Eagles Roster: Fighting, Bubble, Locks breakdown

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The Eagles are still a little under two weeks away from real training camp practices, but now that (nearly) the entire roster is in the NovaCare, the preparation for the 2020 season is underway — and the battle for roster spots has finally begun after an offseason spent in online meeting rooms. 

Here is a look at where I think each player on the roster stands heading into training camp: 

Fighting (14): Manasseh Bailey, Deontay Burnett, Robert Davis, Julian Good-Jones, Michael Jacquet, Craig James, Luke Juriga, Kyle Lauletta, Elijah Riley, Prince Smith, Noah Togiai, Casey Tucker, Raequan Williams, Caleb Wilson
Analysis: Going into training camp as a long shot and making the roster is, obviously, never easy. This year, however, it is going to be close to impossible considering there has been no OTAs, no minicamps and there will be an abbreviated training camp with the majority of snaps going to the veterans. That being said, the good news for the long shots is this — the first round of cuts the Eagles made were filled with players the team was already familiar with. That is a sign the Eagles are truly going to be using the training camp period to evaluate, not just sticking with the players they know. 

Of the players in this group, the two players with the best chance of making the roster are tight end Noah Togiai and cornerback Craig James. James faced a loaded cornerback position, but if the Eagles end up trading either Rasul Douglas or Sidney Jones, James is likely next in line for a roster spot. 

Togiai is an intriguing prospect entering camp. The Eagles are thin at tight end and he only has to beat out two players — Joshua Perkins and Caleb Wilson — for a roster spot. Perkins seems to have the trust of the coaching staff, but the upside of Togiai could earn him that third tight end spot. Wilson is a wild card as he was just picked up, but could end up being more direct competition for Togiai than Perkins if the Eagles commits to going young at the third tight-end spot. 

Bubble (21): Grayland Arnold, Corey Clement, Rasul Douglas, Marcus Epps, Rudy Ford, Bruce Hector, Nate Herbig, Elijah Holyfield, Adrian Killins, Jordan Mailata, Shareef Miller, Dante Olson, Sua Opeta, Joe Ostman, Josh Perkins, Anthony Rush, Alex Singleton, Michael Warren, Quez Watkins, John Hightower, Casey Toohill 
Analysis: As a result of having a large portion of the roster locked in, it looks like there will be 21  players competing for seven roster spots. Chances are plenty of the players in this bubble group that are cut will be back on the practice squad, as not only is the practice squad increased to 16 players this season, but it can also include six veterans. 

The most interesting player on this list might be Rasul Douglas. Douglas is entering a critical year in his career, and if he has a poor training camp, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him dealt to another team. There is a lot to like about Douglas a player — he has good size, he is physical, he can create turnovers, he is a strong tackler and has the attitude the Eagles like in their defensive backs. Douglas has never gotten consistent enough snaps to truly put it all together.

The young receivers are also going to be exciting to watch in camp. With Goodwin opting out it is likely that at least one of Watkins or Hightower makes the team, and with good camps, they could both find themselves on the 53-man roster. 

Locks (46): J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Genard Avery, Derek Barnett, Jatavis Brown, Fletcher Cox, Andre Dillard, T.J. Edwards, Jake Elliott, Zach Ertz, Nate Gerry, Dallas Goedert, Javon Hargrave, DeSean Jackson, Malik Jackson, Lane Johnson, Cameron Johnston, Sidney Jones, Jason Kelce, Cre’Von LeBlanc, Rick Lovato, Avonte Maddox, Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills, Will Parks, Jason Peters, Matt Pryor, Hassan Ridgeway, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Isaac Seumalo, Darius Slay, Nate Sudfeld, Josh Sweat, Prince Tega Wanogho, Greg Ward, Carson Wentz, Shaun Bradley, Jack Driscoll, Jalen Hurts, Jalen Reagor, Davion Taylor, K’Von Wallace, Brandon Graham, Duke Riley, Vinny Curry
Analysis: The 46 locks that the Eagles have on the roster feels like a higher number than most seasons entering training camp. While all of these players are locks to be on the team, a few — like Arcega-Whiteside, Barnett, Jones and Avery — are entering crucial seasons to make sure they will be back in 2021. 
PUP: Alshon Jeffery 
IR: Brandon Brooks
Exempt: Matt Leo 
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