Eagles 53-man roster analysis: Roseman chooses potential over performance with Gibson

Shelton Gibson's upside was valuable enough for the Eagles to give him a roster spot. Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports

Here is a look at the Philadelphia Eagles' 53-man roster, with analysis:

Quarterbacks (2): Carson Wentz, Nick Foles

Foles' sore elbow has to be a little concerning, but it would have been difficult to justify putting Matt McGloin or Dane Evans on the roster.

Running backs (5): LeGarrette Blount, Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles, Corey Clement, Donnel Pumphrey

If this was purely about picking the best 53, Pumphrey wouldn't have made it. But the Eagles did trade up to take him in the fourth round, so they're invested. It seems like overkill to go into the regular season with five backs.

Wide receiver (6): Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, Marcus Johnson, Shelton Gibson

Gibson had a bad case of the drops earlier in the summer before turning things around some. Bryce Treggs outperformed him overall and earned a roster spot based on merit. Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman remains intrigued by Gibson's speed and deep-ball ability, though, traits that convinced the front office to take him in the fifth round.

Tight end (3): Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Trey Burton

Undrafted free agent Billy Brown flashed during training camp. He could be a practice-squad option if he's not picked up elsewhere.

Offensive line (8): Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Isaac Seumalo, Chance Warmack, Stefen Wisniewski

Somewhat surprising that they only went with eight O-linemen considering the depth and the value that the organization puts on the front. T Dillon Gordon was recently thought of as a good prospect, so to see him cut was a bit unexpected. The Eagles are very light at backup tackle. I think there's another move coming here.


Defensive line (10): Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Chris Long, Derek Barnett, Steven Means, Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan, Beau Allen, Elijah Qualls, Destiny Vaeao

DE Alex McCalister added weight to his athletic frame this offseason, received some praise from defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz during training camp and finished the preseason with a team-high 3.5 sacks, but didn't make the squad. If he doesn't get scooped up, the Eagles could try to get him on the practice squad.

Linebacker (6): Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Mychal Kendricks, Joe Walker, Najee Goode, Kamu Grugier-Hill

The Eagles decided to part with fifth-round pick Nathan Gerry, the former Nebraska safety that they were trying to convert to linebacker. Gerry is a good practice squad candidate.

Cornerback (5): Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, Rasul Douglas, Dexter McDougle

They traded for McDougle earlier in the week and on Saturday gave the former Jet a one-year contract extension through 2018. Jaylen Watkins has been playing some corner of late, so you can put him half in this category as well. Sidney Jones is on the Reserve/NFI list, keeping him on the shelf for at least the first six weeks of the season.

Safety (5): Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Chris Maragos, Corey Graham, Jaylen Watkins

On the occasions Jenkins plays nickel, Graham could be a decent third safety option for Schwartz. Pretty solid grouping.

Special teams (3): Caleb Sturgis, Donnie Jones, Rick Lovato

Long-snapper Jon Dorenbos is now in New Orleans after more than a decade in Philly. Lovato takes his place.