90 men currently stand on the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster and they will need to cut that number down to 53 by opening day. With remaining veterans reporting to training camp yesterday, it is time for the Eagles organization and the men in charge to get down to business. Here, I will go through the three main offensive positions on the team and will determine who will stay and who should go.
At quarterback, the Eagles have four men lined up to play. Honestly, you don’t need four quarterbacks. Those guys are Mike Vick, Mike Kafka, rookie Nick Foles and Trent Edwards. When narrowing it down, one man sticks out like a sore thumb. Vick and Kafka are sure to stay, because they are obviously the only two men who are familiar with the Eagles and have been in the scheme together. With the Eagles drafting a quarterback in the third round, it shows they are investing and are not looking to ditch the rookie out of Arizona. That leaves Trent Edwards, former Buffalo Bills quarterback who is quite forgettable. With a career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 26:30, that shows he maybe isn’t the best man to have on the roster when you need to make some cuts. I’d say goodbye.
Next is running back, another position with four players on the depth chart. Last year, LeSean McCoy has a breakout season and is now labeled as one of the best in the league. Behind him is all up in the air. Dion Lewis, Chris Polk and Bryce Brown are the other three and the Eagles should eliminate of them to make the roster cut more desirable. So who do they ax? Last weeks fire alarm incident with Dion Lewis isn’t helping his case any bit, but the charges were dropped and all is clear. By the way, I’ve seen the security video, and I would have that entire police station shut down after how they treated him. Lewis was drafted last year out of Pittsburgh and failed to make any impact on the field. Beings he is under contract for the next three years, I don’t see the Eagles letting him go with only his rookie year under his belt. That leaves the two rooks, Polk and Brown- two completely different styled players. Polk is a shorter guy with blazing speed and quick cuts, while Brown is all about power and would suit best as a third-down back. If it were up to me, I’d keep them all, but switch Brown to fullback, much like how they used to work Eldra Buckley. If one of them were to get sent home, I’d say it’s Brown.
Ending this piece is the wide receivers. Most teams have five or six receivers to start their campaign, and the Eagles have quite the decision to make when it comes to the final cut. As of now, the Eagles have (get ready) Elvis Akpla, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Mardy Gilyard, Chad Hall, Jamel Hamier, DeSean Jackson, McKay Jacobson, Damaris Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Tiger Jones, Jeremy Maclin and Marvin McNutt. Now I’m not sure whether it’s my bias towards the position or I have the eye for a talented wide out when I see one, but I’m predicting the Eagles stay with seven receivers for the season. Yes, and those seven will be Avant, Cooper, Jackson, Damaris Johnson, Tiger Jones, Maclin and McNutt. The three new men Johnson, Jones and McNutt are rookies in the NFL, and all possess qualities in them that I see helping them make the Eagles even more deadly in 2012. Damaris Johnson is a small but speedy guy whose speed challenges even DeSean, Tiger has been the leading WR in the Arena Football League and has a shot in the NFL that he can’t pass up, and draft pick Marvin McNutt is a big guy who will be loved in the red zone.