Running back Eldra Buckley will likely not make much of an impact on offense unless today's game gets out of hand. He has just three carries for 10 yards this season.
But Buckley can make a difference on special teams. And he hopes to do it against the Chargers, where he spent two years on the practice squad but never got an opportunity on the 53-man roster.
"I don't hold any grudges. They did what they thought was best for their program," Buckley said. "I have to respect that. I've moved on and I'm here. I don't like to look behind me. I just want to keep going forward."
Claimed off waivers early in the off-season by the Eagles, the former Tennessee-Chattanooga star is second on the team in special teams production points with 177 and tied for second on the team with 35 blocks. That will come in handy against dynamic Chargers return man Darren Sproles, who is fourth in the league with an average of 12.5 yards per punt return and also averages 25.0 yards per kickoff return. Buckley said that Sproles' work ethic is what makes him a dangerous player.
"He's one of those hard-working players who puts the study time in and knows what he has to do to become a better player," Buckley said. "That shows on gameday."
And Buckley utilized those two years in San Diego to learn not just from Sproles, but future Hall-of-Fame back LaDainian Tomlinson. Special teams coordinator Ted Daisher praised Buckley's work on the special teams unit.
"He's done a great job. He has gotten better each and every week," Daisher said. "He's a young guy. Usually a young guy, they go through a process of learning, there are some ups and downs, but he's just continually gotten better and he's doing a real good job for us."
The biggest lesson Buckley said that he learned from his time in San Diego was to know your position cold and don't be afraid to learn the jobs of other players around you.
"Know what you need to know. You need to know as much as you can about your position," Buckley said. "The more you can do; the more you can help this team. That's what it's all about."
And later today, Buckley can show what his former team what they are missing out on.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 9:40 a.m., November 15