Aug 20, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Bryce Brown (34) carries the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE
Andy Reid implied the starters would play a few series tonight, but mostly this should be an evening for the rest of the guys to win a roster spot. Here's what I'll be watching for.
Nick Foles - He's been the story of the preseason so far and he should be pretty much the main attraction for tonight's game. Reid says he'll get at least the first half, so it should be fun to see if he can keep is great run up and really grab ahold of that backup job.
Safety - We saw very little of Jaiquwan Jarrett last week as the two starters got most of the time. But tonight he should have ample playing time. Will he do anything with it? And maybe Atogwe could show us something while we're at it.
Special teams - Really all around here. There's battle at punter to watch, but also at punt returner. Damaris Johnson did not impress as either a return man or a WR last week opening the door for the likes of Mardy Gilyard to make a run at a roster spot. Tonight could also be the night where Cliff Harris gets a shot at a punt return. So really, it might not be so bad to see the offense stall a few times.
WR - Down the depth chart, things are pretty interesting. Damaris Johnson has had some drops, Marvin McNutt hasn't distinguished himself and Mardy Gilyard has actually played pretty well. The fact that these guys really haven't stepped up probably also helps out the injured Riley Cooper. It will be worth watching to see which of these guys steps up tonight.
RB - There are 3 backs competing for what is likely just 2 spots. Bryce Brown has really impressed so far in preseason breaking off runs of 27 and 33 yards in the first two games. Dion Lewis has had a strong camp and had a very good opener. Chris Polk, for all the good talk about him, really hasn't distinguished himself. He has 8 carries for 12 yards so far. He has a done a solid job in the receiving game though.
CB - We were all very impressed with Curtis Marsh's performance last week and he should play quite a bit tonight. Brandon Hughes, Kevin Thomas & Cliff Harris are all battling for what could be the last CB spot as well.