--TE L.J. Smith, the club's second-round pick who was expected to be a big part of the Eagles' offense, doesn't have any catches in the first two games. He dropped an easy touchdown on a fake field goal in Week 1 and didn't have the ball thrown to him last week against New England. He is playing in two-tight end sets with starter Chad Lewis.
--FB Jon Ritchie, who was brought
in to replace Cecil Martin primarily because he's a little more versatile as a
runner and receiver, has just one touch in the first two games. That was a
12-yard reception. Andy Reid says he hopes to get him more involved in the
offense this week.
--DE N.D. Kalu is struggling at right end. He
had eight sacks last season as a situational player. But with the Eagles
shorthanded due to injuries up front, he has been on the field too much and
isn't nearly as effective as a pass rusher.
--DE Brandon Whiting
did some limited jogging Monday in practice and remains hopeful that he might be
able to play this week against Buffalo after missing the New England game with a
hamstring. But the coaching staff doesn't seem overly optimistic about that
--RB Correll Buckhalter is hopeful that he'll get
some running opportunities Sunday against a Buffalo team that gave up 153
rushing yards to the Dolphins' Ricky Williams this past week. Buckhalter has
just one carry in the Eagles' first two games, even though he's supposed to be
the club's starting running back.
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