Eagles training camp roster: What you need to know about all 44 Eagles on offense

Eagles training camp roster: What you need to know about all 44 Eagles on offense

The first practice of training camp for the Eagles starts on Wednesday morning. Time to cram.

Quarterback 

Jalen Hurts 

The focus on Hurts this summer and this season will be on how much he’s able to improve as an anticipatory thrower. As Nick Sirianni put it bluntly at the combine, the two areas in which Hurts needs to improve are “accuracy and decision making.” The pressure is on.

But we should also not lose sight of what made Hurts a competent quarterback last season and what makes his upside tantalizing in the quest to turn him into a better pocket passer. You can make a case the efficiency of his rushing last year was the second-best running season for a quarterback over the last decade. Over that time there have been 10 quarterbacks who ran for at least 700 yards, and Hurts’ success rate ranks second only to Lamar Jackson’s 2019 season. That backs up the eye test that Hurts has chosen well when he flees the pocket, and the Eagles have designed the quarterback-run part of the offense well.

Best rushing QB seasons this decade

Player

  

Year

  

Yards

  

Success %

  

EPA/rush

  

Jalen Hurts

2021

784

60.3

0.23

Lamar Jackson

2021

767

50.0

-0.2

Josh Allen

2021

763

59.3

-0.3

Lamar Jackson

2020

1,005

48.0

0.47

Kyler Murray

2020

819

52.8

-0.09

Lamar Jackson

2019

1,206

61.5

0.35

Cam Newton

2017

754

54.3

-0.31

Russell Wilson

2014

849

59.6

0.63

Robert Griffin III

2012

815

65.8

0.02

Cam Newton

2012

741

56.1

0.15

Then again, that list is also something of a cautionary tale for why that efficiency might not be sustainable. Maybe we’re back to square one.

Gardner Minshew 

Minshew is entering the final year of his rookie deal, which puts the Eagles in an interesting position. If they didn’t have serious playoff aspirations, it might make sense for them to trade Minshew for a mid-round pick, if that offer were on the table, to cash in on the surplus value of Howie Roseman’s deal of only a sixth-round pick for Minshew last fall. Because they know Minshew has starting aspirations, it seems unlikely he’d re-sign next offseason to back up Hurts, so why not get something for him now? But given the way the Eagles have valued the No. 2 quarterback under Roseman, it’s unlikely they’ll trade Minshew without having a capable veteran to replace him.

By TruMedia’s EPA per play over the last two seasons, Minshew ranks as the fourth-best quarterback currently projected to be a No. 2 behind C.J. Beathard, Mitchell Trubisky and Jimmy Garoppolo.

Reid Sinnett 

The Eagles had Sinnett in the building for about half of last season after they claimed him off waivers from the Dolphins and will give him a look in camp to beat out Carson Strong for the No. 3 job.

I’m fascinated by the mix of Sinnett’s listed favorite TV shows and movies in the team’s media guide. You tell me the connective thread between “The Wire,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” and “The Departed.” Interesting guy.

Carson Strong

My two biggest takeaways from the Eagles’ delightful “Rookie Chopped” competition? One, stock up on Nakobe Dean. What a dynamic personality! Two, stock way down on Strong. I’m sorry, but if you don’t have the charisma to convince a group of 22-year-olds to make garlic bread, how are you ever going to command a huddle?

Running back 

Kennedy Brooks 

At 5-11, 213 pounds, and with a plodding 4.59-second 40-yard dash time, Brooks is the lone “big back” on the roster behind Miles Sanders. The Eagles gave him a sizable $240,000 guarantee to sign as an undrafted free agent, so he has a chance to stick around. Your mileage may vary as to whether you think the presence of a traditional bigger back is necessary to have on the roster, but the Eagles’ internal opinion of Brooks can probably be measured by whether or not they feel the need to bring back Jordan Howard at some point.

Brooks was accused of mental and physical abuse by his ex-girlfriend in 2019. He was cleared by a university investigation.

