What to watch in Thursday night's Eagles-Colts game in Indianapolis:
1. Riding with the King: Somehow, the Eagles’ convoluted offensive line injury picture has left King Dunlap as the starting left tackle against the Colts. You might remember the King as last year’s interesting seventh-round project, a 6-8, 310-pound former Auburn enigma who has long arms and quick feet. Spent last year on IR with a lingering ankle problem. Hasn’t made a huge impact in this camp; for an offensive lineman, it might actually be possible to be too tall. Leverage is kind of a big deal there.
2. Special emphasis: For all of Ted Daisher’s insistent drilling, the Birds’ special teams were the same familiar mixed bag in last week’s preseason opener. Some nice returns. A muffed punt by rookie Jeremy Maclin. A 75-yard punt return touchdown for the Pats. A blocked Eagles field goal, and a missed field goal at the end that would have won the game. Granted, lots of the guys running down the field right now won’t be on the team for the season opener. But consistency would be nice.
3. Kaiser Wilhelm: With Omar Gaither sidelined by a knee sprain, Joe Mays and Matt Wilhelm should get most of the middle linebacking work. Of course, it’s important to keep an eye on Mays, who more or less inherited the starting job when Stewart Bradley went down for the season. But the Birds signed Wilhelm because he’s a veteran with the size Mays lacks; even though he’s trying to learn one of the toughest positions in a complex defense on the fly, the braintrust has made it clear Wilhelm has an opening here. It will be interesting to see what he does with it.