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A breakdown of Eagles' first 2018 unofficial depth chart

A breakdown of Eagles' first 2018 unofficial depth chart

The Eagles are about to play a preseason game on Thursday night, so with it comes the first unofficial depth chart of the summer. 

While the depth charts are distributed by the Eagles, it’s not like Doug Pederson is putting it together. It’s actually done by the public relations staff. But it’s the first depth chart we’ve seen so let’s take a look (with a giant grain of salt). 

Here are some things that stand out: 

• The injured guys are still on there, so Alshon Jeffery and Tim Jernigan are still starters. If the depth chart was updated based on what’s been happening at practice, Mack Hollins would be the starter in Jeffery’s spot opposite Mike Wallace and Destiny Vaeao would be the starter in Jernigan’s spot next to Fletcher Cox. 

• Nate Gerry is listed as the starting weakside linebacker ahead of Kamu Grugier-Hill. That is totally fair based on practice; while KGH has played really well, Gerry has gotten most of the first-team reps. That’s the spot the Eagles had to fill after moving on from Mychal Kendricks. 

• While Gerry is listed as a starter, the Eagles are more often in their nickel package. This depth chart doesn’t account for that, but if it did, Sidney Jones would probably be listed as the NCB. He’s gotten the most first-team reps there this summer. 

• I know Michael Bennett has been working with the second team all training camp, but it’s still shocking to see his name listed with the twos. That’s how deep the Eagles are at DE. They have a Pro Bowler coming off the bench. 

• Darren Sproles is listed as the punt returner and kick returner. With the new kickoff rules, Sproles should be able to do both. Kickoffs are going to be a lot more like punts this year and Sproles will be helped by the new rule. 

• You might be surprised to see Greg Ward listed as the backup behind Nelson Agholor, but in Agholor’s absence at practice today, Ward took reps there. He has a chance to make the roster. 

• Dallas Goedert is already listed as the No. 2 tight end. No surprise there. He’s going to play a lot. 

• Some guy named Carson Wentz is listed as QB1. Remember him? 

Here’s the full depth chart: 

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Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

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Lane Johnson is a Pro Bowler after all.

Johnson, snubbed in the original Pro Bowl announcement, has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as an alternate, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio.

This is Johnson’s third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. There was no word on which offensive lineman dropped out of the game.

It was a little surprising that Johnson didn't make the team initially. He's considered one of the NFL's most dominating right tackles and was a first-team all-pro in 2017.

He didn't seem thrilled when the original team was announced a month ago:

Johnson missed the last three games of the regular season and the playoff loss to the Seahawks with a high ankle sprain, and it’s unknown whether he’ll be able to play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando.

But for the purposes of bonuses and status, he’s now officially a three-time Pro Bowler.

Johnson becomes the seventh offensive lineman in Eagles history selected to three or more Pro Bowls.

Jason Peters was picked to seven between the 2009 and 2016 seasons. Tra Thomas, Bob Brown, Bucko Kilroy, Jason Kelce, Jim Ringo and Brandon Brooks have all been picked to three.

The 29-year-old Johnson becomes the Eagles’ sixth Pro Bowler, joining Brooks, Kelce, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz and Rick Lovato.

Johnson, the fourth pick in the 2013 draft, recently signed a contract extension that runs through 2025.

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Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

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On Monday night, the Dolphins announced their 2020 coaching staff and there was a notable omission.

No Jim Caldwell.

So now the 65-year-old former head coach, OC and quarterbacks coach has plenty of free time if the Eagles want to interview him for their offensive coordinator opening (if they haven’t already).

According to ESPN, Caldwell is interested in coaching after missing the 2019 season for health reasons.

Shortly after the Eagles fired Mike Groh earlier this month, ESPN’s Tim McManus mentioned Caldwell and Kevin O’Connell as candidates. O’Connell has since joined the Los Angeles Rams as their offensive coordinator, a position that is somewhat like the one in Philly because the head coach is the primary play-caller.

Earlier on Monday, we learned that USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who interviewed with the Eagles, is expected to return to Southern California for next season. So cross him off the list.

Caldwell is an intriguing name because of his history with quarterbacks. It would make sense for the next offensive coordinator to be someone who could have a positive influence on Carson Wentz as he enters what should be the prime of his career.

While candidates like Harrell and Chiefs offensive coordinator Mike Kafka are fast-risers in the coaching world, Caldwell has been coaching longer they’ve been alive. He has an impressive resume.

Caldwell has been an NFL head coach twice (Colts and Lions) and was the quarterbacks coach with the Colts from 2002-08. Peyton Manning went to nine straight Pro Bowls with Caldwell coaching him.

The Eagles are taking their time choosing a coach but their brass is in Mobile, Alabama, this week for the Senior Bowl and that can often be an opportunity to meet with several coaches within a few days. It would make plenty of sense if Caldwell is on their list; and now his schedule should be wide open.

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