Eagles-Bears: What To Watch ForBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
As it stands, the starting pair of receivers for the regular season will likely be watching from the sidelines. The rest of the offensive starters are likely to play the first quarter. The defensive starters could see roughly the same amount of time; possibly a few extra series as the 3-4 scheme looks to make its mark. We will have the opportunity to see the back-ups, and a lot of them; but on a team coached by Kelly that enjoys position battles, players are going to be proving why they are worthy of a roster spot.
-The remaining wide-receiver depth will be on display, and the light will shine the brightest on rookie Jordan Matthews. He is currently taking first team reps, still lining up as the slot receiver, the position he expects to hold down when the season kicks off September 7th versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. The coaches have raved about Matthews, he has received praise and even labeled as the “best rookie wide receiver in the draft” by running back Lesean McCoy. All eyes will be on the new #81; but expectations should remain in check, he is unlikely to see playing time past halftime.
-Huff has not enjoyed a great camp thus far, but he will have the opportunity to show why the Eagles selected him in the third round when many had him pegged with a fifth round grade.
-As for the vets; it’s going to be “show time” for the likes of Benn, Smith, Momah, Johnson and a few other hopefuls trying to cement their name on the final 53 man squad.
-It will be nice to see Sproles in an Eagles uniform, and I look forward to Polk building on what we saw last season.
-Here is name. How about James Casey, a forgotten name that is getting paid good money to be a productive player for the Eagles.
-Sanchez and Barkley are the two realistic quarterbacks fighting for the back-up position, Kinne is a practice squad player, let’s not fool ourselves.
Five draft picks were spent on the defensive side of the football. I’m ready to see what Marcus Smith can do, and exactly how far away Watkins is from being someone we can count on in the secondary. Hart and Allen are good sized players that should provide depth in the 3-4; I want to see them being active with their hands, mixing it up a bit.
-Early picks in previous years on guys like Marsh and Graham, I’m looking to seeing something from; although I’m realistic and don’t expect much. I think Curry will continue what he has been doing, getting good pressure on the quarterback when given the opportunity to play.
-How about guys who were hurt all of last season in Travis Long and Paul Krueger?
-Alejandro Villanueva has had an interesting journey getting to the NFL; will he show enough to the coaching staff to keep his “dream” of playing pro football alive, or will they elect to part ways and sign a guy with more experience?
-There is really no “competition” with who will be kicking field goals for the Eagles this season. You will possibly see “Murder Leg” on Friday, and hopefully he gets the opportunity to tackle someone, his shelf life in the NFL may only last until preseason is over.
There are enough positions to be won on this roster that warrants us to watch the entire “watered-down” first pre-season game.
What should the Eagles attempt to come away with Friday night? Stay healthy, stay active and play like with a chip. It all begins in a matter of hours, year #2 of Chip Kelly is right around the corner.
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