If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan and you haven’t already, get very familiar with the name Manasseh Bailey.
By now, you’ve probably counted roster spots and available players at each position sixty to seventy times by now, and if you’ve taken the time to evaluate Philly’s wide receivers. Here’s where you probably keep winding up in your analysis.
One, Philly’s taking six wide receivers into the regular season on the 53-man roster, and second, we probably, in a perfect world, we already know who the top six guys are. Here’s who you’ve probably already identified, assuming, of course, everyone was available or healthy enough to play:
DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Marquise Goodwin, Jalen Reagor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Greg Ward. Come on, after everything Ward has been through, it seems wrong to leave him off of the roster, doesn’t it?
Obviously, with Goodwin’s decision to sit out and Jeffery’s health being an uncertainty, two roster spots are open, even if the sixth man added will probably be demoted when “17” can take the field and play. Undrafted rookie Mannaseh Bailey can’t be argued onto the roster regardless of what slant you take to defend him, but you might be able to argue him onto the ten-man practice squad. For this young man, that may be a victory because two days ago, even that looked like an impossibility.