Three things to watch in the Eagles' preseason game against Jacksonville at the Linc:
1. It’s Circus Time: The Eagles are expecting a packed press box, and you can probably expect signs, protests, introductory cheers mixed with boos as Michael Vick makes his Eagles debut. Good chance we’re talking about a handful of plays as a Wildcat quarterback for Vick, maybe some regular snaps if that goes well. Who knows, maybe Vick will actually speak again, for the first time since his introductory press conference nearly two weeks ago.
2. Oh, Yeah, That Little Dude Is Playing, Too: Brian Westbrook probably isn’t going to get many more snaps than Vick, but everyone should be eager to see how he cuts and accelerates on his cleaned-out ankle (and on the knee he had cleaned out before that).
3. Just For Starters: The Eagles have pinpointed this game all week as the one that will tell them how close the starting offense and starting defense are to being ready for the opener, after looking ragged in the first two preseason games. Things don’t go well for those guys against the Jags, we’ll see some long practices, some public soul-searching, and probably a few roster moves before Sept. 13.
To read our earlier post about interest in the Eagles' wide receivers, click here
To read about the potential reaction for Michael Vick, click here
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