Number On 53-Man Roster In 2008 Season Opener: 5
What We've Learned: Quintin Mikell is becoming not only one of the true leaders of this defense, but one of the stars of this team. The battle for the second starting safety position is one of the most closely contested ones at Lehigh, and Quintin Demps and Sean Jones have both been impressive. Demps has run exclusively with the first-team so far, and hasn't struggled at all. Jones has stood out as a ballhawk with the second-team and has been a starter in the league for years. Rashad Baker is an experienced safety and special teams player, and he too has been impressive. Macho Harris and Byron Parker have been used as cornerback/safety hybrids. Harris was especially impressive early in camp, but he is only now returning to the field after missing time with a high ankle sprain. Undrafted rookie Reshard Langford has also made nice plays throughout camp.
Questions Remaining: Who will win the second starting safety spot? Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott often talks about the interchangeability of the two safety positions in the Eagles defense which allows him to play the two best players period, so it will be determined on the field. Can Macho Harris recover well enough from his high ankle sprain to regain the form he showed early in training camp?
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 3:30 p.m., August 13