Well we’ve finally arrived to the final preseason game and it’s a good feeling. It will be the last time in an Eagles uniform for many players as final cuts approach this weekend. Here are some of the things I’ll be watching for tonight:
1. Brandon Gibson
I already mentioned it today but this kid needs to play his heart out tonight. He’s got a great chance to make this team but really needs to prove himself. He is going to start the game tonight so he needs to come out and show the coaching staff he’s worth the roster spot. I’m really pulling for the kid because I see great potential.
2. Lorenzo Booker vs. Eldra Buckley
I don’t really see how this is even a competition but that’s what they’re calling it. Maybe I’m bias because of how big of a flop Booker was last year, but he hasn’t really come out and showed us anything this year. Buckley was a guy that no one heard of because he was behind a bunch of other great backs (LaDainian Tomlinson, Michael Turner, Darren Sproles). However, he has shown us that he can play this game. He is a solid runner and has also shown he has good hands out of the backfield. I will be shocked if Booker makes the team over him.
3. Middle Linebacker
So Omar Gaither will receive the honors of starting on opening day at MLB. There is still hot competition at the MLB spot. Although for now it is a battle for the backup spot, the winner could very well end up challenging for the starting spot during the season. Joe Mays will start tonights game but Moise Fokou will see a lot of time at the position as well. Both have been up and down this preseason so we’ll see who can finish strong.
4. Special Teams
A lot of guys only shot of making this team is by coming out and proving they will play their hearts out on special teams. I don’t think the coverage squad has been stellar anyway so I really want to see people getting down the field and making plays.
5. LeSean McCoy
I absolutely love this guy. Although I wouldn’t play him if it were my decision, it’s not my decision so he’s going to play. It looks like he’ll get carries in the first quarter and then let the other RBs battle it out after that. McCoy has great vision and I can’t wait to see what kind of numbers he puts up this year.
6. Michael Vick
Vick will get to play the actual quarterback position for more than one consecutive play for the first time in two season. He will get to run the offense and try to drive the ball down the field and put points on the board. It should be interesting to see how he can handle the offense after such a long time off. I’m also hoping he sees some pressure so we can see him make some plays with his feet. The only thing I hope is that if he plays well there isn’t a should he start over Donovan controversy. We don’t need that.
What are you looking for tonight?