Approaching Week 6, the Eagles are desperately looking for their second win of the season as they try to climb back on top of a weak NFC East. Their opponent, the Baltimore Ravens, are looking like strong AFC contenders, which means Sunday could be a struggle for Eagles fans to watch. Still, if you plan on watching the full game, here are five Eagles you should keep some extra focus on:
Brown will get his first start as an Eagle against the Ravens. He's yet to play a single snap in midnight green, but he has plenty of experience at right guard (60 career games). As long as he plays adequately well, he should become the starter over Matt Pryor until Jason Peters is healthy enough for a possible return to right guard since Jordan Mailata had been fine at left tackle.
His first big game as an Eagle was luck, the second big game was because the opponent still considered him a fluke. Now this will be the week to truly determine what Fulgham can be for the Eagles moving forward. The Ravens will likely gameplan for him and make sure he is covered like a blanket. That means if he is able to put up any kind of production against one of the top defenses in the NFL, we'll have to figure that Fulgham will be a long-term solution to the Eagles at wide receiver. Over the course of their team history, it feels like the Eagles have failed to draft and develop their own wide receiver talent. With Fulgham, they might have finally had a #1 wide receiver fall into the laps gift-wrapped.
This is likely to be the final week that both Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson are inactive as they are close to returning from their injuries. Rookie Jalen Reagor should also be close to returning to the lineup as well, meaning the Eagles will soon have eight wide receivers on their active roster. There's no possible way to keep all eight receivers, so some will have to be waived or straight-up cut. It feels like a longshot, but I feel there's a chance JJAW, one year removed from being a second-round pick, could be one of the receivers let loose.
JJAW was supposed to be the future replacement for Alshon Jeffery at the "X" receiver position. With constant underwhelming performances, as well as the emergence of Travis Fulgham, JJAW's seat is flaming hot. He should still see some snaps against Baltimore, especially after a pretty nice 37-yard reception last week. But as mentioned earlier, with Jeffery and Jackson soon to return this will be JJAW's last chance to show what he has to offer before he gets swallowed up on the depth chart.
Duke Riley will miss the Ravens game with a rib injury, and with T.J. Edwards on injured reserve, that means one of the two rookie linebackers (Davion Taylor, Shaun Bradley) will get a chance to see increased snaps. Since Bradley has actually played defensive snaps already (Taylor has only played special teams snaps), he'll likely get the first shot at those available snaps. It'll be fun to see what he has to offer and if the Eagles have any hope with their future at linebacker.
Parks will be making his long-awaited debut on Sunday. Parks is expected to be a jack of all trades and line up everywhere on the Eagles defense, similar to what Malcolm Jenkins offered in the past. His presence will also mean Jim Schwartz can call more plays with fewer linebackers on the field, which is ideal considering the lack of talent the Eagles have at that position. If he plays well, then we should expect less of Marcus Epps on the field moving forward, which will feel like a win for all Eagles fans.