The Eagles have spent the past seven months trying to collect the best talent. In less than 48 hours, the Eagles have to formulate the best possible team.
Howie Roseman stressed the difference between the two in an exclusive interview with Dave Spadaro just before Thursday night's preseason finale against the New York Jets.
"We're just trying to make sure that we're building the best possible team for the Eagles, not just collecting talent," Roseman said.
It'll be a busy weekend for Roseman and the personnel staff. The Eagles must get to the 53-player limit by Saturday at 4 p.m. Then, the Eagles can put in waiver claims on players just let go by Sunday at noon before assembling a 10-player practice squad beginning Sunday at 1 p.m. Roseman's goal is to "just find a couple of ways to get better" as a team.
"There's a lot of players to watch. There's a lot of conversations to be had. A lot of times you're having conversations and things aren't exactly coming together because everyone's in the same role. Everyone wants to keep their best players, so it's hard to trade players at this time," Roseman said.
No matter how this weekend plays out, Roseman likes what he's seen from the Eagles and can't wait to open the season September 8 at Lincoln Financial Field.
"We have a good football team. We're proud of our players here. We're excited for their opportunity. And we feel very confident about going into our first game with the players that are on this roster right now," Roseman said. "Really proud of our coaching staff and our players and the effort and energy they put through this whole offseason. It really starts with the offseason program, the attendance that we had in the offseason program, and then going through the OTAs and minicamps and then through Training Camp and the preseason games. I'm just really excited for our team to kick this off next week against the Redskins at home."