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Philadelphia Eagles: Projecting the Team's 2011 Depth Chart

Bob QuaintanceContributor IJanuary 25, 2017

Philadelphia Eagles: Projecting the Team's 2011 Depth Chart

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles makes notes during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 22, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Eagles defeated the Bears 24-20. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Ima
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    With the 2011 NFL Draft in the books, the Philadelphia Eagles have managed to load their team with fresh faces and young talent.

    Obviously, the final roster is far from complete, but unfortunately, the NFL lockout has prevented any further offseason additions.

    However, it's still fun to speculate how the Week 1 depth chart will look.

    The defensive side of the ball looks to be in for a bit of an overhaul, and a few other surprises are sure to pepper the final roster.

    With that said, let's dive in and take a position-by-position look at the projected 2011 Eagles depth chart.

Quarterback

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Starter: Michael Vick

    No. 2: (Free Agent)

    No. 3: Mike Kafka

    After a near-MVP season, Michael Vick will be back in a starting role for the Eagles in 2011.

    As for his backups, Kevin Kolb is sure to be on the next flight out of Philadelphia as soon as the free agent market opens, so the only question is: Who will replace him as the primary backup?

    There are a few viable veteran options sure to be circulating through free agency, such as Troy Smith or even Matt Leinart.

    Unfortuantely, the Eagles will be unable to land a guy like Marc Bulger with such a strong demand for starting quarterbacks. Still, chances are, they'll find their man via free agency.

    Second-year man Mike Kafka will bring up the rear of the quarterback corps. Although promising, he'll still need at least another season before he is polished enough to be a solid number two.

Halfback

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Colts 26-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac
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    Starter: LeSean McCoy

    No. 2: Dion Lewis

    No. 3: Eldra Buckley

    Starting halfback LeSean McCoy will be back for another shot at the Pro Bowl in 2011.

    Backing him up will be fellow Pitt product Dion Lewis, who can provide a nice change of pace in short yardage situations.

    As usual, third-stringer Eldra Buckley will fill in as the special teams and emergency back.

    However, expect him to be challenged by a free agent or two during training camp.

Fullback

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Owen Schmitt #32 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a 5-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against Brian Cushing #56 of the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylv
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    Starter: Owen Schmitt

    A few days ago, Leonard Weaver tweeted that he would be "a long shot" to return for the 2011 season due to his horrific knee injury.

    With him unfortunately out of the picture, the Eagles will have to rely on their more-than-capable backup Owen Schmitt going forward.

    Although the team drafted USC fullback Stanley Havili in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, his lack of blocking prowess will likely keep him from making the final roster.

    Perhaps he will be "redshirted" and forced to spend a season on injured reserve as his skills continue to develop, but there is a very small chance he takes over for Schmitt in 2011.

Tight End

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Brent Celek #87 of the Philadelphia Eagles in action against the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field on December 28, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Starter: Brent Celek

    No. 2: Clay Harbor

    No. 3: Cornelius Ingram

    Although he had a relatively down year in terms of statistics, Brent Celek will return in a starting role for the 2011 season.

    Backing him up, by default, will be second year man Clay Harbor, who will try to emerge as a reliable blocker.

    Bruising receiver Cornelius Ingram will get his second chance with the team as he looks to bounce back from yet another ACL tear.

Wide Receiver

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs in the game winning touchdown on a punt return against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Ni
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    Starters: DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin

    Slot: Jason Avant

    No. 4: Riley Cooper

    No. 5: Sinorice Moss

    Since the Eagles declined to add any personnel to the wide receiver position in the draft, their depth chart will remain fairly similar to last year's lineup.

    The only difference is that Chad Hall, who struggled in the return game and as a gadget player, will be supplanted by the newly-acquired speedster Sinorice Moss.

Offensive Tackle

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Jason Peters #71 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Indianapolis Colts on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Colts 26-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Starters: Jason Perers, Winston Justice

    No. 2: King Dunlap

    No. 3: Austin Howard

    Surprisingly, the Eagles seem fairly content with their offensive tackles, choosing instead to focus on upgrading their interior line through the draft.

    Thankfully, they're set at left tackle for years to come, thanks to the 2009 addition of Jason Peters.

    Although it's reportedly up in the air as to whether Justice or Dunlap will start on the right side, Justice currently has the edge due to his additional experience and adequate performance throughout most of the 2010 season.

    An undrafted rookie in 2010, the massive Austin Howard will continue living the dream as a backup, although he'll push for more playing time during his second year.

Offensive Guard

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Todd Herremans #79 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Indianapolis Colts on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Colts 26-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Image
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    Starters: Todd Herremans, Danny Watkins

    Backups: Max Jean-Gilles, Julian Vandervelde

    Look for perennially-snubbed Pro Bowler Todd Herremans to continue his dominance at the left guard position, while first-round pick Danny Watkins takes over the right side.

    Fifth-round draft pick Julian Vandervelde will bring his finesse to the table as a replacement for Reggie Wells and Max Jean-Gilles will use his versatility to back up both positions.

