The Philadelphia Eagles started their week of practice today as they prepare of their third straight do or die week. Now at 3-6, they can’t afford to lose another game if they want to make the playoffs. Playoffs are nothing but a pipe dream right now, but as a player you have to prepare like you still have a chance and your back is against the wall.
Today the Eagles first team offensive line was a little different. King Dunlap moved back to left tackle while Danny Watkins was healthy enough to play left guard and Dennis Kelly moved to right tackle. Dallas Reynolds and Evan Mathis stayed at their usual center and left guard spots. Demetress Bell moved back to the bench, where he belongs, and newly acquired Jake Scott will probably need a full week to learn the playbook before he can compete for a starting job.
Kelly was drafted as a project offensive tackle. Starting him at guard seemed like a pretty tall task. It was. He did okay against the Falcons in his first start, but he struggled against the Saints and Cowboys. Kelly struggled with his assignments. He double teamed with the right tackle too many times when he should have been picking up the blitz. The right tackle spot should feel much more natural for him.
Danny Watkins appears healthy enough to play this week. The final seven games will be huge for him. He shows potential at times, but other times he looks as lost as a undrafted rookie.
Nick Foles was swarmed by the Eagles media today in the locker room. He seems to be handling everything like a potential franchise quarterback should. He walks the walk and talks the talk. Everything he says and does is done with the utmost confidence. He never says the wrong thing and he is a hard worker.
Foles should a very keen ability to dump the ball off into the backfield, throw it away or get it downfield to his receivers. That is a really impressive feat for someone who had very little protection last week. With a full week of practice reps with the first team, better protection and more confidence after his first action Foles should have a better week.
Michael Vick’s concussion might be a lot more serious than most people think. His 2012 season and his career with the Eagles might be over. There is little optimism that he will play this week. Concussion aren’t always a one week thing. I have heard Andy Reid call it a “pretty significant concussion” several times.
Why rush him back? If the Eagles get back into playoff contention, it will be because of Nick Foles. You wouldn’t pull Foles just because Vick is healthy. In that scenario Foles becomes the full-time starter for the remainder of the season. If the Eagles are somewhere around 3-9, then Vick should just sit out for the rest of the season. Why risk getting another concussion? No playoff chances plus no protection plus serious injury concern equals no more action for Vick this season.