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Instant reaction: Eagles-Browns

Here are few knee-jerk takeaway from tonight's game as we wrap up our work at the Linc:

Instant reaction: Eagles-Browns

Ronnie Brown scored the Eagles first touchdown against the Browns on Thursday. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
Ronnie Brown scored the Eagles first touchdown against the Browns on Thursday. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

Here are few knee-jerk takeaway from tonight's game as we wrap up our work at the Linc:

-- The best news about Michael Vick was that he emerged without injuries after starting behind a porous offensive line. He had 10 completions, but seven went on short passes to LeSean McCoy. Vick's receivers were not getting open and he often had little time to work. He wisely went to the wide open McCoy, who was able to make people miss. No touchdown throws but also no interceptions -- though Vick got bailed out of one by a phantom roughing-the-passer call. His rushing touchdown confirms the obvious: he can still fly.

-- Hard to envision Jason Kelce taking the starting job from Jamaal Jackson after tonight's showing. Kelce had a few individual mistakes, and the offensive line in general looked confused. Andy Reid blamed it on trying a no-huddle early and changing up the terminology while facing former Eagles assistant Pat Shurmur. But still, when the line is that disoriented some of the blame goes to the center. One of Jackson's best qualities is his experience. There seems to be a push within the team to give Kelce every chance to win the job, but it's hard to say he is better than Jackson right now -- or will be week one.

-- Give Kelce credit for this - he improved as the game went on and made a very nice block on Ronnie Brown's touchdown run. And he stood up and answered questions after the game, and didn't try to sugar coat the protection issues. He may eventually be a starter, even if it's not right away. With Danny Watkins obviously still learning, and almost certain to start week one, the Eagles would be taking a major risk by putting two rookies on the interior to protect Vick.

-- Much better showing by Casey Matthews. Perhaps the pressure lifts a bit. He said he felt he was playing more naturally.

-- Jamar Chaney was even better. Good, active game for him, including good coverage on an early fade to Peyton Hillis. Hillis beat him once later, but overall it was good work from Chaney.

-- Brandon Hughes got a lot of time. The Eagles like him but they can't keep all the cornerbacks on the roster. Perhaps they were showcasing him for a trade? Andy Reid, though, said they just wanted to see how he performs against top competition. They already know what they have in Joselio Hanson.

-- Trevard Lindley got beat for a late touchdown. Hughes and Curtis Marsh have both looked better than the 2010 fourth rounder.

-- Two guys who made impacts while their roster competition was out: Derek Landri and Philip Hunt. Each had a sack while Trevor Laws and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim were out with injuries.

-- Obviously a nice moment for Mike Patterson when he got an early sack. Reid said Patterson seemed to be fine, endurance wise, and might have been able to play longer. The team limited him in his first game back.

-- Dion Lewis keeps juking defenders. Gotta find him a roster spot.

-- Nice work by punter Chas Henry, dropping two punts inside the 20. His best moment may have come when he bobbled a snap in the rain and still got the kick away in time. It was a touchback, but he avoided the big mistake.

-- What's up with stars on special teams? Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie blocked a field goal after Asante Samuel stuffed one last week. Rodgers-Cromartie was also blocking a gunner on one punt return (though he didn't do it very expertly).

-- Jarrad Page seemed fine. Nothing to get worked up about for good or bad. Though he was beat once early. A receiver got behind him but dropped the ball.

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