Eagles Depth Chart Outlook: Safeties

This is the first in a series. Throughout the next week or two, we’ll take a position-by-position look at the Eagles’ roster. Today, we start with the safeties.

There was no big splash, but the Eagles made significant moves at safety this offseason with the hopes that a pair of high-quality starters will emerge.

In free agency, they signed ex-Patriots starter Patrick Chung and former Giants first-round pick Kenny Phillips.

Howie Roseman raved about this year’s safety class before the draft. The Eagles didn’t make a move for one of the big names in the early rounds, but they grabbed N.C. State’s Earl Wolff in the fifth.

Returning from last year’s roster are Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, Colt Anderson and David Sims.

Here’s a complete look at the roster (alphabetical order):

 
Height
Weight
Age
Years/Starts
Nate Allen6-1210253/38
Colt Anderson5-10194273/6
Patrick Chung5-11210254/29
Kurt Coleman5-11195243/29
Kenny Phillips6-2217265/41
David Sims5-10210262/1
Earl Wolff5-11209230/0

Pencil ‘em in: Chung, Wolff, Anderson.

If I had to pick one safety from this group as the most likely starter, it would be Chung. He had a down 2012 season and was benched by Bill Belichick, but he has shown in the past that he’s a starting-caliber player. The Eagles signed him with the belief in that upside.

Wolff was a fifth-round pick and is the most athletic of the group. His 4.44 40 time is the second-fastest among safety prospects in the past three years, and Wolff was a three-year starter at N.C. State. I expect him to get a chance to compete for a starting job right away.

Safety is a tricky position. You can’t put someone back there who doesn’t know what he’s doing because mistakes turn into game-changing plays. So Wolff will have to prove himself worthy of playing time. But given the current makeup of the roster, he has a chance to be an immediate contributor.

Anderson, meanwhile, is the team’s best special teams player. Kelly has given strong indications that special teams will be a major consideration in determining roster spots. For those reasons, I feel comfortable penciling Anderson in.

Fighting for spots: Phillips, Allen, Coleman, Sims.

Phillips is an X-factor. If 100 percent healthy, he’s probably the best safety on the team. Actually, at 80 percent, he might be the best safety on the team. But remember, Phillips agreed to join the Eagles for no guaranteed money. That tells me he didn’t have a lot of other options. It’s hard to believe Phillips is only 26-years-old. His health and effectiveness will be a key storyline to monitor this offseason.

Allen and Coleman are fighting for jobs. It’s as simple as that. Allen is a former second-round pick, but at the end of last year, the coaching staff felt it was better served having Coleman and Anderson on the field instead of him. That is telling. Not all of Allen’s struggles are related to injuries, either. By all accounts, the 25-year-old is a hard worker and a good teammate, but he just hasn’t been productive. Nothing’s out of the question with Allen. He could be starting in Week 1. Or he could be out of a job.

As for Coleman, he’s an option to fill out the roster as a backup. The fourth-year pro doesn’t seem to have the measurables Kelly is looking for. On the flip side, Nnamdi Asomugha is no longer around to blame Coleman for every big play. He has an outside shot of winning a starting job, but Coleman’s best chance at sticking is probably as a reserve/special-teams player.

Sims making the roster would be an upset, barring injuries to the guys ahead of him.

Bottom line? Phillips, Allen and Coleman are likely fighting for one or two spots, depending on whether Chip Kelly keeps four or five safeties.

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  • dan

    Phillips, Allen, wolff, Chung and anderson make the team from that group.

    • Richard Colton

      you’re keeping five? I guess Anderson is the wild card here because he’s more of a specialist than safety. But if you’re keeping five safeties, what’s the position where you go skinny?

      and don’t say fullback – zero points for that one.

      • GEagle

        I actually think there is a good chance we keep 5. sims has NO SHOT, and Coleman is probably a long shot….I don’t think they will keep 5, just to keep 5…If Phillips is DONE, then I can see them only keeping 4…I think Nate is the big question. doubt they would cut any of those other guys to keep Nate, but if he shows enough, for us not to be ready to give up on him, then I think we will keep 5…I doubt we would keep 5, just to have Kurt or Sims as the 5th guy

        • Richard Colton

          ok – 5 isn’t out of the question. So where do they go skinny? LB?

