The Philadelphia Eagles released their first 2015 depth chart in advance of the team's first preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon. Exciting!
But before you get too excited, realize this depth chart is very unofficial. It even says that in the title of the post on the team's web site. Head coach Chip Kelly has noted many times that he has nothing to do with the depth chart the team puts out. The online depth chart is put together by Eagles director of public relations Derek Boyko.
Also keep in mind Chip Kelly's depth chart is "written in sand" which means 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.
QB: Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley, Tim Tebow
RB: DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner, Raheem Mostert, Kevin Monangai
WR: Jordan Matthews, Seyi Ajirotutu, Rasheed Bailey, G.J. Kinne
WR: Riley Cooper, Miles Austin, Jeff Maehl, Freddie Martino
WR: Josh Huff, Nelson Agholor, Quron Pratt, Mike Johnson, Josh Reece
TE: Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, Trey Burton, Andrew Gleichert, Justin Tukes, Eric Tomlinson
LT: Jason Peters, Andrew Gardner, Brett Boyko
LG: Allen Barbre, Matt Tobin, Mike Coccia, Jared Wheeler
C: Jason Kelce, David Molk, Josh Andrews
RG: Andrew Gardner/John Moffitt/Matt Tobin/Julian Vandervelde, Malcolm Bunche
RT: Lane Johnson, Dennis Kelly, Kevin Graf
No real surprises here. Sam Bradford is obviously the starter (once again, so much for "quarterback competition"). The team lists the four man competition at right guard, which Gardner might be leading right now.
DE: Fletcher Cox, Brandon Bair, Taylor Hart, B.J. McBryde
NT: Bennie Logan, Beau Allen, Wade Keliikipi, Travis Raciti
DE: Cedric Thornton, Vinny Curry, Brian Mihalik
OLB: Connor Barwin, Bryan Braman, Brandon Hepburn, Diaheem Watkins
ILB: DeMeco Ryans/Kiko Alonso, Brad Jones, Jordan Hicks
ILB: Mychal Kendrics/Kiko Alonso, Najee Goode, Emmanuel Acho
OLB: Brandon Graham Marcus Smith, Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo
CB: Byron Maxwell, E.J. Biggers, Jaylen Watkins, Denzel Rice
CB: Nolan Carroll, Eric Rowe, Randall Evans, Marc Anthony
S: Walter Thurmond, Chris Maragos, Chris Prosinski, Jerome Couplin
S: Malcolm Jenkins, Earl Wolff, Ed Reynolds
Interesting to see how the inside linebackers are listed. Alonso is connected to both spots.
Nolan Carroll is listed ahead of Eric Rowe in the cornerback competition. Walter Thurmond is the favorite at safety here as well.
P: Donnie Jones, Kip Smith
K: Cody Parkey
H: Donnie Jones, Mark Sanchez
PR: Darren Sproles, Nelson Agholor, Raheem Mostert
KOR: Josh Huff, Ryan Mathews, Nelson Agholor
LS: Jon Dorenbos, Brent Celek
No real surprises, but a little interesting to see Mathews listed behind Huff as the kickoff returner. The running back hasn't really done much of that in the NFL.
2015 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
As a reminder, here is the entire Eagles 2015 preseason schedule.
Week 1 - vs. Indianapolis Colts (Sunday, Aug. 16, 1:00 PM)
Week 2 - vs. Baltimore Ravens (Saturday, Aug. 22, 7:00 PM)
Week 3 - @ Green Bay Packers (Saturday, Aug. 29, 8:00 PM)
Week 4 - @ New York Jets (Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:00 PM)