A Closer Look at the Starters
Vick appeared rejuvenated throughout the preseason and earned the starting job over Nick Foles. He must guard against the issues that have plagued most of his tenure in Philadelphia: injuries and turnovers. He missed eight starts because of injury the last two seasons and committed 33 turnovers during that span.
McCoy's production slipped in 2012 because of a concussion and a depleted offensive line. He's healthy, and so are those protecting him. Expect a big season in Chip Kelly's offense, which will provide McCoy plenty of carries. Backups Bryce Brown and Chris Polk will also be a part of the offense.
Jackson has not recorded a 1,000-yard season since 2010. The way his contract is structured makes 2013 a virtual contract year for the 26-year-old deep threat. The good news is he was a training camp standout committed to living up to his play-making reputation. Look for him to top the six combined touchdowns from the last two seasons.
Cooper was entangled in controversy this summer even as he got the biggest opportunity of his career. Jeremy Maclin's injury opened a starting outside spot for Cooper, and the team stuck with him after it was revealed he shouted a racial epithet at a June concert. Cooper is a strong blocker and provides the offense with a big-bodied pass catcher.
Celek struggled at times this summer, but he's still a reliable tight end. Entering his seventh season, Celek caught only one touchdown pass last season. Tight ends play a big role in Kelly's offense, so look for an increase in that area. But he's no longer the lone featured tight end.
The Eagles will not use a fullback this season and the base offense includes two tight ends. Ertz, the talented second-round pick, will see significant action. Slot receiver Jason Avant also will get considerable playing time, and versatile free-agent signee James Casey will factor into the mix.
No player is more valuable to the Eagles than the standout left tackle who missed all of 2012 with a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon. The team never adequately replaced him, and a disastrous season ensued. Peters is back, and the team insists his injury hasn't hampered him.
The only positive on the offensive line last season was the continued strong play of the late-blooming Mathis, who has become one of the NFL's finest guards. He'll benefit even more from the return of Peters.
Kelce lost his 2012 season in Week 2, and the line struggled without its signal-caller. He still must prove his strong rookie campaign was representative of his play, but Kelly raves about him. Pay attention to how he does snapping in the shotgun, which is used prominently in this offense.
The steady veteran returns from injury in 2013 and bounces back to guard after a two-year stint at right tackle. Herremans has a track record of production, although his preseason was uneven. At 30, he has spent his entire career in Philadelphia.
Get used to this name for the next decade, because that's how long he'll need to produce to warrant the No. 4 overall pick in the draft. Johnson is an outstanding athlete for an offensive lineman and will be a cornerstone player during Kelly's tenure in Philadelphia.
One of the most consistent kickers in the NFL, Henery has converted 87.9 percent of his field goals. He made 11 of 12 between the 40s last season, which is a nice mark. His kickoffs improved during the preseason.
Right Defensive End
The Eagles need a big season from their 2012 first-round pick, who flashed Pro Bowl potential as a rookie. He must show he can be as productive in a 3-4 defense. The results weren't always present in the preseason, but the talent was evident.
The 31-year-old Sopoaga came to Philadelphia after nine seasons with the 49ers, including the last five as a regular starter. He's not a long-term solution, but he has experience in the 3-4 and can fill the spot until the Eagles develop a young nose tackle.
Left Defensive End
A former undrafted free agent, Thornton went from practice squad to reserve to starter in three seasons. The line will rotate so he won't have a full-time load, but it's Thornton's opportunity to prove he's a big piece of the Eagles defense.
Right Outside Linebacker
Cole must adjust to being a stand-up pass rusher after spending his first eight seasons in Philadelphia in a three-point stance. His five sacks in 2012 were his lowest output since his rookie season, and the scheme change only complicates his situation. If Cole is dropping into coverage often, that's a problem. The team needs him to get to the quarterback.
Ryans was one of the few bright spots on the defense last season, although that came as a 4-3 middle linebacker. Now in the 3-4, Ryans must prove he can excel in this scheme after legitimate questions about his fit when the Texans traded him in 2012.
Kendricks was one of the most impressive players throughout the summer and appears poised to show improvement from his first to second season. He's strong as a pass rusher and in coverage and played in the 3-4 defense in college.
Left Outside Linebacker
The Eagles gave Barwin a six-year, $36 million deal in March with the expectation that he'll be a key starter in this new defense. He has experience in the scheme and is capable of rushing the quarterback and playing in pass coverage. He's the most natural outside linebacker on the roster.
The Eagles signed Williams to be their top cornerback, and he brings experience as a starter on a Super Bowl champion. Don't expect Williams to be an elite player, but if he can cover the top receiver on opposing teams - and bring a winning attitude to the defense - it will be progress.
Chung signed with the Eagles after falling out of favor with New England, although he appears poised to fulfill his potential in Philadelphia. A former second-round pick who was familiar with Chip Kelly at Oregon, Chung is the team's most reliable safety.
Allen needed to win this job, and it might have happened by default. Time is running out for the 2010 second-round pick, who has athleticism and intelligence but must show he has the football awareness and the durability to be an NFL starter.
Fletcher started 26 games in four seasons with the Rams, so he comes to Philadelphia with experience. He's a surer tackler than the team has had. But he must prove his coverage skills are worthy of starting, and slot cornerback Brandon Boykin is pushing to play on the outside.
Jones is entering his 10th NFL season, so the Eagles can at least rest easy knowing they have an experienced leg. He impressed with his directional punts during the preseason. He will also hold for Henery.
As an undrafted rookie, Johnson made some questionable returning decisions while showing he can be a dynamic threat. The Eagles need the big plays this season without the poor decisions. DeSean Jackson will also return punts.