Ideal Philadelphia Eagles depth chart following initial 53-man roster release

Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Nick Sirianni, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

At long last, training camp, the preseason, and a long process of trimming a summertime 90-man roster to 53 players has led us to a deadline that we’ve all programmed into those cool organizers we have on our cell phones. The Philadelphia Eagles have introduced their initial 53-man roster for the 2022-2023 regular season.

There weren’t many surprises, but it is worth mentioning that fan-favorite Reed Blankenship has made the roster. We’ll slot him as a free safety to allow him to roam seeing as how we haven’t watched him cover tight ends much (one of the more common unenviable duties of a strong safety).

Here’s a look at everyone else on the squad, courtesy of the Eagles’ official Twitter account.

Vice president/general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni spoke with the media.

Here’s an ideal depth chart following the announcement of the initial Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster.

Obviously, the first depth chart is subject to change with there still being more than a week before we arrive at the first game of the regular season versus the stars of HBO’s Hard Knocks series, the Detroit Lions. Until said changes are made, here are a few theories on an acceptable depth chart.

Offense (Most of this should be obvious)

Quarterbacks: Jalen Hurts (starter) and Gardner Minshew (backup)

Running backs: Miles Sanders (starter), Boston Scott (backup), and Kenneth Gainwell (third string)

The tights ends (first through third): Dallas Goedert, Jack Stoll, Grant Calcaterra

Wide receiver (Primary – X): A.J. Brown and Zach Pascal

Wide receiver (Secondary – Y): DeVonta Smith, Jalen Reagor

Wide receiver (Slot): Quez Watkins

Left tackle: Jordan Mailata and Andre Dillard

Left guard: Landon Dickerson, Sua Opeta

Center: Jason Kelce, Cam Jurgens

Right guard: Isaac Seumalo, Josh Sills

Right tackle: Lane Johnson, Jack Driscoll

Defense (using a 4-3 base set as the model)

Defensive end (left): Brandon Graham, Tarron Jackson

Defensive tackle (left): Fletcher Cox, Jordan Davis

Defensive tackle (right): Javon Hargrave, Milton Williams, Marlon Tuipulotu

Defensive end (right): Josh Sweat, Derek Barnett

WILL (weakside linebacker): Kyzir White, Davion Taylor

MIKE (middle linebacker): T.J. Edwards, Nakobe Dean, Shaun Bradley

SAM (strongside linebacker): Haason Reddick, Patrick Johnson, and Kyron Johnson

Cornerback (left): Darius Slay, Zech McPhearson

Cornerback (right): James Bradberry, Josh Jobe

Cornerback (slot): Avonte Maddox, Josiah Scott

Strong safety: Marcus Epps, K’Von Wallace

Free safety: C.J. Gardner-Johnson, Reed Blankenship

The specialists (We’ve known this all spring and summer)

Jake Elliott (kicker), Arryn Siposs (punter/holder), Rick Lovato (long snapper)… Jalen Reagor figures to serve as the team’s returner.

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