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It's on tonight!!.... Not really.

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Tonight the Eagles face the Jets in the final preseason game of the year in what should be the one of the most meaningless games you'll ever see. If you're still watching by the second half, you're a better fan than I.

Andy has already stated that most, if not all of the starters will not play at all. Still, there are a select few guys worth watching that have one last chance to earn a roster spot.

Ryan Moats: The team's 3rd round pick last year it's surprising to see that he's on the bubble. However, the re-emergence of Buckhalter has put Moats' job in question especially considering that the Eagles could be in the marke
t for a bigger back if one comes available after the cut down date on Saturday. If Moats shows something tonight he should easily cement his place in the RB rotation as nop team wants to be cutting a 3rd round after only one year.

Jabar Gaffney: Gaffney apparently can't understand why he has slipped so far down the depth chart, but he finally has realized that his job is in serious jeaparody. This is from a Courier Post story

"I guess sometimes I wasn't going the speed he(Andy Reid) would like," Gaffney said, "and some of the younger guys were flying around, I guess, a little bit more faster than I was."

Still, the demotion puzzled him. He didn't think his play had dropped. Not to the point where he ran with the second and third teams.

"I wasn't really sure what was going on," he said. "I was out there playing. I wasn't really feeling a drop in my play or whatnot. When my number was called, I caught the ball."

You better figure out what's going on quick Jabar. With McCants being a solid special teams player and Greg Lewis playing well last game.. you're the odd man out.

JR Reed: His story has been great so far. He came back from a nearly impossible injury and has actaully palyed well at times this preseason. However, he visibly has lost the extra step and spark he had in the return game. To add to that, he also played poorly as a safety against the Steelers ones and twos. Probably the best thing going for Reed at this point is that Matt Ware, who was switched from CB to safety this offseason has not played well at all. Reed may make the team by default if Ware continues to dissapoint. Still, I'd like to see Reed give us some glimmer of hope that he can still be a return threat.

Thomas Tapeh: He's been locked in a battle for the fullback spot with Josh Parry all preseason. Honestly, I have no idea who is ahead at this point. Fullback is a very nuanced position that is hard to evaluate just by watching the regular netwrok feed of the game. You really have to have the positional game tape to see what a fullback does from play to play. Josh Parry has been given the night off, presumably because he started all last year and Andy knows what he can do, so expect Tapeh to get plenty of time tonight and a have a real shot to win the starting FB job.

I'll be back this weekend with some thoughts and observations about this game and hopefully the Eagles final 53 man roster. Teams need to cut their squads to 53 men this saturday, so after the team makes their cuts they may very well go shopping for an extra piece or two that didn't make other teams' rosters.

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