The Eagles have released their first version of the depth chart as they prepare for their matchup on Friday with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Here are some of my observations on the depth chart:
Hank Baskett listed in front of Riley Cooper
Despite all the raving people are doing about Riley Cooper, he is still listed behind Hank Baskett on the depth chart. This isn’t a big surprise and could definitely change. I think Cooper has definitely outperformed Baskett offensively, but he will need to prove that he can be valuable on special teams. Before the regular season starts, I expect to see Cooper listed ahead of Baskett.
Cornelius Ingram listed in front Clay Harbor
Not a surprise at all, but I think it’s definitely something to keep an eye on. Harbor is having a very strong camp, and Ingram is starting to miss practices because of his knees. Ingram can be a great player if he can stay healthy, but he seems like he might be one of those guys that can’t stay healthy. If Harbor continues to shine and Ingram’s knees don’t heal, watch out for Harbor to jump to the backup spot.
Charles Scott listed only at the fullback position
I guess this could be for a few reasons. First, I’m sure the Eagles wanted to list a backup and had no one else to put. Scott has been taking snaps at fullback, but that’s not why the Eagles brought him in. Also, I’ve heard that he has stone hands and that’s not a good thing for a running back to have in the Eagles system. He’s a bruiser running the ball and I think the Eagles are high on him, so we’ll see how it works out.
Juqua Paker still listed as a starter
Putting his mini holdout aside, Brandon Graham has done everything right. He’s doing even more than the Eagles expected and is showing them they didn’t make a mistake in drafting him. I’m not overly surprised he’s not listed as the starter; he’ll be there by the opener.
Nate Allen listed as a starter (only rookie)
Not surprised by this, it’s just rare to see rookies listed as starters this early. If Marlin Jackson didn’t go down, he’d probably be listed as the starter. This would just be on paper, and like Graham, he would probably start the opener anyway. Being listed this way, he has a lot to prove.
DeSean Jackson listed as staring punt returner
There has been a lot of talk about whether or not the Eagles would transition Jackson out of the punt return game to try and prevent injury. As of now, he’s still listed as the starter. I have mixed feelings on the matter. When he’s back there, he’s absolutely electrifying. However, I’d hate to see him get seriously injured on a return. He takes a lot of his returns down the sideline so hopefully he continues that trend so he can avoid the big hit.
What are your thoughts on the depth chart?