Eagles Wake-Up Call: What We’re Watching

 

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles host the Jets tonight at 7:00 at Lincoln Financial Field. Here’s what we’ll be keeping an eye on as Chip Kelly‘s club wraps up preseason play:




 Running back competition: Chris Polk said that his hamstring is at about 80 percent. He was able to get through practice this week and is hoping to play against New York. Injured bubble players face a difficult decision: Play it conservative and risk getting passed by, or push yourself and risk sustaining a more significant injury.

"I can't guarantee anything. Just have to play it smart because hamstring's are tricky, you don't want to go out there and turn a couple weeks into a few months," said Polk. "I think I'll make a decision Thursday and see how it goes."

LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles are expected to sit this one out. Matthew Tucker, Kenjon Barner and Henry Josey will have one last chance to show why they should be included on the final 53-man.

Kicker situation: We're just over a week away from the start of the regular season, and the kicker picture is still very cloudy. That's not good. Not sure what Cody Parkey can show in such a short period of time to convince the coaching staff that he's the guy. Keeping Alex Henery might not be the most popular decision but feels like the safer play. Then again, the team can watch only so many misfires in-game before pulling the plug. They would surely welcome a strong outing out of the former fourth-round pick.

Matt Barkley: Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez are not playing. Barkley is going to see a lot of time. He probably won't factor into this season much, but the Eagles need to determine at some point in the not so distant future whether the USC product can be relied upon as a backup. The NFL is rough in that reserves only get so many opportunities to state their case. Barkley needs to take advantage of the playing time he gets, no matter the circumstance.

Marcus Smith: The coaching staff seems to think that Smith played better against the Steelers than he had the previous two weeks. Plenty of work to be done still. Maybe he gets his first sack of the preseason tonight.

Receivers: Jeff Maehl walked through the NovaCare halls earlier this week with a pretty heavy limp. He has an ankle injury but is fighting through it as he tries to make the team. He says he is playing. Arrelious Benn (concussion) should be out there, too. For guys like Maehl, Benn, Ifeanyi Momah and Damaris Johnson, this is a final opportunity to get something on tape -- whether it be for this team or another -- before cut-down day.

WHAT YOU MISSED

"We had guys talking about knocking him out, taking his head off, doing X, Y and Z to him on the field, and none of that happened, out of respect for myself, I think." Michael Vick believes he saved Riley Cooper's career.

One last cameo for Lane Johnson before he's off to Dallas for a month.

"I had this feeling like I shouldn’t play," he recalled. "I don’t know why. Something in my mind was telling me, ‘Don’t play in this game.' "Sheil with a great feature on Brandon Boykin.

Cutting players is one of the most difficult parts of a coach's job. Here's how the Eagles handle it under Kelly.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Geoff Mosher calls Arrelious Benn "the happiest guy staring unemployment straight in the face."

“Just got out there and play. Who cares?” Benn said. “It’s not the end of the world. I’m not gonna die (if I get cut). I’ve got a family. Football isn’t everything. This is my fifth year in the league. I’ve seen guys come and go. It could happen to any guy. I got released earlier this year, so I’m not afraid of it.”

Benn, a former second-round pick by the Bucs, has already overcome his biggest obstacle. Aside from a minor head injury against the Steelers that forced him to miss one practice -- “bell rung,” is how he described it -- Benn has shown he can stay healthy through an entire camp.

The New York Times talked to Vick about his return to Philly.

He eagerly awaits the chance to see former teammates and members of an organization who welcomed him after he had been a polarizing figure. He is delighted to perform once more before fans willing to forgive his transgressions.

“I’m just looking forward to going back to Philadelphia and just enjoying that day and helping the young guys and hopefully watching them go out there and prosper and get better as a unit,” said Vick with a humility that became typical of him after his incarceration.

COMING UP

Eagles-Jets at 7 p.m. from the Linc. The last thing standing between you and the regular season.

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  • NickS, Combine Warrior

    Let’s go Momah!

    • Dominik

      Momah, Benn or 5. As long as it won’t be Maehl, sign me up.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        Damn, why can’t I think of who 5 is? Got a McNabb mental block!

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

          not a # player, the total # of WRs. Mac, Coop, Apostle, Huff, Smith are our current 5. Momah or Benn would make 6

          • damrvrhunter

            Same way I understood Dominik’s post especially since we have retired DMac’s #.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Oh got it. Sorry, running on an empty tank. Only got a couple hours sleep last night.

