The main purpose the final preseason game against the Jets will serve is to determine final roster spots and those starting position battles that are still in the air. Let’s take a look at some of the spots that these battles will take place.
As of right now, this position belongs to Joe Mays. However, Moise Fokou is right on his heals and now Omar Gaither is considered to be a possibility to get the nod as well. Gaither has just come out and said that he is confident that he will get the start Week One in Carolina and is starting to take reps with the first team in practice. No one has wowed any of the coaches and I don’t believe anyone will make a big enough impact before the season starts where the coaches can say, that’s my guy. I feel like this may be an ongoing competition all season. Seeing all this makes you realize just how valuable Stewart Bradley really is. I think Mays is the best against the run and will end up getting the start Week One. Carolina has two solid running backs and the Birds will really have to focus on shutting down the run first.
Quintin Demps is going to be the starter here, I don’t really think there’s that much doubt about it. I believe the coaches are trying to put pressure on him by saying nothing it set in stone wit the position. Demps is still young and has great potential. He has made a lot of mistakes in the past, we all know this. We just have to hope he’s learned from these mistakes and isn’t going to repeat them. I could see Sean Jones or Macho Harris rotating in on run downs as I think the coaches don’t think Demps is the best hitter.
Third Running back
As of now, the Eagles website has Lorenzo Booker listed as the number three running back. To be honest, I’m sick of this guy. He was so hyped up when he came in last year and was a huge bust. He’s undersized and can’t run the ball. His pass protection is horrible and I don’t think he deserves to make this team. Eldra Buckley has shown some glimmers of hope and in my opinion is definitely a better third option than Booker.
Fifth Wide Receiver
The Eagles could possibly keep six receivers but will more than likely look to keep only five. DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, Jeremy Maclin, and Jason Avant are your four locks. The fifth spot is a battle between Hank Baskett and Reggie Brown. Brandon Gibson is an option but I think they’ll go with one of the more experienced guys here. It was nice to see Reggie Brown play well against Jacksonville because it increases his trade value. I wouldn’t mind seeing them keep Baskett and be able to get a draft pick or something for Brown.
What position battles are you most interested in? Who do you think the Eagles should keep or cut?