Kenneth Gainwell 

Gainwell might have the best case of anyone on offense for having the potential for a true “breakout” season. He entered last season with a specific role carved out in the offense as a pass-catching threat and the nominal No. 2 to Sanders. As the season went on, he ceded the backup spot to Boston Scott and Howard while the offense moved away from his role. A look at his touches in the first three quarters of games (to discount his garbage time playing time) tells the story of a player who went from being part of the game plan to an afterthought.

Games 1-4: 21 total touches
Games 5-8: 10 total touches
Games 9-12: Five total touches
Games 13-16: 10 total touches

And then Gainwell was the primary back for the meaningless Week 18 finale. It’s easy to read that journey as the story of someone in whom the coaching staff lost faith, but there are also some reasonable explanations. One, we know the team’s style of play changed halfway through the season. Two, Gainwell entered the league after opting out of the 2020 college season, which meant not only was he shaking off rust but he had only one season of extensive playing time in college to his credit. So it would be understandable for him to need a little more time to get going at the next level. That doesn’t mean it’ll happen, but there’s clearly a role waiting for Gainwell in Sirianni’s ideal offense if the second-year player can make a jump.

Jason Huntley 

To these novice eyes, Huntley has given the Eagles the most kick-return juice of any of their options in his two seasons of meager playing time with the team. His very small sample size of five returns backs that up.

Eagles Kickoff Returners 2020-2021

Player

  

Y/Rt

  

Ret.

  

Yds

  

24.0

5

120

21.3

12

255

20.8

29

603

17.3

8

138

17.1

8

137

Winning that job is his best shot at a roster spot.

Miles Sanders 

Sanders is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Should the Eagles extend him? Sanders is coming off the best season of his career as a rusher on a per-carry basis and, as pointed out in the Football Outsiders Almanac, he’s one of just nine players post-merge with a career average of 5.0 yards per carry or better on at least 400 carries (though four of the other eight are also active players). Sanders is only 25, he only has 480 career carries and Nick Sirianni liked him enough last season to make him one of the core players featured on the practice bubble imagery. Running back contracts are also not prohibitive, so extending Sanders may not seem like a bad idea.

But there are also a lot of reasons why they shouldn’t. One, playing next to Hurts and behind last year’s version of the Eagles’ offensive line was about as running back-friendly a situation as there was in the league. Two, Sanders’ habit of searching for the big play can be maddening at times. TruMedia’s numbers back that habit up. While Sanders led the Eagles’ four running backs in yards per carry last season, he finished fourth in success rate. Third, and maybe most damning, is Sanders’ decline as a receiver. As a rookie, he caught 50 passes for 509 yards. In the two seasons since, he has combined for 54 catches for 355 yards while going from seventh in receiving DYAR to 46th and 51st.

Paying running backs big money is usually ill-advised. It’s especially so for a player who won’t affect the game as a receiver.

Boston Scott

In addition to his role as the team’s designated Giants killer (which does seem appropriate), Scott is also a professional Rocket League gamer. As a gaming outsider but an evangelist for the show “Players” on Paramount Plus, I got a particular kick out of the following sentence from Scott in the below video on his other job: “You got Justin, you got Garrett G., you got Squishy.”

Wide receiver 

Devon Allen 

The joke has already been made, but it’s good enough to repeat. If Devon Allen wants to get away with false starting, he needs to call Jason Peters for advice.

In his return to football after last catching an official pass in 2016 as a junior at Oregon, the sprinting hurdler figures to be one of the main attractions of the down-roster players at camp. Despite the time away from the game, Allen is only 27. If his speed shows up in a non-game setting that should suit him, the Eagles might be able to spare a spot on the practice squad.

A.J. Brown 

There’s an interesting note in the Eagles media guide that Brown has led all receivers with 10 receptions of 50 yards or more since he entered the league three seasons ago. More than a few of those have come via Brown breaking tackles on shorter passes and busting a big play, but it’s also a reminder of one area in which Hurts can take a step forward. Last year, Hurts completed only 11 of his 44 attempts that traveled at least 25 yards in the air beyond the line of scrimmage. Only Taylor Heinicke, Ryan Tannehill, Sam Darnold and Jared Goff completed a lower percentage of their downfield throws among quarterbacks with at least 20 such attempts, per TruMedia.

