Only four players will miss Monday's night game against the New England Patriots because of injury, head coach Andy Reid said Saturday. Quarterback
Because the third preseason game falls only four day following Monday night's tilt against the Patriots, and because the opponent for that third game is the Cleveland Browns, the Eagles' Week 1 opponent, this will be the team's opportunity to gauge themselves for when the games truly count.
"You want to sharpen yourself up from the last game is what you want to do," Reid said. "We understand we're still in the preseason, but you want to play good football and we have an opportunity to play a good football team. So, I think if you talk to both coaches, we'd probably tell you the same thing; that we want to play better than we did last week and improve and, at the same time, get the young guys in and that second group in for the latter part of the game."
The Patriots will provide a stern test for the Eagles, especially on offense where Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez form the league's most formidable tight end duo. Dealing with those tight ends will be one of the responsibilities set forth for rookie linebacker
Gronkowski and Hernandez "are good players. So your safeties and your linebackers, that's a big challenge," said Reid. "That's the primary part of their offense, pass-game. They use combinations with those guys and you've got to be disciplined. It will be great for Kendricks. He's a young guy and it'll be a great experience for him."
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Defensively, it needs to be a bounceback game for safety
"He's busting it to make sure he gets better," Reid said of Jarrett. "He's identified the problems. He knows the problems and he's worked on them like crazy out here. I would imagine he would get that taken care of. That is the kind of person he is. He's a good football player and he's always working to get better."
"Well, just getting the spasm out," Reid said. "He was X-Rayed; everything was good with bones and concussions. There were no concussions, any of that. So he had a spasm in his back area and it was just a matter of making sure that we got that calmed down. He felt great. He's a good communicator, so he feels like he's ready to go."
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