Eagles 53-Man Roster Projection Before Preseason Week 1

Projecting the Philadelphia Eagles' 53-man roster before Week 1 of the 2023 preseason.
Projecting the Philadelphia Eagles' 53-man roster before Week 1 of the 2023 preseason. /
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Offensive Line (9)

  • Jordan Maitala
  • Landon Dickerson
  • Jason Kelce
  • Tyler Steen
  • Lane Johnson
  • Cam Jurgens
  • Jack Driscoll
  • Sua Opeta
  • Trevor Reid

A perk of projecting the roster on a Super Bowl contending team is that so many pieces are obvious. There’s no ambiguity with our top offensive linemen as the Eagles continue to have unprecedented continuity up front.

Tyler Steen joins the group with no doubts around his rosters status as the 65th overall pick.

My two long-shots here are Sua Opeta and Trevor Reid. Some people have the Eagles projected to carry eight linemen, but I don’t think there’s any more important position to carry depth at, and I like both Opeta and Reid’s game.

Opeta has experience playing both guard spots off the bench, and while he struggled at times last year, the contract he signed showed that Philly has full confidence in his ability to continue to provide depth.

Reid is more of an upside play, with really interesting physical tools but also probably needing a year or two to develop. Offenisve line is a position that we regularly see UDFAs make the roster, and Reid’s potential is high enough to keep him around even if we don’t think he can contribute right away.

Edge Defender (5)

  • Hasson Reddick
  • Brandon Graham
  • Josh Sweat
  • Nolan Smith
  • Derek Barnett

This is one of the best edge rushing units in the NFL, and even with Robert Quinn gone, there’s just not room for any fringe players to make the roster here.

There are rumblings of Derek Barnett being traded, but with his contract restructure he may well stick around. Unless the trade happens, expect him to make the 53.

Interior D-Line (6)

  • Jordan Davis
  • Jalen Carter
  • Fletcher Cox
  • Milton Williams
  • Marlon Tuipulotu
  • Moro Ojomo

There are sort of two distinct positions on the Eagles’ interior defensive line, with Jordan Davis being backed up by Tuipulotu.

Jalen Carter is already showing flashes of being an every-down player, and Fletcher Cox remains at his most dangerous as a pass-rusher. Milton Williams is a near lock as the top backup for those two, and Ojomo is my long-shot pick here.

He seemed like a steal when he fell to the end of the seventh round, and his athleticism should be enough to beat out Kentavius Street for this final spot.