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The NFL season is almost here after a strange offseason due to COVID-19. NFL Cut Day kind of snuck up on us with no preseason games this year which makes the coaching staff decisions even more difficult. Training Camp is about finish which means the Eagles and the rest of the NFL must get their roster down to 53 players by this Saturday Sept 5th at 4pm And with it on the horizon I think it's time for my one and only Eagles 53 Man Roster Prediction(unlike my co host Johnny that has one on the podcast almost every week). Here is how I see it shaping out after Saturday's roster cuts.
Quarterbacks(3)- Keep: Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, Jalen Hurts (3) Cut: None -There really isn't much debate here. Wentz is your starter barring injury. The only real question is by mid season who will be the Eagles backup. I think after Hurts' decent camp and picking up the offense, I see him overtaking Sudfeld as the Eagles #2 before season end.
Running Backs(4)- Keep: Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Corey Clement, Adrian Killins Jr; (7) Cut: Elijah Holyfield, Michael Warren
-Miles Sanders will obviously be your lead back and take on the heavy workload. I think with the lack of offseason and no preseason, Scott and Clement are locks since they bring that familiarity and veteran presence to the backfield. What some might ask is why Killins over Michael Warren or Elijah Holyfield? I feel the back the Eagles are using Killins not only as a back but as wide out and on special teams in the return game makes me think they have some role for him this season. Holyfield and Warren if pass waivers will be put on the practice squad.
Wide Receivers(6)- Keep: Desean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, J.J Arcega-Whiteside, Greg Ward, John Hightower, Deontay Burnett; (13)
IR: Alshon Jeffery Cut-Quez Watkins, Manasseh Bailey, Travis Fulgham, Marcus Green
-This was surprisingly difficult since all have impressed this Training Camp and with the Eagles lack of experience on the roster at the position besides starter Desean Jackson and no tape besides practice it's difficult. Jackson Reagor and Ward are your starters. and I don't see the Eagles giving up him yet on last year's 2nd round selection Arcega-Whiteside. The last spot I feel comes down to Burnett and Watkins. I know Howie usually doesn't go against his draft picks but feel Burnett and Hightower have shined better in camp which leaves Watkins out and likely picked up by another team or practice squad. However with Jeffery not coming back until likely October and Reagor is out a few weeks with a torn labrum injury, it wouldn't surprise me if the Eagles might keep one extra wideout.