Philadelphia Eagles roster projection ahead of final cuts deadline

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Philadelphia Eagles roster projections (defense and special teams)

Defensive ends (5): Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan, Tarron Jackson

This is another of those position groups that’s pretty easy to figure out. Keep both eyes on Tarron Jackson though. He’s one of those rare late-rounders with the potential to be a starter (as long as he’s coached correctly).

Defensive tackles (4): Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Milton Wiliams, T.Y. McGill

The first three names on this list are obvious choices, and T.Y. McGill has been too good to waive. He edges out Javon Hargrave for the fourth roster spot at defensive tackle.

Linebackers (6): Eric Wilson, Alex Singleton, T.J. Edwards, Davion Taylor, JaCoby Stevens, Genard Avery

Some of you don’t like Genard Avery and trust us. Some of our staff agree with you. This will be one of those times where being right is more important to the Philadelphia Eagles than getting better will be. Shaun Bradley winds up as a tough cut here but will probably be brought back to fill in for someone who is injured if he clears waivers.

Avery and Taylor will probably begin the season on the short-term IR, so like Bradley, Patrick Johnson could be brought back if he clears waivers.

Cornerbacks (5): Darius Slay, Steve Nelson, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Craig James

Kevon Seymour, Josiah Scott, Michael Jacquet are all left off of the roster as none of them have distinguished themselves.

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Update: Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Eagles release James on August 31st.

Safeties (5): Anthony Harris, Rodney McLeod, Marcus Epps, Elijah Riley, K’Von Wallace

Rodney McLeod will begin the year on the physically unable to perform list, but this is how this team should look at safety when he returns.

The Specialists (3): This one’s petty obvious as we’ve known this for months. Jake Elliott is the kicker. Arryn Siposs is interestingly enough a good punter and excellent kickoff specialist (he can tackle too). Rick Lovato is the long snapper.