The idea here is that there is going to be competition at every position for the 53 available active roster spots available, so with that in mind as Training Camp, 2022, opens on Tuesday when the players report to the NovaCare Complex and take their physicals and then their conditioning test before practice begins on Wednesday, here is a look at the Eagles, position by position. This is subject to change, of course, and we know that it will change, but here we go as the moment we've all been waiting for is nearly upon us …
This is a room with talent and depth and, at the top with Jalen Hurts and Gardner Minshew, experience in winning games at the NFL level. There aren't a lot of teams in the NFL that have two quarterbacks who have won in the league as have Hurts and Minshew. Hurts, of course, is the undisputed starter here for the second straight season, and he's coming off a 2021 year in which he produced nearly 4,000 yards of offense and 26 total touchdowns. Minshew is the No. 2 and he showed his worth last season in the win over the Jets, completing 20 of 25 passes for 242 yards and a pair of scores.
Behind those two veterans are a pair of young prospects who will get a lot of reps through the summer. The Eagles claimed Reid Sinnett off of waivers from Miami in late October after he spent most of two seasons there on the practice squad. Sinnett had a terrific career at the University of San Diego before signing with Tampa Bay as a non-drafted rookie in 2020. Carson Strong signed with the Eagles after the 2022 draft following a highly productive career at Nevada where Strong threw for more than 9,000 yards and 74 touchdowns.
How many quarterbacks will the Eagles keep on the 53-man roster? That's the question heading into Training Camp, where it is firmly established that Hurts is the starter, Minshew is the No. 2, and both Sinnett and Strong are hoping to show the coaches that they deserve a place on this roster.
The Eagles are currently carrying five running backs on the roster, so it's going to be a busy Training Camp for this group. Miles Sanders, Kenny Gainwell, Boston Scott, and Jason Huntley return from the 2021 season when the Eagles led the NFL in rushing yards. Non-drafted rookie Kennedy Brooks was extremely productive in his three seasons on the field at Oklahoma – he ran for 1,253 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in 2021 and then capped his collegiate career with 142 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in a bowl game win over Oregon.
Philadelphia used five backs in 2021, understanding that the 17-game schedule is grinding, so the more depth a team can have here, the better.
A loaded position group for the Eagles, there are 12 wide receivers on the roster heading into Training Camp. The acquisition of A.J. Brown via trade on the first night of the 2022 NFL Draft changed the entire complexion of the room. The expectation is now that Brown will team with second-year man DeVonta Smith as the starters on the outside. Quez Watkins made significant strides in his second season in 2021 and is on the rise as a playmaker in his third season, and the signing of unrestricted free agent Zach Pascal from Indianapolis adds toughness, productivity, leadership, and depth to the corps.
Greg Ward has proven himself through the years, and both Jalen Reagor and John Hightower are back for their third seasons ready to compete for a roster spot and playing time.
Then there is a talented group of players looking to open some eyes – Deon Cain, who was on the practice squad last season; Josh Hammond, claimed off of waivers from Jacksonville earlier this year; Keric Wheatfall and Britain Covey, signed after the 2022 NFL Draft; and Devon Allen, a former Oregon wide receiver who has been a world-class 110-meter hurdler the last several years.
All in all, it's a very strong group one through 12, so the Eagles are going to have some tough decisions to make as they evaluate who makes the 53-man roster and who sticks on the practice squad.
For the first time in his NFL career, Dallas Goedert enters Training Camp as TE1, and he's ready for the challenge. Goedert had 830 receiving yards and four touchdowns last year and is one of the most talented players at his position in the league. Veteran Richard Rodgers returns to provide experience and the rest of the seven-man room is young at the position. Young, but promising with talent. Jack Stoll earned a roster spot last year after the Eagles signed him following the 2021 NFL Draft and he played well in his time on the field to earn the trust of the coaching staff. Noah Togiai returned to the Eagles in 2021 after a stint with Indianapolis the season prior. Grant Calcaterra is a sixth-round draft pick who returned to college football and played well after stepping away from the game. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, a second-round draft pick in 2019, is making the transition from wide receiver to tight end and Tyree Jackson is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the regular-season finale against Dallas last season.
After battling wall-to-wall injuries in previous seasons, the 2021 Eagles largely remained healthy – understanding that both guards, Isaac Seumalo and Brandon Brooks, were shelved for most of the campaign with injuries – and showed their dominance with a full crew on the field. Now the offensive line is back for more in 2022. The emergence of left tackle Jordan Mailata and left guard Landon Dickerson gives the line a physically imposing left side of the line, and center Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson played at All-Pro levels last season and remain at the top of their games. Who starts at right guard is the leading question for 2022? It could be Seumalo, who was injured for much of last season. It could be third-year man Jack Driscoll or young veteran Sua Opeta or second-round draft pick Cam Jurgens or any of the other options Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Jeff Stoutland considers.
