Making Sense Of the Eagles Inactives

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The following Eagles are inactive for today’s game against the Dallas Cowboys: QB Nick Foles, CB Roc Carmichael, DB Jaylen Watkins, C Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl and DL Taylor Hart.

This is the same group as last week.

Emmanuel Acho was questionable (groin) coming in, but he’ll apparently give it a go. It seems likely that Casey Matthews will see the bulk of the snaps at inside linebacker alongside Mychal Kendricks. Don’t expect Marcus Smith II to play much of a role, although the first-round pick is active.

The Eagles will start the same offensive line combination as last week. Andrew Gardner is at right guard in place of Matt Tobin. Gardner struggled in the run game against Tennessee, but did a decent job in pass protection. The Eagles’ starting offensive line from left to right: Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Gardner and Lane Johnson. The backups will be David Molk (C) and Tobin (G/T).

Mark Sanchez will start at QB for the fourth straight game, and Matt Barkley will back him up. Brad Smith is the emergency option.

The Eagles have five wide receivers active: Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews, Smith and Josh Huff. It’ll be interesting to see if Huff takes a chunk out of Cooper’s snaps. All four tight ends – Brent Celek, Zach Ertz, James Casey, Trey Burton – will dress.