In preparation for their first preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles have released their very first 2014 depth chart. Exciting!
Before we get too carried away, allow me to remind you NFL teams are required to do this. This is very unofficial. Keep in mind Chip Kelly's depth chart is "written in sand", meaning that things can easily change. There are still four preseason games to go through before training camp battles and roster bubbles are finalized. Don't read into this too much. Still, it's fun to take a look.
So for the first time this year, your 2014 Eagles depth chart ...
WR: Riley Cooper, Jeff Maehl, Ifeanyi Momah, B.J. Cunningham, Quron Pratt
LT: Jason Peters, Andrew Gardner, Kevin Graf
LG: Evan Mathis, Matt Tobin, Michael Bamiro
C: Jason Kelce, Julian Vandervelde, David Molk
RG: Todd Herremans, Dennis Kelly, Josh Andrews, Karim Barton
RT: Allen Barbre, Lane Johnson, Donald Hawkins
TE: Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey, Emil Igwenagu, Trey Burton, Blake Annen
WR: Jeremy Maclin, Arrelious Benn, Josh Huff, Will Murphy, Kadron Boone
WR: Brad Smith, Jordan Matthews, Damaris Johnson
RB: LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Chris Polk, Matthew Tucker, David Fluellen, Henry Josey
QB: Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley, G.J. Kinne
Quick take: There's nothing too surprising here. All of this matches what's been seen in camp. Brad Smith is still ahead of Jordan Matthews as the team's starting slot wide receiver. Andrew Gardner listed as the primary backup LT is a little interesting. He's a veteran with experience.
DE: Fletcher Cox, Brandon Bair, Joe Kruger, Frances Mays
NT: Bennie Logan, Damion Square, Beau Allen, Wade Keliikipi
DE: Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry, Taylor Hart, Alejandro Villanueva
OLB: Connor Barwin, Marcus Smith II, Travis Long, Josh Kaddu
ILB: DeMeco Ryans, Emmanuel Acho/Casey Matthews, Jake Knott
ILB: Mychal Kendricks, Najee Goode, Jason Phillips
OLB: Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Bryan Braman
CB: Bradley Fletcher, Nolan Carroll II, Jaylen Watkins/Curtis Marsh
CB: Cary Williams, Brandon Boykin, Roc Carmichael
S: Nate Allen, Earl Wolff, Davon Morgan, Keelan Johnson
S: Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Maragos, Ed Reynolds, Daytawion Lowe
Quick take: Nothing too surprising here either. There's still a position battle for the starting safety spot next to Malcolm Jenkins. Nolan Carroll II could also steal a starting spot. First round draft pick Marcus Smith II is listed at Connor Barwin's JACK OLB position. Interesting to see that inside linebackers Emmanuel Acho and Casey Matthews are 'tied' and ahead of veteran Jason Phillips.
P: Donnie Jones
K: Alex Henery, Carey Spear
H: Donnie Jones, Mark Sanchez
PR: Darren Sproles, Damaris Johnson, Jeff Maehl, Jordan Matthews
KOR: Nolan Carroll II, Josh Huff, Darren Sproles, Damaris Johnson
LS: Jon Dorenbos, Brent Celek
Quick take: Carroll II listed as the starting kickoff returner is interesting. He's been taking reps there in practice but I wouldn't have expected him to be listed first. Sproles as the punt returner doesn't surprise me. I have to admit that I was actually a little curious to see who the backup holder would be with Jason Avant gone. (What's wrong with me?) It's Mark Sanchez.
2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
As a reminder, here is the entire Eagles 2014 preseason schedule.
|Eagles 2014 Preseason Schedule|
|Time (EST)||8:00 PM||7:30 PM||7:30 PM||7:00 PM|