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Eagles OTAs: Projecting Philadelphia's starting lineup for 2016

Here's what the Eagles' starting lineup looks like at the start of organized team activities.

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The Philadelphia Eagles' organized team activities schedule is set to begin tomorrow on Tuesday, May 17. In the meantime, let's take a look at the team's projected starting lineup heading into OTAs. These are likely the players who will be taking the bulk of the first team reps during spring practices. We'll start with the offense.


Quarterback - Sam Bradford

Running Back - Ryan Mathews

(Fullback - Trey Burton)

Wide Receiver - Jordan Matthews

Wide Receiver - Nelson Agholor

Wide Receiver - Josh Huff

Tight End - Zach Ertz

Left Tackle - Jason Peters

Left Guard - Allen Barbre

Center - Jason Kelce

Right Guard - Brandon Brooks

Right Tackle - Lane Johnson


• The Eagles have publicly committed to Bradford as their starter. It'll be interesting to see if Chase Daniel and/or Carson Wentz ever get mixed in with the first team reps, though.

• Mathews currently leads the way at running back but it wouldn't be surprising to see other players get mixed in with the first team. Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood should get some looks there.

• The Eagles released the fullback they signed earlier this offseason, which could mean the team likes how Burton is progressing there. We'll get to see how the Eagles are using the third-year tight end.

• Matthews and Agholor are safe bets to run with the first team. Who is the third wide receiver? I'll give Huff the edge now since he's sort of the incumbent. It could be Rueben Randle over him, though.

• Ertz over Brent Celek should be expected by now, though the two could split time with the first team unit.

• The Eagles will likely give Barbre the first shot at left guard. The likes of Stefen Wisniewski, Malcolm Bunche, and Andrew Gardner could get opportunities there as well. Third round pick Isaac Seumalo would also be in the mix but he's not allowed to attend OTAs due to the NCAA's graduation rule.


Defensive End - Brandon Graham

Defensive Tackle - Bennie Logan

Defensive Tackle - Fletcher Cox*

Defensive End - Connor Barwin

Outside Linebacker - Nigel Bradham

Middle Linebacker - Jordan Hicks

Outside Linebacker - Mychal Kendricks

Cornerback - Eric Rowe

Cornerback - Leodis McKelvin

Safety - Malcolm Jenkins

Safety - Rodney McLeod


• There's an asterisk next to Cox's name because he's currently not attending Philadelphia's voluntary offseason workouts. Veteran defensive lineman Mike Martin could get a look at first team DT in his place.

• The defensive end rotation will be interesting. Vinny Curry should see some time with the starters along with Graham and Barwin.

• The cornerback situation is fluid. Rowe seems like a safe bet, but it's not perfectly clear who will get the first shot opposite of him. It could be McKelvin or Nolan Carroll. Is JaCorey Shepherd the starter in the slot?


Kicker - Cody Parkey

Punter - Donnie Jones

Long Snapper - Jon Dorenbos

Kick Returner - Josh Huff

Punt Returner - Darren Sproles


• Parkey, Jones, and Dorenbos all have competition so they'll be splitting reps this spring with Caleb Sturgis, Ryan Quigley, and John DePalma, respectively.

• Sproles is the primary punt returner. The kick returner picture is less clear.


That's about it. How are you feeling about this starting lineup on paper?

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