Updated Eagles Depth Chart Projections: How does Tartt fit in?

Training camp is right around the corner, folks, which means depth chart projections for our Philadelphia Eagles will be abundant.

The team has made a few more moves since our last depth chart projection, namely signing corner James Bradberry and safety Jaquiski Tartt. The rest of the projected depth chart will remain the same, with a few minor tweaks sprinkled in here and there.

So without further ado, let’s get right into it.

Quarterback: Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew, Carson Strong

No changes here. Jalen Hurts will be the starter entering the season, Gardner Minshew will be the primary backup, and undrafted free agent Carson Strong will fill out the depth chart as a developmental piece. As always, the front office has prioritized a strong quarterbacks room.

Running Back: Miles Sanders, Kenneth Gainwell, Boston Scott, Jason Huntley

The top-three backs on the depth chart shouldn’t surprise anyone. It’s the fourth and final spot that’s still up for grabs. It’ll likely come down to Jason Huntley or undrafted rookie Kennedy Brooks. My money is going on Huntley here, mostly due to his experience in the Eagles system and his rare combination of speed and quickness. This isn’t set in stone, though; Huntley will still need to have a strong camp to solidify his status. Brooks is a bruising north-south runner, so if the Eagles want to keep a legitimate power back on the roster to fill the vacancy left by Jordan Howard, they could opt to keep Brooks around as opposed to Huntley. Only time will tell.

Wide Receiver: DeVonta Smith, A.J. Brown, Quez Watkins, Jalen Reagor, Zach Pascal, Devon Allen

Like the running back group, the top-three wideouts are set in stone with Smith, Brown, and Watkins. Behind them, there are still a few questions. The fanbase is pretty clearly out on Jalen Reagor at this point, but he still has potential. Slotting him in as the WR4 will take the pressure off and allow Reagor to play to his strengths. At the bottom of the depth chart, we have one major change — inserting Devon Allen in place of Greg Ward. I like Ward, don’t get me wrong, but Allen is by far the most intriguing undrafted free agent on the Eagles roster and he has something the Eagles put a lot of value into: speed. He’s probably the fastest player on the team and if he’s utilized correctly, could be a sneaky weapon for the Eagles offense moving forward.

Tight End: Dallas Goedert, Grant Calcaterra, Jack Stoll

No major changes here, with the exception of leaving Tyree Jackson off the list. Due to his injury setbacks last season, it’ll be pretty difficult for him to make the final roster this year. Especially with the addition of Grant Calcaterra.

Right Tackle: Lane Johnson, Jack Driscoll, Le’Raven Clark

The Eagles offensive line depth chart is essentially set in stone. Lane Johnson is one of the best tackles in football, Jack Driscoll is a proven utility lineman who can play multiple positions, and Le’Raven Clark is a fine RT3 to have filling out the depth chart.

Right Guard: Isaac Seumalo, Jack Driscoll, Kayode Awosika

There was a point in the offseason when I believed Driscoll could potentially start here, but with Isaac Seumalo still on the roster just one month out from camp, that seems pretty unlikely now. Besides, Seumalo is a fine starter. Even if he is the ‘worst’ starting lineman on the roster, that’s not really saying much. He’s a top-15 guard in the league.

Center: Jason Kelce, Cam Jurgens, Brett Toth

Jason Kelce will be the starting center in Philly until the day he retires. Behind him, we have rookie Cam Jurgens, who will serve as the heir apparent to Kelce. How long he’ll have to wait until he gets that opportunity is yet to be determined, but Jurgens is certainly in good hands learning behind a future Hall of Famer and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

Left Guard: Landon Dickerson, Sua Opeta

Landon Dickerson will be the starting left guard in Philly for years to come. If he can develop his pass blocking skills, he’ll be a Pro Bowler in no time. Sua Opeta got some run last year when Dickerson and Seumalo were injured. Like most of the depth along the Eagles offensive line, he’s an exceptional backup to have.

Left Tackle: Jordan Mailata, Andre Dillard

Remember when these two were in an open competition for the starting left tackle spot? It feels like a lifetime ago, mostly because Mailata has exceeded everyone’s expectations and is already among the best left tackles in the game. Dillard is still a fine player in his own right, but he never lived up to the hype of being a first-round pick and now he’s just a high end backup. With Dillard’s rookie contract expiring after the season, don’t be shocked if he’s traded at the deadline.

