With training camp and preseason over for the Philadelphia Eagles, we can now project the starting lineup for the team based on what we’ve seen over the past month.
The Philadelphia Eagles made a surprise move by trading a late-round pick for QB Gardner Minshew. But not much change should be expected from what we saw of the first team in August. Most of the players who will start against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1 have seen limited preseason photos and there won’t be much discussion about the 53-man roster.
On that note, here’s a look at the expected starting lineup for the Eagles in week one:
Philadelphia Eagles starting grid 2021
QB – Jalen Hurts
The trade for Minshew doesn’t change anything for Hurts, who will start for the Eagles after a good fight in which he showed a lot of improvement from his rookie year. He gets the chance to prove he can be Philadelphia’s franchise quarterback.
RB – Miles Sanders
Sanders still has the same misery that plagued him last season, with a lot of drops during camp. Nevertheless, he is the Eagles’ best running back and he also adds quality as a pass guard. He could lead the Eagles’ backs in a snap in 2021.
WRs – DeVonta Smith, Quez Watkins, Jalen Reagor
A young trio of receivers will be on the offensive for Philadelphia as their starting WR trio is drafted in 2020 or 2021. Smith and Reagor, both former first round picks, are fast but need to improve their route. Watkins was a pleasant surprise with his improvement since year 1.
TE – Dallas Goedert
Goedert can basically do everything a top-tier tight end has to do, both blocking and receiving. Even if Zach Ertz somehow stays on the roster in Week 1, Goedert should get the most snaps as he is the better player between the two at the moment.
OL – Jordan Mailata, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson
The right side of the line, if healthy, has the talent to be the best in the NFL, and Mailata’s rise on the left gives the Eagles a great feeling after his three years of development. Andre Dillard is a trade player, who disappointed in the camp; so don’t expect to see much of him in an Eagles jersey.
DL – Derek Barnett, Fletcher Cox, Javon Hargrave, Brandon Graham
The defensive line is the strongest group on the roster, with all four incredibly talented players. There’s a solid depth to it, with guys like Josh Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan and Milton Williams. No line of attack is likely to be at peace when facing the Eagles’ front four.
LB – Eric Wilson, Alex Singletary
A solid but unspectacular player, Wilson is already an upgrade from what the Eagles had with Nathan Gerry in recent years. Singleton improved from year to year, earning his way into the starting lineup with good practice.
CBs – Darius Slay, Steven Nelson, Avonte Maddox, Anthony Harris, K’Von Wallace
The secondary was terrible last year, but that was because of the number of injuries they had during the season. There is now more depth and two really good players in Slay and Harris. The Eagles’ pass defense should work much better in 2021.
STs – Jake Elliott, Arryn Siposs, Rick Lovato
No surprises here, as none of them faced a starting battle during camp. Elliott should bounce back after a terrible 2020 campaign.