The Philadelphia Eagles have announced their 53 man roster and it includes nine rookies, two of whom were not drafted. The defense got the top three draft picks. The offense got three drafted and two undrafted players. One player will likely both play on defense as well as being a kick returner.
Two drafted players did not make the cut: offensive lineman Brandon Washington and wide receiver Marvin McNutt. It would not be surprising to see both of them end up on the practice squad.
It was thought that Polk and Brown were competing for the third and final running back position, but since they both played so well in preseason, they both were kept. So the team is currently carrying four running backs in addition to a fullback.
The roster count is a little light on the offensive line and safety positions and a little heavy at defensive end, running back, and cornerback. So you can bet the Eagles braintrust is working the phones and watching who other teams are cutting to try to do a little better balancing. Maybe one of the cornerbacks can work into being a backup safety. The extra running backs should be able to help out on special teams as needed. So that might make the key priority another experienced interior offensive lineman.
By my quick count there are 24 players who have two years of experience or less, so this is a very young team. Who knows, the Eagles might be set for a nice stretch over the next few years if all goes well.
Fly Eagles Fly!