Room for Competition
ITB: Early Look at Eagles Offense and Roster Predictions
While the top of the Philadelphia Eagles roster is set, each position has competition to help fill out the depth chart.
On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher gave their 53-man roster predictions for offense and discussed the battles at the bottom of the depth chart.
Geoff Mosher: “What the Eagles get in Sermon, they already get in the combination of D’Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny: a bulldoze runner who has quick feet on the cut. Kenny Gainwell gives you pass-catching ability, third down back ability along with Boston Scott who gives you kick return ability. I don’t find room for Sermon, even though I know the coaches like and enjoy him.”
Sixth Wide Receiver
Adam Caplan: “There absolutely room for an undrafted free agent to push for a roster spot. Joe Ngata from Clemson, if you look at the Eagles roster, they are very small. They don’t have that big possession receiver. If Ngata has a good training camp and preseason, he will probably make the team because they just don’t have that size. He’s 6’3 and 217. His arms are very long. For a guy as big as he is, a 4.45 40 [yard dash] is not too bad.”
Mosher: “I kept Devon Allen. The whole time they signed him last year, we knew he almost had almost no shot of making the roster. I looked at him as a two-year project. We did see him in the preseason on that deep post that he caught, so he has speed. The speed is legit and I think he is going to show it this camp. I bank on him making the team as a kick returner.”
Caplan: “The lack of experience in terms of depth that they have, other than [Jack] Driscoll who could start, where is your experience? This is where adding someone in training camp or before the season starts would be paramount. You have to be careful, you don’t want to get caught shorthanded.”
Fred Johnson/Roderick Johnson
Caplan: “The reason why I have Fred Johnson on the roster is that he has started games. He was, at one point, in and out of the lineup for the Bengals. He’s a really tall and big guy who can play guard as well. That gives him positional versatility.”
Mosher: “I went with Roderick Johnson. He has started games, not as many as Fred, but he has started six games. He’s 6’7 and 300, probably too tall for guard, so he doesn’t have the positional versatility, but I believe he is a little younger. He was a fifth round pick by the Browns at one point.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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