Here’s what I saw from the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends after having re-watched Sunday’s game against the Browns.
Selection was based simply on who was available. But it just so happened to be four defensive players and four offensive players. Here are their responses.
“Dion, I don’t think Dion’s really 100 percent yet,” said Reid. “That’s why I held him and [LB Jamar] Chaney out. I just didn’t feel comfortable playing them.”
With the regular season officially upon us, this is something to pay attention to. Lewis, who was not listed on the injury report by Reid heading into the game, has been dealing with a hamstring injury on and off this preseason.
“Certainly that’s been discussed and thought of,” said offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. “He is a physical player, isn’t he? I think Chris Polk is an excellent football player. I think he is an excellent ball carrier, I think he could be an excellent blocker as well.”
The Eagles have an interesting decision to make when it comes to Bryce Brown. Despite a concerning collegiate path, they selected him in the seventh round because of his undeniable talent. His ability to tote the ball has shone through, and his mind appears to be in the right place.
Still, the pass-protection issue lingers. Brown was not used as a blocker at Tennessee or Kansas State, and remains raw in that area.
“I’m still a work in progress because I haven’t done it before,” said Brown. “I’m starting to realize that the more you are able to recognize the blitzes before they come, it’s going to help you a whole lot in picking things up.”