Several interesting developments from Friday's final real practice before the Eagles' season opener Sunday at Cleveland. The most interesting might have been Andy Reid's announcement that he plans to play all six of his linebackers --- not just on special teams, as you would expect, but in the defense.
This helps explain a dizzying back and forth in practice the past few days, with Jamar Chaney in the nickel, for example, along with Mychal Kendricks Thursday, and DeMeco Ryans back in Chaney's spot Friday, and Casey Matthews and Brian Rolle involved in other packages, along with starter Akeem Jordan.
Kendricks hinted at something like this Thursday, but reporters were more focused on an apparent increased role for Chaney, who was bothered by a hamstring during the preseason. Friday, Reid said he plans to rotate his linebackers, much as he (or, supposedly, Juan Castillo) does his defensive linemen.
"We had success with [using linebackers situationally] toward the end of last year. Guys know their role and can focus in on it. They're all interchangeable, which is a good thing. They all know each other's position and have gotten reps at all the positions," Reid said.