Sam Bradford, for now, is in the Eagles' starting lineup

The Eagles open training July 25 at the NovaCare Complex in South Philadelphia. Here’s a starting lineup projection:


Quarterback (Sam Bradford): Finally healthy going into training camp, Bradford has to walk a thin line in leading the Eagles: Coach Doug Pederson has named him the No. 1 quarterback, but Bradford also knows that rookie Carson Wentz will eventually take his job.

Running back (Ryan Mathews): Mathews survived an awkward season with DeMarco Murray playing in front of him. He figures to be the lead guy this year, but can he remain healthy after missing three games in 2015 and a total of 23 during his six-year NFL career?

Receiver (Jordan Matthews): Pederson says he likes Matthews in the slot, where he caught most of his 85 passes for 997 yards in 2015. Pederson also plans to use a fullback and tight ends more extensively, which could affect Matthews’ playing time.

Receiver (Nelson Agholor): The 2015 first-round pick had a disappointing rookie season (23 catches, 283 yards), partly because of a high ankle sprain. He could blossom as the featured receiver in Pederson’s interpretation of a West Coast-style offense.

Tight end (Zach Ertz): Ertz’s strong finish (35 catches, 450 yards in final four games of 2015) earned him a five-year, $42.5 million contract and convinced Pederson he had a major weapon along the lines of Kansas City’s Travis Kelce.

Tight end (Brent Celek): The veteran will be on the field a lot, as Pederson showed three-tight end sets during OTAs. While the Eagles will use a fullback -- possibly Chris Pantale, who was a practice squad TE last season -- Pederson will change personnel more often than former coach Chip Kelly did.

Left tackle (Jason Peters): The eight-time Pro Bowler battled through back and nerve problems last year, but should benefit from Pederson’s plan to limit his practice workload.

Right tackle (Lane Johnson): The Eagles signed Johnson to a five-year, $56.5 million contract that takes into account the possibility that the 2013 first-round pick will move over to left tackle when Peters is finished playing.

Left guard (Allen Barbre): Of all the names here, Barbre’s is written most tentatively in pencil. He will go into camp as the starter but faces competition from veteran Stefen Wisniewski and rookie third-round pick Isaac Seumalo.

Right guard (Brandon Brooks): The Eagles landed the former Houston Texan with a five-year, $40 million contract. He will shore up a position that was left barren by Kelly’s release of Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis and decision not to draft any offensive linemen in 2014 or 2015.

Center (Jason Kelce): Kelce did not have his best season playing between two new guards, but Pederson believes Kelce can return to his Pro Bowl form of 2014.


Defensive end (Vinny Curry): In four seasons, Curry has never started an NFL game. The Eagles handed him a five-year, $46.25 million contract because they believe Curry can be a force in the team’s new 4-3 defensive scheme after playing out of position for three years.

Defensive end (Connor Barwin): There is a chance Brandon Graham starts here. Barwin was with the first team during OTAs and the best guess is that coordinator Jim Schwartz rotates his defensive linemen a lot.

Defensive tackle (Fletcher Cox): Another defender returning to his natural position after three mismatched seasons in a 3-4 scheme, Cox received a six-year, $102.6 million contract last month because the Eagles believe he can be a star in Schwartz’s 4-3 defense.

Defensive tackle (Bennie Logan): Logan spent his first three seasons as the thankless nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. He should have a chance to blossom playing alongside Cox in an attacking 4-3 scheme.

Outside linebacker (Mychal Kendricks): Kendricks added 15 pounds in order to be a more effective run-stopper in the Eagles’ new 4-3 defensive scheme.

Outside linebacker (Nigel Bradham): The Eagles signed Bradham because of his production -- 102 tackles, 2.5 sacks, an interception -- in Schwartz’s scheme as a Buffalo Bill in 2014.

Middle linebacker (Jordan Hicks): In just eight games (five starts) as a rookie, Hicks excited fans with two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and a sack. The negative? Hicks tore a pectoral muscle, continuing a history of injuries, and spent half the season on injured reserve.

Cornerback (Leodis McKelvin): Another of Schwartz’s ex-Bills, McKelvin had a career-high four interceptions playing for the new Eagles coordinator in 2014. McKelvin can also play the nickel and return kickoffs.

Cornerback (Eric Rowe): Nolan Carroll could well wind up here, but you get the feeling the coaches want Rowe to earn the job on the field.

Safety (Malcolm Jenkins): Jenkins went to the Pro Bowl and then signed a new four-year, $35 million contract. His versatility should allow him to be even more effective in Schwartz’s scheme.

Safety (Rodney McLeod): The former St. Louis Ram was credited with a career-high 106 tackles last season and should be a good partner for Jenkins in what should be the Eagles’ best safety tandem since Brian Dawkins’ heyday.

Special teams

Kicker (Cody Parkey): Caleb Sturgis, who replaced the injured Parkey capably last year, has a chance to win the job, but Parkey went to the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2014.

Punter (Donnie Jones): Jones turned 36 this month, and the Eagles will have to replace him at some point, but that point doesn’t appear to be right now.

Long-snapper (Jon Dorenbos): Rookie John DePalma could unseat Dorenbos, but the 36-year-old has lasted this long because of his rare reliability.

Returner (Darren Sproles): Agholor got a lot of work fielding punts and kickoffs in OTAs because Sproles wasn't there, but the veteran returned two punts for touchdowns last year and is still the man.