In the fourth and final preseason game, no starters will take the field. Actually, I should so no one who has locked down a starting job will take the field. The fact that LB Joe Mays and FS Quintin Demps, two guys listed as starters on the depth chart, will be playing makes it fairly obvious that neither have yet to win a starting job.
After Mays struggled at times in the first two preseason games, the Eagles saw fit to give rookie LB Moises Fokou time at the MIKE linebacker spot with the first team defense. Mays and Fokou will continue their battle with one another against the Jets, however both are probably really competing Omar Gaither. Despite having been injured for the past couple weeks, Omar Gaither is probably the leader in the club house for the stating middle linebacker job. It certainly has seemed that Reid wanted to give Joe Mays a chance to show himself in the preseason, since he already knows what he's got in Gaither. He implied so this week.
"I know Omar can play the MIKE linebacker position. I'm not worried about that. I just want to make sure that he's confident in his leg and that it continues to progress here. It held up great last week. I just want to see how it does this week."
I always had the feeling that despite Mays taking the starter snaps, Fokou getting time in the middle, and the Eagles bringing in Matt Wilhelm... that Omar Gaither was always the most likely to start in the middle week one.
Quintin Demps' chief competition appears to be rookie Macho Harris. There's a chance that Sean Jones could always move over to FS, but he's taken most of his snaps all summer at strong safety and has always seemed better suited for that position anyway. With Harris and Demps both getting time with the first team last week, it looks like the starting job is completely up for grabs. That should be somewhat of a disappointment to second year man Demps, who should have had the job locked up by now.
Finally, the other guy of note likely to play this Thursday is Michael Vick. Reid said there was a "good chance" Vick would see the field against the Jets, and why not? This will be his last chance to take the field before the regular season starts where he'll have to wait for the commish to reinstate him before he can play. That could happen as late as week 6. It should be interesting to see whether Vick gets more time in a more traditional QB role, or whether he hops in for gimmick plays with Kevin Kolb still on the field. Kolb will see the majority of snaps at QB for the final preseason game.
What other position battles/players are you looking forward to seeing in the final preseason game?