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Philadelphia Eagles Roster Breakdown in 2020

| September 5, 2020 12:56 am PDT
Philadelphia Eagles Depth Charts 2020

The Philadelphia Eagles have been getting by with spare parts lately. They’ve managed to make the playoffs in each of the last three years — winning the Super Bowl in 2018 — all while star quarterback Carson Wentz watches from the sidelines.

Wentz is still the Eagles’ franchise passer, by all accounts. His upside is why the team allowed Nick Foles to leave last offseason, after all.

Unfortunately, failing to stay healthy in each of the last three years forced Philly’s hand, and they spent a second-round pick on Jalen Hurts in the 2020 NFL Draft.

That’s one move that impacted Philadelphia’s roster and just may be a good reason to brush up on the Philadelphia Eagles’ depth charts. For a detailed look at Philly’s key players for 2020, read on.

Note: Starters are bolded

Eagles Quarterback Depth Chart

Carson Wentz
Jalen Hurts
Nate Sudfeld
Kyle Lauletta

Wentz is constantly under scrutiny in Philadelphia, but for the most part, he’s played good football. He’s helped the Eagles reach the playoffs in three of his four seasons as a starter, and the year the team won their only title, he looked like a legit MVP candidate.

A healthy Wentz means big things for Philly, but the franchise sent a message by drafting Jalen Hurts; they won’t just be crossing their fingers that Wentz stays on the field.

Hurts could be deployed as an offensive weapon immediately, but if Wentz goes down again, the Eagles may actually be in pretty good hands.

Eagles Running Back Depth Chart

Miles Sanders
Boston Scott
Corey Clement
Elijah Holyfield
Michael Warren II

The Eagles want to run the ball, and they ranked 11th in that department last year. Much of that had to do with versatile rookie Miles Sanders (1,327 total yards and six touchdowns), who could be looking at a true featured role in 2020.

Philadelphia should want that, as he was highly effective in every area in his first NFL season. The Eagles could also opt to roll out a committee approach, of course, as Boston Scott and Corey Clement are very useful weapons.

Eagles Wide Receiver Depth Chart

Alshon Jeffery
DeSean Jackson
Jalen Reagor
John Hightower
JJ Arcega-Whiteside
Marquise Goodwin
Deontay Burnett
Shelton Gibson
Greg Ward Jr.
Marcus Green
Quez Watkins
Robert Davis
Manasseh Bailey
Khalil Tate

The Eagles have a versatile cast of receivers going into 2020. Injuries plagued this unit without mercy last year, but week one saw DeSean Jackson flash insane upside.

The aging speedster did get himself caught up in an odd controversy during the offseason, but he’s still the best fit to take the top off of defenses this year.

Philly is still pretty loaded at receiver, however, as incoming rookie Jalen Reagor looks like a dynamic weapon, while the team still seems to like JJ Arcega-Whiteside.

Marquise Goodwin is an interesting down-field weapon in the event D-Jax is hurt again this season.

Eagles Tight End Depth Chart

Zach Ertz
Dallas Goedert
Joshua Perkins
Alex Ellis
Noah Togiai

The Eagles are also loaded at tight end. Ertz is a favorite target of Wentz and is an extremely reliable receiver, while backup tight end Dallas Goedert has been so good that he’s forced his way onto the field in more two-tight end packages.

Philly is really going to deploy both of these guys a lot in 2020, so that tells you how strong the Eagles’ depth chart is at tight end. Perkins is even a solid third-stringer, so the Eagles are in great shape at this position going into the new season.

Eagles Offensive Line Depth Chart

Position Starter Backup Third String Fourth String
Left Tackle Andre Dillard Prince Wanogho Julian Good-Jones  
Left Guard Isaac Seumalo Matt Pryor Iosua Opeta  
Center Jason Kelce Nate Herbig Keegan Render  
Right Guard Jason Peters Jack Driscoll Luke Juriga Brandon Brooks
Right Tackle Lane Johnson Jordan Mailata Casey Tucker  

The Eagles continue to have one of the nastiest offensive lines in football. If Carson Wentz didn’t wait to make plays down the field so often, they’d probably grade out even better.

The guys up front paved the way for a strong rushing attack (11th) and allowed just 37 sacks as a group in 2019. They do take a hit with stud right guard Brandon Brooks suffering a season-ending injury during the offseason, but bringing back the ageless Jason Peters may off-set that.

