In this article, we will be taking a look at the players who were on the roster for the 2016 season, and whether they should be on the Eagles next year, or if it is time to move on. In part 1 of 3 we will be taking a look at the offense.
“*”= Denotes Practice Squad player
QB Carson Wentz – STAY
He’s the future of the Eagles, of course he will stay.
QB Chase Daniel – STAY
A good teacher for Wentz and a more than capable back up in case of injury. Pederson also trusts him which is always a plus.
QB Aaron Murray* – STAY
He won’t get much playing time behind Wentz and Daniels, but he proved that he was a winner at Georgia and he was a part of Doug Pederson’s system in Kansas City.
RB Byron Marshall – GO
Marshall has been less than impressive since being activated from the practice squad. Maybe that’s his place if he stays.
RB Darren Sproles – STAY
He has already announced that next season will be his last, so if he doesn’t ask to leave to chase a Super Bowl title, the Eagles should be more than happy to have his veteran leadership and talent on the team.
RB Terrell Watson – STAY
A 242 pound beast of a running back who ran for nearly 6,000 yards at Division-II Asuza Pacific University and racked up 2,212 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior. If he can produce, he should be able to make the team next year, or at least the practice squad.
RB Kenjon Barner – GO
One of the Chip Kelly guys who hasn’t produced in his time with the Eagles. It’s time to cut ties.
RB Ryan Mathews – GO
This experiment didn’t work either. The 3 headed running attack of Demarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles is over, and it’s time for Mathews to find a new home.
RB Wendell Smallwood – STAY
Smallwood showed explosive ability when he was given the opportunity this year. Hopefully the coaching staff will see that he can be a solid option in the Eagles backfield.
WR Nelson Agholor – GO
Agholor has not been what the Eagles hoped for. Dropping passes has been his main issue, but when Chip Kelly drafted Agholor to be a down-the-field threat, many thought we would see some of the explosiveness he showed at USC. He has not been impressive in that regard either.
WR Dorial Green-Beckham – STAY
Green-Beckham could be a true threat with his size and speed. The Eagles should give him at least one more season to prove he’s worth a roster spot.
WR Jordan Matthews – STAY
He’s Carson Wentz’s favorite target. Hopefully they can get enough talent at the position he can move back to the slot.
WR Bryce Treggs – GO
He was initially signed to be a vertical threat receiver, but he hasn’t shown anything this season in his opportunities.
WR Paul Turner – STAY
Turner is a good route runner with excellent hands, just hasn’t gotten the opportunity this season to show it. Hopefully he can be a piece of the team for the future.
WR Marcus Johnson* – GO
Practice squad player who lacks greatness in size, speed, or hands. If he returns, his ceiling will be on the practice squad.
WR David Watford* – GO
Watford has shown flashes of having talent in the preseason, but in order to get off the practice squad and recognize his potential, he may need to move on from the Eagles.
TE Zach Ertz – STAY
The biggest threat in the Eagles passing game right now, and he will be around for a while.
TE Brent Celek – STAY
Great leader on the team and is selfless as a player. Teams would love to have a guy like this around.
TE Trey Burton – STAY
Burton is the most versatile weapon the Eagles have on offense, and it seems like he and Wentz are starting to develop good chemistry.
TE Anthony Denham* – GO
The Eagles are set at Tight End, so Denham probably won’t make it off the practice squad in his time with the team.
C Jason Kelce – STAY
He does occasionally make mistakes, but the Eagles found a Pro Bowl caliber Center in the 6th round. He should be a center piece of this O-line for a while.
C/G Josh Andrews – GO
There are better options out there with the same skill set as Andrews, one of them is already on the Eagles.
C Aaron Neary* – GO
He was a 2 time All-American in college, but went undrafted. Not sure if he will ever make it off a practice squad.
G Brandon Brooks – STAY
The Eagles need to discover why Brooks missed 2 games with a mystery Illness. Regardless though, he is talented, and the O-line as a whole is better with him in the game.
G Dillon Gordon – STAY
He’s a solid back up who is more versatile than it seems. He might become the 6th lineman type of guy in goal line situations, and he can play Tackle if need be.
G Isaac Seumalo – STAY
He played in 9 games this season, and held his own against NFL competition, he should stick around because he’s a good, cheap back up.
G/C Stefen Wisniewski – STAY
Remember when I said there was a better option that Josh Andrews already on the Eagles? Yeah… this is the guy.
G Darrell Greene* – GO
Stuck on the Practice Squad, but he’s a big mauling blocker, and would fit better with a team like Oakland.
G/T Matt Tobin – GO
Sure Tobin is versatile, and he played in 12 games this season, but his skillset isn’t of great importance with the team right now.
G/T Allen Barbre – STAY
When he is healthy Barbre was one of the best offensive linemen for the Eagles. He has one more year left on his contract, so they should see if he can stay healthy and let him play for a new contract.
T Lane Johnson – STAY
The best offensive lineman on the Eagles, he just needs to not get suspended anymore. He should be around for a while, seeing as he is the heir apparent to Jason Peters’ spot.
T Jason Peters – STAY
If the Eagles didn’t have so many other needs, I may say cut him due to his huge contract, and address the Tackle position through the draft. Unfortunately, that’s not possible this year.
T Halapoulivaati Vaitai – STAY
He made improvements after an abysmal debut game, and it was good to see him fill in for Lane Johnson during the 10-game suspension. I don’t think Vaitai is “starter quality”, but he seems like a more than capable 2nd option.Author: Elijah Tatgenhorst (Email: email@example.com)