With the final cuts of before the 2014 season rapidly approaching, the Philadelphia Eagles will have to make key roster decisions with players that have performed well during the preseason. But that will not be the end of the road for those without a roster spot, as teams are allowed up to 10 practice squad players. Usually, these spots are left for depth at thin positions or projects that are not ready to make an impact in the NFL.
With the Philadelphia Eagles already down to 75 players, from the allotted 90 to start training camp, they must decide which players they deem as expendable. While many cut will be asked to return on the practice squad, every other team in the NFL will have an opportunity to snatch them up as well. In the case of the Eagles, there will be several offensive skill position players in this perdicament, that could provide depth, whether in Philadelphia or elsewhere.
With only 53 roster spots available during the season, Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman will have serious decisions on how many running backs, tight ends and wide receivers to carry. For a team with several options in the running and passing games, they must plan for injuries and have a backup plan for each role. With such a complicated offense, it will be an easier transition if the replacement is already practicing the playbook everyday, rather than a free agent off the street.
This would leave roster bubble players like running backs Matthew Tucker or Henry Josey more valuable to the Philadelphia Eagles then any other team in the league. If running back LeSean McCoy were to get hurt (knock on wood), one (or even both) would receive a call up to the NFL roster. The same goes for wide receiver Ifeayni Momah or tight end Trey Burton, as both have shown flashes of production this preseason, but will likely be an the odd men out of crowded units. They would add an extra receiving threat if one of the starters were to miss significant time due to injury.
In all, the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad could carry 4-5 offensive skill position players to keep in waiting. The organization needs depth for such a complicated, fast-paced offensive scheme. But the real hope is that the roster will remain relatively healthy for the season, without need to pluck from the practice squad on game days.