Monthly Archives: August 2010

Eagles at Kansas City Chiefs (preseason)

Records: Eagles (1-1); Chiefs (0-2)
Where: Arrowhead Stadium (K.C.)
When: Friday; 8:00.
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

What to Expect: This will likely be the starters final shot at getting into the end zone in the preseason as Andy Reid doesn’t have them play in the final preseason game. Kevin Kolb and the rest of the Eagles offense will see three quarters of play and you should expect a heavy rotation throughout the first three quarters on defense.

Players to Watch

Kevin Kolb – He hasn’t reached the end zone yet, something fans shouldn’t worry about but should keep on their minds. It’s shocking because of the weapons he has to throw to. These three quarters will be his final chance to quell some of the worries fans have heading into the season. Hopefully, he shuts up the McNabb faithful.

Brandon Graham/Juqua Parker – This will be Graham’s first game as the listed starter at left end over Juqua Parker. If he shines, he will get the lion’s share of reps until he slips up. This doesn’t mean Parker will fall under the radar. Parker is a very fast pass rusher who has shown Graham his techniques of knocking the blocker off balance to shoot around him. Add them with Trent Cole, Broderick Bunkley, and Mike Patterson and expect the Eagles to rack up a ton of sacks this year. QB’s beware!

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Eagles at Cincinnati Bengals (preseason)

Records: Eagles (1-0); Bengals (1-1)
Where: Paul Brown Stadium (Cincy)
When: Friday; 8:00; FOX
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

What to Expect: Starters will be getting much more playing time this time around. If I’m not mistaken, starters will play at least the first quarter and some of the second. This is when you’ll get to see Kevin Kolb try to gel with his new starting team mates and hopefully develop a rapport that will carry over into the regular season… Heeeee’s Back! Terrell Owens isn’t thankfully coming back to Philly because he wouldn’t make it out alive but we will get to see him on TV playing against one of his uglier divorces. Owens and Chad Ochocinco, together on one team, is going to be a huge circus act and I can’t wait until the big top collapses, leaving Carson Palmer wondering what the hell to do with two spoiled cry babies…

Players to Watch

Kevin Kolb – He’s the man in Philly now. Like I said in the previous section, he is going to try and develop some kind of relationship with his receivers in an actual game-day scenario. It would be nice to see him get more playing time for a change and really give us a taste of what he can do this year.

LeSean McCoy – It’s going to be nice to Shady get a fair share of carries this time around and attempt to get on a roll. Shady is the number one man now in Philly without Brian Westbrook. He will also hopefully have something Westbrook hasn’t had in most of his career, a reliable number two to keep him healthy in Mike Bell. McCoy is like a clone of Westbrook in that he is small in size but very speedy. He has great hands and can get lost behind the line man. Once he pops out into sight, it can be too late to get into position to make a tackle on him.

Riley Cooper – Cooper had himself a nice little showing in the second quarter last week. He made some nice catches and showed that he should get some touches in the regular season. He’s battling Hank Baskett for the fourth WR spot and right now he has an early lead.

Michael Vick – Vick looked pretty sharp last week. It appeared he was forcing himself into more of a passers role by staying in the pocket. His discomfort showed as he fumbled a couple snaps, losing the ball once, and throwing an interception. Vick did look good on the other plays and even showed off some of the vintage speed on his rushing touch down. Look for Vick to continue to work on being a true quarterback and continue to get better and show flashes of his old brilliance. Maybe this time around he can be a weapon on the field.

Eagles vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (preseason)

2009 Records: Eagles (11-5; 2nd in NFC East); Jaguars (7-9, 4th in AFC South)
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
When: Friday; 7:30; WPVI
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

What to Expect: It’s the first game of any kind for the Bird this season. Don’t expect the starters to go more than two series’ this game. Instead, look at some of the position battles for players trying to make the team and impress the coaches… Kevin Kolb will be making his first start as the Eagles preseason #1 QB… You won’t truly get a good idea of how good he will be this season until week 1 or 2 but it won’t hurt if he comes out looking sharp and ready to be the leader… Banged up players like Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Asante Samuel, and half of the offensive line may not see any playing time at all.

Players to Watch

Riley Cooper – The scrappy WR is the fifth receiver on the depth chart currently. With Hank Baskett in front of him currently, he will need to show the Eagles he has speed, size, and good hands so he can pass Baskett on the chart as the big target guy in four-receiver sets.

Clay Harbor – He is the smallest in size of the tight ends but he probably is the fastes. With Cornelius Ingram coming off of another missed season with an injury, Harbor is going to battle him for the #2 TE spot. He has great hands and isn’t afraid to take a hit, something a player at that position needs.

Brandon Graham – The rookie end shows incredible explosiveness and knack to get to the QB. With Trent Cole and Juqua Parker as the established starters, Graham is just looking to impress coordinator Sean McDermot so he could get more playing time. What benefits him is that the Eagles love to rotate their defensive line to keep guys fresh and give the better players a balanced share of reps. If Graham impresses like he did the scouts to be chosen as their first pick, he will get a heavier load.

Macho Harris – He was given his shot as a starter last season and lost it when he was constantly burnt on the deep ball or sought out the big hits. He needs to use his head to think and not to pile drive receivers if he wants another crack at starting. Right now he will have to go through rookie Nate Allen.

Nate Allen – The second-round pick is penciled, not penned, into the starting free safety spot. He will have to fight off a group of safeties in Harris, Quinton Demps, and Marlin Jackson in order to hold his spot as a starter. He’s a smart defensive back with good hands, good speed, and can lock down on a receiver to make him feel uncomfortable in catching the ball.