Deon Cain 

Remember the old Radioshack commercials where Howie Long and Teri Hatcher pretended to be a married couple for some reason?

Who knew those relics would have such a close connection to the latter-day Eagles? Howie’s son Chris became a fan favorite and key cog in the team’s Super Bowl run, while Hatcher’s former “Lois & Clark” co-star is now battling for a roster spot as a depth wide receiver.

Cain also has the best answer to the “Surprisingly good at” prompt in the Eagles media guide: “Making statues out of rubber bands, including a statue of Spiderman he made for his son.”

Britain Covey 

I’d list Covey as the favorite to be this summer’s training camp darling. At 5-8, 173 pounds, he’ll work in the slot and try to earn a job as the primary returner. He was a three-time all-conference returner in college at Utah and scored five total return touchdowns (four on punts) in his career. The Eagles could really use some return juice, especially on kickoffs. They’ve ranked in the bottom 10 in kickoff returns each of the last four seasons by DVOA and haven’t been in the top 10 in kickoff or punt returns since Darren Sproles helped them finish first in kickoff returns in 2016.

Josh Hammond 

Hammond might be the most unknown player on the roster. He spent two seasons in Jacksonville, mostly on the practice squad, and has yet to record a catch in the NFL. It’s hard to imagine someone who couldn’t get on the field for the Jaguars making a realistic roster push in the Eagles’ suddenly deep wide receiver room, but that’s what makes training camp great. He’s the only one on this year’s 90-man roster joining Brandon Graham in the Hamily.

John Hightower 

The 2020 fifth-round pick faces a pretty significant uphill climb to a roster spot. After playing a bit role in the offense as a rookie, he was surpassed on the depth chart last summer and spent most of the season on the practice squad. He’s not dynamic enough as a returner to be seriously involved in that competition, and there’s enough deep speed elsewhere in the receiver room to make Hightower expendable.

Zach Pascal 

Pascal, Hightower and Zech McPhearson are all from Upper Marlboro, Md. It’s extremely statistically improbable for the Eagles to have three players from a town of just 652, according to the 2020 census. Then again, according to Wikipedia, the Greater Upper Marlboro area swells to 18,720. Still pretty unlikely!

Eagles’ Smallest Population Hometowns

Player Hometown Pop.

Lester, AL

111

Upper Marlboro, MD

652

Upper Marlboro, MD

652

Upper Marlboro, MD

652

Groveton, TX

918

Britton, SD

1,215

Roebuck, SC

2,200

Magnolia, MS

2,420

Byesville, OH

2,438

Hudson, NC

3,766

Jalen Reagor 

If we accept the condition that Reagor won’t be on the Week 1 roster, there’s a significant difference between the cost of releasing him and trading him. Releasing Reagor outright would cost the Eagles a $2.4 million dead cap hit. Trading him would save $1.8 million, according to Over The Cap. So, suffice to say, it’s unlikely the Eagles are going to release him outright. But are they going to carry Reagor as a fifth receiver when his only special teams contribution has been spotty punt returning? Do they think he’s wired to handle that demotion the way J.J. Arcega-Whiteside did last season?

If there is a team willing to roll the dice on Reagor, a chance of scenery would make sense for both sides and the cost would be light.

DeVonta Smith 

It’s hard to figure out what reasonable expectations are for Smith’s production this season. He finished last season with an Eagles rookie record (albeit with an extra game) of 916 receiving yards on 64 catches. The Eagles figure to be more pass-heavy this season, but Smith now has to share targets with Brown. Is 1,000 yards a reasonable expectation? It will be difficult for Smith to back up one record-breaking season with another. The franchise mark for most receiving yards in a player’s second season is Mike Quick’s league-leading 1,409 in 1983.

