When the Philadelphia Eagles re-signed Nate Allen to a one-year contract this offseason, he was given no assurances of keeping his starting job at safety. Should Allen eventually lose out to 2013 fifth-round pick Earl Wolff, or even rookie Ed Reynolds, it will come as little surprise.
That’s not necessarily the case elsewhere on the Eagles roster, where 21 of 22 starting spots seem all but settled. Or if they're not set in stone, their names are certainly written at the top of the depth chart in ink. So, if anybody else were to lose their starting job, it would be shocking, right?
Not necessarily. The truth is jobs are always up for grabs in the NFL, whether the head coach announces a competition or not. The best players are going to play, and in Philadelphia, the best player may not be a projected starter just yet.
A number of players may walk into Lincoln Financial Field this September thinking their spot in the lineup is assured. Come December, though, that may not be the case. Here are five Eagles who could find themselves on the bench after all—either as a result of their own declining play, at the hands of an ascending talent or both.