By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Eagles will play their third preseason game Saturday night in Jacksonville. It will have considerably more meaning than the first two games.
Many of the job battles could be settled on Saturday, as the Eagles plan to play their top unit for at least the first half. Defensive Coordinator Bill Davis admitted he is getting closer to setting his rotation and Saturday’s game will be critical for several position players.
“There’s still a little bit of an evaluation process going on,” said Davis. “This preseason game will put the finishing touches as to who we settle in as starters. The next preseason game will show more about backups.”
One of the most hotly contested positions is at safety. Nate Allen has been getting his reps with the top unit, but Allen says he’s taking the same approach no matter which unit he is with on the field.
“We have a rotation,” Allen said. “I just go out there and work every day no matter if I’m running with the ones or the twos or the threes. I’m just going out and working.”
Cornerback Cary Williams talked about the need for a tougher attitude for the Eagles defense after the first preseason game. Williams says there still work to be done, but he is happy with the direction the defense is heading.
“I think the sky’s the limit,” said Williams. “Right now, we’re still in the beginning phase and we still have some work to do, but we’ve got guys out here competing each and every day. We’re trying to get better.”
On the offensive side, Jason Peters will get in his first preseason action of the summer. The left tackle has been hampered by a hamstring injury, but says he plans on playing three quarters against the Jaguars.
“I’m very excited just to get back on the field,” Peters said. “I haven’t been out there in over a year since I got injured. I’m just excited to get back out there and run around.”
The Eagles will hold a walkthough on Thursday before departing for Jacksonville on Friday. Todd Herremans sat out of practice for the second straight day because of left knee inflammation.