Normally, the Eagles’ first unofficial depth chart comes before their first preseason game of the summer.
This season is obviously not normal.
Without the preseason, we have pushed this futile exercise back about a month. With the game in Washington in Week 1 looming, the Eagles have put out their first unofficial depth chart for the 2020 team.
While this depth chart is put together by the public relations staff, it can sometimes be a window into the way players are generally viewed by the organization. So don’t read too much into it … but there are always some notes to take away.
• Matt Pryor is listed as the starting right guard. Earlier this week, head coach Doug Pederson wouldn’t definitively name Pryor as the right guard, but this seems pretty obvious. In fact, this is the same starting offensive line the Eagles left off with in the playoff game in January.
• Nate Herbig is the backup at all three interior positions along the line, while Jordan Mailata is the backup left tackle and Jack Driscoll is the backup right tackle. It’s possible the Eagles don’t have a true swing tackle in 2020.
• It’s might just be a sign of respect but Alshon Jeffery is listed as a starting receiver. Interestingly, the Eagles have first-round pick Jalen Reagor as a backup behind him at the X position. Both of them will miss Week 1. Greg Ward doesn’t have a backup listed at the slot but I presume if Quez Watkins wasn’t on IR, he’d be there.
• Nate Sudfeld is the backup quarterback behind Carson Wentz. Jalen Hurts is the third-stringer.
• The Eagles list Javon Hargrave and Malik Jackson as co-starters next to Fletcher Cox at defensive tackle. Hargrave was a big-time free agent acquisition but he missed all of training camp. Jackson was a big addition last year but got hurt in the opener. He had a very good training camp.
• The starting linebackers are Nate Gerry, T.J. Edwards and Duke Riley. Edwards is listed as the middle linebacker. But Gerry and Riley might be more likely to play in the nickel defense.
• Even though the Eagles are in 11 personnel on offense, they list their base defense as the starters. That means two starting corners — Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox — while Nickell Robey-Coleman is listed as a backup. But NRC really has a starting gig.
• The top punt returner is Jalen Reagor and the top kick returner is Boston Scott. Behind Reagor at punt return are Greg Ward and DeSean Jackson.
• New running back Jason Huntley is the third-string kick returner. He will wear No. 32.
• Marcus Epps has changed his number from 37 to 22.