Greg Ward

Ward’s perseverance to carve out a legit NFL career after changing positions, spending two years on the practice squad and playing in the AAF before eventually finding a role in a receiver-starved offense has been impressive. But barring injury, Ward probably enters camp on the outside looking in for a roster spot. The top four spots on the depth chart seem to be spoken for with Brown, Smith, Watkins and Pascal. If Reagor is traded, Ward’s chances to make the team improve. But even if Reagor is gone, do the Eagles want to spend a depth roster spot on a player with limited upside? Ward is highly thought of as a locker-room presence and was the veteran leader of that position group last season. That’s no longer a needed role with Brown and Pascal imported. And while Ward can competently serve as a returner, that would be a disappointing result.

Quez Watkins

At the moment, it looks like Watkins will turn out to be the best of the Eagles’ three wide receivers drafted in 2020 despite being the last of the three selected. Since 2000, and not including this year’s Green Bay Packers, a team has drafted three wide receivers in the same draft 22 times. Only three other times has the third of the three turned out to have the best career. Watkins is aiming to join the immortal group of Charles Lee (who outpaced Anthony Lucas and Joey Jamison for the Packers), Kevin Walter (whose career bettered Willie Ponder and David Tyree though he never played a game for the Giants team that drafted him) and Quincy Enunwa (who topped Jalen Saunders and Shaquelle Evans).

Keric Wheatfall 

In the great tradition of Ryan Rau, the Eagles signed Wheatfall after he impressed as a tryout player during the Eagles’ rookie minicamp. He’s billed as a deep threat and had 38 catches for 616 yards and four touchdowns for Fresno State last season. You might have read about him here.

Tight end

J.J. Arcega-Whiteside 

Arcega-Whiteside’s transition to tight end is one of the more fun bottom-of-the-roster storylines entering camp. With Tyree Jackson unlikely to be ready for the start of the season, there’s a legitimate opening for depth at the position behind Dallas Goedert. Working against Arcega-Whiteside is that he’s likely to be the worst blocker among the backups and may not have the receiving upside to balance that out.

His lack of production through three seasons as a receiver is jarring. Despite playing in 40 games, he has just 16 catches for 290 yards in his career. Among all second-round wide receivers drafted since the merger, only four others played in at least 35 games through their first four seasons and had fewer receiving yards. Arcega-Whiteside is a Nick Sirianni favorite, and his willingness to change positions at this stage of his career is laudable, but keep your expectations in check.

Grant Calcaterra 

The rookie sixth-round pick has some upside as a receiving threat and could push Jack Stoll for the No. 2 job behind Goedert to start the season.

Calcaterra is also the only current NFL player with “cat” in his first or last name. Head-to-head, he is losing the battle to Cardinals defensive lineman Michael Dogbe and Jets offensive lineman Chuma Edoga.

Dallas Goedert 

Even with added competition for targets, Goedert seems primed to establish himself as one of the league’s elite tight ends. His 10-game regular-season stretch following the trade of Zach Ertz included 41 catches for 610 yards, which ranked fifth in the league over that span. Considering how run-heavy the Eagles were during that stretch, those numbers undersell his impact. Over the course of the full season, Goedert tied with George Kittle for the league lead with 2.34 receiving yards per route run, per TruMedia, and he led all tight ends in first-down rate, per Football Outsiders. There might not be a bigger drop-off between starter and No. 2 on the Eagles roster than at tight end. A long-term injury to Goedert might mean more Zach Pascal than, say, more Jack Stoll. Then again, the Eagles were the league’s most efficient team in the league in 12 personnel last season, even with Stoll.

Tyree Jackson 

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice reported that Jackson will begin camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which makes sense given the torn ACL he suffered in the regular-season finale. That’s a shame because you could argue no one on the roster needs to bank training camp reps more than Jackson, who is still learning his position. The team has high hopes for Jackson and will keep him around. The performance of the other tight ends on the roster this summer will probably play a role in determining how willing the team is to keep Jackson on PUP through the first four weeks of the regular season (that rule was changed from six weeks to four weeks this offseason). My guess is that’s where Jackson will start the year.

