No Surprises as Eagles Announce Week 4 Inactives

Written By Bob Cunningham On Sunday, October 03, 2010

Te'o-Nesheim has yet to be active for an NFL game.


The Eagles have announced their inactive players for the highly-anticipated Week 4 matchup against the Washington Redskins, and there aren't any surprises to report.

Mike Kafka (3rd quarterback), Keenan Clayton, Austin Howard, Antwan Barnes, Clay Harbor, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Joique Bell, and Trevard Lindley will all be watching this game in their street clothes.

The most surprising thing about these inactives is that Nick Cole is not among them. Cole missed practice Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, but apparently will be ready to go today in a backup role at the very least.

Max Jean-Gilles took the reps as the starter at right guard, but it's unclear who will be the guy when the game kicks off.

Even though there are no surprises, there are a lot of disappointments. Te'o-Nesheim was supposed to be a guy the Birds could rely on to get a pass-rush from the outside and even bump down to defensive tackle. The third-round pick has yet to be active for a single game.

Barnes, a guy the Eagles traded for out of Baltimore, is also inactive and I don't exactly understand why. I thought he did a very good job of getting pressure when he played, but clearly the team has decided if Darryl Tapp is active, Barnes won't be and vice versa.

Also, it's interesting to note that all four of the Eagles' fourth round picks (Lindley, Kafka, Clayton, and Harbor) are all inactive. Kafka gets a pass because he's the third quarterback, but Lindley can't overtake a journeyman like Dimitri Patterson, Clayton is below the seventh-round pick Jamar Chaney, and Harbor was immediately overtaken by Garrett Mills.

All of these guys are projects to a certain extent, but it has to be disappointing for the team and the fans that all four fourth-round picks are watching from the sidelines.

For the Redskins, the key inactive is the fourth overall draft pick left tackle Trent Williams. With Williams inactive, Stephon Heyer will be the guy called upon to block Trent Cole, so Donovan McNabb will have to make sure to check his blindside from time to time.

It's also been announced that the Redskins' offense will be announced one player at a time. And, of course, McNabb will be announced last around 3:30PM EST. I'm thinking that wasn't done by accident, and this could be the most attention an introduction has ever received.


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