          • dnabrice

            Apostle!!!! It might stick!!!!!

        • Dominik

          Wait, did I wrote 5? I meant 50. Best player on our roster if you ask me.

    • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

      like clockwork. Momah shows on the field that he can’t play. Then six days later all anyone can see is his spider chart. I’m starting to think he might have Jedi powers.

      “These aren’t the drops you’re looking for”

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        Anymore, I post things like “Let’s go Momah!” more for your reaction than me caring about the 6th WR spot, if we even have a 6th WR spot.

        • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

          its only going to be fun for another few days. ‘Cause he won’t be on the 53.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            I’m calling practice squad.

  • damrvrhunter

    Seems like out of nowhere the momentum began to build against Momah making the squad. I bet his is one that comes back to bite us.

    • Tikkit, draft crapshoot

      Nah, honestly he just hasn’t looked like he can play with the 1’s. Preseason is where he needed to show something and he really hasn’t.

      • Travis Papa

        He wins the job with a decent showing by default. Who here wants maehl or Benn even when they are healthy especially both being a little dinged.

        • anon

          ST will be the biggest factor. That’s why Maehl and Matthews stay employed.

          • damrvrhunter

            I know ST is really important but I think this is one time you go with future upside over immediate contribution. It might even be that if you lose Maclin coupled with Huff not at full strength you end up having to play Momah. The truth is he looks more NFL ready than Huff at this point in time.

          • anon

            because of his height? What’d he do in games? Drop passes, fumble passes, not get open, over and over. Dude is 6’15” but he’s no alshon, b marsh, vjax, or even mike evans (i’m not even going to mention that other big guy out of respect) and there’s no one on this team that can mentor him in that way.

            Hopefully he makes the PS, i think with another year of development he might be ready.

            Momah doesn’t play special teams — so he’s literally going to sit on the bench for the whole 60 minutes. If that’s the case he might as be where i’ll be — at home.

          • damrvrhunter

            Every game will have 7 players who literally sit on the bench. Why cant he be 1 of those 7?

          • aub32

            Yeah I never got why people act as if he can’t be one of the inactive guys. They don’t play STs. Barkley, Momah, #4RB, and a few offensive and defensive lineman sounds about right to me.

          • Eagles4Life

            Exactly. His 40 speed doesn’t show on the field, still can’t beat press coverage, and his hands are suspect. I’d roll with Benn over the other 2 in a heartbeat.

        • damrvrhunter

          Yup I agree with you. Momah’s ceiling is significantly higher than either of those guys at this point in their collective careers.

        • Eagles4Life

          Eh, I’m taking Benn any day of the week over Momah at this point. Mo has at LEAST another year before he’s ready.

      • damrvrhunter

        I beg to differ, if not for a case of the dropsies the narrative would be different. The year to year progress he has shown is astounding, it merits holding onto him for at least one more season.

        • Breathe 21

          We should put Momah on IR. He can’t play ST, he won’t be productive against the starters, it won’t take up a roster spot, and we can grab a WR from another team that can help us this season. Everybody wins.

          • damrvrhunter

            I worry that he does not make it to the PS meaning he will get claimed if we cut him. I have a gnawing feeling in the pit of my stomach that he is on the verge of putting it all together and we will likely need all of our healthy wideouts in games this season. I am concerned that Cooper wore a walking boot for the better of a month, Maclin himself is not sure about his knee, Huff’s shoulder sprain is serious, Matthews is still a rookie. All these things make me leery of giving up on Momah.

          • Breathe 21

            Momah doesn’t have this high ceiling people speak of. I don’t see the footwork/route running, quickness, and awareness necessary to be good in this offense. At best, Momah can be our 5th WR next year. The help we need at WR depth is not on this roster.

  • OldDuckMcDoc

    I feel for Polk. Got talent and seems like a great guy but he’s in a horrid position. Hamstrings ain’t the sort of thing you can play through or even manage easily. Unless you’re plan is “don’t sprint” but not sure that’s an option for him.

    • JosephR2225

      It worked for Nnamdi.

      • Dan

        sick burn, bro

  • Bullwinkle

    The press should cut Marcus Smith some slack. Michael Kendricks finally seems to be reaching his potential as he starts his third year. Smith has played portions of 3 preseason games. Give the kid some time.

