Release of Unofficial Philadelphia Eagles’ Depth Chart Raises Questions

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New Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was hoping for a quiet first training camp in the NFL. He wanted to build competition and an edge within an ever-changing and previous under-performing roster.

These hopes came to a crashing halt last week when a video was released of wide receiver Riley Cooper using a racial slur at a country music concert this year. The immediate response from players in Philadelphia was harsh and to the point as it relates to Cooper’s now infamous use of the “N” word. While Cooper requested and was granted a leave of absence from the team, Philadelphia’s new “unofficial depth chart” seems to raise more questions than answers.

The now embattled wide receiver finds himself No. 2 on the depth chart behind DeSean Jackson with Jeremy Maclin out with a torn ACL. While these unofficial depth charts that teams release during training camp should be taken with a grain of salt, why didn’t Philadelphia make the decision to drop Cooper from the starting lineup? After all, the veteran isn’t even practicing with his team and his future in Philadelphia is shaky, at best.

Even on the field, there were some that concluded Jason Avant should be ahead of Cooper on the depth chart. As it is, Philadelphia didn’t do much to take the whole situation out of the headlines by indicating Cooper is a starter less than a week after his video went viral.

Via CSN Philly: Real QB battle brewing.

Via CSN Philly: Real QB battle brewing.

In more important news, the Eagles depth chart indicates that both Michael Vick and Nick Foles are starters. This pretty much eliminates Matt Barkley from the quarterback competition, but also indicates that Vick and Foles will be battling it out for the starting gig throughout the duration of camp.

Each one of these quarterbacks bring something different to the table, but recent reports indicate that Vick has been more impressive of late.

Vick’s athleticism seems to fit Kelly’s fast-paced offense, but Foles played pretty well after the veteran suffered through an injury-plagued and turnover-prone 2012 campaign.

With the quarterback situations in Buffalo and New York seemingly coming to a head at this point (both EJ Manual and Geno Smith are considered favorites), all  eyes could be on Philadelphia in the weeks leading up to the regular season.

At the very least, their initial depth chart doesn’t throw water on the controversy that has been Eagles camp thus far.

 

Vincent Frank is an NFL featured columnist at Bleacher Report.

Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle8:00-9:30 every Wednesday.