Richard Rodgers 

Current Eagles ranked in order of how many quarterbacks they’ve caught passes from:

Richard Rodgers – 8 (Aaron Rodgers, Carson Wentz, Brett Hundley, Jalen Hurts, Gardner Minshew, Nick Foles, Greg Ward, Matt Flynn)
Zach Pascal – 6
Greg Ward – 5
Dallas Goedert, Miles Sanders – 4
Jalen Reagor, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Boston Scott, Quez Watkins – 3
A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, Jack Stoll, Kenneth Gainwell – 2
Tyree Jackson, Lane Johnson – 1

Jack Stoll

Stoll played 30.5 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps as an undrafted rookie last year but finished with only four catches for 22 yards and was only targeted five times. His role was basically to free up Goedert. No tight end in 2021 played more snaps than Stoll and ran a lower percentage of routes.

Block-first tight ends

Player

  

Team

  

Route %

  

Snaps

  

Targ. %

  

Lee Smith

ATL

6.5%

295

26.8%

Tre’ McKitty

LAC

7.7%

228

14.0%

Garrett Griffin

NO

8.1%

228

8.5%

Antony Auclair

HOU

8.8%

300

9.3%

Eric Tomlinson

BAL

9.1%

305

1.5%

Darrell Daniels

ARI

9.5%

246

6.3%

Demetrius Harris

ARI

10.8%

205

8.3%

Charlie Woerner

SF

11.0%

242

9.7%

Blake Bell

KC

11.3%

316

15.3%

Jack Stoll

PHI

11.4%

328

7.6%

Eric Saubert

DEN

12.3%

279

16.2%

Brock Wright

DET

13.8%

295

19.1%

Chris Manhertz

JAX

14.5%

361

9.3%

Noah Togiai

Of the 26 players let go by the Eagles during the roster cutdowns ahead of the 2020 season, Togiai is one of three still with the team, joining Sua Opeta and Matt Leo. That group is a good sample of the crapshoot that process can be and what our expectations should be for what’s to come this year. Two years later, 12 of those 26 are out of the league altogether. Nine, including Togiai and Leo, are entering training camp on a 90-man roster but have yet to establish a foothold in the league. Three — Opeta, Elijah Riley and Anthony Rush — seem to be on slightly more solid footing. Sidney Jones has found a role and Rasul Douglas earned a nice contract after a breakout 2021 season, which only came after he had been bounced around the league himself.

Offensive line 

Jack Anderson 

Anderson’s versatility to play all three interior positions probably played a role in the team’s willingness to move on from Nate Herbig and might give him a leg up in a roster battle with Opeta, who can only play guard and is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

One man’s guess as to how the offensive line will line up on Day 1 of camp, from left to right:

First team: Jordan Mailata, Landon Dickerson, Jason Kelce, Isaac Seumalo, Lane Johnson
Second team: Andre Dillard, Sua Opeta, Cam Jurgens, Jack Driscoll, Le’Raven Clark
Third team: Josh Sills, William Dunkle, Jack Anderson, Kayode Awosika, Jarrid Williams

Kayode Awosika

Awosika’s path to a roster spot might depend on his ability to play tackle in addition to guard. He spent some time lining up at tackle this offseason, and growth in that area could make Clark expendable.

I’m just as excited as you are to find out who Awosika and his explosive hands will be passing the torch to this summer for the honor of being my camp crush. The lineage of Awosika, Elijah Riley, Opeta and DeAndre Carter speaks for itself.

Le’Raven Clark 

Clark is an interesting insurance player for the Eagles. He’s fourth or fifth in the team’s tackle rankings, but Andre Dillard’s inability to play right tackle complicates things. Last year, when Lane Johnson was absent, the Eagles slid Jordan Mailata to right tackle and inserted Dillard at left tackle. But would the Eagles be willing to do that as Mailata’s star ascends? If not, Clark could provide competency at right tackle if Johnson were to go down, though so could Jack Driscoll, in theory.

