Carson Wentz gets the night off, but Marcus Mariota plays for Titans
No Carson Wentz.
No DeSean Jackson or Alshon Jeffery or Zach Ertz, either.
The Eagles’ first preseason game will be more of a test for those fighting for roster spots than it will be for the starters to shake loose some game rust.
So Thursday’s game against the Tennessee Titans will feature plenty of backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld, probably for at least a half as Wentz takes the night off.
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Titans coach Mike Vrabel had no reservations at all about opening the game with his starting quarterback, Marcus Mariota, who took the Titans to the Eagles 23 before the drive faltered with an incomplete throw on fourth-and-seven that was broken up by linebacker Nate Gerry and safety Anfrew Sendejo.
The Titans were given good opening-possession field position when Tennessee's defense forced a three-and-out by the Eagles offense and a 60-yard punt was returned 24 yards to the Eagles' 48 when punt team gunner Jeremiah McKinnon lost contain on the outside.
As for the rest of the game, there figures to be plenty of aaction for first-round draft pick Andre Dillard, who will line up at left tackle, where Jason Peters usually is. Peters was in uniform but how much he was going to play was still to be determined.
The Eagle’s other four rookie draft picks should also see plenty of action.
They are running back Miles Sanders, receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, defensive end Shareef Miller, and quarterback Clayton Thorson.
Sanders has been electric in training camp, leading many who have seen him during those practice to speculate that he could become the team’s No. 1 back this season sooner rather than later. Of course, Jordan Howard may have something to say about that.
Arcega-Whiteside has been up and down in camp after a strong spring, so it will be interesting to see how he does in his pro debut.
Miller should see plenty of snaps as the Eagles try to drill down on who will be the fourth and possibly fifth member of the defensive end roation once the regular season begins on Sept. 8 against the Washington Redskins.