Eagles vs Jets Preseason Preview!
The Eagles will conduct their annual preseason finale against the Jets tonight in New York and while the starters won’t be playing, there’s plenty to watch for.
For me personally, I love the fourth game because marginal guys play their hearts out and earn roles on the squad. I remember just a few years ago being at one of these Eagles Jets games and watching Danny Woodhead put on a show. Woodhead, who is now a Charger, has made a solid career for himself since then.
So who exactly is worth watching in this game? Stop asking questions and I’ll tell you. God.
1. Damion Square and Jake Knott: Not to be confused with nautical rigging, Square Knott is a pair of unsigned rookie free agents who look poised to make the team. They’re gotten plenty of praise and playing time this preseason and should see extended time tonight as they solidify their spots on the roster.
2. Russell Shepard vs Greg Salas: With Jeremy Maclin and Arrelious Benn out for the year with torn ACL’s, the receiver position is a glaring offensive weakness. DeSean Jackson, Riley Cooper, Jason Avant, and DeMaris Johnson are locks to make the team. However, the last spot is up for grabs between Shepard and Salas. Shepard seemed to be the most likely URFA to make the team this offseason, but has faced great competition in Salas. Salas has made some stunning grabs this preseason and just might force Chip Kelly to put him on the roster.
3. Earl Wolff vs Nate Allen: This is the matchup that has the biggest impact on the Eagles season. Allen, who is a disappointment that was selected with the pick from the Donovan McNabb trade is directly competing with Wolff to start. They should both see a good bit of action as they try to separate themselves. My money is on Wolff taking the job.
4. The End of Matt Barkley: This is the last time we’ll talk about him all season (hopefully). He’ll play at least half of this game and then take the year to get stronger for next season. Case closed.
5. The End of Danny Watkins: This is a different kind of end. Watkins career this preseason has been a lot like this video. With Allen Barbre locking up a back-up position and Dennis Kelly able to play tackle and guard, it seems like the end of the line for the Fireman—making the 2011 draft officially a complete disaster.