Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Making sense of the Eagles inactives

A quick look at why the Eagle chose to dress the players they did for Sunday's matchup against the Lions.

Making sense of the Eagles inactives

The Eagles just announced their inactives for today's game against the Lions: Kevin Kolb, Stewart Bradley, Jorrick Calvin, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Kennan Clayton, Austin Howard, Clay Harbor and Darryl Tapp.

A few quick notes here.

One is that Harbor is inactive. The Eagles' rookie was the second tight end last week against the Packers, and he played five snaps by my count. The Birds used two tight-end sets on just 8 percent of their snaps. So who is the second tight end today? It'll be Garrett Mills, who has experience playing both tight end and fullback. Mills was promoted from the practice squad last week.

In Week 1, the Eagles played with just two reserve offensive linemen. This week, they have three: Max Jean-Gilles, Reggie Wells and King Dunlap. It'll be interesting to see if Wells is rotated in at all, barring an injury to the regulars. Nick Cole played well last week at right guard.

The one rookie who's active that didn't dress last week is JaMar Chaney. Chaney is the Eagles' backup middle linebacker behind Omar Gaither - a role that is important with Bradley sidelined.

On the defensive line, Te'o-Nesheim and Tapp are inactive for the second week in a row. It remains to be seen whether either guy will factor into the defensive line rotation this season, unless one of the regulars gets injured.

As always, I'll be chatting the game at 1 p.m.

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Sheil Kapadia
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