Eagles roster 2019

The offseason brought Carson Wentz a major contract extension and a new (well, old) weapon in DeSean Jackson. In the draft, the Eagles might have found their running back of the future in Miles Sanders. And on defense, Fletcher Cox is now flanked by Malik Jackson. Here’s a look at the Eagles’ roster entering the season opener against Washington.

Quarterbacks
18

Josh McCown

Sam Houston State | Years pro: 17 | 6-4, 218

McCown chose the Eagles’ sidelines over an ESPN broadcast booth. If the Eagles season goes according to plan, the only linebackers the 40-year-old will evade will be in practice, and they won’t be trying to hit him.

7

Nate Sudfeld

Indiana | Years pro: 4 | 6-6, 227

Sudfeld was poised to be the No. 2 quarterback before breaking his wrist in the preseason opener. Now, the QB room is a little more crowded with veteran Josh McCown aboard, but Sudfeld is still a solid developmental quarterback prospect.

11

Carson Wentz

North Dakota State | Years pro: 4 | 6-5, 237

The franchise quarterback. The Eagles enter his fourth season with a variety of playmakers and a solid offensive line, but the team will likely go as far as he can take them. If Wentz stays healthy and continues to produce at an elite level, the team can go far.

Running backs
30

Corey Clement

Wisconsin | Years pro: 3 | 5-10, 220

The former Glassboro High star is recovered from a knee injury that ended his 2018-19 season. In his rookie year, Clement was the Eagles’ biggest receiving threat out of the backfield, and caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl.

24

Jordan Howard

Indiana | Years pro: 4 | 6-0, 224

After being acquired via trade from the Bears, Howard figures to bring some muscle to the Eagles’ backfield. His previous two seasons have been extremely productive, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark in his first two seasons and finishing last year with 935 rushing yards.

26

Miles Sanders

Penn State | Years pro: R | 5-11, 211

Don’t be surprised if Sanders rides his impressive training camp and preseason to a significant role in the Eagles running-by-committee backfield. He’s seen significant first-team reps and has shown flashes of potential so far to be a shifty, elusive runner worthy of a lot of carries.

43

Darren Sproles

Kansas State | Years pro: 15 | 5-6, 190

The veteran is ranked sixth in the NFL in all-purpose yards (19,520). Sproles is hoping to have a healthy season after missing 10 games last year with a hamstring injury. In a limited role, he could still be a dangerous pass-catcher, and he’s a reliable pass protector.

Wide receivers
13

Nelson Agholor

USC | Years pro: 5 | 6-0, 198

After a rocky start to his career, Agholor has found a home as a slot receiver. He’s entering a contract year and is coming off a 64-catch, 736-yard season. If he’s productive this year, it could mean a big payday, whether that’s in Philadelphia or elsewhere.

19

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

Stanford | Years pro: R | 6-2, 225

A solid preseason showing against the Ravens has fans excited for the rookie receiver. He’s been compared to Alshon Jeffery in the past, and it’s easy to understand why. He’s got similar size, similar 50-50 ball skills and has even modeled his game after Jeffery’s.

16

Mack Hollins

North Carolina | Years pro: 3 | 6-4, 221

There were flashes of Hollins’ potential in his rookie season, when he caught 16 passes, including a 64-yard touchdown against Washington, but injuries cost him all of last year and part of training camp. He was a special teams standout at UNC and has been a contributor for the Eagles on kickoffs and punts.

10

DeSean Jackson

California | Years pro: 12 | 5-10, 175

Let the nostalgia kick in. Jackson returns to the Eagles after five seasons in Washington and Tampa Bay. He’s older, but it doesn’t seem like he’s much slower, and he will give the Birds’ offense a deep threat they have sometimes lacked out of their receiving corps.

17

Alshon Jeffery

South Carolina | Years pro: 8 | 6-3, 218

The Eagles’ No. 1 receiver headlines a very deep group, and offers a matchup problem with his size, and his ability to use it. Despite a drop leading to an interception that ended the team’s playoff run last year, he’s the most reliable “Go up and get it” guy on the team.

Tight ends
86

Zach Ertz

Stanford | Years: 7 | 6-5, 250

Ertz is fresh off setting the NFL record for most catches by a tight end during his 116-reception, 1,163-yard campaign last year. He’s established himself as one of the best tight ends in the NFL, and it’s not out of the question for him to break his own milestone this season.

88

Dallas Goedert

South Dakota State | Years pro: 2 | 6-5, 256

He’d probably be the No. 1 tight end on most NFL teams, but on the Eagles he’s behind Ertz. Because of this, he’s primed for a breakout season as the Eagles carve him out a bigger role, and opposing defenses are sometimes forced to focus on everyone but him.

Offensive line
79

Brandon Brooks

Miami (OH) | Years pro: 8 | 6-5, 335

Brooks is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered last season, but could be ready for Week 1. When he’s healthy, he’s a Pro Bowl caliber right guard and forms one of the best tackle-guard combos in the NFL with Johnson.

