OTA’s are officially in the books and this Philadelphia Eagles roster looks a lot different to how it did at the end of last season. It’s easy to forget just how much has changed, so here’s a look at the current depth chart as the calm before the Training Camp storm begins.
No surprises here. Jalen Hurts is at the top of the Eagles QB pecking order, but it will be interesting to see how Carson Strong stacks up against Gardner Minshew in particular. The Eagles may look to move Minshew if a market for backup QB’s opens up and Strong proves he’s closer to being able to take on that role than expected.
The Eagles really have a lack of depth at running back in the grand scheme of things. A three-man stable may work well to begin with, but Jason Huntley has been unable to break through his ceiling since signing with the team as a UDFA in 2020, and Kennedy Brooks is an unknown quantity. Whether Howie feels the need to address this spot is another discussion entirely, but it’s worth noting anyway.
That’s a lot of bulk at tight end. Goedert remains top dog, but there’s a back-catalog of blocking-TE’s working in behind him and Jackson. Rodgers provides a veteran presence that could be really useful to young talents like Jalen’s old Oklahoma teammate, Grant Calcaterra.
WR1: DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, John Hightower, Josh Hammond
WR2: A.J Brown, Jalen Reagor, Devon Allen, Keric Wheatfall
WR3: Zach Pascal, Greg Ward, Britain Covey, Deon Cain
The Eagles go into camp carrying 12 wide receivers, presumably 4 at each spot. I don’t know how that’s going to look in terms of actual positioning, but if we assume Quez stays outside, he’ll likely be the first wideout off the bench. Pascal should have the starting reins in the slot for now, but this is a really dynamic picture and one of the more exciting to watch be painted by Nick Sirianni. The WR whisperer has plenty of wideouts to develop.
Left: Jordan Mailata, Andre Dillard, Brett Toth
Right: Lane Johnson, Jack Driscoll, Le’Raven Clark, Jarrid Williams
There’s definitely a lot to watch here. Andre Dillard is a fringe starter but can’t really play RT, and there’s a big drop in talent between him and Toth at the left (for now). Le’Raven Clark’s versatility could be handy if the team do trade Dillard. It will be interesting to see if Jarrid Williams can become the latest Stoutland product to magically turn into a solid depth piece.
Interior offensive line
Left guard: Landon Dickerson, Sua Opeta, Kayode Awosika, Josh Sills
Center: Jason Kelce, Cam Jurgens
Right guard: Isaac Suemalo, Jack Anderson, William Dunkle
No Nate Herbig means Sua Opeta assumes primary backup responsibilities. A lot of the names behind the starters all lack NFL experience and are super early in their development. The next chapter of the offensive line factorie’s novel of greatness is well underway.
Interior defensive line
Right Defensive tackle: Javon Hargrave, Milton Williams, Marvin Wilson, Noah Elliss
Left Defensive tackle: Fletcher Cox, Jordan Davis, Marlon Tuipulotu, Rennell Wrenn
The DT position could be really exciting to watch over the Summer. There are four really solid names and a bunch of question marks on the back end. We know depth is vital in the trenches and the Eagles will need players like Fletcher Cox to mentor the young bucks, something he’s already shown he wants to do.
Left EDGE: Brandon Graham, Josh Sweat, Matt Leo
Right EDGE: Derek Barnett, Tarron Jackson
Josh Sweat is the only long-term piece on the outside, but I do think this depth chart is naturally skewed because we’re going to see a LOT of Haason Reddick lining up with his hand in the dirt. I think we might see a reduced role from BG this year.
MIKE: T.J Edwards, Nakobe Dean, Shaun Bradley
WILL: Kyzir White, Davion Taylor, Christian Elliss, JaCoby Stevens
SAM: Haason Reddick, Patrick Johnson, Kyron Johnson, Ali Fayad
It’s crazy how much has changed at linebacker over the past 12 months. It’s still a top-heavy unit, but the top of the group is just a lot more dangerous than it was last year.
CB1: Darius Slay, Tay Gowan, Jimmy Moreland, Mario Goodrich, Mac McCain
CB2: James Bradberry, Kary Vincent, Josh Jobe, Josh Blackwell
Nickel: Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Josiah Scott, Craig James
The James Bradberry signing has all but put a glass ceiling on the developmental names signed this offseason, which does kind of suck. Whether it’s Mario Goodrich or Tay Gowan, there were a plethora of young names who could’ve fought for that spot. Either way, the CB spot is STACKED.
Strong Safety: Anthony Harris, Andre Chachere, Jared Mayden
Free Safety: Marcus Epps, K’Von Wallace, Reed Blankenship
Depth is light here, but it shouldn’t be too much of a concern. Maybe we finally see the stock of K’Von Wallace rise?
Jake’s impressive 2021 rebound will sit well with many and his spot as the Eagles kicker will go unchallenged as a result.
Please bring in competition. Please.
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