A surprise in the slot? Breaking down the first unofficial Eagles depth chart

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We’re just two days away from the Eagles pre-season opener in Green Bay which means all attention turns toward the final 53-man roster and who makes it. Today saw the Eagles release their first unofficial depth chart. While this isn’t compiled the coaches themselves (it’s the team’s PR staff who puts it together), it’s usually a good guideline of what we can expect.

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There are certainly a few takeaways from the first draft, so here’s your complete guide:

OFFENSE

The first noteworthy item on the list is at running back. Smallwood is ahead of Donnel Pumphrey and workhorse competitior, with rotations likely to see them all contribute throughout pre-season. The battle between Smallwood and Pumphrey is certainly leaning in the former WVU rusher’s favor heading into pre-season.

At Center, it’s interesting that Aaron Neary is ahead of Tyler Orlosky to begin with. Ranked the third best center heading into the Draft, Orlosky hasn’t seemed to have made the splash many had hoped during Training Camp.

Chance Warmack begins his pre-season behind Isaac Seumalo at LG, although filling in for Brandon Brooks at RG after a camp injury recently, it will be interesting to see if he bumps above Josh Andrews should Brooks miss any time.

Dillon Gordon starts his pre-season behind mentor Jason Peters, with Halapoulivaati Vaitai remaining on the right hand side of things behind Lane Johnson. Notably, Gordon is now ahead of long-term backup Matt Tobin on the depth chart.

Marcus Johnson being listed ahead of Shelton Gibson is surprising, but not shocking. The former UDFA has had an impressive training camp and out- shined the Eagles fifth round pick who has had an undulating time. Gibson is going to have to really stand out to climb his way up the depth chart.

In the slot, it’s still in the possession of Jordan Matthews, but Nelson Agholor is now listed as a slot receiver. This in itself comes as a slight surprise after he entered OTA’s battling Torrey Smith for the WR2 spot. Instead, it now seems as if the the whispers from Daniel Jeremiah and added competition talk from Doug Pederson are true. There is a war in the slot. The team have also listed Greg Ward Jr. as a slot receiver behind Bryce Treggs…it will be interesting to see how that changes over time.

Mack Hollins is listed behind Smith as an outside threat. With size and speed on his side, Hollins could be a slot candidate it seems as if the team have potentially switched Agholor and Hollins around. (Although this is only the first unofficial depth chart.)

 

DEFENSE

Okay so the front seven as we all expected, is terrifying. Vinny Curry takes the starting reins ahead of Derek Barnett as was expected, with BG and Chris Long acting as the tandem on the other side. In the middle is where thing spice up. Surprisingly, Justin Hamilton is listed above sixth round pick Elijah Qualls AND Gabe Wright. Keep an eye out to see who can earn that final spot alongside Destiny Vaeao with Beau Allen sidelined.

At linebacker, Mychal Kendricks is still starting over Nate Gerry, with Joe Walker backing up Jordan Hicks and special teams ace Najee Goode behind Nigel Bradham. No major waves for Don Cherry after a strong week at camp.

As expected, Jalen Mills and Patrick Robinson are your starting corners on the outside, with Rasul Douglas being the next in line. Ron Brooks will take on slot duties ahead of Aaron Grymes and the slew of undrafted free agents. Everything appears normal for now at the one position that was arguably more poised for a shock than any other.

Corey Graham backs up Malcolm Jenkins to begin with at Safety, pushing Jaylen Watkins down a spot…NOT Terrence Brooks. That could be something worth keeping an eye on as Brooks has clearly been the better Safety during camp.

There aren’t any shocks on special teams, but it’s interesting to see both Wendell Smallwood and Nelson Agholor listed as KOR ahead of Donnel Pumphrey.

 

Again, this is only a rough guide and shouldn’t be taken as concrete. However it at least gives us an idea of who to watch and an indicator as to how the team may well view the standing of certain players. It’s down to the men on the field to change that however. Let’s play ball!

Is there anything that has caught you off guard? Let us know in the comments!

 

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