Oregon-Mania!

Kenjon Barner is the ninth Oregon alum to join the current Eagles roster. Who's making the final cut?

Here's a brief examination of all nine Oregon Ducks currently wearing midnight green (through a hasty, temporary switch to black), and the chances of each of them making the 53-man roster.

Kenjon Barner, RB

Has competition with Chris Polk, Matthew Tucker, Henry Josey, and David Fluellen, likely for two spots behind LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. Dave Spadaro thinks we'll see Barner in both home preseason games. Given how well his career at Oregon played out, Chip Kelly will be determined to get the most out of him, but it may take more than a year.

VERDICT: Practice Squad

Josh Huff, WR

Only hindrance will be the shoulder sprain. However long he may be out, he'll be an Eagle through it regardless. A third round pick, Kelly has hope that Huff can replace DeSean Jackson's undersized speed, while bolstering special teams.

VERDICT: Makes team (possible injury designation)

JEFF MAEHL, WR

Too much firepower was added to the receiver position this season (see Huff), while Arrelious Benn is healthy, and Ifeanyi Momah is probably the current outsider-looking-in. That puts Maehl, efficient blocking aside, at a disadvantage.

VERDICT: Cut

Will Murphy, WR

If Maehl has diminished odds of making this year's team, Murphy's are worse. Except for special teams, you're probably not seeing him in the Steelers game.

VERDICT: Cut

Brandon Bair, DE

Impressed immensely this summer with a near-Vinny Curry-like quickness into the backfield. There's indication that Bair could be put on the expanded ten man practice squad, but I disagree. His speed's needed on the field.

VERDICT: Makes team

Taylor Hart, DE

Fifth-round selection seems like a safe pick, with fundamental skills in each facet of defensive-line play. Figures to be an integral part of Jerry Azzinaro's rotation at the line.

VERDICT: Makes team

Wade Keliikipi, NT

Had an uphill battle behind Bennie Logan, Beau Allen, and Damion Square. The Eagles don't need three noses, and you never see Keliikipi until Matt Barkley and non-injury-reasons Curtis Marsh hit the field.

VERDICT: Cut

JOSH KADDU, LB

Kelly likes him enough that Kaddu's getting work at both the outside and inside positions. His inside work, along with that of Travis Long's, has helped make Jason Phillips expendable. Kaddu seems like a stash-away for now, and will be revisited in 2015.

VERDICT: Practice Squad

Casey Matthews, LB

Entering his fourth year as an Eagles, Matthews is dueling with Najee Goode, Emmanuel Acho, and potential convertees Kaddu and Long for a back-up inside spot. Haunted by not playing up to the legacy of his name in those three seasons, Matthews seemingly just has to soundly beat Acho for a spot on the team. It's fifty/fifty, and no one will really know until the team announces it.

VERDICT: Makes team, barely beating Acho

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