Here is a position-by-position look at the initial roster followed by a rundown of how the Eagles got to the league-mandated 53-player limit. Just a reminder that nothing is set in stone as the Eagles will work the waiver wire and form a practice squad starting on Wednesday:
The Eagles are going with three of them on the active roster and they aren't a surprise: Jalen Hurts is QB1, Marcus Mariota is the backup, and sixth-round draft pick Tanner McKee won a roster spot with a strong Training Camp and preseason. Mariota ended his preseason with a touchdown drive to open Thursday's preseason finale and McKee took over and moved the offense against the Colts' first-team defense. Hurts had a sparkling spring and summer after finishing last year as an NFL Most Valuable Player finalist.
RUNNING BACK (4)
This is an intriguing group that will operate by spreading the football around to take advantage of the versatility in the room. Last year the Eagles went heavily with one running back and this season they are set to have an array of backs to attack defenses. Kenneth Gainwell led the team in rushing yards and total yards from scrimmage in the 2022 postseason and he is prepared to have his role increase in his third season.
Two newcomers, D'Andre Swift and Rashaad Penny, offer something different – Swift is an explosive runner, particularly outside the tackles, and Penny is a powerful downhill runner who has averaged 5.7 yards in his five-year career. He is healthy and that's the key – major injuries hampered his career in Seattle. Swift also brings a big-time receiving element in the passing game as he can line up anywhere in the offense and create favorable matchups. Boston Scott is a do-everything player who also averaged 27 yards on kickoff returns last season.
WIDE RECEIVER (4)
There are four of them on the 53-man roster and there is star power at the top in the form of a great 1-2 punch of A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. They were almost unstoppable as a duo last season – Brown set a franchise record for single-season receiving yards (1,496) and Smith set an Eagles record for wide receivers with 95 receptions. They are a devasting combination and they play off of each other so perfectly. The Eagles were excited to see Quez Watkins have a strong summer and he adds a strong deep threat to the passing game. His looks are somewhat limited, of course, with the presence of Brown and Smith looming, but Watkins has big-play ability. New wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus is excellent in the short-area game, makes yards after the catch, and is a strong blocker in the running game.
Check out who will be repping the green and white on the 53-man roster this season. (Photos are ordered by position and in numerical order)
TIGHT END (4)
Dallas Goedert is one of the best in the business and he had an outstanding summer and is healthy and totally connected with Hurts. Jack Stoll is in his third season here and really seemed to take step forwards as a receiver this summer to add to his strong blocking skills. Second-year man Grant Calcaterra adds athleticism and good route-running skills when he's on the field and the Eagles will look to incorporate that into the passing game in the season ahead. At the roster cutdown deadline, the Eagles traded with the Broncos to acquire Albert Okwuegbunam. A former fourth-round pick, Okwuegbunam adds athleticism (4.49 in the 40 at the 2020 NFL Combine) to the position. In his first three seasons, Okwuegbunam posted 54 catches for 546 yards and four touchdowns.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9)
The five starters are set – Jordan Mailata at left tackle, Landon Dickerson at left guard, Jason Kelce at center, Cam Jurgens at right guard, and Lane Johnson at right tackle. The Eagles had some tough decisions to make as far as the backups go and went with nine overall. Jack Driscoll is in his fourth season and can play both tackle and guard, rookie Tyler Steen has been on the field in the summer at both right guard and left tackle, Fred Johnson signed a two-year contract last week, and has played well at left tackle throughout the summer. Sua Opeta was the primary backup at left guard throughout the summer and good for him to battle his way back to the active roster after finishing 2022 on the practice squad.
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EDGE RUSHER (6)
The Eagles feature three Pro Bowl players at this spot who combined for 38 sacks last season – more than 10 teams – paced by Haason Reddick, who is coming off a career year with 16 of those sacks to earn Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors. Reddick was slowed down this summer due to injury, but told reporters on Monday that he's trending in the right direction for the season opener. Josh Sweat is proof positive of the team's ability to scout and develop talent. The long, athletic edge player is known for his ability to get to the quarterback, but graded out as one of the 10 best run defenders at his position in the league last season, according to Pro Football Focus. Brandon Graham discovered the fountain of youth, cracking double-digit sacks for the first time in 2022 and still bringing relentless energy off the edge on every snap in his franchise-record-tying 14th season. The Eagles used their second first-round pick on Nolan Smith, who has drawn comparisons to both Reddick, for his play style, and Graham, for his attitude and enthusiasm for the game. Derek Barnett battled back from a season-ending knee injury to bring experience and toughness to the position. Barnett had 21.5 sacks, 76 QB hits, and 179 pressures in his first five NFL seasons. Patrick Johnson flashed in Training Camp before missing time with an ankle injury. The third-year player has suited up for 37 games, including playoffs, over the past two seasons and was on the field for 213 defensive snaps (19 percent) in 2022.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE (7)
There isn't a whole lot that Fletcher Cox can add to his sterling resume as he enters his 12th season, but he still sets the tone inside with his play strength and hustle, setting a great example for the youth in the position group. Jordan Davis, the team's 2022 first-round pick, is set to take a big jump in Year 2 after showing promise as a rookie before an ankle injury set him back. Davis attacked the offseason the right way and it shows with the way he can collapse the middle of the line. Milton Williams might be an under-the-radar name with the first-round picks invested in the position, but he was Pro Football Focus' most improved player on the Eagles' defense last season. Jalen Carter was the team's top draft pick in 2023. Carter's explosiveness, agility, strength, and work ethic impressed teammates in Training Camp and the preseason.