    • aub32

      I think the team has some blame here. Pass rush was the biggest weakness going into the offseason. The only move made to “improve” that area was spending a first round pick on MSII. So naturally all eyes will be focused on his development to see if the team did enough. (They didn’t)

      • Breathe 21

        They don’t have to appease the media. The last thing an organization should be doing is listening to what the media has to say. Those people barely know anything about football. We don’t need Marcus Smith to pass rush. What rookie available late in the first or beyond is going to be a better pass rusher than Graham or Curry this season?

        • JosephR2225

          Playing devil’s advocate, I think his point wasn’t that a different late first round rookie would have supplemented the pass rush better than Smith. I think his point that only supplementing your pass rush with a late first round rookie and nothing else isn’t doing enough, and is naturally going to cause that rookie to be a focal point.

          • bill

            I guess the flip side to that is – name names. What possible move was out there that would have truly made an impact this year?
            I didn’t see any missed opportunities in FA or the draft, honestly. Dee Ford simply doesn’t fit this scheme. Which leads to the one legitimate complaint in this arena, IMO: the scheme chosen. I totally agree that this D would have been better last year and this year as a 1 gap scheme (traditional 4-3 or 4-3 under or whatever). But Kelly was brought in as a visionary system and team builder. Clearly, he feels that the 2-gap system is the way to defend the offenses of the near future. He may be wrong, but at this point, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on that decision. Ultimately, only time will tell – if he fields a 15-20 unit this year, and a top-10 unit next year, it’ll be hard to argue with his decision. If not, there will be plenty of grey area to argue through.

          • JosephR2225

            Well there’s two separate topics being addressed in this thread, the first is the fairness of the media’s treatment of Marcus Smith and the second is the improvement to the Eagles pass rush.

            Aub32’s point, which I agree with, is that we all know the Eagles pass rush was a weakness last season, I don’t think that is disputable. This season they return the exact same players on defense they had last year, except they added Marcus Smith. So the question the media is asking is whether the Eagles can improve their pass rush, and naturally when you try to answer that question you have to focus on Smith because he’s the only thing that’s different.

            The second issue about what they could have done to improve the pass rush, honestly I don’t know. There were a number of pass rushers that changed teams this offseason, but I’ll be honest that none of them really impress me all that much. I didn’t want the Eagles paying for an aging Ware or Allen or Peppers, and I think guys like Michael Johnson or Lamarr Houston aren’t scheme fits and aren’t worth the money they’re getting paid. So I don’t know what kind of move they could have made that would have improved the pass rush and been a good move for the team overall, but I do think it’s still a weakness and I think that’s why you’re seeing the overreaction to Marcus Smith’s performance in the preseason.

          • DoctorRick

            Another factor here is that the players and coaches have had a year to get used to the scheme and to each other. It will be interesting to see if that translates into skill and improvement.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Chip’s reasoning in preferring the 2-gap 3-4 is that he feels it is the best defense against his style offense. So does he anticipate more copy cats? Seems so. But let’s also not forget that he was also just quoted saying that they aren’t building for the future. The future is now. That kind of runs contrary to patience in building up the defensive philosophy.

          • bill

            Personally, I take his “future is now” stuff with a grain of salt, because it is part of his larger narrative that he gives to players: “win the day, every day.” So he can’t come out and *say* “well, we’re still building for the future, here.” Clearly, (to me anyway), the jump to 2 gap immediately was always an instance of long-term planning winning over short-term results. And, at that level of abstraction, I have no problem with it. Even with the talent available being a better fit for 1 gap, I don’t think there was so much talent that they’d be a top 10 defense this year, even with possible additions in FA and draft. They’d be better, but not great or even really good. They’d have a better pass rush, but IMO most certainly worse against the run. And the secondary would still be a work in progress, and most likely LB too. So I have no problem with weighing how much “now” they lost by making the change against how much better they thought they’d be in the future, and deciding to go future. Doesn’t mean that they weighted the options correctly, but, from the outside, I think it is hard to say that they just ignored the “now.”

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Yeah I was just throwing it out there. I also recall that “future is now”, as being in response to a question about keeping Bair over a younger guy. So maybe that was more in the context of keeping a guy that’s gonna help them now as opposed to “possibly” in the future. Or maybe he just meant that for Bair, the future is now at 29yo.

