The Philadelphia Eagles‘ 53-man roster is now set. Let’s take a look at the depth chart.
The quarterback depth chart is pretty cut and dry with Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley making the cut. This gives the Eagles a good situation depth-wise at quarterback in case of injury.
At running back, the Eagles boast great overall depth and talent. LeSean “Shady” McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk form as talented a trio of running backs as there is in the league.
Wide receiver has had four positions locked in for much of camp in DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant and Damaris Johnson. Jeff Maehl surprisingly makes the cut as the fifth wideout.
The tight end position is loaded with talent with James Casey, Zach Ertz, and the incumbent veteran Brent Celek. Emil Igwenagu was a surprise inclusion on the 53-man roster at the expense of Clay Harbor.
The offensive line is nine deep with starters Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans and newcomer Lane Johnson. The top reserve is Allan Barbre, and also making the cut are Julian Vandervelde, Dennis Kelly and rookie surprise Matt Tobin.
The defensive line is seven deep, while the outside linebacker position is awful thin with only three kept. Kept along the defensive line are starters Fletcher Cox, Isaac Sopoaga and Cedric Thornton.
The top reserves are Vinny Curry, Clifton Geathers, Bennie Logan and Damion Square. The linebacker position includes inside linebackers Mychal Kendricks and Demeco Ryans as your starters. Reserves include Emmanuel Acho, undrafted rookie Jake Knott and Casey Matthews in a bit of a surprise.
The Eagles surprisingly kept 11 defensive backs. They include starting cornerbacks Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boykin. Reserve corners include Curtis Marsh, Jordan Poyer and Brandon Hughes, two of whom are injured with broken hands.
The Eagles kept five safeties, including starters Nate Allen and Patrick Chung. Reserves include special teams demon Colt Anderson, rookie Earl Wolff and roster holdover Kurt Coleman, who just made the cut.
The depth chart is now set. GM Howie Roseman has a big board, much like he does in the war room during the draft, of the best available waiver wire players. The GM and head coach Chip Kelly‘s jobs are certainly not done. For now, the Eagles’ final 53 is set. Don’t blink. Many more roster movers are sure to come in the following days.