We know preseason football is meaningless, but we also know that the third game is about as close to a regular season game as it gets.
Here's what we're watching tonight..
- Who is the slot corner?
The slot corner position has been talked about all week.
This position tends to get overblown a bit. Patrick Robinson wasn't even a lock to make the team at this time last year. I feel that as the season progresses someone will eventually take over the role.
However, it will be interesting to see if Avonte Maddox can continue to make his case.
It's possible that Sidney Jones is better suited as an outside corner.
We should find out tonight which one of these players will at least start the season in the slot.
- Nate Gerry
Mychal Kendricks will be wearing a Browns jersey tonight.
Is Nate Gerry officially his replacement? That question should be answered.
The linebackers haven't looked great so far this preseason. Seeing them play well tonight would give everyone a peace of mind.
- Josh Adams vs. Wendell Smallwood vs. Donnel Pumphrey
Will anyone step up and earn the 4th running back spot?
Or will the Eagles cut them all and look outside the organization?
- The Wide receiver battles
Shelton Gibson has lit up the preseason. He has 7 catches for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns, and 174 return yards (29 yards per return) so far this preseason. He should be a lock for the roster.
Will Kamar Aiken or Markus Wheaton make one last ditch effort to make the team?
- D line depth
Elijah Qualls has been brutal this preseason. Undrafted free agent Bruce Hector is on the outside looking in.
The Eagles need to find another defensive tackle behind Haloti Ngata and Detiny Vaeao.
Will someone step up?
- Nick Foles
I am not concerned about Foles at all, but it seems others are.
We should see a half out of the Super Bowl MVP. The over-reactors would feel a lot better if Foles were to lead a touchdown drive tonight.
- Big V needs to be better
He was horrendous last week. I know it's preseason but he is still a young player with a lot to prove. He will be tested all night.
- No Injuries!!!
At the end of the day this is a preseason game. The Eagles need to come out of this one without any additional injuries.