Monday, November 30, 2015

Thoughts on Eagles inactives

The Eagles are going with only two backup offensive linemen, and rookie Daniel Te'o-Nesheim will not dress. Here are some other notes on the inactives.

Thoughts on Eagles inactives


The Eagles announced their inactives a few minutes ago.

Here's the list: JaMar Chaney, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Keenan Clayton, Max Jean-Gilles, Austin Howard, Reggie Wells, Darryl Tapp and Mike Kafka.

Given the turnover on the roster, predicting the inactives was a little difficult for Week 1.

The defensive line inactives were interesting. The Te'o-Nesheim move is a great example of believing what you see, not always what you hear. The coaches talked up the rookie all preseason, but the Eagles obviously don't believe he's yet in a position to contribute. Te'o-Nesheim had a quiet preseason, but he had been practicing quite a bit inside with the first-team nickel.

Tapp being inactive is not a surprise. His primary role is as Trent Cole's backup, and Cole will not come off the field unless he's injured.

It'll be interesting to see what the Eagles' defensive line looks like in nickel situations. My guess is it'll be Juqua Parker at left defensive end, Brandon Graham and Trevor Laws inside, and Trent Cole at right defensive end. The unknown, however, is what role newly-acquired pass rusher Antwan Barnes will play.

On the offensive line, the coaches basically confirmed that Todd Herremans is still the guy who will slide over to left tackle in the event that Jason Peters is injured. By my count, the Eagles have seven offensive linemen active, which is somewhat surprising. King Dunlap and Mike McGlynn are the only backups.

McGlynn would have to fill in at center if Jackson is injured (or fatigued). McGlynn would also be the guy at either of the guard spots if Cole or Herremans were to go down. McGlynn would also likely have to play if Peters went down and Herremans had to slide over.

It appears Wells is not yet up to speed after the Eagles acquired him from the Cardinals last weekend.

Dunlap's role is to serve as Justice's backup.

The only other note is that Jorrick Calvin is dressed, meaning the Eagles have six active cornerbacks. Maybe Andy Reid was telling the truth when he said Calvin could handle some of the return duties today?

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