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Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Position Battles to Keep an Eye on This Summer
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The Philadelphia Eagles almost have their starting core intact.

The offensive line was set for the next three or four years—at least until Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon. The linebacker picture started to come in clearer after the Eagles acquired DeMeco Ryans.

The Eagles skill player positions are completely set after they were able to re-sign DeSean Jackson long term. He will line up opposite of Jeremy Maclin, with Brent Celek at tight end, LeSean McCoy in the backfield and Michael Vick under center.

The defense is pretty set as well. They earned their fair share of the blame for what happened last season, but with a more experienced defensive coordinator things should only improve. Ryans will help shore up the run defense at the very least.

A healthy Nate Allen has the potential to have a huge year as well.

Brian Rolle's play last season earned him the weak side linebacker spot for the time being. With Ryans already guaranteed the starting MIKE linebacker position as well, the strong side linebacker spot will be an open competition this season. Kurt Coleman may also get some stiff competition this summer, but most likely only from last year's second-round pick Jaiquawn Jarrett.

A couple of really important depth positions are also wide open.

Dion Lewis showed a lot of promise at running back last season, but hasn't proved enough to be guaranteed to be McCoy's backup. Mike Kafka is almost the exact same story at quarterback. Both players are the favorite to win a backup job this season, but not without some stiff competition.

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