Center

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Mike McGlynn #77 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Indianapolis Colts on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Colts 26-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Starter: Mike McGlynn

    Backup: Jason Kelce

    After his second season-ending injury in as many seasons, former starting center Jamaal Jackson will likely depart from Philadelphia at the ripe old age of 30.

    Mike McGlynn will look to continue his progression as a starting NFL center, while lightweight Jason Kelce will use his impressive speed and quickness to bring a variety to the backup slot.

Defensive End

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Derek Hagan #85 of the New York Giants runs against Trent Cole #58 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game on December 19, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Get
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    Starters: Trent Cole, Brandon Graham

    No. 3/4: Juqua Parker, Darryl Tapp

    No. 5/6: Phillip Hunt, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim

    Although he will eventually start across from the prolific Trent Cole, second-year man Brandon Graham will need time to recover from his season-ending ACL tear.

    In the meantime, reliable veteran Juqua Parker will provide a stable presence to the young defensive end rotation.

    Look for new defensive line coach to get the most out of the likes of Darryl Tapp and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, who contributed in limited form last year.

    CFL recruit Phillip Hunt has a lot to prove, but appears to have the skill needed to become a productive pass-rusher in the NFL.

    He'll have a home on the roster come September.

Defensive Tackle

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  Antonio Dixon #90 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Indianapolis Colts on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Colts 26-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
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    Starters: Antonio Dixon, Mike Patterson

    No. 3: Brodrick Bunkley

    No. 4: Trevor Laws

    After supplanting Brodrick Bunkley as the starting right defensive tackle in the middle of last season, Antonio Dixon will continue his high level of play and earn a starting spot in Juan Castillo's new defense.

    Mike Patterson will continue his solid run-stuffing play along the line, backed up by Brodrick Bunkley and Trevor Laws, who will be rotated in during certain situations.

    Also look for the Eagles to keep promising second-year man Jeff Owens, who will likely start off the season on the PUP list, on speed dial.

Outside Linebacker

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants is sacked by Moise Fokou #53 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game on December 19, 2010 at The New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Ge
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    Starters: Moise Fokou, Casey Matthews

    Backups: Rashad Jeanty, Brian Rolle

    The linebacker position will find itself in a rebuilding mode after a sub-par 2010 campaign that will likely cost veterans Ernie Sims and Akeem Jordan their jobs.

    Moise Fokou was one of the few solid performers in the linebacking corps, and will be given another chance at the SAM position.

    Fourth-round pick Casey Matthews, a fit at either the WILL or MIKE positions, will ultimately find himself on the outside due to need at the position.

    The Eagles brought in a wealth of depth at linebacker, and Jeanty and Rolle will fill in nicely at the backup SAM and WILL positions, respectively.

Middle Linebacker

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 29: In this 2010 photo provided by the NFL, Jamar Chaney of the Philadelphia Eagles poses for an NFL headshot on Thursday, April 29, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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    Starter: Jamar Chaney

    Backup: Greg Lloyd

    After proving himself towards the end of 2010, Jamar Chaney will be invited back for a second season as the Eagles' starting middle linebacker.

    As for the backup position, with Stewart Bradley's contract expiring, the Eagles may opt to go with the cheaper option in seventh-round pick Greg Lloyd.

    Although Lloyd's legacy won't get him too far, his big, physical play could certainly be enough for him to squeeze onto the roster as a backup.

Cornerback

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    PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 20: Asante Samuel #22 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes after catching a second quarter interception against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Lah
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    Starters: Asante Samuel, Trevard Lindley

    Nickel: Joselio Hanson

    Dime: Curtis Marsh

    Special Teams: Brandon Hughes

    After a promising year as a backup Trevard Lindley will be given a chance to start at right cornerback (barring a signing of Nnamdi Asomugha).

    Hanson will resume his reliable role as a nickel back, while third-round pick Curtis Marsh will be given playing time in dime packages while he develops his NFL skill set.

    Second-year man Brandon Hughes, a midseason pickup from the Giants' practice squad, showed promise during his starting role in the Week 17 game against the Cowboys.

    He'll be invited back for a second year.

Safety

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans scores on a 14-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against Nate Allen #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylv
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    Starters: Nate Allen, Jaiquawn Jarrett

    No. 3: Kurt Coleman

    No. 4: Colt Anderson

    Despite suffering a torn patellar tendon late last season, Allen appears to be ready for action by Week 1.

    Expect him to resume his starting free safety role, flanked by second-round tackling machine Jaiquawn Jarrett on the strong side.

    The promising young Kurt Coleman will back up both positions, with special teams ace Colt Anderson continuing to light up punt returners as a gunner.

Specialists

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 5:  Kicker Alex Henery of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches his field goal in the first quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Cowboys Stadium on December 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Kicker: Alex Henrey

    Punter: Sav Rocca

    Long Snapper: Jon Dorenbos

    After getting drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, it's clear that Alex Henery is destined to be the Eagles' new franchise kicker.

    Sav Rocca will likely be challenged by an undrafted rookie during training camp, but will return for a fifth season after improving his consistency last season.

    Veteran Jon Dorenbos will continue to lend his stable presence to the long snapper position.

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