Three and Out: Eagles

August, 18, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Three quick hits on the Philadelphia Eagles:

1. Continuity on the offensive line could be an issue: Left tackle Jason Peters may be an elite player, but he struggled in his first preseason game. He's playing next to left guard Nick Cole right now, but at some point Todd Herremans (foot) will return to the starting lineup. Herremans has told reporters he'll be ready to go for the regular season. This offensive line has been in a state of flux throughout training camp. And if Shawn Andrews (back) can't get things figured out, he'll be replaced by former second-round pick Winston Justice at right tackle. Fortunately, the Eagles have decent depth along the line with players such as Cole and Max Jean-Gilles.

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2. Who will be the backup quarterback once Michael Vick is fully reinstated? No matter what Andy Reid's saying right now, Vick will eventually be the No. 2 quarterback. And I think it will happen sooner than later. Vick will require some time to get into football shape, but I think his arm strength and speed are still there. Kevin Kolb will be the third-string quarterback by midseason.

3. The Eagles should be fine at middle linebacker: Losing Stewart Bradley (knee) for the season was tough news, but the late Jim Johnson did a great job of preparing some of the other linebackers. Last year's seventh-round draft choice, Joe Mays, is a high-motor player who's looked really good in coverage during camp. The Eagles also have the luxury of bringing in Omar Gaither to play in the nickel package. And the fact that Gaither has been a starter in the past gives the Eagles some comfort.

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