It’s a long way until the season opener on Sept. 12, but with the Eagles reconvening Friday for mandatory minicamp coach Andy Reid will get his first on-field look at the team he and general manager Howie Roseman assembled this off-season.
With the addition of 13 draft picks and 11 other acquisitions, there are a lot of new faces. On Saturday, Reid was asked if he may need to have his new players wear name tags around the NovaCare Complex.
“I’ll tell you, it’s going to be tough on you [reporters] and it’s going to be tough on me, too,” Reid said. “We’ll get it all done. It’ll be a challenge for these guys to make sure that their name stands out. Stand out and show us what they can do.”
That goes for a number of the veterans, too. Some may quibble with several of the new additions, but if the Eagles did anything this off-season it was to create competition -- especially on the defensive side of the ball.
There are at least five starting spots on defense and many more roster spots up for grabs. So let the race begin and may the best men win.
Here’s how Reid and his assistants might have the depth chart aligned after this past week’s draft and heading into minicamp. Bear in mind, this isn't a prediction of how the depth chart should look, but merely a reflection of how I envision the Eagles will list it after this coming weekend:
Rookies are in bold.
Off-season acquisitions in italics.
Injured player in [brackets].
*Some rookies and other new players haven't been assigned uniform numbers yet.
WR 18 Jeremy Maclin 84 Hank Baskett Riley Cooper 11 Dobson Collins
LT 71 Jason Peters 79 Todd Herremans 65 King Dunlap
LG 79 Todd Herremans 59 Nick Cole 77 Mike McGlynn
C 59 Nick Cole 77 Mike McGlynn 67 [Jamaal Jackson] A.Q. Shipley
RG 76 Stacy Andrews 62 Max Jean-Gilles 66 Dallas Reynolds
RT 74 Winston Justice 65 King Dunlap 78 Fenuki Tupou
TE 87 Brent Celek 88 [Cornelius Ingram] 89 Martin Rucker Clay Harbor
WR 10 DeSean Jackson 81 Jason Avant 19 Jordon Norwood 21 Chad Hall
FB 43 Leonard Weaver Dwayne Wright Charles Scott
RB 25 LeSean McCoy 26 Mike Bell 34 Eldra Buckley Martell Mallett
QB 4 Kevin Kolb 7 Michael Vick Mike Kafka
LDE 75 Juqua Parker 94 Brandon Graham 95 [Abiamiri, Victor] Ricky Sapp
LDT 98 Mike Patterson 93 Trevor Laws
RDT 97 Brodrick Bunkley 64 Antonio Dixon Jeff Owens
RDE 58 Trent Cole 91 Darryl Tapp Daniel Te’o-Nesheim
WILL 50 Ernie Sims 56 Akeem Jordan Keenan Clayton
MLB 55 Stewart Bradley 96 Omar Gaither 51 Joe Mays
SAM 53 Moise Fokou 57 Alex Hall Jamar Chaney
LCB 22 Asante Samuel 21 Joselio Hanson 30 Geoffrey Pope
RCB 31 [Ellis Hobbs] Trevard Lindley 23 Dmitri Patterson
SS 27 Quintin Mikell 39 Quintin Demps Kurt Coleman
FS 28 [Marlin Jackson] 24 Macho Harris 29 Nate Allen
P 6 Sav Rocca Durant Brooks
K 2 Akers, David
H 6 Sav Rocca
PR 10 DeSean Jackson 18 Jeremy Maclin
KOR 31 Ellis Hobbs 39 Quintin Demps 24 Macho Harris
LS 46 Jon Dorenbos 87 Brent Celek
**To view the projected depth chart as a graphic, CLICK HERE