Aug 24, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid against Cleveland Browns in a preseason game at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire
Starters will not play in the final preseason game against the Jets. So if you're not injured and not paying this Thursday, it just may mean you've made the team. So who's in and who's out?
Joselio Hanson & Darryl Tapp will not play. I think that means Hanson is in and will be the nickel corner. It could mean Tapp is in as well, but there's always he could be traded. He really has nothing to prove and would only risk injury in a meaningless 4th preseason game.
Both Jaiquwan Jarrett & OJ Atogwe will play. Part of this is probably just making up the numbers as Kurt Coleman & Nate Allen will sit and Phillip Thomas is the only other safety on the team. Andy Reid said that this game will be a big opportunity for Jarrett.
Fletcher Cox will not play, while Antonio Dixon and Cedric Thornton will. Part of that is making up the numbers at DT, but Dixon may need a solid showing to ensure his spot.
"Listen, it's competition," he said. "You seize the moment and enjoy the opportunity and do the best you possibly can do. [S] Jaiquawn [Jarrett], he's one of the young guys that has an opportunity to play, he'll get a lot of snaps and will take full advantage of that."
Akeem Jordan will play for a few series just so he can get work at WILL, where he really hasn't played this preseason.
Mike Kafka will not play as he's still being held out because of his hand injury. Nick Foles will start the game and play the first quarter while Trent Edwards will play the rest of the game. Partly due to Kafka's injury, but partly due to his solid play, Edwards has emerged as a real candidate to grab the #3 QB job after looking like nothing more than roster filler earlier this summer.
"I don't know," said Edwards. "I've said all along that I'm going to control the things that I can control, and those decisions aren't up to me. I'm going to do what I've been coached to do. I feel that I have progressed, and I feel that I know where guys are going and what I should do with the football now. This is a great offensive system to be in. That's one of the reasons that I came here was to be coached by these guys and play with the guys in this locker room. It's going to be fun on Thursday night to get out there."