The Philadelphia Eagles take on New York Jets tonight in the fourth and final game of the preseason for both teams. Afterwards head coach Chip Kelly and his assistants will go to work determining the Eagles depth chart. As of 4:00 PM EST on Saturday all NFL franchises must be trimmed down to 53 players on the active roster. From Matt Barkley to Matthew Tucker, several members of the Philadelphia Eagles roster are in line to make a name for themselves in the City of Brotherly Love. The players that will soon be released will wait to be placed on the practice squad or signed by another franchise. Former Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy used to say,”Depth is good until you have to use it.” The Eagles depth appears to be unexpectedly solid at several positions. In a Utopian world injuries would not occur and NFL rosters would resemble fantasy football lineups. Unfortunately NFL teams are constantly hampered by injuries throughout the course of the season. The teams that can rise above adversity, form cohesiveness, and adhere to the adage “Next man up” often end up playing in January. For 22 members of the Eagles the dream ends tonight. The fortunate survivors will begin to plan for the week one match-up against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Matt Barkley surprisingly elected to come back to USC for his senior year. He would have contended with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as a top five pick in the 2012 draft. He elected to stay in school, subsequently injured his shoulder, and hasn’t impressed in limited opportunities as a professional quarterback. Now entering his 2nd season, he will start for the Philadelphia Eagles tonight against the New York Jets. While G.J. Kinne has not done anything spectacular thus far in the preseason, neither has Barkley. Now both quarterbacks will be on display and could be auditioning for a new franchise. I would be shocked to see Barkley cut, but a poor performance tonight could act as the tipping point.
Matthew Tucker has done anything but disappoint thus far in the preseason. Averaging near five yards per carry with four touchdowns, Tucker has done everything he can to win a roster spot. Regardless of whether Chris Polk any meaningful snaps tonight, Matthew Tucker should be about as close to a lock to making this football team as anyone. After Tucker, recently acquired running back Kenjon Barner and rookie Henry Josey will both look to pick up where they left off last week in hopes of securing a spot on the final roster or the practice squad. The deciding factor could end up being in the return game. Last week against the Steelers, Kenjon Barner muffed a kickoff early which is surely going to be weighed against him when cut-downs are made.