Philadelphia Eagles defensive roster projections
Much of the defensive roster is set. There may be a few surprises here, but there probably won’t be that many.
Defensive end (5): Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett, Ryan Kerrigan, Tarron Jackson
This unit has been set for a while and probably looks the same on every Eagles roster projection.
Defensive tackle (4): Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Milton Williams, Hassan Ridgeway
T.Y. McGill is the tough cut here as he’s played well enough to prove he belongs. Marlon Tuipulotu needs a job on the practice squad so he can continue to develop because he isn’t quite ready for primetime yet.
Linebacker (7): Eric Wilson, Alex Singleton, Davion Taylor, T.J. Edwards, JaCoby Stevens, Shaun Bradley, Genard Avery
Take a poll and you’ll probably learn that much of the general public believes that Genard Avery can’t get out of town fast enough. You know how this leadership structure is though once they convince themselves that they believe that something is going to work. Guys tend to hang around a whole lot longer than they should.
Cornerbacks (6): Darius Slay, Steve Nelson, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Craig James, Josiah Scott
Zech McPhearson isn’t ready to play on the outside but deserves a roster spot. Michael Jacquet can’t play on the outside and doesn’t deserve a roster spot. Josiah Scott is a wildcard but could be released once Landon Dickerson or Tyree Jackson are cleared to play.
Safety (5): Rodney McLeod, Anthony Harris, K’Von Wallace, Marcus Epps, Elijah Riley
There are question marks about this group, but if they pop, they can truly be one of the most improved and most valuable units on this team.
Specialists: Jake Elliott (kicker), Arryn Siposs (punter), Rick Lovato (long snapper)
None of these guys have any competition to battle to earn their spots on this team. All have played well enough for that to be the case.