In the wave of enthusiasm created by Chip Kelly and his offense, we are starting to see some players rise to the top. We knew, with Kelly’s arrival, some players would thrive and others would fail. Billy Davis also had a challenge with implementing a new scheme. His hybrid defense would force players to learn new positions, new gap responsibilities and new communication. After two games, we are starting to see some veteran players who will not survive final cuts.
Phillips has missed time with a leg injury and seen limited time so far in the preseason. He is on track to start against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday. Phillips needs to show some flashes of the player that helped the New York Giants win a championship. Patrick Chung‘s strong play has not helped Phillips’ case for a roster spot. He only has a one-year deal, and if he does not perform this week, he could find himself on the street before the start of the season.
After two games, Jones continues to fail at making an impression. He doesn’t have the leg speed from his past and has shown a case of stone hands. He has yet to break the first team and hasn’t given the coaches a reason to put him in. The backfield is too crowded with LeSean McCoy, Bryce Brown and Chris Polk. Kelly needs fresh legs for his offense and Jones is only dead weight at this point.
Dixon is another player sitting on the outside of the numbers games. The top three quarterback spots are set with Michael Vick, Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. When Dixon had a chance on the field, he looked worn out and slow. If Kelly truly wants him around to help with the scheme, he would be better off cutting him and hiring him as a coach. This was clearly a pity signing of a player by his former coach.
As first cuts approach, you can be sure that these three players will not be on the roster. The next preseason game will give us a chance to add more names to the list as Kelly shapes his squad for the 2013 season.