          • GEagle

            My guess, is they skimp the Dline, and dress only 7, maybe 6lineman

          • cliff henny

            lot depends on what they classify graham, cole and curry(if they ever decide on his position)

          • GEagle

            The real depth battle is going to be at WR..Even if they keep more wideouts than we think, some serious talent is still going to have to be cut or traded…It’s going to be fascinating to see how the WR positions takes shape

          • cliff henny

            i’ll be rooting for momah (heck, call him 4th TE, harbor does nothing for me). not like we’ll need TE’s on goalline, johnson can switch to tackle eligible. Avants the one to watch, appreciate all he’s given, but might be time to give a youngster a chance.

          • GEagle

            Pumped for Benn, Momah, and Carrier

          • Brent E. Sulecki

            13 WR’s currently on roster. not including rookie invitees. i expect prob. 6 WR’s and 5 possible at TE. heavy on offensive personnel. and guys who can play ST as well.

          • Wilbert M.

            I think it will be 9 DB’s with Poyer being a hybrid. No more Colt.

          • GEagle

            because Chung might have to play a lot of starter minutes this year, I think Colt will be an eagle for one more season. I expect Chung to be a backup next year, while being our Colt Type ST ace..

          • dan

            I would go skinny at d line. Keep 7 instead of usual 8. Could have some de/olb types. Colt stays with emphasis on special teams.

          • Bite Mee

            That up tempo offense will mean the defense will be on the field a lot
            longer. They are going to have to do a lot of rotating on the d-line

  • Ebrano

    Don’t like to be negative, but Nate Allen has proven to be too soft to be an NFL safety… he’s just like Brian Dawkins, only the exact opposite. When we cut him, I doubt anyone picks him up.

    • JofreyRice

      I wouldn’t be that shocked to see Coleman make it over Allen. Allen’s feel for the game is just horrid.

      • CJ

        At least Coleman can play ST. If it’s down to those two, it’s gonna be Coleman. I think they have to keep 5 safeties somehow though. Even at 5, Allen may be the odd man out with Phillips, Chung, Wolffe, and Anderson. One thing’s sure. ST will be much better this year.

        • GEagle

          I dunno…heard our defensive coordinator was high on not so nasty Nate coming out of the draft…I liked what Chip said about Allen….talked about How he seemed to have a ton of ability coming out of the 3 draft mini camp, but we won’t know anything about Nate til we put the pads on…the impression I got from Chip was that he likes Nates potential, but isn’t a lock(just me trying to read between the lines)…and that’s exactly how it should be. no more skating by on where you were drafted, or potential….sink or swim Time for Nate

    • Richard Colton

      “he’s just like Brian Dawkins, only the exact opposite” – were truer words ever spoken about Nate Allen?

    • Absecon

      Chip doesn’t seem to agree…mentioned he was physical in an interview recently.

      • CJ

        I think Chip meant to say he HAD his physical.

        • Absecon

          Ok, I give you a thumbs up on that one!

    • BlindChow

      I dunno, if the Jets picked up Jaiquan Jarrett…

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    Good Stuff Sheil. i hope its Phillips and Chung. with Colt as ST Ace. and Wolf and Allen as reserves. hopefully Nate under new direction takes his 2nd round status and balls out. Kurt is a warrior although undersized. love his passion. what if they keep 6 for roster.

    • Richard Colton

      not unless Kurt Coleman can be the long snapper. two questions though – #1 what makes you think CK will like an “undersized” anything? #2 – six safeties is out of the question, say you could keep five – who goes from your group? Colt/Coleman/Allen?

      • GEagle

        no chance that they keep more than 5….Nate has a shot, I don’t see how Kurt has much of a shot at making this team….Players who can overcome being so physically outmatched, do so because of the mental side of there game…How the hell is an undersized, slow, safety, going to make the team, if he blows simple high school coverages?

