Eagles training camp 2022: 53-man roster projection after second preseason game

The Eagles have made it through two of their three preseason games and the final roster cut to 53 players looms.

But before the Eagles have to settle for their starting 53 on Aug. 30, we have time for another roster projection.

Here’s the latest:

Quarterback (3): Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew, Reid Sinnett

Could the Eagles stick to just two quarterbacks and try to sneak Sinnett onto the practice squad? Maybe. But they clearly value Sinnett and the quarterback position as a whole. So I’m thinking they won’t expose Sinnett to waivers, but rather use a roster spot at the third-row quarterback they really seem to like since they acquired him last year.

Out: Carson Strong

Runner (3): Miles Sanders Boston Scott Kenny Gainwell

At one point, I thought Jason Huntley had a good shot at making this roster, but I’m not sure why the Eagles would keep him. The only possible reason is that he’s a decent kick returner, but that play is pretty rare right now anyway. The Eagles should stick with their top three for now, unless they can add another running back via trade or claim.

Out: Jason Huntley, Kennedy Brooks, DeAndre Torrey

Receiver (5): AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Jalen Reagor, Deon Cain

The first four are locks. After that, I think Jalen Reagor will still be on the team unless he is traded. That’s unpopular, but I can’t imagine the Eagles just cutting him off. And I like what Cain has done. The Eagles could maybe try to get him through waivers to the practice squad, but sometimes it pays to give a guy a spot who earns it. Sign Britain Covey and Devon Allen to the practice squad.

Out: Britain Covey, Devon Allen, John Hightower, Greg Ward

Tight wing (3): Dallas Goedert, Jack Stoll, Grant Calcaterra

For a while, I liked Noah Togiai’s chances of making the list over Calcaterra. But the sixth-round pick came back from injury during joint practices with the Browns and looked pretty good. As long as he puts up a solid final week, the Eagles will probably keep him.

Out: Noah Togiai, Richard Rodgers

Puppy: Tyree Jackson

Offensive Line (9): Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Lane Johnson, Andre Dillard, Cam Jurgens, Sua Opeta, Jack Driscoll

The Eagles have real depth on their offensive line. That second unit they put out Sunday in Cleveland was great. Jack Anderson was the hardest cut of this whole process. He can play and the Eagles are taking a risk by putting him on waivers. But that’s the product of a much deeper roster than they’ve had in recent years. And the nine above are good enough and versatile enough to handle any situation.

Out: Jack Anderson, Kayode Awosika, Le’Raven Clark, Josh Sills, Jarrid Williams, Cameron Tom

Puppy: Brett Toth

Defensive tackle (5): Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Jordan Davis, Milton Williams, Marlon Tuipulotu

This feels pretty easy. The first four are locks and I’d say Tuipulotu is close to that. The second-year manager has improved a lot this summer. The Eagles can’t keep six interior D linemen, which means Marvin Wilson is out. But he’s definitely worth a spot on the practice squad.

Out: Marvin Wilson, Rennell Wren, Kobe Smith

Defensive End (4): Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Tarron Jackson

These four are pretty safe bets.

Out: Matt Leo

SAM Linebacker (3): Haason Reddick Patrick Johnson Kyron Johnson

Yes, if the Eagles keep these three, that means seven outstanding players. That’s a lot, but both Johnsons are going to be special teams core players and Kyron Johnson has the potential to be a special teams star. To be clear, Kyron Johnson is in the bubble, but he was a draft pick and he offers an edge.

Linebacker (5): TJ Edwards, Kyzir White, Dean, Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley

Once again, these five feel safe. Even Bradley, who was a special teams ace a year ago, is close to making the team.

Out: Christian Elliss, Ja Coby Stevens

Cornerback (6): Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Josh Jobe, Josiah Scott

I think Jobe has done enough to make the list. And that’s pretty impressive because he came as a UDFA to a room really full of young cornerbacks. But he’s done enough to stand out among them, he’s racked up good practices and games and I’d keep it. I also list Scott here, but more on that in a bit.

Out: Ty Gowan, Mac McCain III, Kary Vincent Jr., Josh Blackwell, Mario Goodrich

Security (3): Marcus Epps, Anthony Harris, K’Von Wallace

This is light on security, but as I noted above, Scott is on the list. And he’s been working at second-team safety for the past few weeks and he looks pretty natural. Scott has nickel/safety versatility and is worth keeping. Chachere is a good special teams player, but the Eagles can use Scott and McPhearson as gunners. Tartt still has a chance, but he will have to finish camp strong.

Out: Andre Chachere, Jaquiski Tartt, Reed Blankenship

Specialists (3): Jake Elliott, Arryn Siposs, Rick Lovato

There is no competition for these guys in the camp.

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