Depth Chart Projection: Eagles Offense

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys

The Eagles begin OTAs a week from today at the NovaCare Complex, so now seems like a good time to take a look at their depth chart.

We’ll do the offense today and the defense tomorrow. Before the big unveil, a few notes:

  • This is a beginning depth chart, not necessarily what I expect it to look like in early September.
  • Having said that, for the purpose of this exercise, we’ll assume that every player is healthy and in attendance.
  • Below the actual depth chart are position-by-position breakdowns. More than anything, this is meant to provide an overall look at where the roster stands, but there’s no harm in guessing where things might be headed in the coming months.

Without further ado… Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: A Bradford/Sanchez Hypothetical

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Today’s question comes from Doug, via email:

If the Eagles traded Sam Bradford for Cleveland’s No. 19 pick and drafted Byron Jones as well as Nelson Agholor, would they be a better team now (with Mark Sanchez as the starter)?  How about long-term?

You could pretty easily kill a happy hour debating this scenario, Doug.

There are many layers to the question, and part of the argument has to do with roster building. So let’s say for a moment that the Eagles were able to flip Bradford to the Browns for the No. 19 pick and Jones. Where would that leave them?

With a pretty fascinating secondary of Byron Maxwell, Jones, Eric Rowe and Malcolm Jenkins. That’s a massive upgrade in talent from a year ago. Jones and Rowe will probably go through growing pains as rookies, but in 2016 and beyond, those four could comprise a really good defensive backfield. Read more »

Sanchez Believes There Will Be An Open Competition For QB Spot

Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

When Mark Sanchez was re-signed back in March, sources close to both Sanchez and Nick Foles were expecting a quarterback competition for the starting job to be held this summer.

Things have obviously changed since then. Foles was dealt to St. Louis as part of a package for Sam Bradford, who is scheduled to make around $13 million this season. Given his price tag and the cost of acquisition, the common belief is that Bradford is the team’s clear-cut No. 1 when healthy.

Sanchez sees it differently. Read more »

Eagles Re-Sign Mark Sanchez

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles and Mark Sanchez have agreed on a two-year deal, a league source confirms. The contract contains $5.5 million guaranteed with a max value of $16 million if all incentives are met, per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.

Jon and Sean of 97.5 The Fanatic were the first to report the move.

A couple questions immediately come to mind with this signing:

1) Why would Sanchez — arguably the top free-agent quarterback of this class — re-sign unless he thought he had a legitimate chance to start?

2) Why would the Eagles give him that type of money if they were looking at him strictly as a backup?

Many have speculated that this is further evidence that a move for Marcus Mariota is on the horizon and that Nick Foles‘ time in Philly is coming to an end. Read more »

Inside Voices: Graham Not Out Of Picture

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The league year begins in just over a week. Here’s the latest Eagles buzz as free agency approaches and the draft draws closer:

* The Eagles still have interest in re-signing Brandon Graham. The two sides are expected to meet early this week, we’re told, presumably to try and knock out a deal.

It’s understandable why the Eagles would want to hold onto the 26-year-old. He has had a high production rate in two years under Chip Kelly, turned into a solid special teams contributor this past season and is already familiar with the system and culture. Without him, they would likely have to dive into the free-agent pool for help. And while they could theoretically grab someone like Jason Worilds, whom they’ve shown interest in previously, they would probably have to overspend to get him. Read more »

Eagles Offseason Outlook: Quarterback

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

Nick Foles and Matt Barkley are under contract, while Mark Sanchez is scheduled to become a free agent.

Foles has become a polarizing figure around these parts. Critics will point out that he completed just 59.8 percent of his passes (26th), averaged 6.96 YPA (26th) and had 10 interceptions to go along with four fumbles in eight games. He was 19th in Football Outsiders’ DYAR metric that ranks quarterbacks.

Supporters will argue that he was playing with a banged-up offensive line, didn’t have the benefit of a quality run game and has already shown in 2013 that he can play at a high level. Read more »

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