2011 Eagles Preseason Week 1: What Will We See vs the Ravens?

By Eagles Gab Columnist Chet Cashley

What will the Philadelphia sports world be talking about tomorrow after what is sure to be anything but the typical first Preseason game?

For starters, starters will likely be an afterthought after we see how deep this year’s Eagles team really is.  We’ll be missing DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin tonight, and Mike Patterson will obviously be sitting this one out along with his fellow DT Trevor Laws, and the rest of the Eagles’ starters will get one quarter to show their stuff, but don’t expect them to set the world on fire.  The new guys have had two weeks, or less if you’re Steve Smith, to memorize their plays and understand their schemes, so don’t be disappointed if a few minor mistakes are made.  On the other hand, there’s so much talent on both sides of the ball that the Eagles naturally will make some big plays.

So, with the freak off-season, and freak free-agent period the Eagles experienced in 2011, what exactly can we expect from tonight’s first Preseason game?   And more importantly, who’s Youtube highlights will we be watching in the office tomorrow while we’re staring at the clock, waiting for the weekend to start?

Offense

Run Game:

Expect LeSean McCoy to have one big run.  Andy’s not going to risk his young star RB’s health by overloading him with the ball in the first quarter.  LeSean might get five carries and a couple of dump passes, but don’t expect much more than that.  Even with the few touches he’ll get tonight, expect him to be hungry to play and break one run that you’ll be watching on ESPN’s Sports Center while you eat your breakfast tomorrow.  McCoy: 4 carries for 60 yards

Andy Reid will test Ronnie Brown.  Brown will get a solid number of touches, and expect him to perform.  Brown, like many of the other Eagles’ 2011 acquisitions, left more money than the average American makes over several years to play here because he wants to win.  Expect him to come out of the gates running hard and busting out some 8 and 10 yard runs.  Brown is not the home-run hitter that McCoy is, but he’s a solid, between the tackles power-runner who will move the chains.  Brown: 6 carries for 40 yards

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