With training camp now under way, here's a look at how the Eagles' final 53-man roster could pan out:
A year ago, Foles competed for the starting job with Michael Vick. Now the competition is between Sanchez and Barkley for the No. 2 spot. Sanchez has had the edge on Barkley throughout OTAs and the early part of training camp. His surgically repaired shoulder appears to be holding up just fine.
RUNNING BACKS (4)
It won’t be surprising if the Eagles go with only three backs here, as Chip Kelly has been talking Sproles up as a running back since signing him. Tucker has the lead early in camp, since he was here last year. But Henry Josey and David Fluellen have the preseason to draw some attention from Kelly.
WIDE RECEIVERS (5)
This is a confusing position because of all the offseason churn. DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant are gone. Cooper is more established. Maclin is returning from injury. Matthews could develop into the best of the bunch. Ifeanyi Momah and Jeff Maehl are in the mix, too.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
Ertz should continue his ascent to the No. 1 slot here, but Celek’s completeness as a blocker and receiver make him tough to write off. It wouldn’t be shocking if somebody (Emil Igwenagu?) persuaded Kelly to move on from Casey, who probably wonders why he signed in Philadelphia last year.
OFFENSIVE LINE (10)
With Julian Vandervelde having surgery on his back, Molk moved up the depth chart. The Eagles have plenty of bodies behind the starting tackles and guards, but rely on one backup to Kelce.
DEFENSIVE LINE (7)
This is actually a tough group to project. I added Curry, because he keeps getting to quarterbacks, but couldn't really subtract anyone (I took a safety off). Square has looked more like a regular since camp began. The coaches seemed high on Hart, who played for Kelly and line coach Jerry Azzinaro at Oregon. Allen looked really good in Chicago.
I finally broke down and put Graham on here. It seemed like the former first-round pick would eventually be moved somewhere he could play defensive end, his natural position. But Graham continues to get pressure on QBs, and that is something the Eagles can't take for granted.
That seems like a lot of safeties, but Maragos was signed for special teams, and the coaches like Reynolds enough to carry the fifth-round pick as he develops. Johnson has looked sharp since returning from his arrest-related time off at the start of camp.
In Year 2 of a total redo at this position, the Eagles will let merit sort things out with this group. Williams and Fletcher were adequate last year but now have Carroll pushing them both. Boykin established himself as a solid nickel corner. The coaches are high on Watkins, a rookie from Florida. Roc Carmichael seems to be falling short in his quest to make the roster.
These three mainstays all figure to be back. Henery is working on kickoffs, which would help the coverage unit immensely. Jones had a solid season punting the ball and Dorenbos remains automatic at long-snapping.