Heading out to New Jersey for last call in preseason game 4 against the Jets is the least of my worries… I’ve got to make sure our legions of loyal fans have access to the upcoming WIP-Sports Radio “Last Fan Standing” Contest…
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While you’re signing up for that contest, here’s what awaits you on Thursday night against the Jets:
Basically, it’s an Eagles running backs’ competition to make the roster, unless the Eagles brass has already decided the outcome.
According to David George of PE.com, of the six current backs, LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles are absolute definites. Wendell Smallwood serves as the more-than-likely candidate to fill in as a backup. It’s the trio of Donnel Pumphrey,Corey Clement, and Byron Marshall who will be vying for spots on the roster Thursday night.
“Everyone wants to go hard. This is the last time you’ll be on film. I know 31 other teams are going to be watching us so everyone just wants to leave it on the field,” Smallwood said after Tuesday’s practice. “Let it go and show what you’ve been working for all camp. This is kind of your last shot if you’re one of those guys that’s kind of on the edge.”
Corey Clement, one of the undrafted rookies who has a legitimate shot at making the roster, has arguably exceeded expectations thus far. He’s led the team in rushing yards all three preseason games and has recorded rushing touchdowns in the last two outings. His production level will make it a tough decision for the coaching staff.
“Coach (Doug) Pederson addressed it in the first meeting this morning. He said he knows what we’re feeling right now. He said he’s been in our position of getting cut and restarting, getting cut again. It’s the nature of the business and to be honest you have to be able to accept the fact of that part,” Clement said.
“You may get cut and it’s not the end of the road if you do. Some other team is looking out and you might get picked up by them. I’m not thinking that way. I love the Eagles’ staff, the organization. I would love to be a part of it, but ultimately it comes down to their decision and hopefully I can make it hard on them to not cut me.”
Dave Spadaro also had an idea abut the competition for the nickel cornerback, RB, TE and OL roster spots available:
“Which roster spots are still open? Pederson mentioned he’s keeping an eye on the nickel cornerback spot, running back, tight end, and the offensive line. He could have added the situation at backup middle linebacker and defensive line, both at tackle and end. It was widely expected that Ron Brooks would claim the nickel cornerback spot once he was healthy, but he hasn’t come all the way back and won the job. Patrick Robinson has been playing the nickel spot with Ronald Darby here. The Eagles are going to look at Dexter McDougle in that role, too.”
“Do the Eagles keep nine or 10 offensive linemen? Let’s count ‘em up: Starters Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, and Lane Johnson. That’s five. Count on backups Stefen Wisniewski, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Chance Warmack. That’s eight. Young tackles Dillon Gordon and, yes, Taylor Hart – who is making the transition from defensive tackle to offensive tackle – are in the mix. Victor Salako is a young tackle with promise. Guards Dallas Thomasand Darrell Greene are going to get long looks on Thursday. Despite trading two offensive linemen in the last month – Allen Barbre and Matt Tobin – the Eagles still have a lot of players they like along the offensive line.”
This upcoming preseason match also holds a lot of intrigue for the New York Jets.
Here is the New York Post’s George Willis’ take: “Here we go again. That is the prevailing thought surrounding the Jets’ quarterback situation which, after three preseason games, doesn’t look any more promising than when training camp began. At this point, it is destined to doom coach Todd Bowles the way it did Rex Ryan.”
“Bowles was on a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning sounding like he rather would be having a root canal than talking about his quarterbacks. This was a day after naming Josh McCown as the starter for the regular-season opener at Buffalo.”
“You would have expected a speech about how the organization and the players have full confidence in McCown or a message intended to rally the fan base with something like, “This is our leader going into battle.” Instead Bowles opted for convoluted coach-speak comparing the quarterback’s availability to the punter and snapper and about how the Jets would use Thursday’s preseason finale against Eagles “to work on stuff.” ‘
This was a quarterback competition that ended by default. McCown (age 38), who signed a one-year, $6 million contact with the Jets in March after two seasons with the Browns, didn’t win the job as much as Christian Hackenberg proved he isn’t ready to be a starter. The mistake the Jets made was not making their decision last week, after Hackenberg proved against the Lions that he wasn’t ready to be the starter.
Now, a quarterback who is on a new team and 2-20 in his past three years as a starter has one preseason game remaining to get ready for the season opener.
Suddenly, I feel a whole lot better about the Eagles and their organizational structure heading into September. Thank the football gods we are not the Jets.