Eagles Release New Depth Chart

The Eagles released a new depth chart today, in advance of Monday’s preseason game against the Patriots. Here are some notes:


* As expected, King Dunlap is the first-team left tackle. Look for him to start there in place of Demetress Bell, who is on the second team.

* Stanley Havili is the first-team fullback, with Emil Igwenagu backing him up.

* The running backs, in order behind LeSean McCoy, are Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk. McCoy and Lewis are locks to make the team. Brown and Polk are fighting for spots, although at least one of them will be on the 53-man roster.

* The best example of Don’t put too much stock into the depth chart is the wide receiver position. Riley Cooper and Jason Avant are listed behind Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson, respectively. Marvin McNutt, Chad Hall and Elvis Akpla are with the third team. And Damaris Johnson is a fourth-stringer. Johnson, however, has been running with the ones when Maclin’s been injured. With Cooper hurt, he’s really the No. 4 wide receiver right now.

* Along with Bell, your second-team offensive line is Julian Vandervelde (LG), Dallas Reynolds (C), Mike Gibson (RG) and Dennis Kelly (RT).

* At tight end, in order behind Brent Celek, it’s Clay Harbor, Brett Brackett and Chase Ford.

* Behind Michael Vick, in order, are Mike Kafka, Nick Foles and Trent Edwards. Kafka, of course, is recovering from a fractured left hand, and Foles is expected to run with the twos Monday night.


* Derek Landri is still listed at first-team defensive tackle, alongside Cullen Jenkins. I have a hunch we might see Fletcher Cox take that spot in the next week or two. Andy Reid said today he did not have much of an update on Mike Patterson’s status. Patterson has missed all of training camp and is recovering from offseason brain surgery.

* Jaiquawn Jarrett is still listed as the second-team safety, alongside Oshiomogho Atogwe, although Tom Nelson mixed in with Jarrett earlier this week.

* Phillip Hunt is listed behind Brandon Graham on the third team, even though Hunt has been practicing as a starter in place of Jason Babin at left defensive end.

* Nothing new at linebacker, although we’ll see if Mychal Kendricks continues to line up alongside DeMeco Ryans in nickel. That may depend on whether Jamar Chaney plays.

* Cliff Harris and Kevin Thomas, who was acquired in the Colts trade, are listed with the fourth team at cornerback.


* Mat McBriar is the first-team punter and holder.

* Johnson is the No. 1 punt returner, and Brandon Boykin is the No. 1 kick returner.

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Derek Landri, Camp Bully

Sweat was pouring down the face of a reddened Derek Landri as reporters gathered around to hear about the fight. His teammates were passing by and giving him a hard time for the small fit of rage they just witnessed.

“Angry,” they bellowed. “UFC 151!”

People are learning, a reporter started in with, that you don’t mess with Derek Landri.

“Dude I don’t know. I don’t know what type of answer you want,” he responded. “Just playing hard.”

Actually it’s a little more than that.

As practice was winding down Sunday afternoon, Clay Harbor caught a shovel pass in the red zone and rumbled in for the touchdown as Landri tried to strip the ball late. The outcome of the play already determined, Harbor took umbrage with the defensive tackle’s aggression and started what he thought would be a typical shove-and-separate training camp tussle. But Landri had other ideas.

The 6-2, 290-pounder threw what looked like an uppercut punch before proceeding to rip the helmet off Harbor’s head. With the situation escalating Harbor zipped out of the lion’s den before chucking the ball at Landri.

“It’s competition. I’m just trying to finish the play, trying to strip him. Sometimes you can’t tell where you’re at on the field,” said Landri. “He didn’t like it, turned around and tried to swing. I didn’t like that, so I retaliated.”

This is not the Notre Dame product’s first dust-up at Lehigh this summer. He has been front-and-center for a few skirmishes, most notably one in the beginning of camp that escalated to a point where Michael Vick and Juan Castillo felt compelled to jump in and try to break it up. Vick got his hand stuck in a group of battling linemen, but made it out fine. It was here that Vick vowed never to play peacemaker again.

“Guys are a little upset from last year, and they’re taking it out now,” said Landri at the time.

“Shoot, it’s now or never; take no prisoners.”

Landri is not just being noticed for his temper alone. With Mike Patterson still sidelined after offseason brain surgery, he grabbed the starting tackle spot and has not let go. Against the Steelers, he forced one Eagles sack and added two tackles for a loss. It was the same type of disruptive play that we have seen in camp. Jason Kelce called him the team’s best defensive tackle, or at least the hardest for him to block.