          • aub32

            Exactly. When first asked about what defensive scheme he and Davis planned to run, they both said they would run whatever best suits the personnel. That didn’t seem to be the case last year, and there were no moves made this off season that justify that a 3-4 system is best for the personnel now.

          • dnabrice

            Is part of the issue of the defense, the split second delay required in the 2-gap that forces more decision making as opposed to just shooting a gap? Helps with defending the run, hurts with defending the pass… Part of the 3rd down woes…

          • bill

            I actually don’t think it has much to do with 3rd down woes, especially 3rd and long, because I think they’re generally 1-gapping on those plays. I think part of the problem there is that the secondary, and especially the safety who is no longer on the team, just couldn’t deal with anything, while the pass rush was fighting through reinforced pass protection. I think the real problem comes on 1st and 2nd, (and 3rd and short, I guess too) where teams can “invert” their offense and come out throwing (perhaps instead of “invert,” I should say “MorningReidify?”) against a 2-gap scheme with weak edge rushers and a soft secondary. I think it was NE who really showcased this in the preseason (or was it CHI? I can’t remember now). They are really going to struggle with pass rush in their base defense due to the talent that they have, and scheming blitzes can help some, but only so much.

          • dnabrice

            Good point.

        • aub32

          It’s not about appeasing the media. The point of the offseason was to improve the team. Kendricks looks better now than he did last season. I hope that continues once the games start to matter. However, Cole and Ryans are a year older, and it’s not a stretch to believe our pass rush will be worse than it was last year. Graham and Curry can rush the passer, though I am not completely sold on Graham doing it consistently. However, I do not expect to see either on the field anymore than we did last year. In fact, I expect we may see less of Graham if Davis truly does want to stay with base personnel more often than not. Lastly, the offseason doesn’t just include the draft.

          • Breathe 21

            For one, the eagles did improve the team. Pass rush can be improved through scheme, such as blitzes due to better coverage on the back end. Things we couldn’t do before with players like Chung on the team and lack of CB depth. The dime package will allow blitzes that create pressure. As far as the offseason, there were few legitimate options at pass rusher. They eagles were not able to bring one in. They didn’t neglect the position. The Eagles explained what they want the D to be in the future. MSII fits what they want going forward. It doesn’t matter what people on the outside of that organization think.

          • damrvrhunter

            Sense and sensibility prevails at last.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I think Davis proved (albeit briefly) that he can take lesser talents up front and scheme them to create more pressure through blitz packages. Although he was running a 4-3U in AZ.

            Edit: Maybe marginal or avg talents may be a better description…

          • aub32

            I would have infinitely more confidence in our ability to rush the passer if you told me we were running a 4-man front.

          • Eagles4Life

            Pass rush is still pass rush. Like everyone says, you’re in your nickel or sub packages more than you are base, for the most part. That holds true especially on passing downs, where most of the time, we would essentially be in a 4 man front for all intents and purposes. The problem is we don’t really get much pressure with 4. And that’s a problem aside from running a 3-4 lol.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            We’re running a 4 man front. Ok, maybe that’s partially true. As far as Davis saying they wanted to run more base, I just don’t think he wanted to tip his hand.

          • aub32

            We will see. I think it’s funny how much people believe there’s some secret plan rather than basing expectations on what you’ve actually seen.

          • dnabrice

            The other thing is that schemes and what you’re doing can change over the course of the season. That’s one of the things that Chip is great at. Hopefully that continues to feed to Davis.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Actually seen last season, which is never, ever going to change?

          • aub32

            Forgive me if I don’t trust the guy who thought Bradon Boykin playing OLB or having Graham blitz from the slot was a good way to scheme pressure. You are right that scheme has a lot to do with creating pressure, and if an announcement came out this offseason that we would see more four man fronts, then I would agree that we should see a much better pass rush. That’s not the case. In fact, we were told that we should expect to see base personnel a bit more this season, which means less Graham.

            I did not say the team didn’t improve. Jenkins is an upgrade over Chung, but it does little for the pass rush, unless you’re trying to convince me that having more DBs playing LB is a good thing.

            Also, where did this notion that going dime will improve our pass rush come from? Did you watch the Saints game? If I am an opposing team I am praying the Eagles go in a dime package so that I can run a draw play right up the middle.

            You’re right when you say my thoughts and opinions don’t matter one iota to the organization. That doesn’t mean that the team is always correct in every decision they make. When Reid hired Castillo as DC, I am sure he didn’t care about my thoughts or anyone else’s either. How’d that work out? I bring up the example of Castillo because it’s the most obvious to make my point.

