It’s that time of year again. At 4 o’clock New York time on August 31st, all NFL teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players. The Philadelphia Eagles, like every team, will have to make a multitude of cuts between now and then to get their roster from the 90 players in the preseason down to 53. Here’s a look at some guys who could make the team and some who won’t.
Daeshon Hall- Hall has had a monstrous preseason and a good camp. Hall has 11 tackles, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss, and 3 QB hits through three games. The former third round pick of the Panthers will make the team as either the fourth or fifth defensive end.
Andrew Sendejo- Despite Howie Roseman’s love of the compensatory pick game, Sendejo should make the team. He has shown enough to stick as the primary backup safety, especially after Blake Countess got waived and others underwhelmed.
Josh McCown– This one is probably obvious, but the point of putting him in here is that he is going to be the backup even when Nate Sudfeld is healthy. You don’t convince a guy to come out of retirement and pay him $5M to be the third string. Sudfeld will make the team, but he will have to wait another year before trying to claim the backup spot behind Carson Wentz.
T.J. Edwards- Edwards will make the team as the only natural MIKE linebacker on the team and as needed depth with Kamu Grugier-Hill nursing an injury.
Mack Hollins- Hollins will make the team despite not doing a whole lot lately to deserve it. He has rotated between being injured and not doing much with the offensive snaps he’s given. But, he has value as a special teamer, and that fact puts him above other choices for this receiver spot.
Notable Practice Squad Players
Clayton Thorson- Thorson had an awful camp and a terrible first preseason game, but he actually improved as he played more. The Eagles won’t carry four quarterbacks, so they’ll have to try and sneak him onto the practice squad.
Josh Adams- Adams will make the practice squad based off of his performance last year, but his spot there will not be secured. He still has fumbling problems and offers next to nothing as a receiver. Also, for a bigger back, he tends to struggle in short yardage situations.
Boston Scott- Scott didn’t do much to separate himself, but he is a good candidate for the practice squad. He would also be in the consideration for a promotion to the active roster if anything happens to the Eagles’ primary kick returners.
Marken Michel- Michel has shown some great things so far. He caught a deep touchdown from Nate Sudfeld and looked like he belonged against NFL starters. He is a good player to coach up in the hopes he could become solid depth down the line.
Stefen Wisnewski- Wiz played a vital role on the offensive line the last two years, but it appears his time as an Eagle is coming to end. He has been leapfrogged by players much younger than him and has had major problems snapping the ball as the backup center.
Wendell Smallwood- Could it be? Could this finally be the year the Eagles move on from Smallwood? The feeling here is yes as the Eagles will probably not carry him on the active roster with their other four quality backs, and he doesn’t have practice squad eligibility.
Cody Kessler- Kessler had a chance to win the backup QB job after Sudfeld’s injury but quickly lost it. He was flat out awful in the preseason games he played in and then suffered a concussion. Kessler was a lock to get cut the moment the Eagles announced the McCown signing.