      • xlGmanlx

        who goes from your group? Colt/Coleman/Allen?

        All of them hopefully.

      • Brent E. Sulecki

        Coleman will go for me. Colt has a place here.. and like GEagle said i heard Billy Davis has the hots for Nate. i expect better production from him. i like Chungs familiarity with Chip and what he does on defense. but im really hoping on a return to glory for a 1st round PB guy in Phillips. love his game if healthy.

  • JofreyRice

    Coming to grips with the fact that safety is just going to be a position where we “hope” we’ve got the right guys, again, or “hope” one of the lousy guys suddenly becomes good i.e. someone who was benched last year (Allen or Chung) or Coleman. I’d love if Phillips rounded back in to form, but I think you have to look at the case of Steve Smith as predictive about the kinds of injured guys the Giants let go.

    The whole key is going to be the offense, anyway. I’m dying to see what it’s going to look like.

    • GEagle

      Yeah, I’m a defensive guy, but Its clear that our offense is going to have to have to carry us early on…oUr defense still needs another offseason of additions..however we do have some promising young players, and what do young players do? They IMPROVE!!! I also happen to think, we have some young players, who actually happen to be bett for our new Hybrid scheme, then they were as 4-3 players…the 4-3Under is tailor made for Kendricks, and Cox…Graham will basically continue doing what he started to find success doing last year, only now he gets a little more of a head start, which can’t hurt…..It’s encouraging that we have a lot of young players with 2years or less of playing experience, so we can expect those guys to still be improving…You don’t really become the player you are going to be til you are around 26 and have had 3years of playing experience….Even a guy Like Cary Williams, is not a finished product. HE was not supposed to start in Bmore..someone got hurt, and he got thrown into the fire…didn’t have the BEST year, but you can see he got better as he got more experience and started getting comfortable..People like to Bash Cary, but a Super Bowl winning starting corner, who is young, physical, and held his own against Brady,Kapernick, and Peyton, should always be welcome in this city!

    • GEagle

      I will say, our one hope for the eagles 2013 defense is pressure. our new scheme makes it very difficult to double team Fletcher Cox and Bgrizzle. Pressure changes everything, and make no mistake about it…Graham and Fletch are going to be a serious problem on the weak side for opposing offenses..We probably will have one of the best young weak side front seven combos in the NFL…our strong side is the question, specifically our 5tec. fortunately we have veterans like Barwin and Demeco attacking on either side of the 5tec..I actually like our long term prospects at 5tec…there is a decent chance that we have our 2015 Dline already on this roster, but the strong side defensive end spot is probably my only real concern about the 2013 front 7…No matter how good all our new players are, it would still take them ATleast a year of playing together, and getting accustomed to the scheme change,so it’s not practical to expect a good defense in 2013…but pressure changes everything, and 3rd down is crucial, and I think we have a chance at being strong on 3rd down, so we could be better than we think….but even in the best case scenArio, we still need another offseason of additions, and a year or two of continuity, experience and player development before we even have a chance to be where we want to be as a defense

  • h

    I think it will be phillips, chung, wolff, allen, and anderson as well. phillips obviously needs to be healthy to make the team, hopefully the eagles can get some luck and strike gold with him. chung, wolff, and allen will all battle out for SS if phillips is healthy. i honesty do not think its too late on allen yet. hes pretty much played two seasons, both with coleman as the other starting safety i believe. i think coleman often made allen seem a lot worse than he really was. when one player in the secondary sucks, it hurts everyone else. coleman was always lost on the field and 3 seconds late to every play. im hoping with safety/secondary talent around him, allen will be able to blossom. im also a little disappointed that we didnt address the secondary earlier. i think we should have gone corner in the second. there were still good options available and i watched some of ertz’s tape yesterday from the usc, cal, and oregon games and didnt come away too impressed. he was a great route runner and has good size, but hes a mediocre blocker and honestly doesnt have great hands. he struggled with catching anything that wasnt right on the numbers. hopefully he can fix that, but i wouldnt rather had banks, slay, or jamar taylor in the second than him.

