Wednesday, February 10, 2016


The Eagles' starters will likely get their final preseason game action tonight against the New England Patriots and there's plenty of things to keep an eye on.



The Eagles' starters will likely get their final preseason game action tonight against the New England Patriots and there's plenty of things to keep an eye on.

Here's five things to watch:

1. THE WIDE RECEIVERS: With Reggie Brown sidelined by a hamstring injury and Kevin Curtis out for the start of the season following sports hernia surgery, this is the must-watch position for the Eagles. DeSean Jackson could work his way into the opening-day starting lineup with a big game while Hank Baskett and Greg Lewis work to show they can fill the giant void left by Curtis. 

2. SHAWN ANDREWS: The Eagles' two-time Pro Bowl guard has only practiced three times since his delayed arrival at training camp because of clinical depression. Tonight will mark the first time this summer that he's actually had to hit somebody at full speed. Going against defensive end Ty Warren and the Patriots' 3-4 defense should be a good indicator of how much work he needs to be ready for the Sept. 7 season opener against St. Louis.

3. ASANTE SAMUEL: The former Patriots' cornerback only saw limited action in the Eagles' preseason game against the Carolina Panthers last week because his sore hamstring tightened during a thunderstorm delay. He should get his first extended playing time and the fact it's coming against his former team and the coach he described as personality deprived makes it all the more intriguing.

4. TONY HUNT: His fullback audition tonight will determine if it continues next week during practice.

5. QUINTIN DEMPS: In the Eagles' previous preseason game, the kick return job was Lorenzo Booker's to lose and he lost it. Now, it belongs to Demps, but he needs to show he deserves it.




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