The Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles are both potential playoff contenders this season, though the former has a lot less to prove than the latter at this stage of the preseason. If Chip Kelly has done anything since taking over the Eagles, it’s shape the entire roster to his whims. Every coach wants to bring in his own players, of course, but Kelly got rid of some awfully good players as part of his overhaul.
He started it prior to last season, and things went pretty well for him as the Eagles were one of the better teams in the NFC and competed for the NFC East all the way up until Week 17. But now with even more roster turnover, including a new starting quarterback and running back, the Eagles are both intensely interesting and also a big question mark.
A solid runner who can also contribute in the passing game, Spiller didn’t quite work out as a feature back in Buffalo, but seems to fit a lot better as a supplemental piece in a Drew Brees-led offense. Mark Ingram is the starter in New Orleans, and Spiller figures to be a big part of the offense in both the running and passing game. He just needs to get healthy first.
Heading into Thursday’s preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, Washington had Niles Paul as the starting tight end, a hamstring injury hampering backup Jordan Reed and an uncertain future for Logan Paulsen due to a toe injury. There were also a couple backups, including Je’Ron Hamm.
Unfortunately, Paul sustained an fractured ankle in the game, and will miss the entire 2015 season. After the game, Washington announced that Paulsen will require surgery on his toe and will also miss the entire season. Hamm sustained an injury during the aforementioned game as well, though his is less serious. So for now, the top tight ends are Reed and Hamm, and neither are 100 percent healthy at this stage. It’s rough being a tight end in D.C.