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- Real Test for Starters
Eagles' head coach Andy Reid has said he expects the first-team to play about three quarters of tonight's game. It will be interesting to see how Philadelphia's starters perform against a New England team that went 16-0 last year in the regular season.
- Changing of the Guard
After missing all of training camp and the team's first two preseason games dealing with depression, Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews will make his return to the lineup tonight against the Patriots. Andrews has been at practice all week and will start at right guard for the Eagles.
- Position Switch for Hunt
After a solid outing last week that included a 51-yard touchdown run, former Penn State star Tony Hunt will get a chance to earn more playing time, but it will come in a different role. Hunt is expected to lineup at fullback with the first-team offense, as the Eagles try to find their answer at that position for the regular season.
- Receivers on Display
With starters Reggie Brown and Kevin Curtis both sitting out of tonight's game with injuries, some of the Eagles' younger wide receivers will get more reps and a chance to show what they can do on the field. Hank Baskett and Greg Lewis will rotate in and replace Curtis, while rookie DeSean Jackson will take over for Brown on the other side. Expect Jason Avant to get a lot of playing time also.
- Return to Foxboro
After signing a six-year, $57 million contract with the Eagles in the off-season, cornerback Asante Samuel will make his return to the field that he called home for the last five years. In the last two seasons, Samuel has recorded 12 interceptions at the Patriot's Gillette Stadium, and tonight's game will be a good test for him as he faces-off against former teammates Randy Moss and Wes Welker.
- New England's Quarterback Carousel
All-Pro Tom Brady missed the Patriots' first two preseason games with what the team is calling a sore foot, and there is a good chance that he won't be under center for long tonight, if at all. New England is trying to find a reliable back up for Brady and will give plenty of reps to Matt Cassell, Kevin O'Connell, and Matt Gutierrez.
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