Philadelphia Eagles roster outlook: 3 offseason options for 2020
By Hunter Doyle
Here’s an initial depth chart (assuming all of this happens).
If the Eagles make these four moves, they will be in an interesting position with their depth chart. They’ll have more options to work with and it will probably open up the playbook for head coach Doug Pederson.
The Eagles are expected to take a receiver in the first round of the draft. They need to try and land a potential star who can take over as their top receiver for years to come. And while some may say that moving on from DeSean Jackson is an option, the Eagles may let him finish his career in Philly to avoid letting the chemistry he built with Wentz from going to waste.
If all of this plays out, Philly’s depth chart will have DeSean Jackson starting on the outside and Breshad Perriman and their first-round draft choice competing for the other outside position. Greg Ward Jr. can then stay in the slot. Demarcus Robinson would serve as the first backup on the outside and in the slot. J.J. Arcega Whiteside, who everyone hopes can take the next step, is a nice option as the other backup on the outside of the offensive formation.
Deontay Burnett and Robert Davis will get opportunities in training camp and in the preseason to earn a roster spot. With the new NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement expanding rosters and practice squads, they both have a chance of sticking around.
Burnett made a few big catches in the slot and has a little experience as a starter in the NFL. Davis can make some of the tough catches that Jeffery is capable of, and he showed some potential when he was called up from the practice squad. Marken Michel will get looks in the preseason as well after he made strides in the 2019 preseason and spent the season on the practice squad.
If everything unfolds and if this is indeed the plan, Philly’s receiving corps would be much improved from last season. Not only do the ‘Birds’ have players who have been forced into action in big moments, but they also have practice squad players who have had to get the job done as well. The best part about all of this is the Eagles stay young with these moves, and they keep the costs low. No one will complain if that happens.