  • knighn

    I have to wonder when the Philadelphia Eagles will post something other than the “2012 Season Ending Depth Chart”. My bet is not until the Pre-Season games, at earliest. I would not be surprised to not see an official depth chart at PhiladelphiaEagles.com until the start of the regular season.

    I kind of like that Chip Kelly is taking his time with this.

    • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

      Yeah, Chip’s depth charts will be done up with the lightest pencil possible. No one is safe.

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    There has been absolutely nothing in the play from Allen and Coleman over the last two years that indicates in a fair competition for roster positions they’re worth keeping as Eagles.

    Let’s skip the small talk here. Nnamdi was right, Coleman was a liability on the field. What good is a safety over the top if that safety continues to get sucked out of a play by play action and doesn’t have the foot speed to run down a snail?

    Allen is not the toll collector to police centerfield in Phila.

  • dv

    Your special teams aces should be up and coming young players, who hope one day to win a starting job. Colt Anderson will never be a starting caliber player in the NFL. As long as we keep Colt around, we will be a second tier team. Roster spots are at a premium and we need to save them with an eye to developing future contributors.

    • GEagle

      I don’t think Colt will be here more than this year…..Chung will eventually replace him as a backup safety and ST ace…but we might have to rely on Chung to log a lot of staring minutes this year, so it makes sense to keep Colt for one more year

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Riccardi/100000855463486 Michael Riccardi

        Colt brings lots of value to ST play. He’ll be here a while.

    • eaglepete

      Colt is the least of this teams worries

  • cliff henny

    safety is an interesting position in the nfl, see it as the defensive spot being effected most by hitting rules. my all-time favorite (and sure i’m not alone) is Dawkins. but, his style of play is being ruled-out (dawk was good enough he could have adapted, but kid like swearringer have to see). the way kelly/davis talk about safeties, and drafting wolff makes me think they see it. the days of having headhunters back there are over, need to disguise coverages, be able to break on ball before the receiver catches, and be sure tackler. ie wolff, philips and chung, for most part. think safeties are going to be ball-hawks, incredibly gifted athletes, with some size to hold up in rungame. think seattle. both SF and Balt(pollard) let hard hitting safeties walk and replaced them with guys who play the ball in the air very well. also agree with most, still looking like weakest part of team. but, if front 7 puts more pressure on qb, that’ll help secondary alot. going to be alot of 41-38 games next year

    • GEagle

      my beef with Allen, is that he is ONLY a free safety. I will LOL if I ever see him in the box…so even if Allen becomes a good free safety, ideally that’s not what Chip wants. Chip eventually wants a right and a oft safety, not a Strong and a Free safety…that way a QB won’t already know which one will be in the box, and which one will be dropping…..Wolff is the type of safety who can develope into a guy that can play in the box, or centerfield, we just have to find another one to develope. Phillips can play in the box, but is a stud in centerfield(Witten talks about how he has this option play with Romo, were he just looks at romo, and they know they are going deep…but he specifically mentioned Kenny Phillips, and how he is the safety that if they see, they won’t take that shot down field because he is a ballhawks, so they take the underneath option)..That’s some serious high praise from Witten….because Ideally chip wants two interchangeable safeties, and they just drafted a kid who can become that…I’m not really sure WTF is the point of Allen? Even if he gets his confidence back,and stops blowing coverages, he won’t ever be capable in the box, so he can’t ever be an interchangeable safety…so I’m Ot exactly sure what’s the point of going forward with Nate…Phillips and Chung are injury concerns, so I can see them keeping Allen, and letting him finish his rookie contract, but I don’t see Ny chance of extending him…which is good. he was a 2nd round pick, so when he walks in free agency, it helps interns of compensatory pick value…we could end up seeing both Maclin and Nate walk
      ..
      The Xfactors gong into 2013 are Arelius Benn, Kenny Phillips, and Bradley Fletcher…all 3 are capable of being STUDS, or could very well be insignificant…

      • cliff henny

        need hybrid safeties to cover all the hybrid receivers. fs/ss worked for a long time, just nfl changes. why i really like kelly, think he’ll be quick to see the changes, and might create couple himself. and allen sux. nfl might be taking out the kill shots by safeties, but they’ll still need to be willing tacklers. nate ran fom contact, cant have that on field.

