Philadelphia Eagles training camp is HERE! Players reported to the NovaCare Complex yesterday forward of the crew’s first apply at present. As at all times, Bleeding Green Nation can be bringing you full camp protection over the subsequent month.
Before the motion kicks off, although, let’s take the time to run by means of everybody’s favourite summer season exercise: a 53-man roster prediction. We do that to get an early have a look at how the Eagles’ closing depth chart may play out. You can make sure that we’ll replace these projections all through the summer season to mirror significant developments from practices and preseason video games.
QB: Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew, Carson Strong (3) 
All eyes can be on Hurts this summer season. How he performs throughout camp figures to set the desk for the upcoming season. If he makes a important leap, the Eagles needs to be thought-about reputable Super Bowl contenders. If he appears like the identical participant he did final 12 months, nicely, this crew’s ceiling could be capped. Minshew is getting into his first camp with the Eagles. Carson Strong and Reid Sinnett are battling it out for a QB3 roster spot. There’s no assure the Eagles will even hold three quarterbacks however they may worth Strong’s upside. He might be QB2 in 2023 when Minshew doubtless leaves in free company after this season.
RB: Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Kenneth Gainwell, Jason Huntley (4) 
There’s no query that Sanders is the Eagles’ high again. There’s sure query in relation to precisely how working again touches can be divvied up. Scott ended up being a strong RB2 final 12 months regardless of not getting into the season in that function. Gainwell failed to completely earn the teaching workers’s belief as a rookie however he may make a leap, particularly if he offers pass-catching worth. His utilization within the slot can be one thing to watch in camp. Huntley is no roster lock however he ought to make the crew contemplating he’s clearly their greatest kick returner. He’s additionally flashed juice as an offensive participant in apply settings. The downside with this configuration is the Eagles lack a true “bigger back.” It’s price noting that Jordan Howard is nonetheless a free agent. Kennedy Brooks may also stand a probability to make the crew however he’s most likely protected to maintain on the apply squad.
WR: DeVonta Smith, A.J. Brown, Quez Watkins, Zach Pascal, Greg Ward (5) 
Admittedly, 5 feels a little mild. We do know the highest 4 gamers at this spot are locks to make the roster. Smith and Brown are the clear high two guys in some order. Watkins offers the Eagles a vertical presence within the slot whereas Pascal offers the Eagles measurement in that function. Don’t sleep on the potential for Pascal truly outsnapping Watkins … or not less than closely rotating with him. Ward shouldn’t be a lock to make the crew however his particular groups potential may assist him. We’re leaving Jalen Reagor off as a result of he’s been actually unhealthy and it doesn’t make sense to maintain him round as a WR5 or much less; it’s not like he offers ST worth. Then once more, Howie Roseman won’t be prepared to take the L on him simply but. Deon Cain, who appeared good in OTAs, and Britain Covey, who could be the best choice at punt returner, may also push for spots here. Devon Allen is an fascinating lengthy shot to observe given his pace. John Hightower may find yourself on the apply squad once more.
TE: Dallas Goedert, Jack Stoll, Grant Calcaterra (3) 
Goedert is lastly getting into a season because the clear TE1. Who are his backups, although? Very a lot TBD. Stoll completed 2021 as TE2 so we’ll give him the good thing about the doubt for now. He was extra of a blocking tight finish so the Eagles may need a third choice who’s extra of a pass-catcher. Calcaterra has the potential to impress in that regard. The lately signed Jaeden Graham presents much less upside however could be extra able to contribute now and may also help on particular groups. The Eagles can at all times flip to Richard Rodgers if all else fails.
OL: Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Lane Johnson, Le’Raven Clark, Jack Driscoll, Sua Opeta, Cam Jurgens, Kayode Awosika (10) 
The 5 starters are locked in … besides maybe Seumalo as he transitions to proper guard? The feeling here is he’ll find yourself beginning at that spot. But he may face competitors from Driscoll. Both of these gamers can be working to shed the injury-prone label. Andre Dillard isn’t listed here as a result of he arguably has extra worth in a commerce than he does on the roster for yet one more season. This isn’t to recommend the Eagles ought to transfer him at any value … however the guess here is some crew determined for OT assist comes calling and offers the Eagles a third-round choose. Clark would then be the swing deal with with the flexibility to play each OT spots. Driscoll might be the highest RG choice with Opeta having extra expertise at LG. Jurgens isn’t more likely to play a lot, if in any respect, as a rookie. It’s not even a lock that he would play even when Kelce will get damage (knock on wooden). Awosika is hardly a lock however he confirmed some intriguing upside and presents deal with/guard versatility. Jack Anderson was a powerful reduce however he may be capable to be stored on the apply squad.
