Now that the Philadelphia Eagles 53-man depth chart is finally here, it's time to revisit an important question: which position on the Eagles roster concerns you the most?
Here's a position-by-position breakdown of the Eagles roster. We already looked at the offense. Now here's a look at the defense.
DE Fletcher Cox, DE Cedric Thornton, NT Bennie Logan, DE Vinny Curry, NT Beau Allen, DE Brandon Bair, DE Taylor Hart
This is arguably the best unit on Philadelphia's roster. The defensive line is mostly filled with young, talented two-gap players. Cox is obviously a beast and he's only 24 years old. Thornton is a prototypical five-technique who is great at stuffing the run. Logan looks like he's poised for a big year making plays on the inside. Curry is an excellent pass rusher off the bench. Allen is a solid rotational backup for Logan. Bair contributes on special teams. Hart had a good summer and gives the Eagles reliable depth. This position isn't a concern at all.
Brandon Graham, Connor Barwin, Marcus Smith, Bryan Braman, Brad Jones
There's little question to me Graham and Barwin can be good starters. There is question, however, about the depth at this position. Smith was obviously disappointing as a rookie and the fact he's been injured recently hasn't helped his case. The team's 2014 first round pick really needs to step up once he gets healthy. It should be noted Curry is getting some looks at outside linebacker; it will be interesting to see how that goes. Braman is more of a special teams player but he looked awesome against backups in preseason. One could argue he deserves a snap or two in the regular rotation on defense. Jones will contribute on special teams and provide depth as a player who can play both inside and outside. If one of the starters goes down, the Eagles could be in trouble here.
Kiko Alonso, Mychal Kendricks, DeMeco Ryans, Jordan Hicks
Alonso is coming off some injury issues but there's no question he's talented when healthy. The pair of him and Kendricks gives the Eagles a young, dynamic duo of play-making inside linebackers. It remains to be seen how Ryans will be mixed into the rotation on the inside. Hicks showed potential as a rookie. The 2015 third round pick won't be expected to play on defense much since he's buried on the depth chart. Hicks will have to make his livings on special teams for now. The depth at this position is very solid.
Byron Maxwell, Nolan Carroll, Eric Rowe, E.J. Biggers, Denzel Rice
Maxwell looks like the real deal, which is good news for the Eagles after spending all that money on him. Opposite of Maxwell is Carroll. The team played Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams over Carroll last season, so that doesn't seem like a good sign, but Carroll has had a good summer and he's healthier than he was last season. Carroll is also expected to slide into the slot when the Eagles use their nickel defense. 2015 second round pick Rowe showed some flashes of promise but also showed a lot of concerns. He's still new to the cornerback position and might not be able to be trusted right away. Biggers has experience at multiple positions, but unfortunately for the team he's struggled a lot in the past. Rice defied the odds and made the team as an undrafted rookie free agent. He's probably going to be inactive on game day. The depth at this position is questionable.
Malcolm Jenkins, Walter Thurmond, Chris Maragos, Jerome Couplin
Jenkins and Thurmond could actually make a pretty decent starting safety duo. Both players are converted cornerbacks who have shown a knack for making plays on the ball. There are concerns about their tackling skills, but Philadelphia's strong front seven should keep them clean for the most part. The depth behind the two starters is very concerning for the Eagles. Maragos is mostly just a good special teams player. Couplin might be able to step up as the third safety.