Saturday, April 18, 2015

Making sense of the Eagles' inactives

The Eagles selected 13 players in April's draft.

Making sense of the Eagles' inactives

The Eagles selected 13 players in April's draft.

Nine of them will be active for today's game against the Bears. And 10 rookies total will be a part of the gameday roster.

Juqua Parker will not dress. Here's the full list of inactives: Parker, Chad Hall, Asante Samuel, Brandon Hughes, Austin Howard, Reggie Wells, Garrett Mills and Mike Kafka.

Brandon Graham is expected to start at defensive end, but his role really shouldn't change from last week. Against the Giants, Parker played only eight plays, and Graham was on the field for more than 72 percent of the defensive snaps.

Samuel's absence means Joselio Hanson will start alongside Dimitri Patterson. And look for rookie Trevard Lindley to get some significant time in nickel situations.

Jorrick Calvin is active once again after not dressing last week for the first time since Week 2. He'll play special teams and could be asked to play on defense if someone goes down. Calvin is the fourth cornerback.

For the third week in a row, Clay Harbor is the Eagles' second tight end. He's seen his playing time gradually increase as Harbor was on the field for more than 28 percent of the offensive snaps last week.

Te'o-Nesheim had previously been active for two games this season (against the Falcons and Titans).

The Eagles have two reserve linemen active: King Dunlap and Max Jean-Gilles.

Here's the full list of rookies who are active: Graham, Nate Allen, Te'o-Nesheim, Lindley, Keenan Clayton, JaMar Chaney, Kurt Coleman, Riley Cooper, Harbor and Calvin.

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