As Harbor was exiting the Varsity House late Sunday afternoon, LeSean McCoy called over to the tight end with some advice:

“Rule 1 of a fight: Leave your helmet on, dude,” he said.

But with Landri, you don’t always have a choice.

Practice Observations: Eagles’ Red-Zone Struggles

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy MaclinJeremy Maclin lined up to Michael Vick’s left at the 10-yard-line.

He ran a slant to the 5, stopped, changed direction and headed to the back left corner of the end zone. Vick let go of the ball, Maclin made the catch and kept his feet in-bounds for the touchdown.

But wide receivers coach David Culley saw something he didn’t like. He wanted Maclin to make sure he sold the slant with his final inside steps. Maclin did it again a few plays later, and this time, Culley approved.

Maclin has been the Eagles’ best red-zone receiver for the past two seasons. In 2011, he had eight red-zone catches, including four touchdowns. The year before, 11 and seven.

“Execution,” he said earlier this camp, when I asked him what the key was inside the opponents’ 20. “Be precise in everything you do. In the red zone, everything happens a little faster, so timing is key.”

The Eagles’ offense finished 14th in red-zone efficiency last season, scoring touchdowns 51.52 percent of the time.

Later in practice, when the first teams were matched up, the defense, which finished 29th in the red zone last year, got the better of the offense.

“I didn’t think we were too bad in a lot of areas,” Coleman said of the defense’s red-zone struggles last year. “It’s just limiting the passing lanes. We’ve been working a lot on our red-zone defense, and we were giving the offense fits today. That’s what we have to do. We have to limit the passing lanes, get after the QB, because you know the D-Line is coming. If we can hold our coverage for at least two, three seconds, they’ll get there.”

As for the offense, Maclin (hamstring) didn’t participate in the portion of practice against the defense. And the results were not good for Michael Vick and company. Vick held the ball quite a bit, unable to find open receivers. He fumbled on play-action once. Antonio Dixon knocked Jason Kelce into Vick for a sack. And on another play, Kelce’s snap came before Vick was ready and floated right past him.

Sloppy performance all around for the offense.

Other practice observations:

* Fight! Clay Harbor caught a shovel pass and rumbled into the end zone. That’s where he and Derek Landri got tangled up. Landri threw a punch, ripped Harbor’s helmet off and threw it in his direction. Harbor tossed the ball at Landri. I think it’s a good thing training camp’s almost over.

* If Howard Mudd’s decision to start King Dunlap over Demetress Bell was supposed to light a fire under Bell, I don’t think it worked. Bell got beat by Darryl Tapp for sacks on at least two occasions today.

* Jamar Chaney returned to practice, but did not participate fully. That means your first-team nickel linebackers were still DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks blitzed Vick on one play, forcing him to roll to his right and throw the ball away.

* Brian Rolle and Akeem Jordan ran with the second-team nickel.

* Things seem to just keep getting worse for Jaiquawn Jarrett. Tom Nelson rotated in with Oshiomogho Atogwe on the second team today. T-Mac has some details.

* Phillip Hunt continues to get first-team reps at left defensive end in place of Jason Babin.

* Brandon Graham went right around rookie Dennis Kelly to sack Nick Foles.

* At one point, Dixon was lined up at defensive tackle, but his laugh could be heard from the sidelines before the snap. The next second, Jim Washburn was yelling at Dixon to get going on the upcoming play. And the next second, Dixon was laying on the ground in apparent pain. It took him a few seconds to get up, but he returned to practice, and the team did not list him on the injury report.

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Eagles Release Depth Chart

Philadelphia Eagles running back Dion Lewis.The Eagles have released their depth chart for Thursday night’s preseason opener against the Steelers.

Not a lot of surprises, but here are some notes.


* The quarterbacks are listed as you’d expect behind Michael Vick: Mike Kafka, Nick Foles and Trent Edwards. Edwards’ days on the roster are clearly numbered. Kafka’s your backup. There’s no battle there.

* At running back, Dion Lewis is listed behind LeSean McCoy. Bryce Brown is third, and Chris Polk is fourth. Lewis has had an excellent camp and is the clear favorite to back up McCoy in the regular season. Brown has a good shot to make the roster, but Polk has shown flashes during recent practices. That’s still a competition to keep an eye on.

* Stanley Havili is the first-team fullback, ahead of Emil Igwenagu (second) and Jeremy Stewart (third).

