Jaquiski Tartt may be in danger of being left off the Eagles roster

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Once seen as a sure thing to make the Philadelphia Eagles‘ roster, Jaquiski Tartt‘s standing with the team may not be on as firm a ground as we originally thought. Training camp began with the Birds welcoming seven safeties to the NovaCare Complex: Anthony Harris, Marcus Epps, K’Von Wallace, Jaquiski Tartt, Jared Mayden, Andre Chachere, and Reed Blankenship. Here’s what we’ve learned.

Blakenship, who entered camp as an undrafted rookie and the low man on the totem pole can ball. He hasn’t gotten a ton of opportunities, and he figures to be left off of the 53-man roster. Still, that won’t be because he can’t play. Don’t be shocked if he winds up on another roster.

Chachere has made a couple of plays. Harris has been quiet, but Marcus Epps has been as good as we were told he’d be. He’s also gotten bigger. That brings us to Tartt and an interesting wrinkle that Philly introduced on Thursday.

The Philadelphia Eagles seemingly see Jaquiski Tartt as a third-stringer.

As they’ve been known to do from time to time, the Birds have seemingly thrown us a curve ball with Jaquiski Tartt up to bat. During Thursday’s practice session, it was potential backup nickel corner Josiah Scott that lined up next to K’Von Wallace during an 11-on-11 period, not Tartt.

Maybe we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. It’s still hard to ignore that tough, and with Jaquiski having a quiet camp so far (and some difficulty in adjusting to a new scheme that he’s learning), it’s become increasingly more difficult to ask if he’s sliding down the depth chart.

Kary Vincent Jr. has been getting a lot of attention as well. Both he and Scott are listed as corners, but they’ve spent more time in this Eagles defense than Tartt. There also seems to be some hope that one or both can play some versatility and play safety.

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If Scott proves to be up to the task and continues to demonstrate his value on special teams, it could be Josiah, not Jaquiski, that we’ll see on the 53-man roster come September. Be patient. We still have a long way to go before we reach the finish line.