Kentavius Street was signed in free agency as a player on the rise and he earned a roster spot at one of the deepest positions. After a knee injury slowed down the start of his career, Street has played in every game over the past two seasons. Last year, with the Saints, Street posted career highs from both a production standpoint (29 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 21 QB pressures) and a play-time standpoint (518 defensive snaps, 46 percent). Marlon Tuipulotu is the primary backup at the nose tackle position and played a pivotal role last season as he was on the field for over a third of the team's defensive snaps before suffering a season-ending injury. Moro Ojomo is a versatile defensive lineman who flashed during the preseason after joining the team as a seventh-round draft pick.
Nakobe Dean will wear the green dot to be the on-field voice for new Defensive Coordinator Sean Desai, relaying the play calls to the rest of the unit. Dean looked comfortable and in control of the new scheme and flashed his playmaking ability in the preseason forcing a fumble at the goal line against the Browns. Zach Cunningham was added to the roster early in Training Camp and grew more and more comfortable in the scheme, rising up the depth chart. Cunningham displayed great instincts and a nose for the ball all summer. Plus, his 80 career starts (including playoffs) will provide considerable experience to a young unit. Christian Elliss made his mark on special teams last season and took his game to another level this summer. Elliss turned heads back in the spring with his plays on the ball and his athleticism allows him to fly around the field.
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The league's top-ranked pass defense from last season returns all three starters. Darius "Big Play" Slay earned his fifth Pro Bowl nomination last season and remains one of the league's elite cover corners. James Bradberry was a second-team All-Pro a year ago and doesn't mind any added attention from opposing quarterbacks, as he ranked third in pass deflections (17) in 2022 and is tops in the league in that category since 2018 with 79. Avonte Maddox is quick, instinctive, and fearless in the slot, such an integral position in today's league. Maddox is able to match up against the variety of pass-catching options out of the slot.
Josh Jobe made a significant leap from last year when he earned a roster spot as a rookie free agent. Jobe earned playing time on the outside in the summer due to injury and held off one of the deepest young groups on the roster. Kelee Ringo was a fourth-round pick who made plays on the ball both in Training Camp and the preseason. He gets the benefit of learning from some of the top players at his position in the league. Mario Goodrich makes the leap from the practice squad as a rookie to the active roster in Year 2. Goodrich offers the ability to play in the slot as well as on the outside. Eli Ricks had the nickname "Pick-Six Ricks" in college and lived up to it with an interception return for a touchdown in the preseason against the Ravens. He joins a long list of undrafted free agents who have been selected to the initial 53-man roster over the years.
Safety was one of the premier position battles all throughout Training Camp and the preseason, but the standout player from Day 1 was Reed Blankenship. The 2022 rookie free agent earned a spot on the team last year and answered the bell when he was needed to start four games down the stretch for the Eagles. He's leveraged that experience into becoming a more confident, aware player in his second season. Terrell Edmunds was a former first-round pick signed by the team in free agency after five years with the Steelers. Edmunds is a proven, reliable, steady option with 75 career starts, 405 tackles, five sacks, and five interceptions on his resume. Sydney Brown was championed inside the NovaCare Complex leading up to the NFL Draft and the team was ecstatic when it was able to procure him in the third round. Brown is an explosive, intense player who doesn't shy from dishing out punishment, whether it's on defense or special teams. Justin Evans is an inspirational comeback story. After missing three seasons due to injury, the former second-round pick found footing with the Saints a year ago and is now with the Eagles. He offers range and versatility both on defense and special teams.
SPECIAL TEAMS (2)
Jake Elliott got plenty of leg work this summer, connecting on 5-of-6 field goal attempts, including a perfect 3-for-3 from 50 and beyond. He's ready for the season. Rick Lovato is one of the league's most consistent long snappers. The Eagles don't currently have a punter on the roster, so they will continue to explore their options there in the coming days.
To get to the 53-man limit, the Eagles made the following roster moves on Tuesday:
Acquired the following player via trade:
• TE Albert Okwuegbunam – Acquired with a 2025 7th-round pick in exchange for a 2025 6th-round pick
Released the following players:
• WR Devon Allen
• LB Quinton Bell
• QB Ian Book
• RB Kennedy Brooks
• DT Robert Cooper
• WR Britain Covey
• CB Mekhi Garner
• G Julian Good-Jones
• WR Jadon Haselwood
• DE Tarron Jackson
• TE Tyree Jackson
• LB Kyron Johnson
• WR Johnny King
• LB Tyreek Maddox-Williams
• S Tristin McCollum
• LB Nicholas Morrow
• WR Joseph Ngata
• DE Janarius Robinson
• G Tyrese Robinson
• TE Brady Russell
• DT Olive Sagapolu
• DT Caleb Sanders
• CB Josiah Scott
• G Josh Sills
• P Arryn Siposs
• WR Freddie Swain
• LB Ben VanSumeren
• S K'Von Wallace
• WR Greg Ward
• DT Marvin Wilson
Waived/injured the following player:
• RB Trey Sermon
Waived the following player from Reserve/Injured with an injury settlement:
• WR Tyrie Cleveland