3 Eagles Veterans Fighting for Their Jobs After 2022 NFL Draft

Larry Rupp
Three Philadelphia Eagles veterans fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft.
Three Philadelphia Eagles veterans fighting for their jobs after the 2022 NFL Draft. / Jerry Habraken via Imagn Content

The Philadelphia Eagles were making splashes all over the 2022 NFL Draft this past weekend and ended up adding a number of talented players to the roster. They moved up in the first round to take a powerful defensive lineman and then acquired a Pro Bowl wide receiver via trade just minutes later.

When it comes down to it, not everyone can start for this Philadelphia squad when Week 1 rolls around. Training camp is going to be the best opportunity for some of the newcomers to earn a bigger role, which makes taking a look at three Eagles veterans fighting for their job worthwhile.

Philadelphia Eagles Depth Chart

1. Javon Hargrave, DT

It sounds ludicrous to think that Javon Hargrave could be in danger of falling down in the depth chart after making the Pro Bowl in 2021 and racking up a career-high 7.5 sacks. However, the Eagles didn't take Georgia's Jordan Davis for no reason at all. Davis is a massive human being (6-foot-6, 340 pounds) capable of singlehandedly shutting down an opponent's run game. He is the perfect player to throw out there on first and second down before bringing in fresh legs on third downs. The most likely scenario here is that Hargrave, Davis, Fletcher Cox and Milton Williams continually rotate at DT throughout the course of the game.

2. Jack Stoll & Tyree Jackson, TE

No one really put much attention toward Philadelphia's selection of tight end Grant Calcaterra in the sixth round (No. 198 overall). The SMU product has a legitimate shot to make a move up the depth chart in training camp, though. Dallas Goedert is locked in as the starter for the Eagles, but backups Jack Stoll and Tyree Jackson combined for only 7 receptions in 2021. Meanwhile, Calcaterra racked up 465 yards and 4 touchdowns on 38 receptions in 11 games played. His raw talent is surely going to need time to develop at the NFL level, but there is room for him to make an immediate impact on the Eagles roster.

3. Zach Pascal, WR

The addition of wide receiver A.J. Brown certainly shakes things up in the Eagles passing attack. He joins second-year pro DeVonta Smith on the outside as one of the best young duos in the league. That leaves just the slot receiver position up for grabs. While free agent signing Zach Pascal has shined in that role before, the edge here has to go to third-year pro Quez Watkins. Watkins broke out with 647 yards and 1 touchdown on 43 receptions last season while appearing in every single game. On the other side, Pascal averaged 10.1 yards per reception in 2021 and only hauled in 55.1% of his targets.

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