        • GEagle

          I’m sooo nervous about Kenny Philips…Not drafting Dion Jordan, makes it so much more important that Phillips can actually play, because Phillips when Healthy, is probably one of the best safeties in the NFL in terms of guarding TE’s…Phillips lets us unleash Barwin more, and Kenny becomes crucial when the opponent puts two TE’s on the field…Phillips at 80% will make our defense so much better than what it would be without him

          • cliff henny

            IDK, giant’s secondary was only slightly better than our’s, and they let philips walk. hopefully it’s a case of counting on a guy too much, and getting let down, so time to part ways. everyone get clean slate. have feeling if he was still 80% KP, he’d still be a giant

          • GEagle

            I certainly can’t count on him…but at this point in time, we still have a glimmer of hope..I do think the dynamic you mentioned played a serious role in it. they always struggle in the secondary, and he was by far there best player..I’m sure they counted on him, and have been disappointed one time too many.
            ….
            the fact that he signed for sooo cheap, so fast in the process, gives me a smidget of hope. if he didn’t believe in himself, would he have been so eager to instantly sign a PROVE IT DEAL? if he didn’t have confidence in himself, I would think he would have ATleast tried to get that one last pay day, before settling for chump change…I think it’s safe to say, that he could have looked for his one last payday, and if he couldn’t fleece anyone, he would will be able to find a cheap deal in June…Didn’t seem like Kenny looked to cash in at all. seemed kind of disrespected and eager to prove himself…the fact that he didn’t look to cash in, choosing to immediately sign a prove it deal, gives me some extra hope…but as fans we can’t count on it. we gave him a physical so who knows?…

            it’s baffling that NONE of our local media felt it was important to ask chip how Kenny and Bradley Fletcher were moving around during the mini camp..smh?..I can’t think of many questions, that cHip could actually respond, that could be of more importance than how those two looked

  • Mostel

    CHUNG IS NOT A GOOD PLAYER! HIS POOR COVERAGE AND INABILITY TO READ A PLAY ALLOWED A LUCKY CACTH TO MANNINGHAM FROM A BAD THROW AND RUNIED MY SUPERBOWL!

    • JofreyRice

      Giants hate aside, that throw was ridiculously good, in terms of placement. 37 yards down the field, and right on the money, where either Manningham caught it, or no one did. I’m no fan of Chung, believe me, but killing him for that play is unfair.

      • GW.Fisher

        That Patrick Chung is still light years ahead of what we had last year…

        • JofreyRice

          Agreed he’s much better than Coleman or Allen, who maybe even aren’t NFL players, but is Chung a starting caliber guy? New England didn’t think so.

          • GEagle

            I AM NOT this big Chung fan…but a lot of people seem to think Chung was playing thru a a few injuries when Bellicek benched him…He also isn’t done improving yet as a player…worst case scenario, he is a place holder, til Wolff is ready or til we add a starter…I do not think Chung is our starting Safety of the future…I think he eventually becomes a backup, and ST ace(and that’s when we will let Colt go)….I do think that Chung’s Rah Rah College boy attitude will be very good for a team at the ground level, trying to instill the right culture, and mesh a bunch of new players…Vhungs Charecter is that of a locker room glue guy…He won’t be our savior as a starting safety, but I think Philly ill like cHung…the kid had one of the best performances in the history of mondy night football. That game was mind blowing

          • Bite Mee

            A lot of the confusion and bad safety play can be traced back to the wide 9.

        • Absecon

          Chung isn’t any better than what we had until he proves it this year. Some of you are really forgetting what went on here the past two years with the coaching and cornerbacks….

