New York, NY—January 4, 2021—For the first time since the start of the 2017 NFL Draft, there will be no first-rounder, and that means there will not be any new first-year players on the roster.
Instead, there is a handful of young players who could be draft picks within the next year.
In a bid to avoid a repeat of last year, the NFL announced this week that all teams have until February 9 to make their picks.
As of now, there are a few players who have already been picked, and some more who are still awaiting their chance.
The players who are likely to end up with first-team snaps include QB Carson Wentz, LB Shaq Lawson, RB Jalen Tabor, DE/OLB Justin Durant, OT Gabe Carimi, TE Anthony Steen, CB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S Jarrad Davis, TE O.J. Howard, CB Darius Slay, LB Tyus Bowser, LB Ryan Kerrigan, and DT Mike McGlinchey.
With these players, the Eagles will have at least one first-and-five pick, and possibly two, which could be the difference between a second-round selection and a third-round one.
QB Carson Palmer is the clear favorite to be the first overall pick.
But, while he is the No. 1 overall pick, he has to prove himself against the NFL’s toughest competition and prove he has the right tools to be one of the league’s elite quarterbacks.
QB Nick Foles will also be the favorite, although he has yet to prove he can compete against the top quarterbacks in the NFL.
There are several other players who will be playing for a spot on the 53-man roster, including OLB Shaq Thompson, WR Corey Coleman, CB Bradley Fletcher, CB Tre’Davious White, and CB Marcus Smith.
All three of these players are likely going to get a chance to prove themselves at the next level, and the team will be hoping they can show they can win against the best players in the league.
It’s worth noting that the Eagles also have several other talented players on their roster, so it is entirely possible that one of these young players will be picked first overall and the other two players will make their way to the team’s practice squad or reserve roster.
While these players will all be playing against the league, there may be some surprises.
One of the players who is currently on the practice squad is TE Anthony Zettel.
While he is only on the team for a short amount of time, Zettel could be one player who will have a chance at making the 53.
As the first-time starter for the Falcons, Zete knows the playbook well and is a good communicator.
He has been impressive in camp so far, and he will likely get a look at some snaps on Sunday night.
OT Gabe Jackson is also on the active roster, but the Eagles believe he may be able to earn some more playing time if he makes the team.
OT Andrew Whitworth is also expected to make his way to some snaps in the upcoming weeks, but it’s still too early to say.
QB Blake Bortles is the best quarterback on the field, but he has struggled in the preseason with a drop in accuracy, drops, and drops on throws from defenders.
As a result, he is going to have to work on the mental side of the game to succeed in the offense.
Bortls is still a rookie, so he may have to learn how to better execute the offense in the future, but there are plenty of signs that he has improved his accuracy.
He also is not going to be given the luxury of being able to make the most of every snap and play every game.
QB Sam Bradford will be the third-string quarterback for the Eagles.
Bradford is coming off of a breakout season in which he threw for 2,921 yards and 14 touchdowns, but his struggles in the short-term are starting to show.
He was sacked five times and fumbled five times during the preseason, and his completion percentage of 46.9 percent has dropped from his 2016 numbers of 51.4 percent.
He’s also completing only 39.7 percent of his passes in the two preseason games that he’s played so far.
Bradford has the best arm in the draft, but needs to learn to get the ball out quicker and throw accurately to create more opportunities for the receivers on the outside.
WR Brandon Coleman is also a player who has struggled this preseason, but has shown some improvement in the past few weeks.
He is still struggling in the pocket, and this preseason has shown he is not a true pocket passer, as he has only thrown for one touchdown in the first two preseason scrimmages.
He will need to learn more to make it work in the Eagles offense.
TE DeSean Jackson is another player who is still working his way back from his preseason knee injury, but will be