Camp nutshell: Barbre a good bet for final 53

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Camp nutshell: Barbre a good bet for final 53
August 17, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Allen Barbre filled in at LT against New England and Carolina while Jason Peters, Dennis Kelly and Ed Wang were sidelined with injuries. (USA Today Images)

Allen Barbre was the next man up at left tackle the first two weeks of the preseason, and he took such advantage of that opportunity that he's surprisingly positioned himself for a spot on the Eagles' final 53-man roster.

The fourth-year pro filled in at LT against New England and Carolina while Jason Peters, Dennis Kelly and Ed Wang were sidelined with injuries. Peters returned to the first-team offense for Saturday's practice, but that didn't stop Chip Kelly from gushing about his backup.

"I think Allen has done a really nice job," Kelly said. "I think when Dennis [Kelly] went down that was a big question for all of us: 'Do we have another tackle?'"

Barbre's versatility has impressed the staff. He got first-team reps at left guard during minicamp when Evan Mathis was nursing an injury.

"Allen, to us, has really solidified his situation from a depth standpoint," Kelly said. "We knew he could play guard, but now to have a guy that's a guard/tackle guy. ... Sometimes you have seven guys active on game day. You're going to have to have somebody that's got some versatility and I think that's what we learned from him."

The 29-year-old was out of football last season after spending 2010 and 2011 with the Seahawks. For Seattle, he played in seven games. He started seven games at right tackle with Green Bay in 2009.

Dorenbos returns to practice
Jon Dorenbos gave a thumbs-up as he exited Saturday's practice at the Lincoln Financial Field.

It was the first time back on the field in a week for the long snapper, who missed Thursday's game against Carolina and had been out since suffering a concussion in the first preseason game against New England.

"I don't know if I'm allowed to comment yet, by league rules," Dorenbos said in good spirits.

With Dorenbos out and James Winchester performing the long-snapping duties Thursday, Alex Henery missed his only field goal attempt — a 44-yarder — wide to the right, although the snap and hold appeared to be fine.

On Saturday, all snaps and holds appeared to go smoothly with Dorenbos taking over again.

The Eagles still have a security blanket in Winchester, who was at practice Saturday. His remaining with the team is likely a precaution to make sure Dorenbos is fully recovered.

Dorenbos signed with the Eagles during the 2006 season and is the longest-tenured Eagle after Trent Cole, Todd Herremans and Jason Avant. The 33-year-old has never missed a regular-season game in his seven years with the team and was a special teams Pro Bowler in 2009.

Roster move
The Eagles on Saturday signed Eddie McClam, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end who was in training camp with the Lions last year. He went undrafted out of Old Dominion in 2012.

He worked out for the team Saturday morning and participated in practice in the afternoon.

Jason Peters returned to practice after missing Thursday's preseason game with a hamstring injury. Bryce Brown was also back on the field.

Tight end Emil Igwenagu (concussion), offensive lineman Danny Watkins (concussion), running back Felix Jones (oblique strain), offensive lineman Dennis Kelly (back), cornerback Curtis Marsh (fracture in right hand), linebacker Casey Matthews (left knee) and safety Kenny Phillips (right quad strain) did not participate.

Play of the day
Although it came from two players highly unlikely to make the 53-man roster, it stood out, especially on a day that lacked a plethora of eye-catching plays.

During 1-on-1s, Dennis Dixon hit wide receiver Jeff Maehl in stride for a 35-yard strike at the top left corner of the end zone. Maehl secured the grab as he fell to the ground in the process.

Quote of the day
Mike Vick was asked if he thought he could've played any better in the first two preseason games:

"I don't think so," he said. "I mean I don't think I could've played any better than what I played. I'm trying to think about all the things I did and just keep that going. I know every game is not gonna be perfect, it's not gonna be the way they were. But if I can stay in my routine, then I think it will be very similar."

Looking ahead
Sunday, practice moves back across Broad Street to the NovaCare Complex and will begin at 12:30 p.m. It will be closed to the media.

The Eagles have one practice remaining at the Linc, on Monday, Aug. 26 at 12:30 p.m.

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