The Eagles wrap up the preseason schedule against the New York Bretts Dirty Sanchez’s. While the starters don’t play, this game is very important to the team as it will go a long way to determining who fills out the depth of the roster.
Here is what to look for on Thursday:
Shawn Andrews. Let’s hope the Eagles starting right tackle leaves the Meadowlands with his health. Oh, he’s not playing, you say? This guy injured his back during stretching exercises the first day of training camp. If he sneezes too hard, he may end up on Injured Reserve where he can get his Michael Phelps on all season long. That could cause the return of Jon Runyan. We could only be that lucky.
Hank Baskett-Wilkinson, Reggie Brown and Brandon Gibson. Two of these guys will make the team, the third may bring us a draft pick. Baskett-Wilkinson likely has the inside track on being the fifth receiver. Do you think Andy Reid is going to trade Kendra out of town, especially when he is about to ship AJ Feeley Heather Mitts to another NFL city for a second time? Brandon Gibson, a draft selection this year, has flashed good hands in camp and could cement his roster spot with a strong showing on Thursday. Brown, the former second round pick (the pick we got in the first Heather Mitts trade), has been a huge disappointment for the Eagles. He needs a great game to remain in Philly. More than likely, he’ll be on the first train to Baltimore on Saturday.
AJ Feeley. If Mr. Heather Mitts gets a chance to play, he needs to play well. He will be traded and his performance could be the difference between New England where he can throw to Greg Lewis during practice, or Detroit.
Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. A strong showing from Kolb might calm down the back-up quarterback talk a bit. If he falters, he leaves the door open for Vick to surpass him on the depth chart. (Dailyphiladelphian.com will explore the Kolb-Vick situation more in depth on Sunday). For Vick, this is a chance to show where he is as a quarterback after two years out of the game.
Joe Mays and Omar Gaither. Gaither has lost a starting spot the last two years at two different positions. Mays seemed to be the starting MIKE backer in place of injured starter Stewart Bradley. The Eagles insist this competition is still open and Gaither now tops the depth chart. The opening day starting job is on the line for both guys.
Quintin Demps, Sean Jones and Al Macho Harris. The team has yet to name a starter to succeed Brian Dawkins. Demps was considered the favorite to start, but like Mays, has not separated himself from the competition. Free agent addition Jones is a ballhawk with 14 interceptions in the last three years. Harris, a rookie, has impressed the coaches.
Shady McCoy. He has a chance to play more than any rookie back in the Andy Reid era. He will be the back-up to B-West, and gets more gameday experience against the Jets.