Aug 24, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Dion Lewis (28) celebrates with wide receiver Damaris Johnson (13) after catching a pass for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns in a preseason game at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

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Eagles Vs Browns: What To Watch For Tonight

The Eagles take on the Cleveland Browns on Friday night. Here are some players to focus on since they are fighting for roster spots or key spots on the depth chart.


Eagles Vs. Browns 2012: Game Preview, Kickoff Time, TV Schedule And More

Nick Foles will get the start in place of injured Michael Vick as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Cleveland Browns in their third preseason game.


Philadelphia Eagles 53 Man Roster Projection: Who's In, Who's Out?

With NFL rosters due to be cut down to 75 in just 4 days and the deadline to get to 53 just 8 days away, the race for Eagles roster spots is in the home stretch. 15 guys will lose their jobs after the next preseason game and another 22 will be gone after the final game against the Jets. If a guy hasn't locked down a roster spot yet, his time is running dangerously short.

Kevin Noonan of CBS Sports did his full 53 man roster projection for the Eagles and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at an outsider's perspective on the major roster battles.

RB -- In: (3) LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown. Out: Chris Polk. Analysis: Polk has impressed the coaches with his toughness and they may decide to keep him on the 53-man roster, since he would probably be signed off the practice squad by another team. Hard to see Eagles keeping four RBs and suddenly Dion Lewis isn't the lock he was just a week or two ago.

I agree with this one. The Eagles aren't going to keep 4 backs and while they certainly like Chris Polk, I can't say as though he's been so good that he'll displace either Brown or Lewis. That said, I do think Noonan has a point here that Lewis could be the odd man out if Polk earns a job. I am skeptical though, about Noonan's thought that Polk would be signed to another teams' 53 man roster.

Related: Tommy Lawlor Updates Key Position Battles

There are also a few interesting battles lower down the depth chart at WR.

WR -- In (6): Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Marvin McNutt: Out: Chad Hall, McKay Jacobson, Mardy Gilyard, Brian Hernandez, Jamel Hamler, Tiger Jones, Elvis Akpa. Analysis: Damaris Johnson wasn't drafted, but he makes the team because of his return ability. But several talented young WRs will get caught up in a numbers game. At the least, players like Gilyard, Hamler and Akpa could end up on somebody's practice squad. And one of them could make roster because Riley Cooper has been sidelined almost all of camp with a broken collarbone and that could end up costing him a job.

I've been less convinced by Damaris Johnson the more I've seen of him. After a great camp, he's dropped a couple passes in the preseason and also muffed a punt. He was able to get the ball back, but it wasn't a good sign. He did have a nice return and a 70 yard TD catch against the Steelers though. I just think he has more work to do to get a sure roster spot. Mardy Gilyard is challenging him and Marvin McNutt right now.

Related: Philadelphia Eagles 2012 53 Man Roster Projection

Defensive line is the deepest position on the team and its very likely that the Eagles will need to let go at least one player they really like.

DL -- In (9): Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri, Antonio Dixon, Brandon Graham,Vinny Curry, Phillip Hunt. Out: Darryl Tapp, Frank Trotter, Monte Taylor, Cedric Thornton, Ollie Ogbu, Xavier Brown. Analysis: This is the deepest and most talented area on the team and some good players aren't going to make it, including Tapp. It appears Patterson won't be ready for opener and will start season on PUP list, which should open the door for Hunt, who has played as well or better than any d-lineman in camp.

For one, I can't see the Eagles cutting Cedric Thornton to keep Antonio Dixon at this point. Thornton has had a great camp and a strong preseason and has played himself onto this roster in my eyes. Dixon is more likely on the bubble between the two. Tapp will be a tough cut as he's also had a good preseason, but so has everyone else. He could be trade bait, but he also has versatility and can play both inside and outside. That could save him a spot over an extra WR/CB/LB.

None of Noonan's other projections are much of a surprise. He has the Eagles keeping the much maligned Jaiquwan Jarrett, which I actually agree with simply as a numbers issue. I think they'll keep 4 safeties and he'd probably make it by default. Where he could be in trouble is in the days after final cuts and around the first week of the season. There's a chance a decent veteran safety gets cut that the Eagles could jump on.


Eagles Vs Browns: Todd Herremans To Miss Game, Rookie Dennis Kelly Gets Start

Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Todd Herremans will not play in Friday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns because of a family funeral, a report from the Eagles' website confirmed Wednesday. Herremans, a staple of Philadelphia's offensive line for the last eight years, will be replaced by fifth-round pick Dennis Kelly, who will get his first professional start.

According to an Eagles spokesman, due to the funeral Herremans is excused from traveling with the team which is playing in its "all-important" third preseason contest -- a game that normally features starters playing about three quarters. Because of his veteran experience, the loss of Herremans isn't expect to be huge, especially since quarterback Michael Vick is also not playing.

As for the rookie? He's excited about the opportunity.

"I think it's going to be very valuable," said Kelly, who added that he found out he'd be starting Wednesday morning. "It's going to put me under the spotlight I guess you could say. It's going to give me an opportunity to play with the ones during a game, so hopefully I take advantage of the opportunity and show the coaches that if I'm called upon I'll be ready to play."

For more on the Eagles vs. Browns preseason game, come back to this SB Nation Philly StoryStream. Meanwhile, SB Nation's Bleeding Green Nation is all about the Eagles.


Michael Vick Injury: Eagles QB Will Play In Season Opener, Says Andy Reid

Andy Reid confirmed today that Eagles QB Michael Vick will not play again during the preseason, but will be ready to go by the time the season opener rolls around in less than three weeks.

Vick left Monday Night’s game against the Patriots after two series following a vicious hit directly to his midsection. However, x-rays and a later MRI revealed no broken bones or cartilage damage. In fact, Reid said that if this was the regular season, Vick would be playing this week.

As for the hit itself, Reid said this wasn’t example of Vick being reckless or making poor decisions.

"He was trying to make somebody miss, and he wheeled backwards about 15 yards," explained Reid. " He had an available receiver down the field, and he was trying to make a play. To tell him that he can’t make that throw, you’re not going to tell him that. You just want everyone to do their job so that that doesn’t happen back there. It was when he spun around that he got caught with that."

As for how his QB can stay healthy this season?

"He’s got to play. There is a fine line here because he has to continue to play the game. It’s a violent sport where you’re going to get injuries. If you’re out there worried about that part of it, you’re not going to perform to the best of your ability. Then, you have to catch a break here or there. You have to catch a break in a positive way where you’re not absorbing the big hits."

While Vick’s health won’t be an issue heading into the opener, he won’t have had much preseason action. Vick has played just 12 snaps and thrown 7 passes.

Starting in his place will be rookie Nick Foles, who has turned in a pair of superlative performances in his first two preseason games and currently leads the NFL in QB rating. Reid says that in his extended time Monday night, they didn’t pare down the playbook for him at all.

"Well, the one thing we did was we gave him that opportunity this game. We didn’t cut anything back. He had the full load of plays there and it was a good experience for him from this standpoint: that he’s been a starter at the college level, a very successful starter, and then to learn to be a relief pitcher, that’s a learned experience there that you have. So, to get him that experience where you’re not taking any reps, he didn’t take one rep with the ones and really zero reps against the New England Patriots [in practice]. We gave the ones all those reps. But that will be very similar to what he faces during the season in a backup position. You get called on, you’ve got to be ready to step in and fire and drive the team down the field and make plays and do the things that he did a pretty good job of the other night."

The Eagles will face the Browns this Friday.

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