent rotation could be optimum to solving the sack deficiencies.

NOSE TACKLES

Before Preseason: Bennie Logan (S), Beau Allen

Changes: None

Allen's still a favorite to hold off Damion Square. With a relentless motor for such a rotund fellow, leapfrogging Logan one day (perhaps not this year) isn't an impossibility either.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Before Preseason: Connor Barwin (S), Trent Cole (S), Marcus Smith II, Brandon Graham, Bryan Braman

Changes: None

Travis Long would be the cut-off man, and his lack of awareness against New England's first teamers was quite glaring. As long as Braman's a special teams animal, he fills a niche that Long simply can't.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS

Before Preseason: DeMeco Ryans (S), Mychal Kendricks (S), Najee Goode, Emmanuel Acho

Changes: Jason Phillips replaces Acho

Gut call on my part. Phillips has been decent in the run, and though he gets blocked in on screens, he's actually getting quality penetration toward the QB. At this point, I feel Phillips brings more to the table than Acho does.

CORNERBACKS

Before Preseason: Cary Williams (S), Bradley Fletcher (S), Brandon Boykin, Nolan Carroll, Jaylen Watkins

Changes: None

Are there semi-pro teams that would sign Curtis Marsh after that game?

SAFETIES

Before Preseason: Malcolm Jenkins (S), Nate Allen (S), Earl Wolff, Chris Maragos, Ed Reynolds

Changes: None

I did swap Allen into starter over Wolff following a pair of inspired performances from the once-maligned safety. Reynolds has been invisible for the most part, with his only competition in the form of Davon Morgan. The Jets preseason game could be telling, but otherwise, the draft pick would have the inside track.

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