The first day of Eagles training camp practice begins today, July 25. The entire team hasn’t reported to Philadelphia yet, but they’ll arrive on Wednesday, July 27. The first full day of practice is set to take place on Thursday, July 28. Here’s an early preview of the team’s projected starting lineup heading into camp. These are likely the players who will be taking the bulk of the first team reps during practices. We'll start with the offense.
Quarterback - Sam Bradford
Running back - Ryan Mathews
(Fullback - Chris Pantale)
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
Bradford will run with the first team, but the Eagles are expected to split quarterback reps evenly until the season draws closer. Chase Daniel will be with the second team while Carson Wentz runs the third team unit.
Mathews is the starter but the Eagles will likely rotate a number of guys in at running back. Doug Pederson suggested the Eagles are going to use a committee approach.
Pantale got reps at first team fullback in the spring. He’ll also take tight end reps with the second/third teams.
The wide receiver situation is interesting. The young guys are projected as starters for now, but we could see Rueben Randle and Chris Givens get mixed in.
The Eagles are expected to challenge Allen Barbre, who currently gets the nod at left guard. Isaac Seumalo and Stefen Wisniewski should see reps there.
Defensive end - Vinny Curry
Defensive end - Connor Barwin
Defensive tackle - Fletcher Cox
Defensive tackle - Bennie Logan
Outside linebacker - Nigel Bradham
Outside linebacker - Mychal Kendricks
Middle linebacker - Jordan Hicks
Cornerback - Leodis McKelvin
Cornerback - Nolan Carroll
Safety - Malcolm Jenkins
Safety - Rodney McLeod
Curry, Barwin, and Brandon Graham are bound to rotate at defensive end. During spring practices, Graham mostly spent time with the second team.
Cox will be back at practice after not participating in spring drills.
Hicks dealt with some injury issues in the spring but should be healthy now.
Carroll also missed a lot of OTAs and minicamp due to injury. The veteran defensive back took some first team reps near the end of spring practice so he might resume that role now. Second year cornerback Eric Rowe ran with the second team a lot. It seems like the staff is pushing him.
Kicker - Cody Parkey
Punter - Donnie Jones
Long snapper - Jon Dorenbos
Punt returner - Darren Sproles
Kick returner - Josh Huff
The winner of the kicker battle will be determined this offseason. I’ve written that Caleb Sturgis has a slight edge, but it’s close right now.
Dorenbos will have to fend off undrafted rookie free agent John DePalma.
Sproles is locked in at punt returner. Huff is probably the kick returner, but maybe someone can challenge him. It’s not like he was all that great last year.