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Roster Update as Eagles prepare to take on Redskins

Back from the abyss…Thanks to all of you who helped to update the Eagles roster moves over the past weekend while I was off the grid.

The first thing I did when I got back today was to check the Practice Squad roster. I figured I’d work my way backwards to re-live some of the drama of the “final” roster cuts:

C/G Josh Andrews

TE Billy Brown

LB Nathan Gerry

T Dillon Gordon

DT Justin Hamilton

RB Byron Marshall

CB C.J. Smith

QB Nate Sudfeld

WR Bryce Treggs

WR Greg Ward

So we’re telling these guys there’s a chance…Amazingly some of these guys were still PS eligible considering the regular-season game time they had previously logged, specifically Gordon, Treggs and Marshall.

Eagles-NJ-69 of the PE.com gallery warns us against what we may already fear— some of these PS guys are gonna get poached by other teams:

” ‘Tis the best time for poaching. The wheat has been separated from the chaff. The teams have done the work for you in terms of who they wanted to keep around. Most teams now have a tentative PS. Hope we’re not poached but it’s the name of the game. One thing, any team poaching a player has to place that player on their 53. So, who are you gonna drop off the original 53 to poach someone’s PS. Hard decisions for all teams continue…”

From there I went to David George’s column at PE.com to confirm what many of you had already pointed out in your live comments over the weekend.

David covered Doug Pederson’s press conference on Monday afternoon (September 4) and here are the key points:

“Pederson addressed the running back position, where they decided to keep five backs on the roster but will only be suiting up three or four during gamedays. He also announced that the team will be taking more of a running back-by-committee approach with the lead back selection being strictly “game-plan specific” for the upcoming matchup.

“I don’t want to just sit here and say, ‘Darren (Sproles), you’re obviously a third-down guy,’ or ‘Wendell (Smallwood), you’re a first-, second- and third-down guy,’ because you know we want to get all these guys involved in the game plan. I think it’s important to what we do,” Pederson stated.

“If LeGarrette (Blount) has the hot hand he continues to carry the ball. If it’s Wendell, it’s Wendell. I can’t sit here and tell you exactly how many touches these guys are going to get but at the same time that when we put game plans together we’re very mindful of not only the run game, but also the pass game with these guys as well.”

Here’s what else Pederson spoke about Monday:

• On the inactive and practice squad players: “I think with that bottom third on the roster, I think one thing that I’m going to implement this year is actually time spent after practice with those guys developing their talents. They likely won’t get a bunch of reps with the offense or defense from a game plan standpoint. They get all the service team reps as you know but at the same time you want to make sure that you’re maximizing their talents and also maximizing my younger coaches there on the staff. By developing those guys and spending time after practice for 10-12 minutes and just going through drill work specific to what we’re doing offensively and defensively, so we don’t let those guys just sort of drift by the way side.

• On the entire team roster: “I think we’re in a better position roster-wise obviously going into this season than we were a year ago. Definitely, we had the quarterback situation a year ago and now that’s behind us and we’re full steam ahead so I’m excited about this week of practice.”

• On what he’s learned about Alshon Jeffery: “I tell you one thing, just his attention to detail. His focus, his drive feels like and seems like he’s eager and ready to go. Kind of champing at the bit a little bit with my decision to kind of rest him during camp. You know he’s obviously a big target. I spent the last couple of days watching his targets over the last couple of seasons. Just seeing how he runs routes and how he plays on gameday and it’s exciting to watch him. He’s a big, physical guy that we’re excited to have on our team and really look forward to he and Carson (Wentz) connecting and doing some good things.”

• On how many offensive linemen will be available for gamedays: “Seven.”

So we kept 5 running backs and only 8 offensive linemen? Hmmm… But Fran Duffy explains why it’s not that big a deal:

“The important thing to keep in mind when it comes to constructing the 53-man roster is that you have seven players who are inactive on gamedays. Some of those seven will get worked into the rotation, but a handful of those players will rarely be activated throughout the season. In that case, it doesn’t necessarily matter what position you’re “heavy” at because at the end of the day you are purposely stashing those players and keeping them safe from being scooped up by another team. Keeping five running backs allows both rookies, Corey Clement and Donnel Pumphrey, to develop at their own pace.” – Fran Duffy

So it is written: Here is the roster we go into battle with against Washington this weekend:

