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Philadelphia Eagles Safety Depth Chart

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Philadelphia Eagles Safety Depth Chart

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Since the departure of all-time Philadelphia Eagles great Brian Dawkins four years ago, the safety position has been in question. Numerous names have been floated as the answer to the problem, but none have really stepped up to fill the void. The beginning of the 2013 season brings yet another chance for someone to take the reins and lead the defense.

Returning for another season in Eagles’ green, Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman and Colt Anderson are sure to provide more of what is already known. Each has already been given plenty of opportunity to become the mainstay over the past few years, yet none have demonstrated the effectiveness or consistency that is expected of Philadelphia football. A new system may provide them with a different outlook on things, but chances are more of the same can be expected when any of the three are on the field.

Free agent acquisition Patrick Chung possesses the most experience among a young group and has brought some consistency to the position throughout the preseason. He has added a tackling dimension to a defense which has lacked that presence since the days of Dawkins. He seems to be willing to take the leadership role, but only time will tell if he can fill the vacancy and if others will follow.

The final piece to the puzzle, Earl Wolff, was acquired through the 2013 draft as a selection in the fifth round. Wolff has quickly become a player to watch on defense, bringing to the field a tackle and play reading ability that he demonstrated in college and has translated to the NFL. Wolff lacks the experience of any of the other choices at safety, but he does bring certain abilities that cannot be found in his counterparts. He should see significant time throughout and get his feet wet early in the season.

Overall, the safety corps doesn’t seem like anything to write home about, especially in comparison to ‘B-Dawk,’ but time will tell if gaining experience in a new system will assist in them developing as a group and beginning to rebuild the position in Philadelphia.

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5. Colt Anderson

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Colt Anderson will serve in his fourth year for the Philadelphia Eagles at the safety position. He will most likely be a background player behind the likes of Patrick Chung and Kurt Coleman at the free safety position and probably won’t see much game action. He has contributed in each of his seasons as an Eagle, albeit in a minimal role, and should be looked upon the same in 2013. Although it may have come as a surprise to see him make the cut as Saturday came and went, he will only figure into a supportive role in the secondary while most likely being used to help on special teams.

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4. Kurt Coleman

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Kurt Coleman rejoins the team for a fourth year, coming off his best season as a pro in 2012. His ability to put a big hit on at the end of a play is something that Philadelphia fans have come to expect, however, the other aspects of his game need to improve if he is to see more time roaming the secondary. Coleman has been given many opportunities to shine, due to injuries in the past, and is more than capable of stepping up to meet a challenge when presented with the chance.

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3. Nate Allen

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Nate Allen returns to the Eagles for his fourth season. Of the group, he has definitely taken the role of most disappointing as he was originally anointed as the successor to Dawkins when he was drafted in 2010. Allen has never really stepped into the role but has earned another chance under new head coach Chip Kelly. Look for Allen to split much of the time with rookie Earl Wolff at the strong safety position, but don’t be surprised to see more of the same from him in 2013.

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2. Earl Wolff

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Earl Wolff has been thrust into the spotlight, competing for and most likely winning a starting job in his rookie campaign. His ability to read a play early and complete tackles gives him a leg up on the rest of the competition at the position. Look for him to gain confidence which will come along with the experience he will receive this year. He may just be the answer the Eagles have been searching for at safety, but only time will tell if he will grow to fit the mold.

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1. Patrick Chung

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Patrick Chung joins the Philadelphia Eagles safety group after spending four seasons with the New England Patriots. His immediate impact in the tackling aspect of the defense will surely be appreciated as well as his quick pursuit of the ball. Chung immediately becomes the No. 1 at the position and will be asked to carry much of the load as the season progresses. His success will directly affect how well the Eagles defense will perform as a whole.