77

Andre Dillard

Washington State | Years pro: R | 6-5, 315

The 2019 first-round pick is the heir apparent to Peters, and might not play much this season. But, if needed, he’s shown the ability to step in this preseason. He’s mostly stayed on the left side, but can probably switch if an injury requires it.

67

Nate Herbig

Stanford | Years pro: R | 6-4, 334

After making the All-Pac 12 team at guard as a sophomore, Herbig struggled through an injury-riddled junior season that tanked his draft stock. He can back up at either guard spot or play center if needed, making him an interesting developmental prospect - assuming he can stay healthy.

65

Lane Johnson

Oklahoma | Years pro: 7 | 6-6, 313

Johnson’s one of the best right tackles in football, if not the best. The former college tight end is a giant, but surprisingly mobile for his size and obviously strong. He was drafted in 2013 to succeed Jason Peters, but instead they’ve become one of the best tackle duos in the NFL.

62

Jason Kelce

Cincinnati | Years pro: 9 | 6-3, 295

Kelce has established himself as one of the NFL’s elite centers the last couple seasons. He’s undersized, but he’s incredibly agile and powerful all while directing the offensive line. He’s played through injury, too. He’s started all 16 regular season games for the Eagles four years in a row.

68

Jordan Mailata

Australia | Years pro: 1 | 6-8, 346

The big, affable Australian has made immense strides (pun intended) since picking up football a few weeks before the 2018 NFL draft. The former rugby player might be in over his head if asked to play a significant role this season, but the upside is undeniable considering his size and athleticism.

71

Jason Peters

Arkansas | Years pro: 16 | 6-4, 328

The bodyguard is still going strong after 15 years as a top left tackle in the league. Peters started every game for the Eagles last season and performed well protecting Wentz and Foles’ blindside.

69

Matt Pryor

TCU | Years pro: 2 | 6-7, 332

The 2018 sixth-round pick will likely be asked to provide depth along the offensive line, primarily at guard. He played both guard and tackle in college and earned All-Big 12 honors his senior season.

73

Isaac Seumalo

Oregon State | Years pro: 3 | 6-4, 303

After becoming a consistent starter last season, Seumalo comes into 2019 with his spot at right guard firmly in grasp. He can even spell Kelce in the event of an injury.

72

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

TCU | Years pro: 4 | 6-6, 320

Big V has had ups and downs so far in his career. He held up well enough for the Eagles to make it to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl in 2017, but he hasn’t always been consistent. Regardless, he’s a solid option as a backup for both offensive tackle spots.

Defensive ends
96

Derek Barnett

Tennessee | Years pro: 3 | 6-3, 259

After a strong rookie season in which he recovered Tom Brady’s fourth-quarter fumble in the Super Bowl, Barnett was limited to six games last season before undergoing shoulder surgery. He is expected to start.

75

Vinny Curry

Marshall | Years pro: 8 | 6-3, 279

Curry returns to the Eagles after one subpar season at Tampa Bay, where he was hampered by an ankle injury and missed four games. He will fit in prominently in the DE rotation.

55

Brandon Graham

Michigan | Years pro: 10 | 6-2, 265

Despite not missing a game last year, he was far from 100 percent most of the season while recovering from an ankle injury. He looks to surpass his career high in sacks, 9.5 achieved in 2017.

74

Daeshon Hall

Texas A&M | Years pro: 3 | 6-5, 265

A third-round pick by Carolina in 2017, Hall was signed by the Eagles in Week 15 of last season and played in three regular-season and two playoff games. He was the star of this year’s preseason.

76

Shareef Miller

Penn State | Years pro: R | 6-4, 254

The fourth-round pick had an up and down training camp. A native of Philadelphia and graduate of George Washington High, Miller has great athletic ability but will need to work on his strength.

94

Josh Sweat

Florida State | Years pro: 2 | 6-5, 251

A fourth-round draft choice in 2018, Sweat appeared in nine games last year before being placed on injured reserve on Dec. 11 with an ankle injury. He relies on speed to get around the edge.

Defensive tackles
91

Fletcher Cox

Mississippi State | Years pro: 8 | 6-4, 310

A four-time all-pro selection, Cox is still recovering from foot surgery after suffering the injury in the playoff loss at New Orleans, and whether he is able to start the season is uncertain.

97

Malik Jackson

Tennessee | Years pro: 8 | 6-5, 290

Jackson was signed to a three-year, $30 million free agent deal. Last season, with Jacksonville, he slipped after recording a career-high eight sacks in 2017. He was a key member of the 2015 Denver Broncos Super Bowl team.

93

Tim Jernigan

Florida State | Years pro: 6 | 6-2, 295

A major contributor on the Super Bowl team, Jernigan was only active for three regular-season and both playoff games after missing most of the year with a back injury. He had a strong training camp.