Overall, this is the strength of this team, and even the absence of Brooks probably won’t interrupt that this year.

Eagles Defensive Line Depth Chart

Defensive End Defensive Tackle
Derek Barnett Fletcher Cox
Brandon Graham Javon Hargrove
Genard Avery Malik Jackson
Josh Sweat Hassan Ridgeway
Casey Toohill Hector Bruce
Shareef Miller Anthony Rush
Joe Ostman Albert Higgins
Daeshon Hall Raequan Williams
Matt Leo  

Okay, I lied, the Eagles have a tie for their strongest area. This is a team that really built themselves up in the trenches, and it shows when their defensive line can rival the o-line.

They are probably deeper up front defensively, though, as Malik Jackson isn’t being counted on as a starter. This defense is still defined by Barnett, Cox, and Graham up front, and that’s honestly all it takes.

But when you factor in guys like Jackson and Josh Sweat working off the bench, this is a unit to fear.

Eagles Linebacker Depth Chart

OLB ILB OLB
Nathan Gerry TJ Edwards Duke Riley
Jatavis Brown Shaun Bradley Davion Taylor
Alex Singleton Dante Olson  

The Eagles aren’t quite as stacked at linebacker, but their defensive line being so lethal probably plays into that.

Philly still has rock-solid guys roaming the middle of the field, though, as Duke Riley is plenty serviceable, and TJ Edwards has turned into a bit of a stud.

I’d like to see an upgrade over Gerry and a little more depth, but so far, it hasn’t proven to be a huge issue for this defense.

Eagles Cornerback Depth Chart

Darius Slay
Avonte Maddox
Nickell Robey-Coleman
Sidney Jones
Rasul Douglas
Cre-von LeBlanc
Trevor Williams
Prince Smith
Tremon Smith
Craig James
Michael Jacquet

The secondary has been a bit of an issue for the Eagles recently, as Philly ranked just 19th against the pass. They addressed this by trading for star coverman Darius Slay, and there’s still hope that former second-rounder Sidney Jones can develop.

Philly also has Rasul Douglas and Nickell Robey-Coleman on the roster, and the hope is that they can push Jones or leapfrog him entirely.

Eagles Safety Depth Chart

Rodney McLeod
Jalen Mills
Marcus Epps
Will Parks
Rudy Ford
K’Von Wallace
Grayland Arnold
Elijah Riley

Malcolm Jenkins left in free agency, creating a considerable hole at safety for the Eagles. As noted, Philly wasn’t great against the pass in 2019, so that could make things worse.

The team did retain Jalen Mills and presently plans to slide him into a safety spot, but he wasn’t good in coverage. We’ll see how that goes, I guess.

McLeod is a much better option at the other safety spot, while the Eagles will probably hope rookie safety K’Von Wallace’s elite athleticism quickly translates to the next level.

Eagles Special Teams Depth Chart

Kicker Punter Long Snapper Holder Punter Returner Kick Returner
Jake Elliott Cameron Johnston Rick Lovato Cameron Johnston Boston Scott Miles Sanders

Philly has a solid special teams unit at first glance. Jake Elliott is a fairly reliable kicker that has made 83% of his kicks every year he’s been in the league, while punter Cameron Johnston was a top-10 producer in net average in 2019.

The kicking game looks rock solid for 2020, but the return game is up in the air. Scott and Sanders project as solid return men, but neither is likely to stick as the main special teams aces given their growing offensive roles.

Scott could, but look for the Eagles to get Sanders off of kick return duty this year.

Eagles Roster Analysis

  • Grade: B+

The Eagles have a very strong roster, from top to bottom. Health is a major concern for many spots, though.

Wentz hasn’t finished a season healthy in any of the last three years, Brandon Brooks won’t play this year, and two of Philly’s top receivers were constantly nicked up last year.

Those are reasons for pause when betting on the Eagles, but the coaching and overall depth is fantastic.

Betting on the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020

My 2020 NFC East predictions saw the Cowboys topping Philly to win the division, but the Eagles still have solid odds in that race. Even if they don’t edge out Dallas, Philadelphia has a loaded offense and should be in the mix for one of the final NFC playoff spots.

Once in the playoffs, Philly’s outlook probably comes down to their health. If it’s like it has been, I’d end my bets there, but the upside is undeniable with this team.

Noah Davis
Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

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