Sunday, November 29, 2015

Chipper says no starters in finale; safety dance 'work in progress'

Chip Kelly confirmed he will try to keep starters out of Thursday's preseason finale vs. the Jets, though injuries at corner might force a cameo or two. Admitted starting free safety job still up in air.

Chipper says no starters in finale; safety dance 'work in progress'

Eagles rookies Earl Wolff (left) and Jordan Poyer (right). (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles rookies Earl Wolff (left) and Jordan Poyer (right). (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Chip Kelly, like most NFL coaches, does not plan to play his starters in Thursday's preseason finale against the Jets. Kelly, meeing with reporters before the Eagles' final public practice at Lincoln Financial Field, said injuries at corner might mean a little playing time for the starters there, depending on what the Birds are able to scavenge from other teams' cutdowns this week. He acknowledged that with three sub corners now injured, the Eagles are closely scrutinizing those cutdown lists.

Kelly said the safety position looms as an especially tough place to cut, as the Eagles try to move from 76 to 75 by tomorrow's 4 p.m. deadline, then to the regular-season roster limit of 53 by Saturday. Kelly seemed to be saying he has a lot of similar guys there, but he also acknowledged he and defensive coordinator Billy Davis haven't settled on a starter opposite Patrick Chung. Kelly said Nate Allen and rookie Earl Wolff had their good and bad moments in Saturday's game at Jacksonville.

Kelly said backup QB Nick Foles will start against the Jets, with rookie Matt Barkley to follow.

Asked about film review of quarterback Michael Vick holding onto the ball and taking hits against the Jaguars, Kelly said "part of being a great quarterback is making great decisions," that Jacksonville had tight coverage, and he would rather Vick hold onto the ball than throw it to the other team in those situations. Of course, Vick did throw a key interception to the Jaguars, while being hit and trying to throw the ball away.

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Along with safety, Kelly identified tight end and the offensive and defensive lines as places where he was going to be making tough cuts.

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