Thursday night’s domination by the Eagles over the Browns provided opportunities for many players attempting to make the roster. Who helped their cause to make the team and who hurt themselves?
Michael Vick: After a tremendously disappointing game against the Steelers, Vick improved against the Browns. He didn’t have the best throwing stats going 10-18 with 98 yards, but he showed poise against the blitz and showed off his ability to run.
Casey Matthews: It was vital that Casey Matthews showed any sign of improvement. He had a solid game against the Browns, collecting five total tackles. Matthews showed good instinct against the run, and had a nice game in coverage.
Jamar Chaney: Jamar Chaney stood out on defense in this game. He showed dominance in coverage, whether it was against tight ends or running backs. He also played the run well, and proved that he is a reliable linebacker, despite his small frame.
Derek Landri: Derek Landri is a player who is on the bubble, and may not make the final 53 man roster, but he certainly helped his case. He made his impact in the passing game with two hurries on the quarterback and one sack.
Mike Patterson: When Mike Patterson went down in training camp with a seizure and diagnosed with a brain injury, some thought that he would never play another down. Well, he came back in a short period of time, and came in with a bang. He got a huge sack, mostly created by great coverage by the corners.
Eagles starting secondary: There were many plays, where Colt McCoy was forced to hold on to the ball to long, throw the ball away, or throw to the check down. Add the Asante Samuel interception, and the secondary showed their expected identity.
Eagles running backs: Shady McCoy by no means needed to prove himself, but every time he steps on the field, he makes the game of football look easy. Dion Lewis showed himself again as the shifty, speedy guy who could one day, potentially be a compliment to McCoy. Ronnie Brown also showed his worth by bruising out some short gains and having that 13 yard touchdown run.
King Dunlap: Despite the announcement that Todd Herremans will be the new Right Tackle, King Dunlap proved that he can hold down the fort and be a decent backup.
Brian Rolle: This 5’9 linebacker proved that size does not matter. He came in to play nickel linebacker in a rotation and did a very good job getting two tackles including a big sack. Look for him to be a special teams guy this year and get limited snaps in the nickel.
Jarrad Page: Taking many of the first team snaps, Page looked impressive. He played well against both the run and pass. His skill was never in question, the reason he was cut from the Chiefs was because he got into a fight with Todd Haley. He lost a ton of playing time which affected his stock around the league.
Jason Kelce: Expected to be the starting center, many have changed their minds after his horrendous performance. Kelce looked weak all first quarter, getting dominated play after play by the sub-par defensive line of the Browns. Kelce got beat time and time again and showed the he is still a rookie and he needs time to develop.
Danny Watkins: Like Kelce, Watkins played poorly in the first quarter. He looked confused and flat footed as he attempted to block for Michael Vick. He got beat a couple times on the run, and failed to adjust until the second quarter started.
Johnnie Lee Higgins: Higgins did not play poorly, in fact some may ask where he was in the game. He was in there, and hurt his chances to make the team. He didn’t get opportunities in the return game, and was targeted three times with no catches. He may have killed all chances of getting a spot on the 53 man roster by just going unnoticed.
Colt Anderson: Similar to Higgins, it is not that he played deficiently, it is that he was out played by all the other safeties on the roster. Anderson was a sleeper to make the roster as a special teams standout, but did not prove that he could be that standout guy. With Jarrad Page, Nate Allen, and Kurt Coleman’s stock go up, there may be no spot on this roster for Anderson.