How to read the Eagles depth chart: How to use the wire size chart
You’re not going to see this on the front page of The Huffington PBE, but it’s one of the easiest ways to find out which players will be available to start on Thursday night.
The Eagles’ depth chart looks a little different than it did last season, as you’ll notice below.
For a few weeks, they were one of only two teams to not have a top-15 cornerback depth chart.
The other was the Seahawks.
They still have to replace Nate Allen, who missed the first three games with a foot injury, and Nate Allen Jr., who has been out since the start of the year with a knee injury.
But they have an excellent group of cornerbacks.
It includes Nolan Carroll, whose contract was purchased for a third-round pick in 2018, and Ronald Darby, who signed a two-year deal with the Eagles in 2018.
Darby was drafted by the Seahawks with the fifth overall pick in 2017.
He had seven interceptions as a rookie, including two interceptions last season.
The Eagles signed him to a one-year, $1.3 million deal last year and re-signed him to that deal, but he missed two games with an ankle injury.
He’ll likely be back in 2018 after the season, and he’ll be reunited with Carroll in the secondary.
Another good addition to the Eagles’ secondary is rookie free agent safety Donte Whitner, who has spent the past two seasons in Philadelphia.
He’s been an integral part of their secondary for two years now.
The secondary will have an additional strong player in free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who played three seasons in New Orleans before joining the Eagles.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder has played all over the defensive line in recent years, starting three games as a reserve in 2016.
He has started 11 games at defensive tackle for the Eagles since 2011.
McCoy, 24, signed a one year deal with an $18.8 million cap hit in 2020, and the Eagles signed two of his free agents, defensive tackle Anthony Barr and safety Malcolm Jenkins, to contracts worth up to $14 million in 2021.
The Birds also signed two free agents to one- or two-way contracts.
Cornerback Brent Grimes was signed to a five-year extension in 2018 that pays him $14.5 million in 2019 and 2020.
Safety T.J. McDonald was signed in 2019 to a two year deal that pays $9 million in 2020 and 2021.
McDonald had nine interceptions last year, which tied him for fifth among Eagles corners.
Jenkins, who was released by the Bears earlier this week, was one of three Eagles cornerbacks to have 10 or more interceptions last fall.
Jenkins had one interception in the first quarter of the Eagles loss to the 49ers.
The two defensive ends are also returning for their second seasons.
Safety Anthony Barr signed a four-year contract extension in 2017, and linebacker DeMeco Ryans signed a five year contract extension last year.
The latter two players will likely be gone by the time the Eagles play the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football.