The Eagles’ are now down to 53 players after making their final 12 moves on Saturday.
Here’s the first 53-man roster.
And here are the moves they made to get there.
But we had plenty of questions for general manager Howie Roseman about some of the Eagles’ decisions and he answered them on Saturday afternoon.
Do you need another TE?
The Eagles kept just two tight ends (Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert) on their initial 53-man roster, cutting Josh Perkins. This was the biggest surprise from cuts and the Eagles presumably need to add another tight end.
Roseman talked about the importance of the practice squad and said they’ll at least add one there.
“So we would definitely add another tight end to the 63-man roster when we look at that,” he said, “but we'll just see how the week goes and what's available to us.”
I’d guess they add one to the 53-man roster, though.
Why keep T.J. Edwards over Alex Singleton?
The Eagles kept two UDFAs on their roster: OL Nate Herbig and Edwards.
It was apparently pretty close between Edwards and Singleton for that final linebacker spot.
“They play a little bit different spots in our defense, but really for us, at the end of the day, we kind of went back and forth on it and decided to go with T.J.,” Roseman said. “Alex did a really good job and our pro scouts deserve a lot of credit for the guys they brought in from the CFL. That was a good group that they brought in.”
Should we read into just 4 DTs?
The Eagles kept just four defensive tackles, which seems to indicate that Fletcher Cox (foot) will be ready for the start of the season. Roseman agreed with that assessment, which is obviously good news. The Eagles expect to have their best player back for Week 1.
Keeping 6 DEs is a lot, no?
The Eagles kept Daeshon Hall, Josh Sweat and Shareef Miller for some extra depth at defensive end. There’s no way the Eagles can find playing time for all of them, but they still kept all three around.
After praising the top three (Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Vinny Curry), Roseman then praised all three of those young players.
“If you were scouting and looking around and saying what young defensive end had the best preseason, I don't know that there's a better young defensive end in football than Daeshon Hall this preseason,” he said. “He deserves a tremendous amount of credit. He went and worked on his body in the offseason. He came back 30 pounds heavier, and then he proved it on the field.
“Josh Sweat had a really good camp and we expect him to be able to contribute, too, a fourth-round pick.
“Then Shareef (Miller), Shareef looked good in the games and you see his athleticism and you see he has tools in his body. At the same time, too, we have to understand that we have to develop players and when we are talking about our roster, and we have a lot of guys who are good players and make good money. We have to bet on our young players. We have to bet on our scouting. We have to bet on our coaching, and we are going to take that bet at that position.”
Why did Rudy Ford make the team?
The Eagles traded for Ford a week before the preseason finale, then he got hurt and he still made the team. The Eagles had seen enough from his 455 special teams snaps in Arizona over the last two seasons.
“Rudy for us was one of those guys on special teams that just jumped off the tape, and he can fill specific roles,” Roseman said. “We've got to get him right and we will, and then when he comes back I think that our fans will see why we liked him on special teams.”
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