With Omar Gaither sidelined because of a sprained knee, linebacker Joe Mays should see extended time tonight against the Colts. Mays has been lining up as the starter in the base defensive package, and then coming off the field in nickel in favor of Gaither. Tonight, Mays is likely to stay on the field for all three downs as long as the starters play, so the coaches can see him in coverage against an excellent group of Indianapolis receivers, tight ends and backs.
"I expect them to be a great test," said Mays. "That's what the preseason is for. It's exciting to go out there against Tom Brady one week and then Peyton Manning the next week. You see a lot of different formations and approaches. I thought last week went pretty well, but I definitely want to kick it up a notch in this game."
The next two preseason opponents, Jacksonville and the New York Jets, don't offer the array of weapons that both New England and Indianapolis have. Finding out what Mays can do and what he needs to improve upon has to be near the top of defensive coordinator Sean McDermott's must-do list in the preseason games.
Tonight, Mays is going to be a target, and the Eagles will learn a lot about the second-year linebacker as they go about replacing Stewart Bradley at middle linebacker.
-- Posted by Dave Spadaro, 10:14 a.m., August 20