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Eagles' 53-man roster projection: Will Sidney Jones, Jordan Mailata make the cut?

Martin Frank
Delaware News Journal

PHILADELPHIA – An example of how precarious the Eagles' 53-man roster could be was seen Thursday, when left tackle Andre Dillard suffered a season-ending biceps injury.

All of a sudden, there was another roster spot open.

There has been stiff competition at many positions during training camp, especially at cornerback, running back, wide receiver and the offensive line.

Here, then, is a projection of what the Eagles' 53-man roster will look like after final cuts are made Sept. 5:

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) makes a touchdown catch in front of Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones (22)  Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018.

Quarterback (3)

Carson Wentz, Nate Sudfeld, Jalen Hurts

There's no surprise here because the Eagles have three quarterbacks on the roster. The only thing left to be determined is whether Hurts, the Eagles' second-round draft pick, will overtake Sudfeld to serve as the backup to Wentz. The guess here is that he will.

Running back (4)

Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Corey Clement, Adrian Killins

The Eagles have kept five running backs on the roster the past two seasons, but four is enough considering that Sanders will get the bulk of the carries, with Scott and Clement getting a series here and there. Killins, an undrafted free agent, will get the last spot over Elijah Holyfield and Michael Warren because of his speed and versatility as a runner and receiver. He'll be fun to watch on jet sweeps.

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor warms-up during an NFL football training camp practice in Philadelphia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

Wide receiver (6)

DeSean Jackson, Jalen Reagor, Greg Ward, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, John Hightower, Deontay Burnett

We're assuming that Alshon Jeffery starts the season on the PUP list, meaning that he has to sit out at least the first six weeks. This unit is filled with speed with Jackson, Reagor and Hightower. Burnett gets the nod over sixth-round pick Quez Watkins after a strong training camp. Burnett had a 41-yard reception in the only game he played for the Eagles last season. Watkins will end up on the practice squad.

Tight end (3)

Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Noah Togiai

Expect Ertz and Goedert to each see plenty of targets. Togiai, an undrafted free agent, will earn a spot after Josh Perkins was placed on injured reserve. 

Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Jason Peters (71) talks to teammate Isaac Seumalo during an NFL football training camp practice in Philadelphia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.

Offensive line (9)

Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Matt Pryor, Lane Johnson, Jack Driscoll, Prince Tega Wanogho, Nate Herbig, Jordan Mailata

The Eagles' depth could be tested if there are more injuries. As it is, two of the expected starters this season are out for the season with injuries in Dillard and right guard Brandon Brooks. Peters is expected to move to left tackle, meaning that either Wanogho or Mailata will be his backup. Mailata would likely have been a roster casualty if not for Dillard's injury. Don't be surprised if the Eagles bring in a veteran before the season starts instead of Mailata.

Defensive line (10)

Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Malik Jackson, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, Josh Sweat, Hassan Ridgeway, Joe Ostman, Casey Toohill

There are some tough cuts here, starting with Shareef Miller, the Eagles' fourth-round pick in 2019. But Ostman's play in training camp has been better than Miller's, and Toohill has showed promise. Sweat could be a major factor this season. The Eagles would love to see Barnett and Hargrave healthy.

Eagles' Nathan Gerry (47) reacts after sacking Seattle's Russel Wilson Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Linebacker (5)

Nathan Gerry, Duke Riley, T.J. Edwards, Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley

Riley has had an excellent training camp and likely earned a starting job, along with Gerry, the leader of the group, and Edwards, in his second season. Taylor and Bradley, the Eagles' third- and sixth-round picks, respectively, will spend most of their time on special teams. Alex Singleton could start out on the practice squad.

Eagles cornerback Avonte Maddox (left) warms up next to safety Rodney McLeod during training camp at the NovaCare Complex.

Defensive back (10)

Darius Slay, Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod, Avonte Maddox, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Cre'Von LeBlanc, Rasul Douglas, Will Parks, K'Von Wallace, Craig James

The Eagles won't have Sidney Jones on the roster, whether they trade him or waive him. Jones hasn't been able to stay healthy, missing more than a week of training camp because of a lower body injury. He's back now, but it's possible that he won't be fully healthy when the season starts. The Eagles have seen that movie before, and it's apparent that a change of scenery will be best for him. 

Specialists (3)

Jake Elliott, Cameron Johnston, Rick Lovato

No surprises here. The Eagles didn't bring in anybody to challenge the trio of specialists.

Contact Martin Frank at mfrank@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @Mfranknfl.