By Art Beitchman
Eagles final roster cuts are fast approaching this Saturday, so here are four players who look to make the Final 53 and be wearing Eagle Midnight Green on opening night next week versus the Atlanta Falcons.
Punter Cameron Johnston—It won’t be an easy chore replacing retired punter Donnie Jones who was known as “Donny Longball” in his four seasons as an Eagle, often flipping the field with long punts at opportune times. But players come and go in the NFL, it’s Johnston’s time to step up this year.
Josh Adams, RB rookie free agent out of Notre Dame. Adams is a local kid from Central Bucks High School has shown flashes of power running with his 6’2” inch 225 pound frame. Also they might want to replace last season’s power runner LeGarrette Blount who moved on to the Detroit Lions.
WR-KR-Special teamer Shelton Gibson (above) has stood out in training camp and preseason games, returning kickoffs and splitting out as wide receiver making some nice catches. After a pedestrian first NFL season spent on the practice squad, Gibson lamented “It’s all about confidence, it was really tough last year, I would make a mistake and let it get me down, I didn’t shake it. My work ethic is better, I just feel so much More confident about everything now.
Offensive Tackle Jordon Mailata, after being taken in the 7th round last April, the 6-8, 346-pound former rugby player is not just a novelty anymore. Under the intense coaching of Eagles O-line coach Jeff Stoutland, Mailata has progressed to the point where they feel he will be scooped up by another NFL team if placed on the practice squad, so the behemoth future left tackle will start the season in uniform when the Birds kickoff the NFL next week at Lincoln Financial Field.