            Lastly, I do not buy the idea that the Eagles couldn’t bring anyone in. They had plenty of cap space. They are a budding team that won their division. They are in a major media market, and they have had a very good history of attracting big and mid level FAs. Yet for some reason this offseason they just couldn’t bring in anyone.

          • Breathe 21

            Jason Worilds and Orakpo were the only Legit options at pass rusher, IMO. They were interested in Griffin as well as those two. Any other option would’ve been overpaying for an unproven guy who isn’t an ideal fit. That goes against what we are building. They would’ve had to give up too much for Barr in the draft. Idk what more you want from them. Next year will be a much better opportunity to get a pass rusher. On the flipside, they added legit cover players like Jenkins and Carroll to the team. That allows them to blitz more players knowing our guys can hold up in single coverage. I was saying the eagles don’t have to care about the media’s opinion. I wasn’t going at you lol

          • dnabrice

            Don’t know Worilds, but is Orakpo even good enough at pass protection that they would want him? Graham is not out there b/c of pass coverage issues.

          • Breathe 21

            He’s more fluid in space/better in coverage and is a probowl caliber pass rusher. He would be a menace on this team.

          • aub32

            We disagree on the FA moves that could have made this team better, but there’s no need to go back and forth there. I would argue a move, and you would say you don’t see the upgrade. I think they could and should have done more. I also, don’t get all the NC hype. The guy isn’t even a starter. I am glad to have better depth over Roc and Marsh but does little for the pass rush.

            You and others have pointed out Davis will scheme to make the pass rush better. Using the scheme to create a pass rush implies 2 things. First, it implies the DC knows how to mix up coverages and blitzes. I point to the Bradon Boykin OLB experiment as an example of why I do not have faith there. It also implies that you have players that can blitz. I will give you Kendricks as a potentially good blitzer. However, now Ryans is left covering TEs without the ability to just run into them due to the new rule emphasis. Where are your other blitzers? Barwin isn’t a pass rusher. Cole is past his prime. Graham and Curry are on the bench. Is Jenkins about to become a sack machine from the safety spot?

          • Breathe 21

            On blitzing 3rd downs, Ryans will not be on the field, Graham and Curry should be along with Cox and Cole.

        • usmcnole

          Exactly. Our pass is going to be better because of guys already on our roster

          • aub32

            You mean the guys that never see the field?

    • JosephR2225

      “What’s the worst thing about the league? I said the draft,” Kelly told TheMMQB.com’s Peter King. “I mean, the hype that goes into the draft is insane. Totally insane. The biggest thing for me is that everybody thinks whoever you drafted or whoever you signed is now gonna be a savior. …

      “I think a lot of times the hype turns into really, really hard times for the individual who got picked, because there’s so many expectations of everyone building them up to be Superman because they had three months to write about them and talk about them. Then when they get picked, they’re a very, very good prospect, but there’s a learning curve when you go from any job out of college into a company. If you take a job at Wells Fargo when you get out of college, your first day of the job they don’t say, ‘He’s our first-round draft pick, he’s the savior to the company!'”

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I agree & also agree with aub32 in that he was the only move made to improve a lacking pass rush. So the focus is on him more to produce. The kid is starting his 4th year playing defense & while he has the talent & the tools, he’s also being thrown into learning a new position (the more difficult of the two) at the highest level. That’s like moving from Double A ball to the big leagues & oh also moving from 3rd to shortstop. Gonna take some time to adjust and learn. As I’ve said before, I think they have him taking on the higher learning curve of the Jack so that next year he can take over as the Predator & be more versatile & established in that role. Basically building him up cerebrally, so as to get that outta the way. I would’ve preferred they eased him in at the easier position to get some productivity out of him early. I still hope that they get him in on some blitz packages to allow him to flash some of his athletic ability.

      • aub32

        I completely agree. I also think that fans and the media need time to get used to Kelly’s way of doing things. Reid attempted to draft players that he thought were ready to start from day one. Watkins, JJ, Nate Allen, Matthews, Cox, Kendricks, Maclin, Graham, DeSean, and Henery were all drafted to start. The only day one starter Kelly has drafted in two years is Lane Johnson, and he was a top 5 pick. Kelly drafts players with the intention of having them play a backup role until they are ready to start, which is why I was surprised at how little the team did in FA to get some capable vets in the building while the rookies develop.

