With the Philadelphia Eagles training camp and preseason out of the way, we can now project the team’s starting lineup based on what we saw last month.
The Philadelphia Eagles made a surprising move by trading a late-round pick for QB Gardner Munshu. But we shouldn’t expect major changes from what we saw from the first team during August. Most of the players who will start in Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons have seen limited action during the preseason, and there won’t be much debate about the 53-man roster.
In that regard, here’s a look at the projected starting lineup for the Eagles in Week 1:
2021 Philadelphia Eagles starting lineup
QB – Jalen hurts.
Hurts, who will leave for the Eagles after a good camp in which he showed a lot of improvement during his rookie year, doesn’t change much from Minshew’s replacement. He will have a chance to prove that he can be the keeper of the Philadelphia franchise.
RB – Miles Sanders
Sanders is still having the same issues that plagued him last season, falling heavily during camp. Still, he’s the Eagles’ best runner, and adds quality as a pass protector. He could lead the Eagles back in a matter of moments.
WRs – Deonta Smith, Quiz Watkins, Jalen Rigor
A young trio of receivers will perform in Philadelphia on offense, as their starting trio of WRs were drafted in 2020 or 2021. Smith and Rigor, both former first-round picks, are quick but need to improve their routes. Watkins has been a pleasant surprise with his progress since the first year.
TE – Dallas Goedert
Goedert can basically do anything a top tight end needs to do, block and receive. Even if Zach Ertz somehow stays on the roster through Week 1, Goedert should get the most moves, as he’s currently the better player of the two.
OL – Jordan Mailata, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson
The right side of the line, if healthy, has the potential to be one of the best in the NFL, and with the appearance of Mallett on the left side, the Eagles feel great after their three-year development. Andre Dillard is a trade player, frustrated at camp; So don’t expect to see him in an Eagles jersey.