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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Off-Ball Linebacker (4)

  • Nakobe Dean
  • Nicholas Morrow
  • Christian Elliss
  • Shaun Bradley

I’m not convinced we need to carry four players at the linebacker spot, but Shaun Bradley could almost go to the end of this page with the other special teams pieces. He’s nearly an every-down player on the ST unit, and while we’d have liked to see him develop into more, there’s something to be said for having a stud special teamer on the roster.

Cornerback (6)

  • Darius Slay
  • James Bradberry
  • Avonte Maddox
  • Kelee Ringo
  • Josh Jobe
  • Zech McPherson

I tried to find space for Greedy Williams on here, but ultimately that just kind of felt like it was wishful thinking. We’d really have to carry seven cornerbacks to keep Williams around, and unless he really wows at camp then I don’t see that happening.

Reports out of camp don’t seem overly positive around Williams yet either, which makes it a little easier to leave off that CB7 spot in favor of guys who fit in on special teams like Bradley or offer long-term upside like Trevor Reid.

Safety (4)

  • Terrell Edmunds
  • Reed Blankenship
  • Sidney Brown
  • Justin Evans

Another spot with three locks up top and one roster spot up in the air. And this one really comes down to Justin Evans or K’Von Wallace. Despite exceeding expectations as a fourth-round pick initially, Wallace just hasn’t shown enough development to be worth keeping around.

With three strong players at the position, we can afford to gamble on Evans’ upside. Injuries have been basically the entire story of his career, but he was a second-round pick in 2017 and I’m willing to gamble on the potential that earned him that honor.

Kicker (1)

  • Jake Elliott

You’re not here to read about why I think Jake Elliott will make the roster.

Punter (1)

  • Arryn Siposs

I know fans are hoping that Ty Zentner can give Siposs a run for his money. While Zentner gets the all-hustle award (he’s consistently been the first man on the field at practices), punter isn’t exactly a position where coaches are going to reward heart and determination. They only care if you can punt.

Zentner was good in college, but so was Siposs. Any clamoring for Zentner over Siposs is just people trying to wish a more capable punter into existence though. Our best bet is probably to bring in competition with a free agent, but as long as the battle is between these two I’ll take Siposs.

Hopefully a couple preseason games give us some better insight into this one.

Long-Snapper (1)

  • Rick Lovato

The Eagles like Lovato, and that’s good enough for me. I’m not going to try making a surprise prediction about our long-snapper…

This is obviously one of the best 53-man rosters out there, and that depth is going to be a big part of why the Eagles remain Super Bowl contenders.

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