          • GEagle

            Chung is already better…why? Or the simple fact that we can count on him to play hard

      • Mostel

        I give no quarter to anybody involved with making me sit through the Giants win a Superbowl. That is totally out of line. A better safety comes over and keeps that catch from happening.

        • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

          Yeah, and our safeties would be back at the line of scrimmage pointing fingers at each other.

    • eaglepete

      not this stupid comment again. Okay we get it, you lost a lot of money on that superbowl. Gambling is a losing proposition, only bet what you can afford to lose, cmon. Perfect throw. Either way w/o money on game it was a lose lose for eagles fans. I hate the Pats, I was at that superbowl we lost and the depressing after party. Could have been greatest party I ever attended.

      • Mostel

        I didn’t bet a penny on the game. I just hate the Giants and Eli with a passion. I don’t like seeing New York win anything but a punch in the face with a pair of brass knuckles. Every one of their fans is a smug vile piece of trash. I have no beef with New England. Chung blew that play, so I don’t want him on my team.

    • Bite Mee

      You just aint never going to forget that one huh?

  • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

    Rebuilding team can’t be great everywhere. The defensive backfield unfortunately is going to be the corps that wasn’t brought up to par.

    On the bright side, I’m not sure it’s possible for them to get any worst. Even if somehow we start the same 2 safeties as last year, our corners will at least hit someone.

    • GEagle

      Just by default, our secondary will be about 5 times better than it was last year. it won’t be good, but it can’t be anything close to as bad as it was last year…
      1) Just from ditching the wide9, and the pressure it put on our Safeties, and having guys who will play hard, instead of quitting…it’s going to make our secondary, significantly better than last year…but it still has away to go, to get where we need it to be… how many pieces of our secondary of the FUTURE, is already on the team?

      Players with a good chance of being here in 3years:
      Wolff
      Chung
      Poyer
      Cary
      Boykin…
      …..
      Players who will probably be here as long as they don’t suff another knee injury:
      Kenny Phillps
      Bradley Fletcher(in terms of ability, I would say he will certainly be he in 3years, but I couldn’t but a guy with two bad knees on the for sure list…
      ……
      Long shot to be here in 3years:
      Nate
      Marsh
      Colt
      ……
      So basically, there is a good chance we have about 3/5ths of our future secondary in place, assuming Injuries and player development goes the way we hope it goes…Don’t expect a good secondary next year..but I do expect for ATleast half of the pieces already in plays who 2years from now can develope into a good secondary…Luckily, last years quitters set the bar pretty low, so we will be content with the improvements we see this year

      • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

        5 times better? C’mon man lets be sensible. I think it has a chance to be better than last year, but I’m not sure if it’s going to be leaps and bounds better. The main difference will be giving up big touchdowns, but I don’t think these guys are shut down group by any means. They have a chance to be mediocre, which is good enough for now.

        And your lists are pretty subjective. Chung could end up being a 1 year rental. Poyer will have to make the team. Phillips has to make the team, and unless he has a Pro-Bowl year I doubt he’ll ever re-sign here.

        • GEagle

          Dude, do you realize how much better it will be, simply from going from quitting to playing hard? Yes 5 TIMES BETTER! I’m not suggesting that we will have a good secondary..Im suggesting that we had a historically pathetic secondary last year…
          vhung is here to stay. Adding him on my list, does not mean that he will be our strating afety 3years from now…but at the very least he will have a backup spot, while contributing on ST…Much better Safety than Colt, probably just as good on ST…..don’t blow 5 coverages per game, and don’t quit…and our secondary will be much better than the crap we saw last year…but before we are GOOD again, we need some serious injury luck, and players to realize mos of their potential

        • CJ

          Five times 0 (how good the secondary was last year), is still zero. It’s just semantics :D

          • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

            I’d actually say we were -2.. so -2×5 = -10… we’re going to be worse than last year..

          • CJ

            in that case, we’d have to be 5 times worse (-5 x -2) to get better? I can’t handle this on a monday…

        • BlindChow

          I think even last year’s safeties will be better this year, simply from the change in scheme. The wide nine requires a little more from the position than normal defensive formations.

