The guys on offense…
A future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and a highly touted rookie on the roster now means Vaitai and Mailata are fighting for roster spots. Vaitai should be the favorite seeing as how Mailata didn’t start playing American football until a season ago.
There is another option. Both can learn to play multiple positions, something we know the coaches want them to do and think they can do.
Guard, Johnny Gibson
We’re going to say this now, and we’re going to say this often. Keep an eye on both Gibson and Sua Opeta. If they get enough reps and playing time, watch out.
Center, Anthony Fabiano
There are a few guys on this roster who can play multiple positions. That doesn’t work in Fabiano’s favor. He’s an NFL center, and that’s probably all he is at this stage of his career. Here’s the good news. He’s good enough to be on someone’s roster. Honestly, that probably won’t be the Eagles’ roster, but who knows?
Stranger things have happened, but he wouldn’t have earned the term dark horse if this was going to be easy.
Tight End, Joshua Perkins
Perkins can play. He was signed on January 15th of 2018 after the Atlanta Falcons released him five days earlier. He appeared in nine games after Richard Rodgers was placed on the team’s IR (injured reserve). That was on September 4th.
Perkins would wind up on the IR himself on November 16th,the same day Rodgers was activated off of IR and back to the active roster. There. You’re all caught up.
Both Rodgers and Perkins have seen their careers intertwine since they’ve been in Eagles green. Both are back in the fold in 2019 and looking to earn that third tight end spot behind Zach Errtz and Dallas Goedert.
Could Perkins leapfrog Rodgers this time? Absolutely he can.