Some of my reasons:
With our beloved birds season on life support I offer this question. If the Eagles are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs do we let Vince or Kafka get some playing time along with some of the other guys? I actually think this might not be a bad idea and I will share my reasons why after the jump.
- If Vince Yong can get his groove back enough he may be able to yield a better draft pick by showcasing he is no longer a basket case and can still play in the NFL (better picks is never a bad thing).
- We can see Kafka develop more on and off the field. He will gain valuable preparation insight not to mention will be more ready in the event that his number is called.
- Curtis Marsh! I really liked this kid coming out of collage and he had a really strong camp. The converted RB to CB has a knack for defending passes and has posted better numbers each year after converting to CB. So with CB maybe being a bit of a question mark next season it would be nice to get him some playing time and experience.
- Gives us a nice barometer of how much heart this team has and how badly they want to be here. The way I see it is if guys have nothing to play for and they do not come out and play hard then that is a good indicator of who needs to stay and go.
- Allows us to perhaps find that diamond in the rough or some extra chemistry between some different player combinations.
- Allows us to preserve Vick a bit more; at 31 I am sure the extra time to rest and heal up and save tread on his tires might not sound like a bad thing.
- Great data. If we run it almost like a preseason rotation we get to see our second stringers and third tier guys going against starters. This gives us a great opportunity to see if these guys can even play in this system at NFL speeds. On the active player roster we have 22 guys that have 3 years or less playing in the NFL not counting the practice squad (which would add another 8 more... yup the whole practice team is below 3 years)
- Incentive for some of the other guys to play harder and not feel like their job is so safe.