Eagles coach Chip Kelly hasn’t shown much devotion to the traditional ways of doing things in the NFL.
Whether it comes to deemphasizing the importance of time of possession or having his team practice on Tuesdays and Saturdays, Kelly has shown a willingness to do things differently than they’ve been done before. He’s not going to break from the pack on every front, however.
Kelly said Monday that the Eagles will be resting their starters in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Jets. The only possible exceptions could come at cornerback, where injuries have left the Eagles with only five healthy players at the position.
Kelly’s decision means that Nick Foles will be starting at quarterback, although Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Matt Barkley is slated to get the majority of the snaps at the position. The Eagles have no need to see Foles extensively since they have already decided on Michael Vick as their starter when the calendar flips to September, so it will be a shot for Barkley to get what will be his most extensive playing time of the season unless something goes wrong with both of the top two quarterbacks.