PHILADELPHIA -- Their starting right tackle, Lane Johnson, will miss the first four games while he serves a PED suspension.

Their first-round draft pick, outside linebacker Marcus Smith, is a deer-in-headlights project who doesn't look like he will to be able to make much of a contribution this season.

Aside from that, though, the Philadelphia Eagles seem to be properly equipped to win their second straight NFC East title and make a deep playoff run in Chip Kelly's second season as head coach.

"I feel like we're headed in the right direction," Kelly said. "I'm not a prediction guy, but I think I feel we're headed in the right direction is the best way to say it."

Kelly took over a 4-12 team last year and guided it to 10 wins and a division title. There's no reason to believe they can't be at least as good, and probably better, this season.

The Eagles made it through the summer with no major injuries. They have the league's most athletic offensive line and a quarterback -- Nick Foles -- who led the league in every pertinent passing category last season. They brought in backup insurance for Foles, signing former New York Jet Mark Sanchez, who has 68 career starts.

The Eagles will cut quarterback G.J. Kinne before Saturday's 4 p.m. deadline for NFL teams to reduce rosters to 53 players, according to

Kinne was competing with Matt Barkley for the No. 3 spot behind Foles and Sanchez.

The Eagles also released offensive lineman Josh Andrews, his agent tweeted.

Kelly traded for versatile running back Darren Sproles, who will back up league rushing champ LeSean McCoy and be used as both a runner and pass-catcher. Kelly believes having Sproles will make it difficult for opposing defenses to play as much man coverage against them as they did last season.

Kelly also is looking for big things from second-year tight end Zach Ertz and second-round rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound Matthews will be used in the slot, where Kelly thinks he'll be able to take advantage of smaller nickel corners.

The Eagles improved their secondary with the free agent additions of safety Malcolm Jenkins and corner Nolan Carroll. Jenkins is a starter and Carroll gives the Eagles depth at a position they didn't have last season.

The one lingering question heading into the Eagles' Week 1 game against Jacksonville is the team's pass rush. They had just 37 sacks last season and finished 31st in sacks per pass play. They were among the worst third-down defenses in the league.

They had hoped Smith would be more NFL ready by this point, but that's not the case. That means they're going to have to get bigger pass-rush contributions from linebackers Trent Cole, Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham, and defensive end Fletcher Cox, among others.

NOTES: WR Brad Smith didn't play in the final preseason game against the New York Jets. Coach Chip Kelly said it had nothing to do with his groin injury. Smith will be the team's fifth wideout, and could see action as the team's slot receiver if rookie Jordan Matthews struggles with his blocking. ... RB Chris Polk was unable to play against the Jets and thus missed all four preseason games because of a hamstring injury that he suffered on the second day of training camp. Before getting hurt, Polk figured to be the team's No. 3 running back. ... K Cody Parkey, who was signed just a week ago, booted 53- and 54-yard field goals against the Jets and may have beaten out Alex Henery for the team's kicking job.