It sounded like you were saying that you didn't think that 4 running backs and 4 wide receivers were enough, however, it sounds like you are saying that 4 running backs are too many, is that correct? I think they are worried about Sanders health to start the season, and as stated, in order to claim Sermon he required a spot on the roster. If they cut any of the other three backs, they would be claimed/signed elsewhere. And I don't think its a good idea to trade any of those three. I think that the Eagles can waive Sermon after week one, if he clears then they can add him to the practice squad. Its a relatively cheap free look at a player they value. Same with the QB they picked up.
Teams are allowed to protect 4 players each week from being poached from their practice squad, so four of these guys are fully protected. They can elevate 2 players per week to the game day roster. they can elevate each player from the practice squad 3 times in a season. There is a lot of roster flexibility beyond the 53.
I think its safe to say that Howie will take advantage of whatever roster rules that he can. The roster is not a reflection of the 53 best players, it is 53 players that need to be protected this week. They tried to put guys on the practice squad that will be called up due to injury. If there are no injuries this year, the Eagles will still make roster moves, but with injuries, they will have more flexibility to add players.
I like what they did with the roster, its too bad they lost two players in the process, but I'm happy with the players that they signed to the PS, I'm sure that we will see quite a few of them on Sundays before the season is over.