Making Sense Of the Eagles’ Inactives
The following Eagles are inactive for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers: QB Matt Barkley, CB Bradley Fletcher, CB Shaun Prater, OT Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly, DE Vinny Curry and TE Emil Igwenagu.
The inactives are the same as last week, with the addition of Fletcher, who is out with a concussion.
The Eagles re-signed veteran cornerback Brandon Hughes during the week, and he’ll be active. They have four corners active: Cary Williams, Brandon Boykin, Jordan Poyer and Hughes.
Williams and Boykin are expected to start on the outside. It’ll be interesting to see what they do in nickel. Here are the options:
1. Keep Boykin on the outside and play either Poyer or safety Patrick Chung in the slot. In this scenario, Earl Wolff would likely join Nate Allen at safety.
2. Move Boykin inside, and play Hughes on the outside. My guess is this is the more likely scenario.
Elsewhere, Curry is inactive for the second straight week. The Eagles’ coaching staff and front office indicated during the week that Curry sat in Week 1 because the Redskins were more of a running team. But it seems more that they don’t see him fitting in their new scheme. The Eagles have six defensive linemen active: Fletcher Cox, Isaac Sopoaga, Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan, Damion Square and Clifton Geathers.
Once again, the Eagles go with two QBs in Michael Vick and Nick Foles. They have two backups active on the offensive line: Allen Barbre at Julian Vandervelde. Barbre filled in for a few snaps at left tackle last week for Jason Peters. If anyone but Jason Kelce goes down, Barbre figures to fill in. Vandervelde would fill in at Kelce.
The Eagles once again have all five wide receivers active: DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, Damaris Johnson and Jeff Maehl. Three tight ends will dress: Brent Celek, Zach Ertz and James Casey. And three running backs: LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk.