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Eagles Starters to Play First Quarter

The Eagles spent this morning going through a simulated game that was closed to the public as they prepare to take on the Baltimore Ravens in their first preseason game of the season.

Andy Reid addressed the media afterwards, and said that his starters would play the first quarter. The 2nd team would take over from their until the half, and for the rest of the game it will be a combination of the third and fourth teams.

In addition to breaking down how he will divide his playing time, Reid said that Jamaal Jackson will start the game at center. Their had been some speculation over the last few days that rookie center Jason Kelce might take that role, but at least for the first game, it appears as if the job is still Jacksons. Reid did mention, however, that Kelce could see some time with the first unit. It would not be shocking to see that happen, as Howard Mudd is a big fan of Kelce, and would more then likely be interested in see him go up against the Baltimore Ravens defensive line.

Vince Young has struggled in camp so far

Vince Young will come in and quarterback the second unit. Young has had a rough training camp so far, both in learning the offense and mechanically. Multiple times Young has gone to the line only to be called back and talk with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Young has also had trouble making basic throws, as most of his balls have been overthrown or off target. This could have to do with him processing the offense while he is trying to play.

Jason Avant and Riley Cooper will be the starting recievers, while Chad Hall and Sinorce Moss will back them up. Moss has had a great camp, and it will be interesting to see if he can translate that into the game. Moss is fighting for a roster spot, and with Jeremy Maclin out, the Eagles will be interested in keeping as many playmakers as they can. Unlike Avant, Cooper and Hall, Moss has the speed to take one to the house.

On defense, Reid said that when the team is in nickel, Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will play the outside. That means that Nnamdi Asomugha will man the middle, a role he has embraced. It will be interesting to see how much defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will show in terms of their plans for using the package for the regular season. With most preseason games, the gameplan is very vanilla. But with so many changes, and with Castillo new to calling the plays, it will be interesting to see how complicated the gameplan gets.

Speaking of Castillo, Reid said that tomorrows game will be the next step for Castillo. Castillo has been wearing the headset on the sideline for the last few practices, getting used to making the play calls. If the defense has problems getting a play in or seems confused, that could be coming from Castillo more then the inexperience of the defense playing together.

Either way, add up all of the plot lines for tomorrow night and you have one of the most anticipated preseason games in years.

 

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Review: First Day of Hitting at Eagles Camp

The effects of the lockout have been felt throughout the NFL from a front office perspective, but today at Lehigh, the on field results were very visible.

While the Eagles players took the field for the 8:05 am practice in full pads, the pads were off by 9am. During that hour, the team did maybe a half hour (and thats generous) of live hitting.

So what did the abbreviated version of live hitting teach Eagles fans? Here are some of the highlights from camp today.

Moss jogs up the sideline after bringing in a long touchdown

Sinorce Moss: Moss was a late season addition to the Eagles last season, and did not see much time on the playing field. But during this offseason, he was one of the players who were a constant at the unofficial New Jersey work outs. How much direct effect that had on his play so far is unknown, but Moss was very impressive today. Multiple times Moss was able to real in long passes down the sideline, including one diving catch that called for him to trap the ball under his body as he dove. Michael Vick spent a lot of time on the sideline talking to Moss about little things he could do to improve, which shows that Moss is viewed as a important part of the receiving core. While his touches will drop drastically when DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin return, Moss has played well enough that he may have a spot on this team all but locked up. Not quite, but he’s close.

Graig Cooper: Dion Lewis was absent from the second half of practice, and Cooper stepped in and played well with the second time. He was able to miss some people miss in the backfield, and got to the edge for a “first down” on a 3rd and 1 drill. With Eldra Buckley unable to practice due to his contract situation, Cooper has stepped in and played well enough that Buckley’s job may not be as wrapped up as once thought.

Brent Celek: Celek did not stand out this morning, as he had to leave the field with an injury. While he is assumed to be fine, Celek has been a virtually non existent this camp. Over the last two days, Celek has been a ghost. Celek put on some muscle in the offseason, and was visibly bigger during the work outs in New Jersey during the offseason. In his place, Clay Harbour has had a good camp, catching everything thrown his way. Clearly Celek is in no danger of not making the team,  but it will be interesting to see if all of the working out and muscle gaining have a negative effect on his game.

Jaiquawn Jarrett: Penciled in by many as a starter, Jarrett has been running with the third team defense for most of camp. With his name not even on the back of his jersey, Jarrett is a player that excelled in college due to his knowledge of the game. Not the fastest, Jarrett will move up the depth chart once his grasp of the defense improves. But for now, it looks like the second round pick is far down the depth chart.

Michael Vick: Vick has had a very impressive camp so far on many levels. On the field, he has been amazingly sharp. Whether it is in 11 on 11 drills or simple passing drills, Vick has made every throw with accuracy. Off the field, Vick has been talking to his receivers during breaks about things they can do that he is seeing. After one play today, he and Chad Hall talked about what each saw on a route and how they could improve it. Watching them talk, it was evident that what everyone says about Vick’s improved emphasis on preparation is true. Vick is without question the leader of this team, and unlike last camp where the feeling was on cautious optimistic and excitement, the feeling at this camp is clear: confidence. The players believe in Vick, and Vick believes in them.