Philadelphia Eagles: Who's Winning Position Battles and Who Needs to Step Up

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Philadelphia Eagles: Who's Winning Position Battles and Who Needs to Step Up
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Last week's dreadful performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers raised a lot of questions about the Philadelphia Eagles.

Is this team really ready to contend, or did all the big free-agent signings just cover up all the issues this team still has? Those questions and more won't be answered until we get to the regular season.

It wasn't a good night for a lot of players battling for either a starting job or roster spot. Jason Kelce will start over Jamaal Jackson this week in practice and will most likely get the start in the Eagles' next preseason game against the Browns. Jackson played the entire first half at center against Pittsburgh, and there has been no indication that either Kelce or Jackson is the favorite at center. The coaches want to get a good look at both players.

With just two preseason games left and the majority of starters possibly sitting out the fourth game, the time to step up and earn a starting job is now. Guys like Jason Kelce, King Dunlap and Casey Matthews need to play well against the Browns to solidify a starting role in 2011.

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