53-Man Roster Speculation, After 3 Games

A convincing win over the Steelers sheds new light on what direction the Eagles final roster is taking.

Playing off of the roster projections I made six days ago, I updated my roster a bit to reflect some mutating realities. Here's where I believe the roster is headed.

QUARTERBACKS

Last Week I Said: Nick Foles (S), Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley

Changes: None

G.J. Kinne wasn't impressive in abbreviated time last night, while Matt Barkley was a sharper four-for-four in fourth quarter play. Kinne's selling point is his quickness, and he looked a bit lost against back-up defenders when exiting the pocket. Unless Kinne turns the world on its ear this Thursday, he's out.

RUNNING BACKS

Last Week I Said: LeSean McCoy (S), Darren Sproles, Chris Polk

Changes: Matthew Tucker and Henry Josey in, Polk out

I can't see Chip Kelly being sentimental about a perpetually-injured running back with a solid upside. It may be unfair, but Tucker and Josey have had impressive summers, and cutting either for a banged-up power back could be foolish. Tucker can do what Polk does, behind two different offensive lines. Hate to see Polk go, but it's understandable.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Last Week I Said: Jeremy Maclin (S), Riley Cooper (S), Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Brad Smith, Arrelious Benn

Changes: None

Benn sustained some sort of head injury last night, but barring any serious diagnosis, his blocking and special teams play are a clear ticket onto the team. No further word on Huff's shoulder, but he's in regardless. Ifeanyi Momah and Damaris Johnson have had their moments, but if Huff and Benn aren't out long term, they're out of luck.

TIGHT ENDS

Last Week I Said: Brent Celek (S), Zach Ertz (S), James Casey

Changes: None

Trey Burton looked tremendous in limited action last night, but you can let him develop on the expanded Practice Squad. The big three (Casey as a special teamer) are hard to budge.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Last Week I Said: Jason Peters (S), Evan Mathis (S), Jason Kelce (S), Todd Herremans (S), Lane Johnson (S/SUSP), Allen Barbre (S), Matt Tobin, David Molk, Dennis Kelly, Andrew Gardner

Changes: None

Both lines were stellar against the Steelers defense last night, with Barbre settling in after an early hiccup. There's nothing more to say, the depth and scheming are impeccable.

SPECIALISTS

Last Week I Said: Alex Henery (kicker), Donnie Jones (punter), Jon Dorenbos (long snapper)

Changes: None

I can't rivet-gun Cody Parkey's name over Henery's until the kid tries some field goals (the long touchback was nice, though). Henery's missed 31-yarder is a big smudge on his chances, but unless the kid beats the incumbent, no changes will take place.

DEFENSIVE ENDS

Last Week I Said: Cedric Thornton (S), Fletcher Cox (S), Vinny Curry, Brandon Bair, Taylor Hart

Changes: None

Thornton and Cox found a groove last night, collapsing the edges, while Curry and Bair brought their trademark surges. Hart's a decent run-stopper who never looks out of place. The five are a good rotation.

NOSE TACKLES

Last Week I Said: Bennie Logan (S), Beau Allen

Changes: None

The only question here will be how long, if ever, Allen gets the (S) next to his name. Not to take away from Logan, but Allen's bull-rush power indicates that his Combine invite may have been lost in the mail.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Last Week I Said: Connor Barwin (S), Trent Cole (S), Marcus Smith II, Brandon Graham, Bryan Braman

Changes: None

Graham's taking his back-up-related frustrations out on quarterbacks the last two weeks, while Smith's getting the hang of play recognition. Braman's going to be hard to budge as a special teamer, so I don't see any changes here.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS

Last Week I Said: DeMeco Ryans (S), Mychal Kendricks (S), Najee Goode, Jason Phillips

Changes: Travis Long replaces Phillips

I wasn't banking on Phillips getting canned this week, but there was apparently concern over general ineffectiveness on his part. Long's been pulling double-duty at the inside and outside points, and I believe Kelly and Bill Davis are keen on making him a part of the defense, however long it takes to find his niche.

CORNERBACKS

Last Week I Said: Cary Williams (S), Bradley Fletcher (S), Brandon Boykin, Nolan Carroll, Jaylen Watkins

Changes: None

Nobody else has a chance to gate-crash into the crew, unless there's an injury. That said, I'd rather sign Al Harris off of Andy Reid's coaching staff than keep Curtis Marsh.

SAFETIES

Last Week I Said: Malcolm Jenkins (S), Nate Allen (S), Earl Wolff, Chris Maragos, Ed Reynolds

Changes: Ed Reynolds to the Practice Squad

With Allen's improvement and Wolff's capabilities, you only need four safeties, and this is a solid quartet. No harm in letting Reynolds develop a year.

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