64

Hassan Ridgeway

Texas | Years pro: 4 | 6-3, 305

Ridgeway spent his first three seasons with Indianapolis. He appeared in seven games including two playoff contests last season. Ridgeway had a career-high three sacks in 2017.

Linebackers
53

Nigel Bradham

Florida State | Years pro: 8 | 6-3, 241

A starter in each of his first three seasons, Bradham has recorded 281 tackles. He is still recovering after tearing toe ligaments in the Saints playoff loss.

51

Zach Brown

North Carolina | Years pro: 8 | 6-1, 250

A projected starter, Brown signed as a free agent after spending the past two seasons in Washington where he recorded a team-leading 223 tackles. In 2016, he led the AFC with 149 tackles with Buffalo.

57

T.J. Edwards

Wisconsin | Years pro: R | 6-1, 242

Edwards started 52 games for Wisconsin before going undrafted this spring. He has enjoyed an impressive camp. He displayed his coverage skills with 10 career interceptions, most by a linebacker in school history.

58

L.J. Fort

Northern Iowa | Years pro: 5 | 6-0, 232

Fort had a career-high 43 tackles last season for the Steelers and appeared in a career high 29 percent of the defensive plays. He should be one of the Eagles leaders on special teams.

47

Nate Gerry

Nebraska | Years pro: 3 | 6-2, 230

With injuries to linebacking corps, Gerry could see much more time, especially early in the season. He made two starts last season and this converted college safety will be a major contributor on special teams.

54

Kamu Grugier-Hill

Eastern Illinois | Years pro: 4 | 6-2, 230

Penciled in as the successor to Jordan Hicks, Grugier-Hill reportedly suffered a Grade 3 MCL sprain to his left knee during a training camp injury on Aug. 3 and is expected to miss regular-season time.

Cornerbacks
21

Ronald Darby

Florida State | Years pro: 5 | 5-11, 193

He was limited to nine games last year after suffering a knee injury. During the preseason he was coming around slowly. If healthy, he is projected as a starter.

32

Rasul Douglas

West Virginia | Years pro: 3 | 6-2, 209

He has appeared in 30 games, making 12 starts his first two years, but Douglas has had periods of inconsistency. His strength is he can battle with tall receivers and is a solid tackler.

21

Sidney Jones

Washington | Years pro: 2 | 6-0, 181

An Achilles injury before the 2017 draft caused Jones to miss all but one game that year. He missed seven regular-season and two playoff games last year with a hamstring injury. He can play the slot or outside.

34

Cre'Von LeBlanc

Florida Atlantic | Years pro: 4 | 5-10, 190

After being claimed on waivers from Detroit, he appeared in 10 games for the Eagles, including both playoff games. LeBlanc won’t be ready for the beginning of the season after suffering a foot injury in training camp.

31

Avonte Maddox

Pittsburgh | Years pro: 2 | 5-9. 184

He was a true find as a fourth-round pick last year. Maddox can play corner, nickel and safety but is best as a nickel corner, playing the slot. Whether he starts or not, he will see a lot of time.

Safeties
41

Johnathan Cyprien

Florida International | Years pro: 7 | 6-1, 211

A hard-hitting safety with special-teams value, Cyprien sat out last season with an ACL tear and then was released by Tennessee in March. He specializes more in run coverage than pass defense and has 70 career starts.

46

Rudy Ford

Auburn | Years pro: 3 | 6-0, 205

He was acquired in August from the Cardinals for Bruce Hector. A sixth-round pick in 2017, Ford will add great value on special teams. He appeared in 23 games for the Cardinals.

27

Malcolm Jenkins

Ohio State | Years pro: 11 | 6-0, 204

Among the NFL’s best safeties, Jenkins is the most indispensable member of the defense. He has never missed a game in his first five Eagles seasons and last year played 100 percent of the defensive snaps.

23

Rodney McLeod

Virginia | Years pro: 8 | 5-10, 195

A standout on the Super Bowl team, McLeod was missed last year after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the third game against the Colts. He played in the third preseason game and appears ready to go.

42

Andrew Sendejo

Rice | Years pro: 9 | 6-1, 210

Sendejo is valuable in a three-safety alignment and also on special teams. He spent the last eight years with the Vikings, and suffered a season-ending groin injury in the fifth game last year against the Eagles.

Specialists
45

Rick Lovato

Old Dominion | Years pro: 3 | 6-2, 249

He has been the Eagles full-time long snapper since 2017. Lovato is equally effective snapping for punts and field goals.

1

Cameron Johnston

Ohio State | Years pro: 2 | 5-11, 194

The punter, a native of Australia, set a single-season record in both gross punting average (48.1) and net punting average (42.7). He also had five punts of 60 yards or more.

4

Jake Elliott

Memphis | Years pro: 3 | 5-9. 167

In his two Eagles seasons, the place kicker is tied for fifth in the NFL in 40-plus yard field goals with 24. He has converted 84.4 percent of field goals at home and 83.3 percent on the road.

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