The 29-year-old Clark is also insurance for a possible Dillard trade. Though his contract — $1.1 million, of which the team would save nearly all by releasing him — and vested veteran status make his Week 1 roster chances precarious.

Landon Dickerson 

The Eagles’ decision to stick with the Dickerson-Mailata combination they stumbled into last season is an interesting one.

“I think for us going through the season and seeing Landon and Jordan next to each other, I mean, that’s imposing,” Roseman said after the draft. “And we’ve seen something like that when we played really well when we had Brandon (Brooks) and Lane (Johnson) … But I think as we went through it and kind of looked at where we were and saw how powerful that side is and how important that was going forward and the chemistry that they developed, we felt like going forward that was the right thing for us to keep that way.”

Part of the selling point when the Eagles drafted Dickerson was his versatility to play anywhere. But in a league where some teams have a tendency to get cute with changing players’ roles, I give the Eagles a little credit for not messing with the good thing they lucked into when they could have moved Dickerson back to right guard and kept Seumalo on the left.

By the way, did you know Brooks and Johnson never started 16 games together in the same season? The last time the Eagles had a season in which a tackle and guard started every regular-season game next to each other was 2013 when the entire starting offensive line of Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Kelce, Todd Herremans and Johnson started all 16 games.

Andre Dillard

Dillard’s situation with the Eagles is similar to Minshew’s. The Eagles are probably willing to trade him for the right price given that he’s heading into free agency and is unlikely to return, but a team aspiring for a deep playoff run isn’t in the business of giving away a good backup at a premium position. I think it would take a contending team suffering a left tackle injury during camp and willing to overpay for Dillard to find a match. Anything less than a third-round pick might not be worth the Eagles’ while, and the recent history of offensive line trades does not include a lot of middle ground between early-round picks and late-round fliers.

William Dunkle 

There’s a Nate Herbig comparison to be made for Dunkle. He’s similarly sized (6-5, 328 pounds to Herbig’s 6-4, 335 pounds entering the league) and, like Herbig, went undrafted after declaring early following a decorated junior season (Dunkle was a second-team All-American at San Diego State). Dane Brugler’s pre-draft scouting report also sounds familiar: “Overall, Dunkle has NFL-level inline power, but his feet, feel and fundamentals all fall short and will be tough to mask versus NFL-level competition. He is scheme-specific and a guard-only prospect who will need the right fit to survive roster cuts.”

Jack Driscoll 

The Driscoll-Seumalo competition for the starting right guard spot is probably the truest training camp battle this summer, but a realist would caution that we’ll probably end up seeing both start this season. Between Seumalo (12 games played over the last two seasons) and Driscoll (20 games played), the Eagles are hoping the winner of the job can buck their recent trend of struggling to stay healthy.

Lane Johnson

Brandon Thorn, the offensive line scholar, recently published his ranking of the top 15 players at each offensive line position. Johnson, not surprisingly, ranked as the No. 1 right tackle.

“Despite missing four games last season, Johnson still earned second-team All-Pro recognition thanks in large part to some phenomenal performances against top competition (Maxx Crosby, Joey Bosa) and dominating other quality rushers,” Thorn wrote. “Johnson has always been a true shut-down pass protector on an island, but the most impressive part of his year was how impactful he was as a run blocker.” Thorn included a highlight package from 2021 that showcases some of what makes Johnson such a special player.

For as good as Johnson has been for so long, he has only played a full season in two of his nine seasons and has not done so since 2015. The infamous win-loss disparity for the Eagles is now up to 66-45-1 (.595 winning percentage) when Johnson plays and 12-21 (.364) when he doesn’t. With Johnson entering his age-32 season, the Eagles will happily take whatever they can get from him on the field, but they also need to be realistic about a succession plan and their backup options.

Cam Jurgens 

When asked publicly, the Eagles have said Jurgens will be involved in the right guard competition, but that would run contrary to how Jeff Stoutland has managed rookies in the past. His philosophy has been for rookies to “master” one position before learning another, and with Seumalo and Driscoll presumably both providing competency, there’s no hurry to rush Jurgens onto the field.

