When the Eagles have the football, I’ll be focusing on a number players and positions to measure the progress of this football team near the end of training camp and about a month before the start of the regular season.
Of course the first player I’ll be taking a look at tonight will be Eagles new starting quarterback Kevin Kolb. He doesn’t have to break any records, he just needs to run the offense efficiently. Take care of the football and take what’s there.
We don’t need any heroics, like him tucking the ball under his arm and trying to run for a first down. He needs to put together a drive or two and get in the end zone.
I’ll expect to see the same out of Michael Vick when he gets in there, and competence from the rookie Mike Kafka when he gets his chance.
DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brent Celek and Jason Avant have nothing to prove but they want to help Kolb look good so they need to make a plays or two if they get the chance.
I will closely examine the play of the offensive line, especially the middle of it at the center and guard positions.
Mike McGlynn will be worth taking a look at, as he tries to take the starting center position away from Nick Cole, who is injured.
“The media doesn’t tend to see things the way it is sometimes,” McGlynn said. “When I was asked if I expected to see more reps with the ones . . . I still thought that job was up for grabs. And now this is an opportunity for me to step in and show what I can do.”
The play of the guards will be worth checking out. How will Stacy Andrews and Max Jean-Gilles hold up? I want to see if they’re getting any movement on running plays, which means moving the Jaguars off the line of scrimmage.
The young tight ends will be worth taking a close look at. Cornelius Ingram and Clay Harbor need to use this time to show they can block in the NFL. They should each both catch a few passes, especially in the red zone.
I want to see rookie wide receiver Riley Cooper show us he can repeat his training camp performances at Lincoln Financial Field. Get open, catch the football and be physical. I’d love to see him do something in the red zone.
The running backs could go after Eldra Buckley’s job as the back up to LeSean McCoy and Mike Bell, but their chances are very slim. They’re really trying out for another team in the league because I think Buckley has locked up that job.
Chad Hall could give himself a chance to make somebody else’s team, if he shows he can do something as a punt returner.
I’ll be on 610-WIP at 10pm tonight after the game. Give me a call and tell me what you thought of the game. Who did you think played well and who didn’t?