4 Eagles that are suddenly on the hot seat following Dennis Kelly's addition

The Philadelphia Eagles' expected reacquisition of Dennis Kelly could mean a few offensive linemen prospects will be on the outside and looking in once we reach final roster cuts.
Dennis Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles
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Fewer than seven days separate us from the first day of Philadelphia Eagles training camp. The rookies report on July 25th. The veterans go back to work on July 27th Executive vice president/general manager Howie Roseman has already set up shop in his office (if he ever left it). He has been busy.

July 17th brought news of Kelee Ringo being inked to his rookie deal. With that being said, all seven members of Philly's 2023 draft class are signed, in the fold, and accounted for. More good news came on July 20th as Howie brought another familiar face back home to join the nest.

Though they haven't officially announced his reacquisition at the time of this story's publishing, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero has announced he and the Eagles are expected to put pen to paper. It's the end of July. The stories are hot and heavy, but as you might expect, this will probably lead to some juggling of the roster.

Here are a few Eagles offensive linemen who are suddenly on much warmer seats following the announcement of Dennis Kelly's addition.

Let's just say that it wasn't the top G.M. in the NFL's shining moment. Once upon a time, August 16th of 2016 to be exact, Howie Roseman initiated a trade to send Dennis Kelly to the Tennessee Titans in exchange for wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

D.G.B. was given up on by the Titans after one season. With Philly, he appeared in 15 games with seven starts and collected 36 receptions for 392 yards while reaching the end zone twice. He appeared in his final game with the Birds on New Year's Day in 2017. He has long been gone and forgotten.

Meanwhile, Kelly is still a productive NFL player, one that appeared in 74 games with 32 starts while in Nashville. He spent the 2021 season in Green Bay with the Packers and was a member of the Indianapolis Colts last season. He appeared in 26 games with seven starts over that span.

If we were to guess, the Eagles starting lineup is set. That's a pretty good hunch, right? Jordan Mailata (left tackle), Landon Dickerson (left guard), Jason Kelce (center), and Lane Johnson (right tackle) combine like Voltron to make a fearsome bunch. Cam Jurgens and Tyler Steen are expected to compete for the starting right guard position.

Kelly provides a nice depth piece. He was formerly with Philly from 2012 to 2015 after being drafted 153rd overall during Round 5 of the 2012 NFL Draft, but his addition means several Birds are on the hot seat. Here are three.

Josh Sills

Josh Sills was one of three undrafted rookies to make the roster last season. He is currently being given a special roster exemption as he works through some legal trouble, but even if that wasn't the case, he would still have a tough climb to make if he's going to make the roster

Julian Good-Jones

If we were to guess, we'd state Julian Good-Jones, though versatile and talented, was probably going to be on the outside and looking in come final roster cuts. We're more certain now, with Kelly's addition, that his chances of making the roster as a dark horse or a surprise may have evaporated.

Trevor Reid & Chim Okorafor

It's always tough for undrafted rookie free agents to make the roster. That task becomes even more daunting when we're discussing possible gridlock and the potential of the Eagles carrying potentially ten guys on their initial 53-man roster. All roads may lead to the practice squad for Trevor Reid and Chim Okorafor... maybe. We'll have to wait and see what happens.

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