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It's going to be a camp battle for the eighth spot. Vaitai and Seumalo will be on the team. Vaitai is the top tackle reserve and Seumalo is the top interior reserve. Then Warmack is a possibility for the eighth, but they have both draft picks and also UDFAs. Plus, they re-signed Taylor Hart. I think they keep Mailata if they don't believe can pass him through to practice squad.
Might be neither of them. Pumphrey and Smallwood are returning draft picks. Are they going to keep five? It's a good question. You can bet on Ajayi, Sproles, and Clement. Then there's competition for No. 4 -- and maybe No. 5.
I haven't seen them yet, so it's hard for me to say. But unless one of them is outstanding, I'd be more interested in an established player for that No. 3 spot. The safety class remains deep.
Hard to say. At this time last year, I didn't think Clement would make it. Adams will have a chance, but he must outplay Pumphrey/Smallwood/Jones.
Pumphrey could go on practice squad, but you risk losing him. My guess is someone would take a shot at him. As for Smallwood, I think they try trading him, but replacement-level RBs don't have a lot of value on trade market.
Douglas showed flashes last year. The Eagles are deep at cornerback with Darby, Mills, and Jones. They just drafted Maddox, too. I don't think Douglas is ready to be moved to safety yet. My guess is the No. 4 CB will find a way onto the field.
He could be, but he's going to have to beat out draft picks. That's harder to do for a player his age without experience.
My guess is they focus on defensive line in the draft next year. But they have a 1st and two 2nds, so they'll have the chance to add talent.
The Eagles spent two years developing Destiny Vaeao and a year developing Elijah Qualls. They'll give those guys a chance. They can add a veteran, but the reality is that player would be a No. 4 DT when Jernigan gets back. So I can't envision that being a huge priority, especially when their DEs can bounce inside.
My guess is he'll be the second tight end next year.
I'm guessing 5, but I need to see them in camp.
Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings. He now has a better left tackle and running back, and Odell Beckham Jr. I wouldn't bet against Eli just yet.
Don't know, will try to find out.
Training camp/preseason when teams have a better sense of their roster.
Probably third safety. If that's the hole, it's a good problem to have.
It's always a challenge. Every year is different. And winning a Super Bowl can create a hangover. But Eagles still have a lot of their leaders in place. We'll see. It's going to be up to the veterans.
I don't know if I'd phrase it as a mass exodus. But that is a byproduct of success. I think the Eagles thought they'd lose one or the other this year -- not both. But I thought all season Mike Groh would get a promotion. I just thought it would be to QB coach, not necessarily offensive coordinator.
I think it's fun for readers. It's not meant to be a significant journalistic enterprise. Certainly, I don't claim it will be accurate. It was April, after all. But it's something fun for readers at that time of year.
They could change titles, but one person has final say. Howie will have final say.
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