He has depth at the tackle spots with Andre Dillard and Le'Raven Clark, along with Brett Toth. Kayode Awosika spent 2021 on the practice squad and then impressed the coaches enough in the regular-season finale to spend the playoff game at Tampa Bay on the active roster. Jack Anderson is a promising player who played in two games last season, including a start against Dallas in Week 18. Three rookies were signed after the NFL Draft – guard Josh Sills, tackle Jarrid Williams, and guard William Dunkle – and Stoutland always maximizes the abilities of those kinds of players.
Philadelphia is committed to staying at the top along the offensive line and this year's group heading into Training Camp is no exception.
There isn't a lot new here from 2021, but one big piece that is new is really big and extremely talented – first-round draft pick Jordan Davis, who joins a tackle group that includes veterans Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave, along with second-year man Milton Williams. The Eagles also signed tackle Renell Wren, who played in 12 games with two starts for Cincinnati the last two seasons. Otherwise, the Eagles return everyone, including standout edge rusher Brandon Graham, an all-time Eagle who suffered a torn Achilles tendon in Week 2 last season. Derek Barnett tested free agency and returned with a two-year contract. Josh Sweat has a new contract and a new league rep after playing in the Pro Bowl last season. Tarron Jackson, a sixth-round draft pick in 2021, is a year older and a year better now, as is Matt Leo, a big, strong, and more experienced player who started in Australia and then moved to Iowa State and now the Eagles, and he rounds out the edge players.
Inside, the Eagles welcome back Marlon Tuipulotu, a sixth-round draft pick in 2021 and they added rookie Noah Elliss in the post-NFL Draft weekend.
The Eagles want to dominate in the trenches and they feel they have depth and talent across the board up front to win at the snap of the football this season.
The Eagles will wear a brand new black alternate helmet in 2022 while waiting for the Kelly Green helmets to be ready for the 2023 season. On Friday, the team offered a glimpse of the new helmet.
This room had quite a facelift in the offseason, starting with the addition of Haason Reddick in free agency. Reddick is one of the premier pass rushers in the league, having reached double digits in sacks in each of the last two seasons. The Eagles then signed off-ball linebacker Kyzir White in free agency after he led the Chargers in tackles in 2021. In the NFL Draft, the Eagles used a third-round pick on Georgia standout Nakobe Dean and a sixth-round selection on Kansas product Kyron Johnson, creating even more competition for playing time.
T.J. Edwards returns to the middle of the defense after his strong 2021 season, and Davion Taylor is back and healthy after missing the latter part of '21 because of a knee injury. Shaun Bradley was one of the team's leaders on special teams and he is pushing for more reps in the defense this season. Patrick Johnson showed promise last season and JaCoby Stevens is in his second season as a linebacker here. Christian Elliss joined the practice squad in November and saw action in the regular-season finale. Ali Fayad was added as a non-drafted rookie after his career at Western Michigan.
The big offseason move here was signing Pro Bowl cornerback James Bradberry and he teams with Darius Slay to give the Eagles a supremely talented pair of cover players on the outside for Jonathan Gannon's defense. Those two, along with nickel cornerback Avonte Maddox, position the Eagles nicely against any receiving corps. But depth is super important here, and the Eagles have some young players to evaluate this summer.
Second-year man Zech McPhearson was an outstanding contributor on special teams last season and hopes to take a large step forward in the defense this summer. A large handful of young prospects the Eagles added in 2021 – Mac McCain, Tay Gowan, Kary Vincent, and Josiah Scott – are back for more and totally integrated into the scheme. The Eagles added veteran Jimmy Moreland in this offseason, along with Mario Goodrich, Josh Jobe, and Josh Blackwell in the post-draft period.
Those first three cornerback spots are pretty much etched in stone, and McPhearson's on-field experience helps him as the Eagles consider a large group of young players for much-needed depth at the cornerback position for 2022.
Philadelphia used a three-safety rotation for the most part in 2021 and could have the same approach this year with veterans Anthony Harris and Marcus Epps returning. Adding Jaquiski Tartt, who started 64 of the 80 games he played in San Francisco the last seven seasons, was huge in the summer. K'Von Wallace is in his third season and looking for more playing time. Andre Chachere joined the Eagles last year off of waivers from Indianapolis and helped with his play on special teams and his versatility in the secondary. Jared Mayden joined the practice squad after some time in San Francisco and worked his way up to the active roster, seeing time on both special teams and in the defense (100 combined snaps). The Eagles added Reed Blankenship in the 2022 post-NFL Draft period after he started for five seasons and was a three-time captain at Middle Tennessee State.
It is called "The Operation" and it remains intact for the Eagles for 2022 with Rick Lovato as the long snapper, Arryn Siposs as the punter/holder, and kicker Jake Elliott, a Pro Bowl performer in 2021 after he made 30 of 33 field goals (a franchise-record 90.9 percent conversion rate) and scored a career-high 134 points. Elliott made 54 of his final 55 kicks (both PATs and FGs) in the 2021 season, and with a performance like that, you just don't mess around with the mechanics of this threesome.
Who returns kickoffs and punts? That's something to be determined in the summer, and Special Teams Coordinator Michael Clay hopes the preseason chances are many in the three games the Eagles play.