As the Eagles prepare for offseason workouts and the roster sizes around the league balloon to 90-player proportions, the Eagles will begin sorting through the fringe veterans from last season and the incoming class of young players.
The offense had a well documented major make-over this offseason--new quarterback, running backs and a change at receiver.
The defense added a salvo of youthful competition--acquired linebackers and defensive backs through trade, free agency and the draft.
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Keyword for Offense: MAKEOVER
The RB position is pretty much solidified with Demarco Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles. Only question remaining is--if there is room for a fourth in Mathew Tucker or another interesting youngster.
Brent Celek and Zach Ertz are clearly the class of the tight end group. Trey Burton has a strong advantage against tight ends challenging for a third position.
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Keyword for Defense: COMPETITION
At ILB, the competition for a starting position is very real. Mychal Kendricks, Demeco Ryans and Kiko Alonso are joined by a promising third round pick in Jordan Hicks. Brad Jones, Najee Goode and Emmanuel Acho are looking for a roster spot as well and they have been service-able NFL players.
Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin are starting at OLB with very little depth behind them. Last year's first round pick, Marcus Smith is still a mystery, but he and special teamer, Bryan Braman, are in a good position to see the field in 2015. If an available OLB tickles Chip's fancy, they could bust a move. Perhaps an "ILB" may fill a void at "OLB" in an emergency. Rumors of Kiko Alonso at OLB have been circulating.