* No surprises at wide receiver. Chad Hall is ahead of undrafted rookie free agent Damaris Johnson, but I think Johnson has a great shot of beating him out for a roster spot.

* Tight end is what you’d expect: Brent Celek, followed by Clay Harbor and Brett Brackett.

* Rookie Dennis Kelly is listed behind Todd Herremans at right tackle, but King Dunlap would be the first tackle off the bench at either spot in the regular season. He’ll likely be the only tackle active on gamedays. And don’t forget, Dunlap played guard last year too.

* Dallas Reynolds is listed as the backup center, but as Julian Vandervelde told me recently, all of the Eagles’ backup interior linemen who make the roster are going to be expected to play both guard and center. We’ll see if Vandervelde plays some center in Thursday night’s game.


* With Mike Patterson out, Derek Landri is listed as the first-team defensive tackle. That’s consistent with what we’ve seen out here at practice. Fletcher Cox and Antonio Dixon are the second-team defensive tackles. Cedric Thornton is third, although he has a shot to make the roster. Cullen Jenkins is listed as a first-team tackle, although he’s been playing some defensive end with Jason Babin sidelined.

* Brandon Graham and Darryl Tapp are your second-team defensive ends. Vinny Curry and Phillip Hunt are with the third team. Curry is a lock to make the roster. Hunt is battling for a spot.

* DeMeco Ryans, Brian Rolle and Mychal Kendricks are your starting linebackers. The Eagles were in nickel (two linebackers, five defensive backs) about 47 percent of the time last season. At the start of camp, Ryans and Rolle stayed on the field. Then it was Ryans and Jamar Chaney. With Chaney injured, it’s been Ryans and Kendricks.

* Keenan Clayton is third on the depth chart at WILL, behind Rolle and Chaney. Casey Matthews is the backup middle linebacker. Akeem Jordan is behind Kendricks at SAM.

* Slot cornerback is not listed, but Joselio Hanson still has a hold on the No. 1 spot there and will try to fight off rookie Brandon Boykin in the coming weeks.

* The safeties are what you’d expect. Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman are the starters, with Oshiomogho Atogwe and Jaiquawn Jarrett as the backups.


* Mat McBriar is listed as the first-team punter, ahead of Chas Henry. If McBriar is healthy, he is the favorite to win that job.

* Johnson is the first-team punt returner, and Boykin is the first-team kickoff returner. Special teams might be the No. 1 thing to watch on Thursday night. The Eagles need to get more out of their return games in 2012.

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‘Take No Prisoners’

When the first training camp fight of the year began to spread like wildfire, Michael Vick decided to step in and try to restore order. He immediately regretted his decision.

“Not no more. That’s over and done with. Can’t play peacemaker no more,” said Vick, fresh off one of the more spirited practices in recent memory. “I try to keep everything pretty much diplomatic around here but you can’t always do that. Tempers are going to flare and there’s a little attitude sometimes when you’re in the trenches, so I’ve got to stay out of there. I’m not strong enough to be in there.”

It wasn’t long into Sunday’s afternoon practice before a heavyweight bout broke out. It’s hard to separate bodies in a blur, but Derek Landri definitely starred in the fracas, and Jason Kelce and Demetress Bell appeared to be the main forces of opposition. Soon the scene swelled into a kinetic ball. Juan Castillo raced in on one side to try separate bodies, then a red jersey flashed in the gathering of green.

“I saw my tackle going after a guy, so it was me looking out for the defensive guy,” said Vick. “I didn’t want him to take a shot in the back – let it be a fair fight if there’s going to be a fight. I just tried to rush in and grab him and my arm got caught in the melee. I gutted it out, I gutted it out. I made it through.”

Bell’s adrenaline was still clearly pumping when he stopped to talk to reporters. He acknowledged that he never experienced a training camp practice quite like this in Buffalo.

“It was just very intense. It was football,” said Bell, his lip showing a small quiver. “Tempers flare. It’s hot, so tempers are going to flare up.”

Another fight broke out during seven-on-seven run drills, with Danny Watkins and linebacker Ryan Rau locking horns. Rau appeared to get off a couple punches (don’t think they connected) before the two were separated.

It was one of the more strenuous practices in recent memory. Andy Reid wants to push this team, and they are in the mood to push right back.

“Guys are a little upset from last year, and they’re taking it out now,” said Landri.

“Shoot, it’s now or never; take no prisoners.”

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