Saturday, May 16, 2015

Eagles 2015 Projected Depth Chart-Offense

Courtesy of Yahoo Sports, I recently came across the projected depth chart for the Eagles' offense heading into the 2015 season as copied below.

• Wide Receiver
1. Nelson Agholor
2. Josh Huff

• Wide Receiver
1. Riley Cooper
2. Jeff Maehl

• Wide Receiver
1. Jordan Matthews
2. Miles Austin

• Left Offensive Tackle
1. Jason Peters
2. Andrew Gardner

• Left Offensive Guard
1. Evan Mathis
2. Dennis Kelly

• Center
1. Jason Kelce
2. David Molk

• Right Offensive Guard
1. Matt Tobin
2. Josh Andrews

• Right Offensive Tackle
1. Lane Johnson
2. Allen Barbre

• Tight End
1. Zach Ertz
2. Brent Celek

• Quarterback
1. Sam Bradford
2. Mark Sanchez

• Running Back
1. DeMarco Murray
2. Ryan Mathews

My first thought was that things look pretty good... On Paper!!!! My next thought was that this unit should be able to put some serious points on the board if all the No. 1's on this list can stay on the field for the full 16-game regular season schedule. Most importantly this would include the Eagles' new starting quarterback Sam Bradford and running back DeMarco Murray.

Bradford has been injury plagued for most of his NFL career and before Murray had his break-out season in 2014, he also missed time due to injury. The other concern from a health standpoint is the offensive line. In Chip Kelly's first season as head coach, the starting five lineman played as a complete unit almost the entire season. Last year this was more like a MASH unit as multiple injuries took their toll as the season wore on. The starting five on this year's list looks pretty solid, but depth remains a major concern seeing how Kelly decided not to address this need in the recent NFL Draft.

The Eagles' receiving corps has also been altered over the past year with the departure of DeSean Jackson in the 2014 offseason and Jeremy Maclin this offseason. The Birds have to hope that second-year vet Jordan Matthews continues to develop as an emerging star in this league and that first round draft pick Nelson Agholor can make an immediate impact right out of the gate. The tight end situation remains solid and the Eagles still have Darren Sproules as another weapon.

Like I already said, things look good on paper and if everything goes according to plan I would expect this unit to once again be one of the highest scoring offenses in the NFL. Next week, I will take a closer side at the other side of the ball with a defense that has also gone through somewhat of a makeover especially in the secondary.

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