Philadelphia Eagles 2016 Depth Chart Notes
Doug Pederson is in town, and that's going to shift the pace of the offense down quite a bit. Sam Bradford should once again lead the shot, at least to begin the year. All indications are that Carson Wentz isn't ready, and it could be a multi year development for him. While he was drafted second overall, that doesn't mean he's going to get snaps, unless Bradford really struggles.
Ryan Mathews is the lead back in the offense, but there's rumors that it's going to be far from a feature role. This makes sense, but he should still lead the running backs in touches if he stays healthy. Darren Sproles is still in town and should still have a decent receiving down role once again. While he is getting older, he should find himself taking up significant third down and kick off/return snaps. The Eagles drafted Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, and there's a reasonable shot he gets touches in year one. If Mathews were to go down, while he won't fit into a feature role, he'll likely be the main part of a committee.
Jordan Matthews should once again lead the wide receivers in targets, yards and touchdowns. There's talk of him moving outside instead of his usual flanker role, but that's fairly irrelevant for his bottom line, in terms of targets. Behind him, Nelson Agholor and Rueben Randle are battling it out for the number two receiver role. Based on Pederson's offenses in Kansas City, it's not likely either play a significant role.
Zach Ertz has a nice breakout 2015 campaign, and will once again lead the charge for the Eagles tight ends. Ertz is mostly a receiving down tight end, so while his total snaps might go down in 2016, but his receiving role and stature in the passing game will stay the same. Brent Celek is the top blocking tight end, but won't be used as much in the passing game.