Predicting the Eagles' 53-Man Roster Ahead of 2024 Training Camp

How will the Eagles 53-man roster look when they complete training camp?
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EDGE (5): Bryce Huff, Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham, Nolan Smith, Jalyx Hunt

Bryce Huff signed the big contract in the offseason but the Eagles still brought back Josh Sweat. They also have one more season with Brandon Graham, who has been around forever. Nolan Smith didn't deliver as a rookie and the heat will be on for him with Houston Christian's Jalyx Hunt nipping at his heels.

Linebacker (5): Nakobe Dean, Devin White, Zack Baun, Oren Burks, Jeremiah Trotter, Jr.

Nakobe Dean is yet another former UGA defender the Eagles lean on and he's struggled to stay healthy. If he can find some durability, he could end up being a weapon for them. If not, Philadelphia protected themselves this offseason with the addition of Devin White, Zack Baun, and Oren Burks in free agency. As if that wasn't enough, they brought in Jeremiah Trotter, Jr. via the draft.

Dean is the only returning linebacker to make the 53-man roster in this prediction. And that's not a bad thing based on how the defense played in 2023.

Cornerback (6): Darius Slay, Quinyon Mitchell, Cooper DeJean, Avonte Maddox, Kelee Ringo, James Bradberry

Darius Slay is nearing the end of his impressive career but still can get the job done. He's going to have a couple of young players to help groom with Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean — their first and second-round picks.

Avonte Maddox was initially released but then re-signed. He's dealt with durability concerns but it a great slot corner when healthy. Kelee Ringo has been developing as well and should see the field often. James Bradberry shouldn't make the team but his salary is the one thing keeping him around. Perhaps someone suffers an injury and gets desperate enough to take on some of that.

Safety (4): Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Reed Blankenship, Sydney Brown, Mekhi Gardner

Re-signing Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was a smart move by Howie Roseman. CGJ was a ball hawk in 2022 for the Eagles and should fix a major weakness for them. Reed Blankenship is the other starter and Sydney Brown has the talent to make a leap.

Specialists (3): Jake Elliott, Braden Mann, Rick Lovato

Jake Elliott was on fire in 2023 as he nailed 30-of-32 kicks. The prior two seasons, he missed just three kicks in each year. He's automatic and won't go anywhere for a long time.

The rest of the specialists with Braden Mann coming off a strong season in 2023 — his first with Philadelphia and Rick Lovato going into year nine as the long snapper. Don't fix what isn't broken.

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