It is almost always Andy Reid’s philosophy to avoid playing any starters in the preseason finale. As a very cautious and methodical coach, Reid is reluctant to put his best players in a position to be injured before seeing any meaningful minutes. Yet, this year may be an exception. With many rookies starting on the roster, such as right guard Danny Watkins, center Jason Kelce, and middle linebacker Casey Matthews, there are many players who could potentially use the extra minutes.
The lockout cut into much of the practice time, so the more time to gel the better. What better way for this Eagles team to gel then baptism through fire? Playing in a game could be invaluable for this young team.
And who knows, maybe Reid will see value in starting some new additions in order to allow them to familiarize themselves with the system, such as Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The lockout and the lack of overall chemistry on the team has made for a very intriguing season and it will remain to be seen if Reid decides to continue to follow his age-old formula, or to switch things up in light of the circumstances.