Sunday, December 28, 2014

5 Things We'll Be Watching v. Browns

Vick’s Rust: Quarterback Michael Vick played just 12 snaps in the preseason because of injuries. Vick says it’s no big deal, but that remains to be seen. Under normal circumstances, he would’ve played about 60-70 snaps. Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg probably will open the game with some safe, high-percentage passes for Vick.

5 Things We'll Be Watching v. Browns

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Vick’s Rust: Quarterback Michael Vick played just 12 snaps in the preseason because of injuries. Vick says it’s no big deal, but that remains to be seen. Under normal circumstances, he would’ve played about 60-70 snaps. Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg probably will open the game with some safe, high-percentage passes for Vick.

Pressuring the Rookie QB: The Eagles, who led the league in sacks last season, notched 20 in four preseason games, including 3 of the Browns’ Brandon Weeden. Defensive line coach Jim Washburn’s top priority Sunday will getting as much pressure on the rookie as possible.

Ryans’ Hope: It looked like the Eagles finally had solved their middle linebacker problems when they traded for two-time Pro Bowler DeMeco Ryans in the offseason. But he made very few plays in the preseason. Is he playing possum? Or is he just not the same player he was before his 2010 Achilles injury?

The Jason Peters Impact: Peters was the best offensive lineman in football last year, hands down. The Eagles definitely are going to miss him. The question is, how much? The man they brought in to replace him, Demetress Bell, will open the season on the bench. Plan B is King Dunlap, who will start Sunday against the Browns.

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Red Zone Defense: For much of last season, the Eagles’ red zone defense wasn’t very good. If opposing teams got to the 20, they usually finished the job, converting 23 of 34 red-zone chances into touchdowns in the Eagles’ first 12 games. But during their ``fool’s gold’’ 4-0 finish, they allowed just five TDs in 13 red-zone trips. Against a Browns team with a rookie quarterback, the Eagles need to be stingy inside the 20.

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