The idea here is that there is going to be competition at every position for the 53 available active roster spots available, so with that in mind as Training Camp, 2022, opens on Tuesday when the players report to the NovaCare Complex and take their physicals and then their conditioning test before practice begins on Wednesday, here is a look at the Eagles, position by position. This is subject to change, of course, and we know that it will change, but here we go as the moment we’ve all been waiting for is nearly upon us …
This is a room with talent and depth and, at the top with Jalen Hurts and Gardner Minshew, experience in winning games at the NFL level. There aren’t a lot of teams in the NFL that have two quarterbacks who have won in the league as have Hurts and Minshew. Hurts, of course, is the undisputed starter here for the second straight season, and he’s coming off a 2021 year in which he produced nearly 4,000 yards of offense and 26 total touchdowns. Minshew is the No. 2 and he showed his worth last season in the win over the Jets, completing 20 of 25 passes for 242 yards and a pair of scores.
Behind those two veterans are a pair of young prospects who will get a lot of reps through the summer. The Eagles claimed Reid Sinnett off of waivers from Miami in late October after he spent most of two seasons there on the practice squad. Sinnett had a terrific career at the University of San Diego before signing with Tampa Bay as a non-drafted rookie in 2020. Carson Strong signed with the Eagles after the 2022 draft following a highly productive career at Nevada where Strong threw for more than 9,000 yards and 74 touchdowns.
How many quarterbacks will the Eagles keep on the 53-man roster? That’s the question heading into Training Camp, where it is firmly established that Hurts is the starter, Minshew is the No. 2, and both Sinnett and Strong are hoping to show the coaches that they deserve a place on this roster.
The Eagles are currently carrying five running backs on the roster, so it’s going to be a busy Training Camp for this group. Miles Sanders, Kenny Gainwell, Boston Scott, and Jason Huntley return from the 2021 season when the Eagles led the NFL in rushing yards. Non-drafted rookie Kennedy Brooks was extremely productive in his three seasons on the field at Oklahoma – he ran for 1,253 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in 2021 and then capped his collegiate career with 142 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in a bowl game win over Oregon.
Philadelphia used five backs in 2021, understanding that the 17-game schedule is grinding, so the more depth a team can have here, the better.
A loaded position group for the Eagles, there are 12 wide receivers on the roster heading into Training Camp. The acquisition of A.J. Brown via trade on the first night of the 2022 NFL Draft changed the entire complexion of the room. The expectation is now that Brown will team with second-year man DeVonta Smith as the starters on the outside. Quez Watkins made significant strides in his second season in 2021 and is on the rise as a playmaker in his third season, and the signing of unrestricted free agent Zach Pascal from Indianapolis adds toughness, productivity, leadership, and depth to the corps.
Greg Ward has proven himself through the years, and both Jalen Reagor and John Hightower are back for their third seasons ready to compete for a roster spot and playing time.
Then there is a talented group of players looking to open some eyes – Deon Cain, who was on the practice squad last season; Josh Hammond, claimed off of waivers from Jacksonville earlier this year; Keric Wheatfall and Britain Covey, signed after the 2022 NFL Draft; and Devon Allen, a former Oregon wide receiver who has been a world-class 110-meter hurdler the last several years.
All in all, it’s a very strong group one through 12, so the Eagles are going to have some tough decisions to make as they evaluate who makes the 53-man roster and who sticks on the practice squad.