When it comes preseason games, the third game is always the most important, as that is when the first units get there work in. They usually play a full half, maybe even a little more. That is why Chip Kelly really couldn’t wait until the end of the preseason to name a starter; it just didn’t make any sense. When its comes to the fourth game, that is usually when the ‘bubble” players win that 50th through 53rd spot on a roster. That is how Kurt Coleman made the Philadelphia Eagles a few years back; he had two fumble returns for TD’s in the final preseason game.
With that said, the Eagles will square off with the Jacksonville Jaguars in third preseason game. Here are some things to look for in the game.
You will see good old friend Jason Babin again. Remember that time he called the Eagles “socialistic?” He was a tad bitter when the Eagles cut him. The person you won’t see is former first round pick Blaine Gabbert, due to a thumb injury. Gabbert is facing a make or break year. The Jags have implemented a new offense to cater to Gabbert’s skill set to help him. Chad Henne will likely start in his place. Wide-receiver Cecil Shorts is expected to make his preseason debut, after missing the first two preseason games; he has been practicing all week. Also check out wide-receiver Justin Blackmon, as he and Shorts make up a solid young receiver core. Philadelphia fans’ favorite coach that never was a coach here, Gus Bradley, is a high energy coach that should be a breath a fresh air down in Jacksonville. Well, it is Jacksonville. They could use anything down there. Oh yeah, Mike Kafka is their third string QB. Good for them.
CB Jeremy Harris (back)
QB Blaine Gabbert (thumb)
RB Justin Forsett (toe)
TE Marcedes Lewis (calf)
OT Luke Joeckel (hip)
DT Brandon Deaderick (groin)
This is the start of Michael Vick‘s most important year of his career. Chip said Vick won’t have to be looking over his shoulder, as he is the number one guy for all 16 games. That is the key, 16 games. In his 10-year career (entering his 11th), he has only played all 16 games once. He has only played more then 12 games just five times. Nick Foles and/or Matt Barkley should be loosening up in the pen. Left tackle Jason Peters is expected to see his first action since 2011. It will be interesting to see how the big man is moving after tearing his Achilles twice. But, you know who will be the happiest to see Peters back on the field? LeSean McCoy. I can’t say I blame him, as McCoy missed him badly last year. The same can be said for Vick and Foles. If safety Kenny Phillips can’t get on the field, he might be on his way out.
LB Phillip Hunt (ACL)
WR Jeremy Maclin (ACL, obviously)
RB Felix Jones (Traded. Deuces..)
S Kenny Phillips (quad strain)
Choice of Beverage for the Game:
Flying Dog Dogtoberfest. Why? Its Saturday night and you’ll get a red rocket after drinking one.