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Depth Chart Revealed

Posted Aug 6, 2012

In advance of Thursday night's preseason opener, the Eagles have released their official depth chart. After two weeks of Training Camp, there are few surprises, but check it out for yourself here. Of note:

-- The starting offensive line is as expected: Demetress Bell, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Danny Watkins and Todd Herremans, from left to right. The second-team offensive line is as follows: King Dunlap, Julian Vandervelde, Dallas Reynolds, Mike Gibson and Dennis Kelly.

-- Behind Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant and Riley Cooper are the third and fourth wide receivers. After them, Marvin McNutt and Chad Hall form the third string, with Mardy Gilyard and Damaris Johnson next in line.

-- The Eagles' young tight ends have had a chance to impress with Brent Celek out for much of camp thus far. Clay Harbor currently sits as the second team tight end, followed first by Brett Brackett, then by Chase Ford.

-- The electricity of the team's young running backs has been one of the stories of camp thus far, and the three runners behind LeSean McCoy will each have an opportunity to impress in the preseason. Dion Lewis, as expected, ranks as the second-team running back, followed by Bryce Brown on the third team and Chris Polk on the fourth team.

-- Some have wondered whether the Eagles will carry a fullback this year, despite Stanley Havili working with the first team throughout training camp. Emil Igwenagu is the second-team fullback (and also appears after Ford on the tight end depth chart), followed by Jeremy Stewart.

-- With Mike Patterson still out, Derek Landri is listed as the first-team right defensive tackle, alongside Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin and Trent Cole. Brandon Graham and Darryl Tapp form the respective left- and right-sided defensive ends on the second team, with Phillip Hunt behind Graham and Vinny Curry behind Cole. At defensive tackle, Fletcher Cox is listed as the second-team left defensive tackle, next to Antonio Dixon on the right. Cedric Thornton is listed behind Cox, while Frank Trotter comes in behind Dixon.

-- Despite Jamar Chaney's recent promotion to first-team nickel linebacker, he is still listed behind Brian Rolle for the weakside linebacker position, as has been the case all of Training Camp. Rolle is joined by DeMeco Ryans (middle) and Mychal Kendricks (strongside) on the first team. Ryans is backed up by Casey Matthews, while Kendricks is backed up by Akeem Jordan. The third team linebackers are Keenan Clayton (weakside), Ryan Rau (middle) and Monte Simmons (strongside).

-- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha are the unquestioned starting cornerbacks, on the left and right side, respectively. Both Curtis Marsh and Joselio Hanson have spent time in Training Camp with the first-team nickel defense, and they are both listed as the second-string cornerbacks, with Marsh on the left and Hanson on the right. Behind them are Brandon Boykin (left) and Brandon Hughes (right), while impressive undrafted rookie Cliff Harris comes in as the fourth-team left cornerback with Trevard Lindley on the right side.

-- At safety, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman have been the starters since day one of the offseason. Oshiomogho Atogwe currently sits as the second-team strong safety behind Allen, while Jaiquawn Jarrett ranks as the second-team free safety behind Coleman.

-- Perhaps the most telling delineation between first and second team is at punter, where Mat McBriar is listed as the first-team punter ahead of the incumbent Chas Henry. McBriar also is listed as the first-team holder, ahead of Henry.

-- As Bobby April a few days ago, Damaris Johnson is currently the "starting" punt returner and Brandon Boykin is the leading kickoff returner. Johnson is the first backup for Boykin, followed by Chad Hall and Bryce Brown. Johnson's backup punt returners are, in order, Hall, Boykin and Cliff Harris.

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