Making Sense Of the Eagles’ Inactives
The following Eagles are inactive for tonight’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs: QB Matt Barkley, CB Roc Carmichael, CB Jordan Poyer, OT Matt Tobin, OT Dennis Kelly, DL Damion Square and tight end Emil Igwenagu.
Most noteworthy is the player whose name is not listed above: Vinny Curry.
The 2012 second-round pick didn’t dress in either of the Eagles’ first two games, but he’ll give it a go tonight. Chip Kelly and company had maintained that Curry’s standing had more to do with the opponent than anything else. Perhaps expecting a pass-happy attack from the Chiefs, they decided to activate Curry.
The other factor is that Square played poorly last week against the Chargers.
Curry will presumably rotate in with Clifton Geathers and Bennie Logan on the second-team defensive line.
Meanwhile, in the secondary, Poyer, a seventh-round pick, is inactive for the first time. Taking his place is Prater, whom the team added after the preseason. He’ll be the Eagles’ fourth corner behind Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Boykin. Safety Patrick Chung has also played some slot corner in three-safety looks.
For the third straight game, the Eagles go with two QBs in Michael Vick and Nick Foles. They have two backups active on the offensive line: Allen Barbre at guard/tackle and Julian Vandervelde at center.
Jeff Maehl is once again the team’s fifth wide receiver.And on the other sideline, starting cornerback Brandon Flowers is active. He had been listed as questionable with a knee injury.