Roster Tracker: Eagles reveal initial 53-man depth chart, make surprising cuts
Teams had until 4 PM EST on Tuesday to trim their rosters from 90 to 53 players.
Here’s the initial 53-man depth chart announced by the Eagles and an updated tracker of roster cuts:
- Jalen Hurts
- Marcus Mariota
- Tanner McKee
Cuts: Ian Book
No surprises here: Jalen Hurts will look to build upon his MVP season in 2023, while eight-year vet Marcus Mariota will back him up. Sixth-round rookie Tanner McKee impressed in the preseason, but Ian Book’s lackluster play made the QB3 decision fairly easy.
Every big throw from rookie Tanner McKee yesterday. Probably won’t unseat Mariota for QB2 but I liked what I saw from him. pic.twitter.com/bMm3bBQb1E— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) August 13, 2023
- D’Andre Swift
- Kenneth Gainwell
- Rashaad Penny
- Boston Scott
Cuts: Kennedy Brooks, Trey Sermon
As expected, the Eagles will roll into the year with a committee approach. Gainwell and Swift got the most work in training camp, while Penny should rotate in as the power back. Boston Scott is kept solely for the two Giants games per year.
Sermon garnered trade interest at the deadline but was ultimately waived.
D’Andre Swift shows his elusiveness in the backfield and runs a dude over for 22 yards.— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) August 12, 2023
Gonna be a fun year. pic.twitter.com/vHOEImp80x
- AJ Brown
- DeVonta Smith
- Quez Watkins
- Olamide Zaccheaus
Cuts: Johnny King, Jason Haselwood, Deon Cain, Freddie Swain, Britain Covey, Devon Allen, Greg Ward, Joseph Ngata
Many (including myself) had Covey penciled in as the fifth receiver. He was the team’s primary punt returner last year and didn’t turn the ball over. Covey dealt with a hamstring injury throughout camp and could potentially return to the practice squad.
Four receivers is light, we’ll see what else the Eagles do.
- Dallas Goedert
- Jack Stoll
- Grant Calcaterra
- Albert Okwuegbunam
Cuts: Dan Arnold, Tyree Jackson, Brady Russell
GM Howie Roseman made a deadline deal with Denver to acquire Albert Okwuegbunam, so the Eagles are rostering four tight ends as it currently stands. Goedert is a top-4 tight end, while Stoll and Calcaterra have experience in the offense.
- Jordan Mailata
- Landon Dickerson
- Jason Kelce
- Cam Jurgens
- Lane Johnson
- Jack Driscoll
- Tyler Steen
- Fred Johnson
- Sua Opeta
Cuts: Tyrese Robinson, Dennis Kelly, Brett Toth, Josh Andrews, Cameron Tom, Roderick Johnson, Julian Good-Jones, Josh Sillis
The top seven were obvious locks, as Jack Driscoll has been the top reserve for Philadelphia and Tyler Steen is a third-round pick. Fred Johnson not only earned his roster spot but inked a two-year deal during the preseason. Opeta beat out Josh Sills for the ninth spot.
- Fletcher Cox
- Milton Williams
- Jordan Davis
- Jalen Carter
- Marlon Tuipulotu
- Moro Ojomo
- Kentavius Street
Cuts: Marvin Wilson, Olive Sagopolu, Caleb Saunders, Robert Cooper
The Eagles went heavy at DT, staying true to their philosophy of being deep in the trenches. Cox, Carter, and Davis should be a formidable front even with the departure of Javon Hargrave.
- Haason Reddick
- Josh Sweat
- Brandon Graham
- Nolan Smith
- Derek Barnett
- Patrick Johnson
Cuts: Quinton Bell, Tarron Jackson
Reddick and rookie Nolan Smith have both been sidelined with injuries but are expected to be ready for Week 1. Sweat and Graham are back, while Derek Barnett cracks the roster amidst a trade request.
- Nakobe Dean
- Zach Cunningham
- Christian Ellis
Cuts: Tyreek Maddox-Willimas, Kyron Johnson, Nicholas Morrow, Ben VanSumeren
We’ve been saying all summer long that the Eagles aren’t tied to Morrow, given he had no guaranteed money in his deal. Once Zach Cunningham seized the other starting job, Morrow’s days were numbered. Christian Ellis makes the final-53 after an impressive summer.
- Darius Slay
- James Bradberry
- Avonte Maddox
- Josh Jobe
- Kelee Ringo
- Eli Ricks
- Mario Goodrich
Cuts: Josiah Scott, Mekhi Garner
The Eagles are entering the year with eight rookies, including undrafted CB Eli Ricks. Mario Goodrich gets the nod at backup nickel with Zech McPhearson lost for the year. Slay and Bradberry return as one of the NFL’s top CB duos, while Jobe is the first reserve on the outside.
The Eagles have a deep corner group full of potential.
- Reed Blankenship
- Justin Evans
- Sydney Brown
- Terrell Edmunds
Cuts: K’Von Wallace
I didn’t see Justin Evans leapfrogging Wallace, who was coming along this summer. Maybe he’ll return to the practice squad.
- K Jake Elliott
- LS Rick Lovato
Cuts: Arryn Siposs
The Eagles cut Siposs today, leaving them with no punter. Expect the team to bring in a few to work out.
Meet the squad#FlyEaglesFly— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 29, 2023
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