Meanwhile, Jurgens is also a reminder of Roseman’s drafting philosophy. Dating back to 2017, the Eagles have made 12 first- or second-round selections. Among those, only three (Smith, Reagor and Sanders) were drafted to start immediately.

Jason Kelce 

Your annual Center City Power Rankings see Philadelphia fall to second place for the first time courtesy of Nathan MacKinnon’s Stanley Cup run.

1. Denver (Lloyd Cushenberry, Nikola Jokic, Nathan MacKinnon)
2. Philadelphia (Jason Kelce, Joel Embiid, Sean Couturier)
3. Los Angeles (Brian Allen, Anthony Davis, Anze Kopitar)
4. Miami (Connor Williams, Bam Adebayo, Aleksander Barkov)
5. Washington D.C. (Chase Roullier, Kristaps Porzingis, Evgeny Kuznetsov)
6. Detroit (Frank Ragnow, Isaiah Stewart, Dylan Larkin)
7. Boston (David Andrews, Robert Williams III, Patrice Bergeron)
8. Phoenix (Rodney Hudson, DeAndre Ayton, Nick Schmaltz)
9. New York (Jon Feliciano, Mitchell Robinson, Mika Zibanejad)
10. Dallas (Tyler Biadasz, Javale McGee, Roope Hintz)
11. Minneapolis (Garrett Bradbury, Rudy Gobert, Ryan Hartman)
12. Chicago (Lucas Patrick, Nikola Vucevic, Jonathan Toews)

Jordan Mailata

Surprisingly, Mailata did not rank among Thorn’s top 15 left tackles. Wrote Thorn: “Left tackle is the deepest I can remember it in the tier-four range. This tier is loaded with viable options, and the 15th spot was extremely difficult to parse out. I ultimately went with (Cam) Robinson, but players like Garett Bolles, Jordan Mailata, Taylor Lewan, Andrew Thomas and Jedrick Wills are all tier-four starters, many of them with tier-three and even tier-two potential if they continue to develop (Wills, Thomas, Mailata).”

Only five of Thorn’s top 15 are in the NFC and only one of those, Detroit’s Taylor Decker, is under 30. The bet here is 2022 turns into something of a national breakout year for Mailata, who will make his first Pro Bowl.

Sua Opeta 

Opeta has the team’s most charming Twitter profile picture. Too bad he has not tweeted since joining the team in 2019.

Isaac Seumalo 

Seumalo turns 29 in October and is at something of a career crossroads as he enters what could be the final year of his contract. If he’s able to grab hold of the right guard job, stay healthy and excel, the Eagles could keep him on the books for a relative bargain of $3.8 million in 2023. If Seumalo stumbles, the Eagles will likely let his contract void this offseason for no cap penalty, and Seumalo will have to look for a landing spot where he can compete for a job. There’s also a chance the Eagles could restructure Seumalo’s contract before the season starts. Then again, if the competition between Seumalo and Driscoll is close, would the team prefer to give the opportunity to the player still on his rookie contract? Point being, with Jurgens in line to replace Kelce and the left side of the line set for the future, the stakes of the Seumalo-Driscoll battle extend beyond who will start in 2022.

Josh Sills 

“Birds With Friends” listeners aside, no one is happier about the Eagles’ forthcoming joint practices with the Cleveland Browns than Sills’ parents, who have driven to nearly every one of his games from their southeast Ohio home.

Brett Toth

Like Jackson, Toth is ticketed for PUP to start camp after tearing his ACL at the end of last season. But he probably faces more urgency to return. Though he showed some versatility last summer, Toth is in a crowded battle for offensive line depth. While Jackson offers some upside relative to the other tight ends, the Eagles might not be willing to carry Toth at the expense of a healthy backup offensive lineman.

Jarrid Williams 

By my count, there have been 397 players in NFL history with the last name Williams (not including hyphenated Williamses). There has never been a Jarrid.

(Photo: Nathan Ray Seebeck / USA Today)

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