DE: Josh Sweat, Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Tarron Jackson (4) 
Sweat is coming off a profession 12 months. He has a historical past of manufacturing in opposition to the unhealthy groups however being quiet in opposition to the nice ones so it could be good to see that change. Is Graham going to be efficient coming off an Achilles harm and getting into his age 34 season? I wouldn’t be one to guess in opposition to him but it surely’s honest to surprise. No one could be stunned if Barnett produces extra penalties than sacks this 12 months. Jackson can earn his spot on the bench by displaying progress this summer season.
DT: Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Jordan Davis, Milton Williams (4) 
Cox and Hargrave are locked in because the starters however the inside defensive position rotation might be fairly heavy since their backups are legit gamers. It’ll be fascinating to see precisely how Davis is utilized in camp. Marlon Tuipulotu may be capable to make the roster here.
SAM: Haason Reddick, Kyron Johnson, Patrick Johnson (3) 
Jonathan Gannon higher not overthink Reddick’s function; simply let him rush the passer. He’s clearly confirmed to be fairly good at that contemplating solely 4 NFL gamers have extra sacks than him during the last two seasons. Kyron Johnson has some pass-rushing potential and particular groups potential. Patrick Johnson wants to indicate some progress from Year 1 to Year 2 and look good on ST.
LB: T.J. Edwards, Kyzir White, Nakobe Dean, Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley (5) 
Edwards and White enter camp as the highest two guys. Will it keep that method? Dean figures to make a push for enjoying time. It’s fairly presumably that every one three guys will rotate pretty recurrently. Taylor may also be within the combine for defensive snaps. At the very least, Taylor figures to play on particular groups. Bradley is a good ST participant.
CB: Darius Slay, James Bradberry, Avonte Maddox, Zech McPhearson, Kary Vincent Jr. (5) 
Slay and Bradberry will begin on the skin with Maddox working within the slot. McPhearson is most likely the highest nook off the bench. Though I’m keen on Mac McCain, I feel the Eagles worth KVJ extra extremely. He was one of many two exterior cornerbacks with the second crew within the spring. Tay Gowan is also within the combine for a backup CB spot.
S: Marcus Epps, Anthony Harris, Jaquiski Tartt, Andre Chachere (4) 
The Eagles are banking on Epps to deal with a larger workload as he strikes from being the third security to a full-time starter. There’s thought that Tartt and Epps are competing for one beginning spot but it surely may truly be Harris and Tarrt. Chachere lined up as a second crew security in OTAs. He has a robust case to make the roster given his particular groups potential and his versatility to play nickel CB in addition to security. Ok’Von Wallace finds himself on the outs contemplating he’s by no means actually impressed since being drafted.
Ok: Jake Elliott (1) 
As a Pro Bowler final 12 months, Elliott is coming off a profession season. He’s simply earned the best to face no competitors in camp.
P: Arryn Siposs (1) 
Curiously, Siposs isn’t going through camp competitors regardless of actually struggling down the stretch final season. Of course, the Eagles may at all times be trying so as to add a punter if one shakes free following roster cuts.
LS: Rick Lovato (1) 
Lovato is getting into his sixth camp because the Eagles’ lengthy snapper.
PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO PERFORM (PUP): Tyree Jackson, Brett Toth
Jackson and Toth are each roster bubble gamers who may stand to learn from being stashed away to start the season. If they do certainly begin out on the reserve/PUP record, they’ll be required to overlook not less than 4 video games whereas they get better from their ACL accidents. The Eagles may look to activate them if/once they want extra depth at tight finish and/or on the offensive line.
Practice squad capability goes as much as 16 gamers.
QB Reid Sinnett, RB Kennedy Brooks, WR Devon Allen, WR Britain Covey, TE Jaeden Graham, TE J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, OL Jack Anderson, OL William Dunkle, DT Marlon Tuipulotu, DT Renell Wren, SAM Ali Fayad, LB JaCoby Stevens, LB Christian Elliss, CB Mac McCain III, CB Tay Gowan, S Jared Mayden
Exemption: DE Matt Leo