3 Philadelphia Eagles, 3 make-or-break 2020 seasons

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player. 54. . . . Corey Clement. 30

Corey Clement is no lock to make the Philadelphia Eagles roster.

As his fourth NFL season nears, Corey Clement has work to do as he hasn’t carried the rock in a regular-season game since Week 14 of the 2018 season. He’s coming into 2020 with a reconstructed shoulder, but by the time opening day rolls around, he should be good to go. That’s if he’s on the team.

Clement’s emergence during the 2017 season and his breakout performance in Super Bowl LII is a memory that Eagle fans will never forget but his rookie season might go down as the best of his career if he isn’t able to prove he can be that same weapon again.

Clement will be competing with Boston Scott, Elijah Holyfield, Michael Warren, and Adrian Killins Jr. for roster spots behind Sanders. Scott is most likely a roster lock after his late-season performance in 2019, but after him, no one else can assume that they’re guaranteed a spot. The team could still sign a veteran rusher after missing on Carlos Hyde, and it’s probable, if they land one, that Cement will be competing with four other ball carriers for two spots.

This Wisconsin product can return kicks and help in other areas on special teams. That helps his stock. If he plays his way onto the roster and stays healthy, 50-75 touches in the scheme is probably what he’ll be looking at getting.

If the Eagles don’t sign a vet and go with Sanders, Scott, Clement, and someone else, Sanders figures to get around 80 percent of the touches. If Sanders goes down, knock on wood, then Clement will be thrust into action. With the back-to-back season-ending injuries, the trust in him will significantly decrease if he gets hurt again.

Clement has a good chance to make the roster as it stands right now, but he has to prove his worth as a ball carrier, on special teams, and he must stay healthy if he wants to keep his hometown wings.