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Philadelphia Eagles Post-Draft Depth Chart: Special Teams (2015)

Let's take a look at the Eagles projected depth chart now that the 2015 NFL Draft is over.

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The Philadelphia Eagles acquired a total of six new players in the 2015 NFL Draft. The team also added 16 signings through undrafted free agency. Now let's take a look at what the 2015 projected depth chart looks like with respect to these draft additions. We already took stock of the offense and the defense. Now here's an updated look at the special teams unit.

(Before we get started, look at how different the roster looks compared to last year.)


1) Cody Parkey

It looks like the Eagles will let Parkey run unopposed this year. The 23-year-old was a very good pickup for the Eagles late last summer. He does a good job with both accuracy and power on his kicks. His kickoffs are solid as well. Alex Henery was such a major question mark for the Eagles at this time last year. Now the position appears to be settled with Parkey in place.


1) Donnie Jones

2) Kip Smith

Jones is still a great directional punter but his power seems to be declining with age. Jones was awesome in 2013 but wasn't as great in 2014. He'll be 35 in July. Scott Kessler wrote a profile on undrafted free agent punter Kip Smith. Here's what he had to say:

"Heading into my second viewing of Smith’s film, during which I found a reasonable amount of footage I had not previously seen, the OSU punter really changed my mind about him. I originally graded him as a bottom half of the class punter, well away from my top three. After giving him another chance, I rescind my now seemingly hasty decision.

I think he may have the best leg in the draft, in spite of the fact that his measurables aren’t the most awe inspiring. Just natural kicking ability. Ignore his averages on the stat sheet, the guy can flat out punt the ball and his mechanics are more than sound. I believe he will put up consistent performances at the NFL level, with the potential to become a top punter. He has the gifts, just up to him to make the team (or a team) and continue to develop."

Jones is still the obvious favorite to win the job.

Kick return

1) Josh Huff

2) Darren Sproles

Huff returned one kickoff for a touchdown in the preseason before doing it again in the regular season. He definitely has some nice ability there.

Punt Return

1) Darren Sproles

2) Nelson Agholor

Sproles was the best punt returner in the NFL last season. The Eagles will likely look to use him there again this year but they don't have to use him full time thanks to the addition of Agholor. The USC rookie scored four touchdowns and average 14.6 yards per return in college, which is pretty good.

Kickoff/Punt Coverage

Some of the key names include: Bryan Braman, Chris Maragos, Chris Prosinski, Trey Burton, Brad Jones, Seyi Ajirotutu, Najee Goode, and Jaylen Watkins. Chip Kelly really values special teams so players can earn a roster spot by standing out here.


1) Donnie Jones

2) Kip Smith

Donnie has this on lock.

Long Snapper

1) Jon Dorenbos

2) Brent Celek (emergency backup)

Easy call.

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