Left Defensive End: Brandon Graham, Tarron Jackson

Yes, Haason Reddick will likely get some run along the edge, but for depth chart purposes, he’ll be listed as the SAM linebacker. Brandon Graham coming back will be huge for the Eagles defensive line. They never lived up to their potential last season and a big part of that was the absence of Graham. Tarron Jackson should get some more playing time in his second year as well.

Defensive Tackle: Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Jordan Davis, Milton Williams

The Eagles, on paper, are stacked along the interior of their defensive line. Entering the second year under Jonathan Gannon, both Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave should be more comfortable in his scheme, and in turn be more productive. Both Milton Williams and Jordan Davis could probably start for a handful of other teams across the league. Having those two rotate in in appropriate situations should make the interior of this defensive line very dangerous.

Right Defensive End: Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett, Matt Leo

Josh Sweat, somewhat surprisingly, made his first Pro Bowl in 2021. Even if that does come as a surprise, he certainly has the potential to be a double-digit sack guy in the near future. Not many fans are excited to have Derek Barnett back in the fold, but as a rotational piece, he’s a fine edge rusher to have and provides solid depth behind the starters.

WILL Linebacker: Kyzir White, Davion Taylor, JaCoby Stevens

Davion Taylor did some nice things in year two in 2021, but the signing of Kyzir White may hinder how much playing time he sees in 2022. White brings a lot to the table as a WILL backer. He’s fast, explosive, and has a nose for the football. He has the best coverage ability of any backer on the team right now, which should give him the edge over Taylor early on. Taylor will have a chance to earn the starting spot in camp. We’ll have to wait and see how it unfolds.

MIKE Linebacker: T.J. Edwards, Nakobe Dean, Shaun Bradley

While I believe Nakobe Dean will eventually be the starter here, T.J. Edwards did enough last season to solidify his spot in the Eagles defense. He and Dean could see the field at the same time in certain packages as well. By season’s end, these two could be splitting time as the primary MIKE backer.

SAM Linebacker: Haason Reddick, Kyron Johnson, Patrick Johnson

Haason Reddick should be a force for the Eagles as soon as he hits the field. He’s a no brainer starter here. Behind him, sixth-round pick Kyron Johnson gets the nod over Patrick Johnson. He’s a fast, explosive pass rusher who can do a handful of different things as the SAM backer. I still like what Patrick Johnson brings to the table, but Kyron Johnson’s ceiling is a bit higher.

Left Cornerback: Darius Slay, Zech McPhearson, Tay Gowan

Darius Slay is the starter here, we all know that. Now that Bradberry is in the fold, that will allow both Zech McPhearson and Tay Gowan to continue their development as backups. They both have potential, but inserting them into the starting lineup now would not be ideal.

Right Cornerback: James Bradberry, Tay Gowan, Kary Vincent Jr.

James Bradberry should be a great fit opposite of Slay. Facing No. 2 wide receivers as opposed to No. 1 guys should only help with his production.

Nickel Cornerback: Avonte Maddox, Josiah Scott, Mario Goodrich

Avonte Maddox had a resurgent season as the team’s nickel corner last year and he’ll remain in that role for the foreseeable future. Behind him, Josiah Scott is another natural slot who backed up Maddox last season. That should continue into 2022. Then we have undrafted free agent Mario Goodrich, who can play a handful of positions in the secondary. Placing him at the nickel makes sense for the time being.

Free Safety: Anthony Harris, Andre Chachere, Reed Blankenship

With Anthony Harris coming back for a second year, he should resume his role as Gannon’s free safety. The depth behind him is pretty bleak, but Andre Chachere has proven to be a versatile player who can fill in on occasion. Reed Blankenship is the undrafted rookie of the group and due to the low amount of depth at the position, he gets the nod as a third safety.

Strong Safety: Jaquiski Tartt, Marcus Epps, K’Von Wallace

Jaquiski Tartt should be penciled in as the starter opposite of Anthony Harris from day one. He’s a pure coverage safety who gives the Eagles a reliable veteran presence on the backend of their secondary. Now that Marcus Epps won’t be forced into that role, he’ll be able to continue playing the third safety role where he can roam closer to the line scrimmage and play to his strengths. K’Von Wallace is someone to keep an eye on. We haven’t seen a whole lot of him throughout his two years with the team, but with a strong camp, he could carve out a role for himself in Jonathan Gannon’s defense.

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