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As much as every player in that locker room would like to deny it, there have been many distractions for this locker room and it is fortunate that they are being dealt with now rather than during the regular season.
DeSean Jackson is still without a contract after making a measly $555,000 in 2011 despite having made the Pro Bowl twice in his three seasons and being the only player to be selected at two positions in 2009 (as a wide receiver and as a kick returner). It is certainly distracting, as it remains to be seen if Jackson will remain with Philadelphia long-term.
Asante Samuel also appears to be highly likely to go soon as well. With the introduction of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie into the Eagles roster, his role and Samuel's seem unclear. As luxurious as it is to have three Pro Bowl cornerbacks, the Eagles already have a capable nickel back in Joselio Hanson.
And there is still a gaping hole at linebacker for this team, which the Steelers made blatantly obvious. The team must continue to wonder if Samuel, one of the more vocal leaders of this Eagles defense, will return.
Throw in the talk of whether Michael Vick had a choice to join the Eagles or whether he was strong-armed by commissioner Roger Goodell and all the hoopla surrounding the “Dream Team” label give to the Eagles by the media, and you can see why the Eagles have many distractions that would delay their gelling process.
But Eagles fans should be at ease. This is all likely a blessing in disguise, as the distractions are emerging in the preseason, as opposed to during the regular season. Reid does not take kindly to distractions to team chemistry (with one notable exception) and should have the team ready in time for the first game against the St. Louis Rams.
In the end, it is just the preseason, and identifying problems is what the preseason is for. There is no need to panic about one poor performance.
Although if Vick averages three interceptions per half in the regular season, that would be a good time to start worrying.