July 23, 2012; Bethlehem, PA. USA; A Philadelphia Eagles decal is displayed on the ground during training camp at Lehigh University. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
Yesterday, we went over the Eagles first official depth chart of training camp and as we discussed in the comments what it meant that player x was here or there... I got to thinking. What did last year's depth chart look like and can we take any lessons from it?
So I dug up our post on the first depth chart from last year and found that Jimmy had laid it out in a handy table. Here were a few observations.
Johnnie Lee Higgins was listed as the #1 KR and PR. He was also the 6th or 7th WR. Remind you of Damaris Johnson much? Suffice to say, don't go house shopping yet Mr Johnson. Your roster spot is far from secure. In fact, the initial depth chart for the return men didn't tell us much at all. Dion Lewis was the #2 KR and he more or less "won" the job by default. No one else on the initial depth chart even made the team.
At QB, WR, RB & FB things remained unchanged from the first depth chart on through final cuts. The offensive line, however, saw a lot of change. That's not likely to happen this year, with the offensive line pretty much set.
On defense Juqua Parker started off ahead of Jason Babin on the depth chart. That was probably little more than a sign of respect to the long time Eagle. The only possible correlation to this year's depth chart might be at punter. Mat McBriar is not a longtime Eagle, but he is a veteran and a two time pro-bowler that the team may not have wanted to slight by putting him at #2. Then again, those also all work as reasons he's the legit #1.
There were a few big risers from this point last year. Colt Anderson was the 6th safety and he made the squad. Derek Landri was the 7th DT and he not only made the squad, but he's listed as a starter this season's first depth chart (Note - As Talon Talent correctly points out, Landri did not make the squad out of camp, but was brought back about a month later). Brian Rolle was #3 on the depth chart at WILL and he ended up starting there by season's end.
So... have any predictions as to who might be the Derek Landri or the Johnnie Lee Higgins of this camp?