Active

# NAME POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE
13 Agholor, Nelson WR 6-0 198 24 3 USC
94 Allen, Beau DT 6-3 327 25 4 Wisconsin
96 Barnett, Derek DE 6-3 259 21 R Tennessee
29 Blount, LeGarrette RB 6-0 250 30 8 Oregon
53 Bradham, Nigel LB 6-2 241 28 6 Florida State
79 Brooks, Brandon G 6-5 335 28 6 Miami (Ohio)
88 Burton, Trey TE 6-3 235 25 4 Florida
87 Celek, Brent TE 6-4 255 32 11 Cincinnati
30 Clement, Corey RB 5-10 220 22 R Wisconsin
91 Cox, Fletcher DT 6-4 310 26 6 Mississippi State
75 Curry, Vinny DE 6-3 279 29 6 Marshall
35 Darby, Ronald CB 5-11 193 23 3 Florida State
32 Douglas, Rasul CB 6-2 209 22 R West Virginia
86 Ertz, Zach TE 6-5 250 26 5 Stanford
9 Foles, Nick QB 6-6 243 28 6 Arizona
18 Gibson, Shelton WR 5-11 191 22 R West Virginia
52 Goode, Najee LB 6-0 244 28 6 West Virginia
55 Graham, Brandon DE 6-2 265 29 8 Michigan
24 Graham, Corey S 6-0 196 32 10 New Hampshire
54 Grugier-Hill, Kamu LB 6-2 220 23 2 Eastern Illinois
58 Hicks, Jordan LB 6-1 236 25 3 Texas
10 Hollins, Mack WR 6-4 221 23 R North Carolina
17 Jeffery, Alshon WR 6-3 218 27 6 South Carolina
27 Jenkins, Malcolm S 6-0 204 29 9 Ohio State
93 Jernigan, Tim DT 6-2 295 24 4 Florida State
65 Johnson, Lane T 6-6 317 27 5 Oklahoma
14 Johnson, Marcus WR 6-1 204 23 1 Texas
8 Jones, Donnie P 6-2 221 37 14 LSU
62 Kelce, Jason C 6-3 295 29 7 Cincinnati
95 Kendricks, Mychal LB 6-0 240 26 6 California
56 Long, Chris DE 6-3 270 32 10 Virginia
45 Lovato, Rick LS 6-2 249 24 1 Old Dominion
42 Maragos, Chris S 5-10 200 30 8 Wisconsin
36 McDougle, Dexter CB 5-10 195 26 4 Maryland
23 McLeod, Rodney S 5-10 195 27 6 Virginia
51 Means, Steven DE 6-3 263 26 3 Buffalo
31 Mills, Jalen CB 6-0 191 23 2 LSU
71 Peters, Jason T 6-4 328 35 14 Arkansas
34 Pumphrey, Donnel RB 5-9 176 22 R San Diego State
98 Qualls, Elijah DT 6-1 321 22 R Washington
21 Robinson, Patrick CB 5-11 191 29 8 Florida State
73 Seumalo, Isaac G 6-4 303 23 2 Oregon State
28 Smallwood, Wendell RB 5-10 208 23 2 West Virginia
82 Smith, Torrey WR 6-0 205 28 7 Maryland
43 Sproles, Darren RB 5-6 190 34 13 Kansas State
6 Sturgis, Caleb K 5-9 192 28 5 Florida
97 Vaeao, Destiny DT 6-4 299 23 2 Washington State
72 Vaitai, Halapoulivaati T 6-6 320 24 2 TCU
59 Walker, Joe LB 6-2 236 24 2 Oregon
67 Warmack, Chance G 6-2 323 25 5 Alabama
26 Watkins, Jaylen S 5-11 194 25 3 Florida
11 Wentz, Carson QB 6-5 237 24 2 North Dakota State
61 Wisniewski, Stefen G/C 6-3 305 28 7 Penn State

Reserve/Injured

# NAME POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE
Goforth, Randall CB 5-10 190 23 R UCLA
57 McCalister, Alex DE 6-6 239 23 2 Florida
Shittu, Aziz DT 6-2 288 23 1 Stanford
49 Sullivan, Tre S 6-0 200 23 R Shepherd
Williams, Dom WR 6-2 200 24 1 Washington State

Practice Squad

# NAME POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE
68 Andrews, Josh C/G 6-2 311 26 3 Oregon State
85 Brown, Billy TE 6-4 255 24 R Shepherd
47 Gerry, Nathan LB 6-2 218 22 R Nebraska
69 Gordon, Dillon T 6-4 322 24 2 LSU
90 Hamilton, Justin DT 6-2 315 24 1 Louisiana-Lafayette
39 Marshall, Byron RB 5-9 201 23 1 Oregon
37 Smith, C.J. CB 5-11 189 24 2 North Dakota State
Sudfeld, Nate QB 6-6 227 23 2 Indiana
16 Treggs, Bryce WR 6-0 185 23 2 California
89 Ward, Greg WR 5-11 186 22 R Houston

Reserve/Non-Football Injury

# NAME POS. HT. WT. AGE EXP. COLLEGE
22 Jones, Sidney CB 6-0 181 21 R Washington
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