G.J. Kinne has still an outside shot to unseat Barkley for the third spot, but it's going to take a performance that pulls out all the stops vs. the Jets in eleven days. Beyond that happening, Barkley's almost certainly backing up Foles and a rejuvenated 'Sanchize'.
Maybe Henry Josey is on his way toward being this year's Russell Sheppard, the pet underdog of the avid preseason watchers. Josey could pull past Matthew Tucker certainly, but his impressive performances still haven't been enough to pass the currently-mending Polk. Maybe if Chip Kelly goes to four backs, which is a possibility.
Benn's heads-up Friday night trumps Ifeanyi Momah's uneven performance. Smith seems to be a lock based on versatility. Damaris Johnson showed improved awareness in the Patriots game, but the evolution at the position may have left him in the dust. Still no word on Huff's shoulder, but if the news is bad, Momah and Johnson would have new life.
Changes: David Molk, Dennis Kelly, Andrew Gardner replace Vandervelde, Bamiro, Andrews
I admittedly hadn't seen the depth chart prior to my picks, but even seeing it, I had no idea how well the second group would be playing. Vandervelde's back surgery has only given way to Molk's excellent second-level run blocking, while Kelly, Tobin, and the suspended Johnson have been stellar in second-team action. Gardner gets consideration for being solid in the group, despite not standing out as much.
Carey Spear's laying in the lost-and-found box with Patrick Chung's competence.
Unless Kelly carries six, there seems to be no room for Joe Kruger. The best pass rushers of the group have been back-ups Curry and Bair. With these five, frequent rotation could be optimum to solving the sack deficiencies.
Allen's still a favorite to hold off Damion Square. With a relentless motor for such a rotund fellow, leapfrogging Logan one day (perhaps not this year) isn't an impossibility either.
Travis Long would be the cut-off man, and his lack of awareness against New England's first teamers was quite glaring. As long as Braman's a special teams animal, he fills a niche that Long simply can't.
Changes: Jason Phillips replaces Acho
Gut call on my part. Phillips has been decent in the run, and though he gets blocked in on screens, he's actually getting quality penetration toward the QB. At this point, I feel Phillips brings more to the table than Acho does.
Are there semi-pro teams that would sign Curtis Marsh after that game?
I did swap Allen into starter over Wolff following a pair of inspired performances from the once-maligned safety. Reynolds has been invisible for the most part, with his only competition in the form of Davon Morgan. The Jets preseason game could be telling, but otherwise, the draft pick would have the inside track.
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