Making sense of the Eagles inactives

Danny Watkins will dress for the Eagles' Week 2 game against the Falcons. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

The Eagles have announced their inactives for tonight's game: Vince Young, Jaiquawn Jarrett, Curtis Marsh, Darryl Tapp, Akeem Jordan, Julian Vandervelde and Winston Justice.

What stands out? Rookie first-round pick Danny Watkins dresses for the first time in his career. Will he play? Probably not. But I'd say Kyle DeVan was their least effective lineman in Week 1 so don't rule out Watkins replacing him at some point.

The Eagles have three reserve offensive linemen with Watkins, Jamaal Jackson and King Dunlap. Last week, and many times last year, they went with just two.

Young is out again, meaning Mike Kafka would have to step in if Michael Vick were to suffer an injury.

Second- and third-round picks Jarrett and Marsh will not dress for the second week in a row.

The Eagles have five active linebackers: Casey Matthews, Jamar Chaney, Moise Fokou, Brian Rolle and Keenan Clayton. If you're wondering about Jordan's role on special teams, tight end Clay Harbor took his place on the coverage teams last week.

Steve Smith is active once again. He only played four snaps last week by my unofficial count and was not targeted. We'll see if Smith has more of a role against Atlanta.

On the defensive line, I'm curious to see what Phillip Hunt's role will be. He's active for the first time, filling in for an injured Darryl Tapp. Will the Eagles just plug Hunt into Tapp's spot at right defensive end with the second group? Will they gradually mix him in and move Jason Babin over to the right side at tunes? Will Trent Cole just play more snaps? All those options are in play for Jim Washburn and Juan Castillo.

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