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Bears vs. Eagles: 90 Players to Watch in the First Preseason Game

The Eagles play the Bears at 8:00 PM EST on Friday night, August 8th, 2014. Here's what to watch for from every single player.

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By now you've probably already read a number of articles titled "10 Eagles Players to Watch Tonight" or something to that effect. While there's certainly no problem with those, we like to do things a little different here at Bleeding Green Nation. You could say that we like to turn it up to 11.

So in preparation of tonight's Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears matchup, here's a full slate of 90 players to watch. I'll write more about some of the more interesting players and it's worth noting some will be held out due to injury. (No official injury report has been released yet, so it's unclear as to who won't play.) Keep in mind that the Philadelphia starters are only scheduled to play around 10 to 15 snaps, per Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, before the backups take over for the rest of the game.

Let's get it started. All 90 players, listed by position.


Nick Foles - Let's see one of those new back shoulder throws in game action.

Mark Sanchez - No more than one turnover.

Matt Barkley - Last year Barkley looked like a lost rookie. He can't give off that same impression tonight.

G.J. Kinne - Hopefully a few snaps!

Running Back

LeSean McCoy - Hopefully not too much.

Darren Sproles - At least one screen catch.

Chris Polk - Not sure if he's healthy enough to play. Has been dealing with a hamstring.

Matthew Tucker - With Polk possibly out, Tucker has an opportunity to get a lot of carries and run hard. Let's see if he's still haunted by all of those drops in training camp.

David Fluellen - Haven't really noticed him in camp. Needs to do something tonight.

Henry Josey - See above.

Wide Receiver

Jeremy Maclin - It sounded like he expects to play. This is Mac's first game action since 2012 so it'll be good to see him return to the field.

Riley Cooper - Not sure he'll play. Has been dealing with a foot injury.

Jordan Matthews - OMG OMG OMG. Do something that shows he's worth at least a little bit of the hype. A touchdown would be great. Hopefully he gets lined up against fellow rookie Kyle Fuller.

Josh Huff - The rookie has come close to making big plays in training camp practice but hasn't always been able to finish. Some consistency needed here.

Brad Smith - Throw the ball at least once. It's preseason, why not?

Jeff Maehl - Not sure if he'll play. Has been dealing with an ankle injury.

Arrelious Benn - Hasn't had a great camp. Needs to show something.

Ifeanyi Momah - There's no question Momah looks improved compared to last season. But just how much will it show? And can he play special teams?

B.J. Cunningham - Cunningham is my favorite deep-sleeper training camp player. Solid but unspectacular.

Quron Pratt - Pratt has made some really impressive catches from time to time in camp. Can he stand out in game action?

Kadron Boone - Another rookie who has stood out at times.

Damaris Johnson - It seems like his time with the Eagles is winding down but he'll try to put on good tape for other teams to see.

Will Murphy - This former Oregon pass catcher could end up on the practice squad again so get familiar with him.

Tight End

Brent Celek - Blocking.

Zach Ertz - Crisp route running that leads to a 25+ yard catch.

James Casey - Special teams and a chance to see what he can do on offense.

Trey Burton - Intriguing and versatile player, could be practice squad material.

Blake Annen - No more than one drop.

Offensive Tackle

Jason Peters - Take it easy.

Allen Barbre - Barbre will likely have to take on Chicago defensive end Lamarr Houston. Houston was pretty solid for the Raiders so this should be a good test.

Lane Johnson - Domination. If he's playing against second string players, he really needs to look strong.

Andrew Gardner - In the lead to be Barbre's backup for the first four games?

Matt Tobin - Can he be the next Barbre in the long-term?

Dennis Kelly - Fighting for a roster spot.

Kevin Graf - Under the radar lineman to watch.

Michael Bamiro - Still very raw.


Evan Mathis - Hopefully some kind of funny post-game tweet.

Todd Herremans - No mistakes.

Josh Andrews - Undrafted rookie free agent.

Donald Hawkins - Undrafted rookie free agent.

