5 Philadelphia Eagles with no shot at making their 2020 roster

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54. . . . Manasseh Bailey, wide receiver. . player

One thing that you have to say about Manasseh Bailey is this. He’s both versatile and athletic. After starting out as a linebacker at one of our great nation’s most historic HBCUs, Morgan State University, Bailey made the transition to wide receiver. Now, there’s a switch that we don’t see happen that often.

Bailey’s transition to wide receiver was as smooth as any change could be at that stage of someone’s career as he’d not only led Morgan State in receiving yards for the next three seasons, but he also led the team in total receptions and receiving touchdowns during both the 2017 and 2019 seasons.

Making the transition to the professional level will be a much bigger task, however, and with DeSean Jackson, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Jalen Reagor being assured of spots on the 2020 53-man roster, you have to ask if Greg Ward is locked in as well. If he is and if you’re under the same impression that most are (Philly’s keeping six wide receivers), then, it probably wouldn’t take much to convince you that the 2020 draftees, John Hightower and Quez Watkins, and the veterans that are in town for camp, Deontay Burnett and Robert Davis, have a much better shot at earning roster spots than Bailey would.

Keep in mind the fact that Alshon Jeffery will also return to the team and to the field at some point. You know the phrase, last man in and first man out.