      • dnabrice

        QB to Defense is more like pitcher to SS! haha

      • MagatBrackendale

        Part of the problem is that not only are many of the writers and “fans” impatient but that many of them secretly want to believe they could do it better.

  • OMGitsWes

    GOD THE PRESEASON IS SO LONGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG

    • MagatBrackendale

      But somehow summer is so SHRT.

  • anon

    That Bryce Brown pick is looking more and more like a 4th instead of a third.

    “New 49ers receiver Stevie J hasn’t done much of anything this preseason, catching just two passes for 11 yards in three games. Kape says that’s because he can’t always find Johnson on the field.”

    • TNA

      Have the performance and playing time conditions been reported?

    • NickS, Combine Warrior

      Let’s hope SF blows this year, then.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Let’s hope that anyway.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

        I really liked STL in that division as potential wild-card, before the acl. I think they may be right up with SEA for best defense, solid run game, tavon. thought SF might regress since I don’t believe fully in Kaep.

        • aub32

          I think you were giving too much credit to Bradford. The dropoff from him to Hill isn’t that great.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            That guy is cursed. What’s that now? 2, 3 major injuries to Bradford?

          • aub32

            You and I have very different definitions of the word cursed. The guy never had a chance to show how mediocre he is, and keeps collecting a very nice paycheck under the assumption, “he’d be good if he could just stay healthy”.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I didn’t say he was good…lol. Just cursed.

          • aub32

            I know what you said. I’m saying I wish somebody would curse me with $50M and keep me on an NFL roster where I spend more time sitting in a tub than on the field.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Well unfortunately you weren’t the last #1 draft pick (QB at that), before the collective bargaining agreement implemented a rookie wage scale. I think that was his curse.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            I’d happily go through another ACL tear if I was getting 17.6 million while receiving free rehab.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

            i thought he looked ok last year before the injury. had some decent weapons (heck, the run game did well when they were the only weapon). He’s nothing to write home about, but I’d say at least 2 or 3 wins better than Hill. No fair assumption this old man is playing a full 16 either.

          • aub32

            I think the team’s problem has more to do with their OC than their oft injured QB. I just never thought Bradford was anything better than mediocre, and I think Hill can at least do that.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Bradford is really good short-intermediate. His long ball is one of the worst in the game. Hill might give them one less win.

          • aub32

            Not having the long ball would’ve played a big problem when you consider he was throwing to speedsters like Britt and Austin.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Yeah, exactly. They gave him weapons he can’t maximize.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Their run game was okay. Their line is average and think Stacy averaged a wopping 3.9ypc

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          I felt bad for STL in that division. Put them in the NFC East or North and it would be interesting. When 10 wins can’t guarantee you a wild card spot and 3-3 in division is the best possible outcome, you’re not going to fare well, regardless of the talented D.

      • Eagles4Life

        Let’s. Has the Aldon Smith suspension hit yet? Playing them without him or Bowman will be HUGE.

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          Nah, he better get at least 4 games, though.

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    The Eagles should keep an eye on the Broncos who have two good kickers for the first four games. If Henery looks bad, they can pick up either McManus or Prater, depending on which guy the Broncos cut.

    • damrvrhunter

      Late to the party huh?

    • MagatBrackendale

      Miami would beat them to it.

  • TNA

    It seems like whoever the best ST players are out of a group of Momah, Benn, Josey, Tucker, Barner, Matthews, Maehl, etc. will be kept. From a positional stand point, I’d keep Tucker, Josey and Barner somehow and rummage through other teams’ cuts to provide depth. What makes a good ST player anyway if that’s a critical criteria? How are guys like Matthews and Maehl beating out superior athletes?

    • MagatBrackendale

      Many superior athletes are not necessarily superior football players. eg. Can you see Michael Phelps, who must have REAL tunnel vision in his sport, playing QB in a read-option offense?

  • 370HSSV 0773H

    Is Brad Smith playing tonight? I’m interesting in seeing him do something. Anything. Like catch a ball, make a tackle on special teams, take a handoff, block someone. Anything.

    • damrvrhunter

      Same here. I am really disappointed in him. He aged 10 years this off season.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

      he’s done those things in the RS. whereas these preseason all-stars need every opportunity possible to prove they may one day do it during real games.
      the guy is hands-down our best 5th WR currently. nothing to see there.