- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer
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1. Foles’ bounceback: Nick Foles looked good in two days of practice sessions against the Patriots' defense. Eagles coach Chip Kelly said he was happy with his quarterback’s performance in an open practice at Franklin Field Sunday, two days after Foles threw two interceptions in the preseason opener in Chicago. “It is what we expect out of him,” Kelly said. “It’s what we’ve grown accustomed to from him.” But it is Friday night, under the lights at Gillette Stadium, that Foles really gets a chance to ease fans’ concerns after his uncharacteristic mistakes against the Bears.
2. The Brady Crunch: New England’s Tom Brady is expected to make his preseason debut Friday in front of a hometown crowd. Brady probably won’t play much, but the Eagles need to make the most of their time on the field with him. Last week, the defense wasn’t able to get much pressure on Jay Cutler. In joint practices, the Eagles gave Brady more trouble than they managed last summer. They need to do that in a game environment to keep building confidence.
3. The understudies: Injuries have been minor but many among the Eagles’ offensive skill positions. Starting wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) and Riley Cooper (foot) may not play Friday. That will give opportunities for Arrelious Benn and Ifeanyi Momah to work against Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. And while Chris Polk, Matthew Tucker and David Fluellen are likely out with injuries, Henry Josey could get a lot of work in relief of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles. Benn, Momah and Josey are all fighting for jobs. This is their chance.