Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster projection following the first week of training camp practices

With the Philadelphia Eagles set to begin their preseason on August 12th, we dive into some 53-man roster projections following their first six training camp practice sessions.
Jason Kelce, #62, Jalen Hurts, #1, Philadelphia Eagles
Jason Kelce, #62, Jalen Hurts, #1, Philadelphia Eagles / Tim Nwachukwu/GettyImages
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With the Eagles' quarterback room relatively set in stone, these running backs and wide receivers are strong candidates to survive final cuts.

Running back (4)

Kenneth Gainwell, Rashaad Penny, Boston Scott, D’Andre Swift

With the departure of Miles Sanders, the Philadelphia Eagles are set to take a running back by committee in 2023, even more than they did in 2022. The runningback room is set to have players that offer a little bit of everything, balancing speed, power, and receiving ability. While Trey Sermon or Kennedy Brooks should land on the practice squad in 2023 if they clear waivers, it's hard to imagine them stealing a spot from the names above, even with a strong preseason.

Wide receiver (6)

A.J. Brown, Britain Covey, DeVonta Smith, Greg Ward Jr., Quez Watkins, Olamide Zacchaeus

A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith are among the top receiving duos in the NFL today and have a good chance to go down as the best one-two punch in the history of Eagles wideouts. However, the receiver room gets noticeably thinner behind them. Quez Watkins is set to enter the season as the team's third wide receiver, but Watkins is in a make-or-break season entering 2023 with free agency looming and inconsistent play that leaves more to be desired.

Olamide Zacchaeus earns a spot here due to his blistering speed and relatively untapped potential, as the 26-year-old had just 151 targets, 1,328 yards, and eight receiving touchdowns over his first four seasons in Atlanta.

Britain Covey remains slated to return to the Eagles as their primary punt returner. However, after ranking 24th in average punt return yards last season, Covey likely faces a make-or-break season in the special teams unit.

Greg Ward Jr. also stands a decent chance to return to the roster but could find himself on the chopping block if a more appealing option doesn't make it through the final cuts on another squad.