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Chris' 10 Players To Watch

1. K Alex Henery - A new era starts at placekicker Thursday night as it will be the first time since 1998 that the Eagles do not have David Akers on the roster. Fans are going to hold their collective breath the first time the former Nebraska Cornhusker lines up for a field goal.

2. QB Michael Vick - The biggest question regarding Michael Vick is how much has he improved against the blitz from last year. Who knows how much of the blitz Vick will see in his limited action, but certainly the crowd would love to see at least one highlight before he's done for the night.

3. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - He's a tall, fluid athlete with great footwork and closing speed. The Ravens boast a rookie speedster in Torrey Smith. How much of Rodgers-Cromartie will we see (will he stay out on the field with the second-team defense)? Where will he line up in the nickel formation?

4. CB Nnamdi Asomugha - The prize free agent acquisition is going to be like a gift opened up on Christmas morning. The fans are going to go nuts when they see him on the field. Will he lock down his opponent right from the jump? Will he really line up in the slot in the nickel? Can't wait to watch.

5. FS Jaiquawn Jarrett - The former Temple star is playing on the same field as he did with the Owls, so that transition will be nothing new. However, the Eagles have not done a lot of live hitting which is Jarrett's specialty. He's come along learning the defense, although credit Kurt Coleman for keeping a stranglehold on the starting free safety job. Let's see if he can play or if he's a step behind thinking on the field.

6. CB Curtis Marsh - He played just two years of college ball at cornerback, but believes he learned the NFL-style of playing the position so he didn't develop any bad habits at Utah State. In the short time at camp, you can see the size. You can see the physicality and the willingness to play press. How will he do in game action?

7. LB Casey Matthews - The rookie has been the first-team middle linebacker all throughout camp. The Eagles want to give him every shot to prove himself at the position. Tonight, he will to relay the calls from first-time defensive coordinator Juan Castillo and get the defense in position. Plus, the Ravens have a hard-nosed rushing attack led by Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach and running back Ray Rice.

8. DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim - The third-round pick from a year ago has a lot to prove and he's expected to take great strides in Jim Washburn's wide-nine scheme. In camp, Te'o-Nesheim has thrived more on the right side than the left. We'll see if there's something to that in the game tonight.

9. C Jason Kelce - Like Matthews, Kelce has taken a significant amount if first-team reps. He will not start tonight, but he could see reps with the first-team offense. How will he handle a nose guard like Haloti Ngata possibly lining up over him?

10. G Danny Watkins - The team's first-round pick is the starter at right guard. His holdout hurt his ability to develop on the field, but since he's been here he has been in offensive line coach Howard Mudd's pocket. Other than the Senior Bowl, this is Watkins' first go-around at the guard position after playing tackle for his last two years at Baylor.

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