NFL preseason games don’t typically garner much attention. But this year is different.
This time last month we were wondering if the lockout would ever end, and how many games it would claim as its victim.
Thankfully, with the Hall of Fame game as the sole corpse, we’re all excited to see an actual game take place, preseason or otherwise. It’s almost like we need to see it to fully believe it.
This year, there’s a lot to watch. With all of the major signings by the Birds the past few weeks it’s almost difficult to say what the biggest story line to watch will be for tomorrow’s game. There are just so many.
Perhaps chief among them is seeing how our free agency prize, Nnamdi Asomugha, performs with his new teammates. Not only that, we’ll want to see how the team uses him. How will the team utilize its 3 star corners? Will Amomugha stay in the slot with DRC and Asante Samuel on the outside?
How will the defense overall perform? The team has made some major upgrades on that side of the ball, in particular with the signing of Cullen Jenkins. But will it be enough?
The team has a young linebacker corps–will they be up to snuff? Paul Domowitch of the Daily News made this important observation about the group:
“The three players currently at the top of the depth chart – [Moise] Fokou, second-year strongside linebacker Jamar Chaney and rookie middle linebacker Casey Matthews – have a grand total of 3 years of NFL experience. Collectively, they’ve got just 19 NFL starts, none at the positions they currently are playing.”
And what of Juan Castillo? We’ve all seen the incredible energy and drive of the rookie DC, but will it enough to put together a defense that will deserve the hype and accolades that the Eagles have thus far received?
There’s also lot to watch on the offense. Everyone’s anxious to see how Vick is looking this year—so far his performance has been strong—as well as whether Vince Young was as good of an acquisition as it initially appeared to be. Reports have stated that he has struggled in camp thus far.
At the wide receiver position, will DeSean Jackson take the field? When will Jeremy Maclin be well enough to play?
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