Karim Barton - Undrafted rookie free agent.


Jason Kelce - Beard.

David Molk - Has a chance to steal the backup center job and earn a roster spot after spending the 2013 season out of the NFL.

Julian Vandervelde - Not sure he'll play. Has been dealing with a back injury.

Defensive End

Fletcher Cox - At least once sack.

Cedric Thornton - At least one tackle for loss.

Vinny Curry - Curry should get a lot of playing time. We already know he can rush the passer very well, but how will his run defense look?

Taylor Hart - The rookie defensive end has looked strong in training camp drills. Let's see him do it on the field.

Joe Kruger - He's back from spending the entire 2013 season on injured reserve. He's gained 20 pounds. Can Kruger prove he belongs?

Brandon Bair - It's now or never for the 30-year old second year player.

Alejandro Villanueva - Great size, but very raw. Legitimate developmental project or just a big camp body?

Frank Mays - See above.

Nose Tackle

Bennie Logan - Not sure if he'll play. Has been dealing with a lingering hamstring issue.

Beau Allen - There's been some buzz surrounding Allen this past week. Let's see how he does with Logan possibly sitting out.

Damion Square - Also possibly gets more of an opportunity to play with Logan's status up in the air.

Wade Keliikipi - Have the announcers fumble over his last name pronunciation.

Outside linebackers

Trent Cole - Nothing too crazy.

Connor Barwin - Same.

Marcus Smith II - This is the one everyone wants to see. He's the Eagles' first round pick but he hasn't done much to earn attention in training camp. That should probably be expected because defensive players are limited. Still, spectators will be eager to see a glimpse of why the Eagles drafted Smith II in the first round. It'll be especially interesting to see how he gets after the quarterback.

Brandon Graham - Do the Eagles plan to keep him?

Bryan Braman - Doesn't matter that it's only preseason: Kill, Maim, Destroy.

Travis Long - Long is on the roster bubble but the team seems to like him.

Josh Kaddu - I sometimes forget Kaddu is on the roster. Sorry, Josh.

Insider linebackers

DeMeco Ryans - Just look solid.

Mychal Kendricks - Less erratic play.

Najee Goode - Play well and possibly earn reps away from Ryans?

Emmanuel Acho - Build on strong preseason play from last year.

Jake Knott - Make the most of preseason before having to sit out the first four games.

Jason Phillips - Show full recovery from the ACL injury.

Casey Matthews - I don't know.


Cary Williams - Get into a fight.

Bradley Fletcher - Needs to look solid to prevent Nolan Carroll from stealing his job.

Nolan Carroll II - Not sure if he'll play. Dealing with some kind of groin/hamstring injury.

Brandon Boykin - (g)

Jaylen Watkins - Invisible in training camp.

Curtis Marsh - Has looked good in camp by knocking down passes, but can he do it in a game?

Roc Carmichael - No special teams errors.


Malcolm Jenkins - At least one interception and/or pass defensed. Shouldn't be too hard. Jenkins has looked really good in camp. It would be nice to see good tackling from him as well.

Nate Allen - Needs to show he can hold off Earl Wolff.

Earl Wolff - Needs to show he can beat out Nate Allen.

Chris Maragos - Stand out on special teams.

Ed Reynolds - Missed some time in the spring, needs to show he's not too behind.

Keelan Johnson - Needs to step up due to missed time in training camp.

Daytawion Lowe - Needs to develop a nickname so I don't have to keep looking up how to spell his first name.

Davon Morgan - The Eagles signed him after a tryout but I haven't noticed him too much in camp.

Special Teams

Alex Henery - Don't do anything to draw the ire of critics, which probably won't be easy.

Donnie Jones - Who am I to tell Donnie Jones what he needs to do?

Jon Dorenbos - Don't get banged up like he did last year.

Carey Spear - Live up to the Murderleg nickname and tackle the crap out of someone on a kickoff return.


So there you have it, all 90. Again, the most important thing is that everyone stays healthy.

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