The Philadelphia Eagles must cut their roster to 75 by 4 p.m. ET Tuesday and to 53 by 4 p.m. ET Saturday. Here's a final 53-man roster projection:
It will become the rookie's team eventually, but Bradford is hoping to push that succession plan into 2017. So long as the Eagles stay competitive, he should get his wish.
Mathews is injury-prone. Sproles is 33. Smallwood is a rookie. Barner is unproven. But the hope is that they can combine to make a serviceable backfield.
Rueben Randle and Chris Givens were both released by the Eagles on Sunday, opening the door for the recently-acquired Green-Beckham and Huff to make the roster. Turner, an undrafted rookie out of Louisiana Tech, has been one of the surprise stories of camp.
Doug Pederson seems to like the idea of having four tight ends on the roster, with one of them (perhaps Pantale) serving as a fullback when needed. Burton has been catching everything thrown his way this summer. He could end up making plays for this team.
The Eagles released veteran Andrew Gardner on Sunday, which could open the door for one of the young offensive linemen to make it. Rookie guard Dillon Gordon out of LSU is an interesting prospect and has even been getting looks at fullback in camp. Perhaps his versatility helps land him a place on the roster. An extra spot could open up if Johnson is suspended to start the season.
The Eagles have reportedly been shopping former Oregon defensive tackle Taylor Hart, but the release of Mike Martin could signal a roster spot for him. Means and 2014 first-round pick Smith have been battling for the fourth defensive end spot. Here we have both making the cut. Curry's ability to move inside from time to time should allow defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz to go light at defensive tackle if need be.
Linebackers are often key members on special teams. The Eagles will have to get creative here, as Hicks, Kendricks and Bradham are projected starters while the 31-year-old Tulloch will probably be limited in his contributions on that front. Rookies Quentin Gause or Myke Tavarres could end up on the team for special teams/depth purposes.
Smith was teammates with Wentz at North Dakota State. An undrafted rookie, he has impressed this preseason and was even given first-team looks Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts. Jenkins sang his praises afterward and said he wouldn't be surprised if he ends up on the 53. Rowe has fallen on the cornerback depth chart but should make the team.
Cody Parkey has seemingly been behind in the kicker competition all summer. His missed extra point against the Colts couldn't have helped his chances of beating out Sturgis. Dorenbos' second act as a full-time magician/entertainer will have to wait another year.