Most of the starters for the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles remain the same as a season ago, minus a few positions.
In the off season, the Eagles sent Asante Samuel to Atlanta. Ronnie Brown, Steve Smith and Vince Young, the man who deemed the Eagles the Dream Team, were not resigned.
The Eagles rewarded core players with contract extensions, including DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, and Trent Cole.
By rewarding their superstars and having a full offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles believe they can make a run for their first ever Super Bowl title.
First, they must figure out their depth chart. The team has a couple of positions yet to be decided.
KING DUNLAP vs. DEMETRIUS BELL (LEFT TACKLE)
The most crushing blow to the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles was the season-ending injury to LT Jason Peters. Regarded as one of the best tackles in football, his presence will surely be missed, especially by RB LeSean McCoy.
The team signed Demetrius Bell to replace Peters, but after struggling he had to battle King Dunlap for the starting LT position.
While both struggled, head coach Andy Reid named King Dunlap the starter earlier this week. Look for Bell to see some action at LT later in the season; Dunlap is too inconsistent.
AKEEM JORDAN vs. JAMAR CHANEY vs. BRIAN ROLLE (WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER)
The 2011 Philadelphia Eagles struggled on defense. After a slow start from rookie starting MLB Casey Matthews, the team turned to Jamar Chaney who played decent as a fill-in. His natural position is WLB, where he was projected to start in 2012.
An injury sidelined Chaney for the preseason and left the position up for grabs. Currently, Akeem Jordan holds the starting position, but that is subject to change.
The team remains high on Brian Rolle, a second year player from Ohio State. A starting linebacker position doesn't hold a lot of merit considering Reid's history of changing linebackers multiple times during the season. Jordan will hold the position, but Chaney may reclaim it once he gets healthy.
MIKE KAFKA vs. NICK FOLES vs. TRENT EDWARDS (BACKUP QUARTERBACK)
The most interesting battle for the Eagles remains the backup QB position (I mean it is Philadelphia-- the backup quarterback is always the most popular position).
With the injury history of Mike Vick, the Eagles' backup quarterback figures to see significant action in the regular season. Vick only played 12 preseason snaps and got injured twice. A season ago, Vince Young played three games when Vick was sidelined with a rib injury.
Mike Kafka was the backup a season ago, but his poor play caused the Eagles to go with Young when Vick was injured. Kafka suffered a hand injury and missed the last two games of the preseason. With multiple injuries at the quarterback position, the Eagles turned to rookie QB Nick Foles.
The Eagles surprised a lot of people when they selected Foles out of Arizona in the third round of this year's draft. But Foles has been the talk of the town in recent weeks. He has been outstanding during the preseason. Many believe he may be named the backup quarterback, but Reid has made no commitment to naming the backup QB.
Trent Edwards has played well in the preseason, but I believe he has a very small chance of making the team. Kafka has a better knowledge of the offense and this is his third season with the team. The Eagles will most likely name Foles the backup and Kafka third string.
JOSELIO HANSON vs. BRANDON BOYKIN (NICKEL CORNER)
A few seasons ago, the Eagles rewarded Joselio Hanson as one of the premier nickel corners in the NFL. But, rookie Brandon Boykin is challenging Hanson for that position. Boykin has been impressive on defense, but even more impressive on special teams. The 4th round draft pick has been explosive on kick returns. I believe that the Eagles will stick with Hanson to keep Boykin fresh.