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While Chip Kelly preaches competition, there are several locks and others pretty close to it on the roster. BGN takes a look at how many spots are REALLY up for grabs.

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Training camps are all about competition. While players compete for starting positions and roster spots every year, there are always a large number of players that seem to be guaranteed their positions on the team. The Eagles seem to have most of their starters in place and several notable depth players as well, which means the competition for both areas of the group are few and far between.

BGN decided to take a look at how many spots are really open with a look at the projected locks on the roster. Below is a list that features projected locks (*), near locks and camp competition.

Quarterback

Nick Foles*

Mark Sanchez*

Matt Barkley

G.J. Kinne

Running Back

LeSean McCoy*

Darren Sproles*

Chris Polk

Matthew Tucker

Henry Josey

David Fluellen

Wide Receiver

Jeremy Maclin*

Riley Cooper*

Jordan Matthews*

Josh Huff*

Brad Smith

Jeff Maehl

Arrelious Benn

Quron Pratt

B.J. Cunningham

Ifeanyi Momah

Damaris Johnson

Kadrone Boone

Will Murphy

Tight End

Brent Celek*

Zach Ertz*

James Casey*

Emil Igwenagu

Trey Burton

Blake Annen

Offensive Line

Jason Peters*

Evan Mathis*

Jason Kelce*

Todd Herremans*

Lane Johnson*

Allen Barbre*

Matt Tobin

Dennis Kelly

Julian Vandervelde

David Molk

Kevin Graf

Donald Hawkins

Andrew Gardner

Karim Barton

Josh Andrews

Michael Bamiro

Defensive Line

Cedric Thornton*

Bennie Logan*

Fletcher Cox*

Vinny Curry*

Taylor Hart*

Beau Allen

Joe Kruger

Damion Square

Alejandro Villanueva

Frank Mays

Wade Keliikipi

Brandon Bair

Linebacker

Connor Barwin*

DeMeco Ryans*

Mychal Kendricks*

Trent Cole*

Marcus Smith*

Najee Goode

Brandon Graham

Bryan Braman

Emmanuel Acho

Jake Knott

Travis Long

Jason Phillips

Josh Kaddu

Casey Matthews

Cornerback

Cary Williams*

Bradley Fletcher*

Brandon Boykin*

Nolan Carroll*

Jaylen Watkins*

Curtis Marsh

Roc Carmichael

Safety

Malcolm Jenkins*

Nate Allen*

Earl Wolff*

Chris Maragos

Ed Reynolds

Keelan Johnson

Daytawion Lowe

Davon Morgan

Kicker

Alex Henery

Carey Spear

Punter

Donnie Jones*

Long Snapper

Jon Dorenbos*

By our evaluation, there are 37 locks on the roster. While there are depth battles at nearly every position, there are also nine near locks on the 90-man unit. Those totals mean that at most, there are 16 spots open for 53 players this training camp. However, it's more than likely that it will be seven spots for 44 candidates when considering the players that aren't locks but are close to it.

The seven spots that are wide open are likely to include the final depth positions at wide receiver, safety, tight end, running back, a few lineman and an extra player or two for mostly special teams work. The rest of training camp and the preseason are likely to determine those spots, with a few waiver wire additions sprinkled into the mix.