Making sense of the Eagles' inactives

A week ago, Stewart Bradley felt pretty confident that he'd be able to return to the lineup today.

But that is not the case. Bradley is among the Eagles inactives, and JaMar Chaney will get another start in the middle.

Here's the full list of inactives: Bradley, Brandon Hughes, Jamar Adams, Max Jean-Gilles, Jeremy Clark, Austin Howard, Bobby McCray and Mike Kafka.

The other big name on that list is Jean-Gilles. Nick Cole will get the start at right guard in his place. The Birds have two backup linemen active: Reggie Wells and King Dunlap. Wells was active just twice from Week 8 to Week 15. He'd have to come in though if Cole or Todd Herremans were to go down.

The Eagles' linebacker situation is one to monitor closely. In the nickel, Sean McDermott could go with Chaney and Akeem Jordan as he did against Minnesota. Or Ernie Sims could join Chaney.

I wouldn't be shocked to see Keenan Clayton get inserted in specific packages either.

On the defensive line, the Birds must get pressure from their left defensive end. That'll be Juqua Parker for most of the game, but Darryl Tapp will rotate in there. And rookie Daniel Te'o-Nesheim is active; he dressed for six games during the regular season, but has not been a factor.

The Eagles have five receivers active as both Riley Cooper and Chad Hall will dress. Hall could be used primarily on special teams. Gerard Lawson is active and expected to handle kick returns.

Earlier Sunday, I posted 10 thoughts on the game.

And as always, I'll be chatting at 4:30 straight from the Linc.


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