One week from today the Eagles will be taking the field for their first real practice of the 2020 training camp.
When that practice does get started, the Eagles will be tasked with one of the toughest and most complicated challenges they have ever faced when it comes to putting together their roster due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only will the team have no OTAs or minicamps to go off of, but practices could look very different. There is also an argument to be made for keeping more players at key positions because of the unfortunate likelihood of positive COVID tests this season. In addition, wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and linebacker Jatavis Brown -- two players who very well could have had roster spots -- are now gone, one because of opting out, the other due to retirement.
Adding to the complications of coming up with a final roster are the new practice squad rules for the 2020 season.
Under the new CBA, two players on the practice squad can be elevated to the gameday roster each week, essentially making the roster a 55-man roster instead of the normal 53. That player, who can only be moved up twice during the season, reverts back to the practice squad after the game. In addition, the Eagles can have six veterans on the practice squad, which is a major change from past years and will be a factor in how the team constructs their roster.
So with that in mind, here is my latest guess at what the 53-man roster currently looks like if they had to make cuts today, with a 16-man practice squad as well:
If either of the rookies, Watkins or Hightower, show anything in camp they will be on the team. If they struggle early on, it is possible a player like Robert Davis could end up with a bottom-of-the-roster spot -- or a veteran free agent is brought in.