We’re a day away from Eagles football!
It might only be pre-season but let’s be honest we’ll take anything we’re given after 7 long months without some Eagles ball.
Here are my predictions for the final defensive (and specialists) roster (to see my offensive predictions see here).
Defensive Line – Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Derek Barnett, Chris Long, Steven Means (5)
The D-Line is fairly set and I can’t see much movement happening here barring an injury or Alex McCalister flashing something he’s never shown in pre-season.
Defensive Tackle – Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan, Destiny Vaeao, Elijah Qualls (4)
Qualls is my only doubt here, and by all accounts that should be a big doubt by his showing in training camp. Maybe the Eagles opt to keep Gabe Wright or Justin Hamilton. Ideally Beau Allen would be fit enough to be on the roster but that’s a huge doubt.
Linebacker – Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Najee Goode, Joe Walker, Nathan Gerry, Kamu Grugier-Hill (6)
I used to love me some Mychal Kendricks, and it makes me sad to see his promising Eagles career dwindle into nothing. I hope he gets traded (probably for 5 peanuts and a packet of crisps at this point) before the start of the season and to a team that let’s him do what he does best and rush the passer. The rest of this group is looking solid in training camp, Hicks is obviously a star (see here) and let’s just all pray Nigel Bradham doesn’t get suspended.
Cornerback – Kyle Fuller, Jalen Mills, C.J. Smith, Ron Brooks, Rasul Douglas (5)
Hey, Howie. Could you do me and all Eagles fans a favour and trade for Kyle Fuller please? This group needs some juice, and i’m not saying Kyle Fuller is Deion Sanders but could a former first-round pick that’s been at least okay in his first few years and still has upside be any worse than what we already have? No. The rest of this group is uninspiring but could be better than many expect (which is the worst CB group in the league). Sidney Jones will be on the PUP list. There has been talk of Tramaine Brock, who recently has domestic violence case against him dropped, has also been talked about as an option.
Safety – Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Terrence Brooks, Corey Graham, Chris Maragos (5)
Jenkins and McLeod are a top-5 Safety tandem in the league and by all accounts Brooks has had a really strong camp. Maragos is the Special Teams captain and a good backup. Graham looks to have been brought in as a utility man in the back-end, he can play Nickle, Safety and Cornerback if needed and is a Jim Schwartz guy, so I think he makes the team.
Special Teams (3)
Kicker – Caleb Sturgis
Was better than I thought he’d be last season.
Punter – Donny Jones
Long Snapper – John Dorenbos
‘Till next time.