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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Chung healing, but so is secondary

By Phil Sheridan

PHILADELPHIA -- Can an injured veteran starter lose his job to a younger player with more potential upside?

Patrick Chung should provide an interesting test case for how Chip Kelly might handle his quarterback situation. The Philadelphia Eagles safety missed the past two games after injuring his shoulder. Rookie Earl Wolff started in Chung’s place.

After that 52-20 blowout loss in Denver, Chung almost certainly would have been restored to the starting lineup if he’d been healthy. But he was inactive for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants and, while the Eagles’ secondary wasn’t exactly airtight, it did make some big plays and is showing signs of progress.

A good secondary has chemistry. The Eagles aren’t there yet, but will Kelly and defensive coordinator Bill Davis tamper with this group now?

“Pat’s another guy ... to keep an eye on,” Kelly said Monday. “I think he’s improved. I think the strength is back. So it’s a matter of how he functions and carries himself around the field.”

The Eagles will have options when Chung is healthy. They could line up with Chung and Wolff, or with either of them and Nate Allen.

“I think Nate’s improved,” Kelly said. “I think he is starting to see things. Things are starting to slow down a little bit for Nate.”