          • cliff henny

            not sure ronnie lott would look competent playing safety in wide9. just the stupidest defense ever thought up. and then have in-house disagreements on assigments. secondary sucked, but that scheme didnt help.

          • GEagle

            It’s just bafflng to me how we could have decided to run that crap. Doesn’t take a genius to know that having your 4 biggest players, rush up field on every single play, disregard everything but the QB, and ask the other 7 guys to cover up the rest, was probably not the best idea…Even if you had personel like the niners, I do not think its a good idea to have 7 guys have to cover for your front 4….Our returning players will be better simply from switching to a gap responsible front 7. The hybrid is going to make sure there is a man covering every gap on the LOs, so life will be much easier for the secondary, especially the safeties…I never thought I would see the day where I would get so excited about seeing gap discapline on defense…It takes having to sit thru a serious MESS, to have fans happy about a gap responsible defense…I thought last year was bad, now that we have been treated to 4 months of common sense, it makes it even harder and more bafflng to think back to the decisions Andy signed off on last year…yet the man was out of work for 2 days, and seems take a ton of control in KC..

  • docboy

    Lets not forget Poyer..he started out as a safety, transition to DB…played a lot if slot cuz he can be physical…wouldn’t be surprise to see him get a crack at safety too… Kelly likes flexible players .. can see him being moved all around in the game

    • GEagle

      Poyer has a chance at Safety, but he won’t factor into the safety depth chart numbers…he will count as a corner

      • Wilbert M.

        Poyer might take Colt’s roster slot. He looks like a versatile special teamer who can fill the gunner slot and he can do more things defensively than Colt. Colt is a one-trick pony who looked pretty bad at safety when he took over for Allen.

        • GEagle

          I think Colt has 1 more year as an eagle, and Next year Chung takes over as the ST ace…Poyer is certainly a very capable gunner..With Bradley Fletcher’s bad knees, don’t you think Poyer is more needed to groom on the outside, in case Fletch goes down in like week 5?….as of right now, I would feel more comfortable grooming our rookie 7th round pick to be Bradley’s insure on the outside, than Marsh or Any other leftover from the Reid regime…I do actually think that Poyer could very well be in play for Safety, but I just think that would come down the line. the kid weighs a 180lbs, and clearly never took strength training serious…He will eventually bring a ton of versatility to our secondary(think, todd herremans of our secndary)..just don’t think it will come in his rookie year. I dont see any way that he could play safety as a rookie, but down the line, he very well could be

  • GEagle

    safety is probably the hardest position for me to try and project what the depth chart will be…If Phillips is HELTHY, he will be one of the top 5 steals of Free agency, however that is a Giant IF…as for Chung, I heard a lot of his bad play that led to him being benched, came when he was trying to play thru a bunch of injuries, so who really knows what we are gong to get out of him…It is comforting having Chip, who knows him so well, and the kid is a high Charecter guy…CB depth chart is a lot easi to project, but I’m probably more comfortable in our Safeties…we have 5 safeties who have all seen a good amount of NFL game time..when you think of how little we know about Marsh, and the other Returning CBs, safety is much more comforting, but pretty much impossible to try and figure out the depth chart

  • Cyrus Robinson

    We should trade Coleman to the Redskins for a first rounder. He gets like 3 interceptions everytime he plays in that stadium. He’ll have 24 Ints for them EVERY SEASON. On second thought, they should throw in a second rounder too.

  • Jack Waggoner

    I think there’s a better than even chance that Colt makes the squad but I think “pencil him in” is a little too much. Being as good as he is on special teams helps a lot, but I’m not sure that in and of itself it is enough. He is not a specialist, he needs to also be a competent safety.

    As to Phillips, he probably either starts or goes on IR.

  • Steve DF

    “On the flip side, Nnamdi Asomugha is no longer around to blame Coleman for every big play”

    Haha so true

  • William Powers

    Phillips will make it.