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On Monday, Geoff Mosher did away with 15 of the 26 defensive players on the Eagles' roster. Today, Reuben Frank is back to select who stays and who goes of the Eagles offense. Click here for Mosher's take on the defense, and see below for Frank's take on the offense:
Unlike the defense, the Eagles’ offense isn’t in dire need of a complete overhaul.
The Eagles do need improved offensive line depth, a young receiver or two who can run, a backup tight end and a couple quarterbacks who’ll fit into Chip Kelly’s system, but they have terrific weapons at wide receiver and running back and -- if everybody comes back healthy -- the makings of a decent offensive line.
Of the 33 offensive guys who either finished last year on the Eagles’ active roster or on Injured Reserve, we’re keeping 17, a little more than half and maybe a little high. But it’s impossible to replace an entire team, and since we’re replacing all but eight guys on defense, we’re going to show a little restraint on offense, where the issues in 2012 had more to do with injuries and play-calling than talent.
Here’s a look at who stays and who goes on offense:
Jason Avant: Few slot receivers are better. Is he fast enough for Kelly’s system? I don’t care. Good leader, solid pro, makes big catches. I want him around. Stays.
Demetress Bell: Hmm … release him or pay him an $8.5 million roster bonus. Real tough call. Goes.
Bryce Brown: If he can learn to hang onto the ball, he could really be a special player. Stays.
Brent Celek: A lot of fans are down on the veteran TE, but Celek, when he’s right, is a terrific weapon. One of the few guys who was really devastated last year when the Eagles were losing. Love his attitude. Stays.
Riley Cooper: Tricky one. Eagles need to upgrade WR depth, and I’d have no problem taking a receiver in the first few rounds. But if they don’t, I’d be OK keeping Cooper around. Stays.
King Dunlap: As bad as Bell was, Dunlap might have been even worse. Goes.
Trent Edwards: Good veteran QB to have around, but can’t imagine he’ll fit in. Goes.
Nick Foles: He should be the Eagles’ QB this coming year, but I suspect he won’t be. Foles did enough positive things behind a brutal O-line and with limited weapons to earn that chance. Stays.
Clay Harbor: OK backup tight end but Eagles can do better. Goes.
Stanley Havili: Was effective when healthy but probably not a fit under Kelly. Goes.
Todd Herremans: Should be healthy, and needs to be back at guard. Stays.
DeSean Jackson: Intrigued to see what Kelly can do with Jackson. Should be a tremendous weapon in his style of offense. Stays.
Emil Igwenagu: We don’t even know if Kelly will keep one FB, much less a backup. Goes.
Damaris Johnson: Should have been a bigger part of the offense last year. Kelly will surely find a lot of ways to get production out of the speedster from Tulsa. Stays.
Jason Kelce: We don’t even know who the O-line coach will be or what kind of system he’ll run, but there’s got to be a place for Kelce. Stays.
Dennis Kelly: Was overmatched at OT but hung in at guard as a late-round rookie. Plays with grit. Eagles need that. Good backup. Stays.
Matt Kopa: Wow, I really agonized over this one. Goes.
Dion Lewis: Should have played more last year. Stays.
Jeremy Maclin: I like him more than most people. Stays.
Evan Mathis: Veteran guard was Eagles’ offensive MVP last year by default. Stays.
LeSean McCoy: @CutOnDime25 goes, but LeSean McCoy Stays.
Marvin McNutt: Unless Kelly moves him back to QB, Goes.
Nate Menkin: Eagles kept him on the 53 all year, so they must be high on him as a backup interior lineman. Out of all the backup OL guys we know nothing about, he’s the one who stays. Stays.
Evan Moore: He had his shot. Dropped it. Goes.
Jason Peters: The reports are encouraging. If he can return to form, it’ll be huge. Stays.
Chris Polk: I like this kid. Stays.
Dallas Reynolds: See ya. Goes.
Greg Salas: The T.J. DiLeo lookalike. Goes.
Jake Scott: Did a nice job as an emergency fill-in, but no room for him here. Goes.
Matt Tennant: How many of these guys do the Eagles have? Goes.
Michael Vick: He’s going to be 33, he hasn’t won a playoff game in nine years, he’s clearly lost a step or two, and there’s absolutely no reason to believe he can recapture the magic of early 2010. Goes.
Danny Watkins: I haven’t seen any evidence the former first-round pick wants to play football. Goes.