As is the case with pretty much every preseason expect the Eagles offense to keep it very vanilla and not display too much in the way of play calling. That does not mean, however, there will not be guys to keep an eye on for Sunday’s tilt against the Colts. You will most likely have to wait for Sam Bradford, Demarco Murray, Jason Peters and Jason Kelce to see any significant playing time.
Tebow is obviously a hot topic no matter what he does, but by all accounts he has shown improvements for his practice habits during training camp. Only time will tell if he’s capable of beating out Matt Barkley for the 3rd string quarterback job or as Brandon Graham predicted see meaningful snaps in a regular season contest. It’s still unclear whether starter Sam Bradford will play at all so that would affect the playing time for the rest of the quarterbacks. Personally, I think Bradford will sit this game out and Mark Sanchez will get the start. In that case Tebow should see his first action in an Eagles uniform in the 2nd quarter sometime or after halftime. Tebow will probably be throwing a lot of bubble screens and short quick read type calls. That’s how this offense is designed to begin with and will certainly stick to that mold with a quarterback coming off a long full speed layoff in the National Football League. We’ll see if Tebow’s improve practice performance carries over into game action.
Huff will need to have much better sophomore campaign than his rookie season in 2014. He totaled 8 catches for 98 yards and one touchdown. A shoulder injury sustained earlier in preseason set Huff back and wasn’t even really on the field for offensive snaps until about halfway through the regular season. He had a few bonehead mistakes including drops and ball security issues along the way. With the departure of starter Jeremy Maclin, Huff will be given the opportunity to start this season alongside fellow 2nd year wideout Jordan Matthews and possibly rookie Nelson Agholor. Ideally the three young wide receivers will start in Chip’s offense and grow together. The swing guy in all of this is Huff and how he meshes with the rest of the offense. Obviously, he brings more of a dynamic play making ability than Riley Cooper and probably a better route runner. However, if the coaches trust Cooper more than Huff he won’t have the chance to showcase those skills. I expect to see a lot of Huff on Sunday regardless of who he’s catching the ball from.
Moffitt is an interesting story as he’s returning from a two year hiatus from the game after retiring from the Broncos in November 2013. He battled alcohol and drug related issues during his earlier years in the game, but seems to have put that behind him. He signed a one year deal with the Eagles and will have to battle to make the roster according to Chip Kelly. To this point Moffitt, Matt Tobin, Andrew Gardner, and Julian Vandevelde have all had two days of reps with the first team at the right guard spot. I’m expecting Tobin to be the front runner to win this job since the coaches seem to be high on his potential. Moffitt does have the experience, though, of playing in Seattle and Denver for quality offensive lines. If he can get himself into top physical shape and mesh well with the guys he’s lining up next to I see no reason he doesn’t have a shot to start. He’ll likely start with either the 2nd unit or possibly even the 3rd for this Colts game, but look for his reps to increase as the summer goes on.
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