For several young Philadelphia Eagles, the clock may be ticking.
Shelf lives in the NFL seem to be getting shorter and shorter. Think about it. In 2017, the Philadelphia Eagles drafted eight prospects. The only one that’s still on the team is the first one they selected, Derek Barnett, and whether you still believe in him or not, you have to agree on something. His career with Philly seems to be entering its final 17 regular-season games.
Take a deep breath because once the Birds put a bow on their third preseason game, everything begins to count. Sure, they have talent. The question is whether or not they have enough. The starters on both offense and defense have been identified. This entire offseason has been about establishing some depth.
All of that’s been said to say this. Every NFL team has the same plan every offseason, craft the roster that gives your team the best opportunity to win. That means some guys will fall victim to the numbers game, good players will have to seek employment elsewhere, and young guys who were drafted might have shorter runs than we previously expected.
This roster has a nice mix of veterans and young guys, with the exception of the wide receiver position of course, but with all of the additions that Philly made, there’s a smaller margin for error by some of the young guys than we originally anticipated. Here are five young prospects that this team could say goodbye to by the end of the preseason.