- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer
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With training camp now under way, here's a look at how the Philadelphia Eagles' final 53-man roster could pan out:
A couple writers were talking at practice the other day about the possibility of the Eagles keeping just two QBs on the active roster. With Matt Barkley starting the final preseason game, that certainly raises some intriguing possibilities: trading Sanchez or Barkley and keeping G.J. Kinne on the practice squad. Conclusion: After a month of camp, we'll talk about anything.
RUNNING BACKS (4)
Injuries have given young backs Henry Josey and David Fluellen some opportunities, and they have played pretty well. But Polk appears ready to come back from his hamstring injury and remind people why he was ahead of them on the depth chart.
WIDE RECEIVERS (5)
Injuries have had an impact here, too. But it would be surprising if these five players aren't on the team, especially after Chip Kelly indicated Huff's shoulder injury isn't likely to force him to start the season on IR. Ifeanyi Momah and Arrelious Benn could force Kelly to go with six wideouts and just three backs.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
Ertz should continue his ascent to the No. 1 slot here, but Celek’s completeness as a blocker and receiver make him tough to write off. It wouldn’t be shocking if somebody (Emil Igwenagu?) persuaded Kelly to move on from Casey, who probably wonders why he signed with Philadelphia last year.
OFFENSIVE LINE (10)
It could be that we're going too heavy here with 10. Cutting to nine offensive linemen would free the Eagles to go a little heavier elsewhere. If so, Bamiro is probably the odd man out of this group.
DEFENSIVE LINE (7)
A change here: Bair has just played too well in the last two preseason games to discount. With Allen looking like a solid backup at nose tackle, that makes Damion Square a bit less valuable than Bair has looked.
A couple of players -- Travis Long and Emmanuel Acho -- are still in the mix here. With four starters and a need for linebackers on special teams, it is possible the Eagles keep nine of them. For now, I'm sticking with group we've had here.
That seems like a lot of safeties, but Maragos was signed for special teams, and the coaches like Reynolds enough to carry the fifth-round pick as he develops. Keelan Johnson has looked sharp and could force himself into the mix.
Carroll's hamstring injury has hampered his ability to challenge Williams and Fletcher for a starting job. He is still in the picture, though, as a veteran and quality special teamer. Watkins gets the draft-pick bump, but Roc Carmichael and Curtis Marsh are still in the mix, as well. If either really came on strong, things could get interesting.
It's too early to project Cody Parkey ahead of Alex Henery, but the Eagles are concerned about their kicking situation. It is very possible the Eagles' 2014 kicker isn't on the roster yet. David Akers, anyone?