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Backup receivers get their chance

Let the auditions begin.

Since wide receivers Jeremy Maclin (hamstring) and Riley Cooper (foot) are unlikely to play in the Philadelphia Eagles’ second preseason game at New England Friday night, there will be plenty of chances for all the other wideouts to impress the coaching staff.

It’s not ideal to have two starters sit out. But it is ideal for others to have a chance to shine.

“I'm showing them I can go out there and make plays, stay healthy, block, do all those things,” wide receiver Arrelious Benn told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ifeanyi Momah was one of the final players cut last season.

This game will be a perfect opportunity to show that he belongs.

“Last year was more like don't make a mistake,” Momah told the Inquirer. “This year it's go out and play. Just shake it off and go and make the next play, because the ball could come to you. It's all confidence.”

Second-round pick Jordan Matthews, a highly-touted wide receiver from Vanderbilt, dropped a couple of passes in his first preseason game at Chicago. He didn’t believe that nerves played a role with his drops.

“I think to say that would be kind of an excuse,” Matthews told the Inquirer. “The game happened. … We're just trying to move on. There's no reason to make excuses.”

Even though preseason games don’t count in the standings, they do matter.

Cooper is fully aware of that fact.

“I definitely need to play [in the preseason],” Cooper told the Inquirer. “I can't just jump in Week 1 against Jacksonville and start playing.”