NFL Depth Chart Rankings

Backups grade: 13.9 | Deepest position group: Halfback
Shallowest: Defensive back | Best non-starter: OLB Darryl Tapp (+14.5)

In past years, Tapp has been a great backup pass-rusher for the Eagles, and in Washington he should be ready to play if Ryan Kerrigan or Brian Orakpo were to get hurt. Having Darrel Young (+11.3) at fullback is also helpful for when Washington wants out of two-tight end or three-wide receiver formations. There are a number of experienced backups here, but not many that you would want starting.


26. Dallas Cowboys

Backups grade: 13.2 | Deepest position group: Wide receiver
Shallowest: Defensive end | Best non-starter: WR Dwayne Harris (+4.9)

The duo of Harris and Cole Beasley (+2.7) are at the bottom of the Cowboys' depth chart, but each have been surprisingly effective when they've been needed as an injury replacement. A number of backup spots are filled by 2013 draft picks who have yet to make a large impact. The glaring weakness has been on the defensive line, where the roster consists mostly of free-agent replacements who haven't spent much time with the team.


27. Indianapolis Colts

Backups grade: 10.8 | Deepest position group: Defensive line
Shallowest: Cornerback | Best non-starter: S Corey Lynch (-0.1)

The only points of strength for the Colts are at positions where the backups haven't seen much playing time. On the defensive line, both Josh Chapman (+1.2) and Montori Hughes (+1.5) have shown promise on their limited snaps this season, while Weslye Saunders (+3.1) was a decent run-blocking third tight end last year. The roster is full of experienced backups, but they have proven they are below-average players in the league.


28. Cleveland Browns

Backups grade: 10.1 | Deepest position group: Defensive line
Shallowest: Offensive line | Best non-starter: DE Billy Winn (+3.4)

The Browns have the least experienced group of backups in the league, with Jason Pinkston (-5.1), Willis McGahee (+0.7) and Gary Barnidge (+0.5) as the only players above 1,000 career snaps. This means the Browns have a few players who have failed track records as starters, but also a few players who have shown promise.


29. Jacksonville Jaguars

Backups grade: 8.7 | Deepest position group: Cornerback
Shallowest: Defensive tackle | Best non-starter: CB Will Blackmon (+6.3)

Blackmon was brought in to be a return specialist, but he has impressed as a cornerback when called to play outside or in the slot. Jacksonville has a young team, and any young player that has shown some promise has joined the starting lineup at this point in the season.


30. Miami Dolphins

Backups grade: 7.6 | Deepest position group: Defensive end
Shallowest: Halfback | Best non-starter: DT Paul Soliai (+15.9)

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