Originally written on Eagles Eye  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Barely time for we fans to catch a breath... the Eagles travel to Cleveland Browns Stadium tomorrow night for preseason Game #3...

Nick Foles will get the start at QB for the Birds...and Dennis Kelly, the huge tackle from Purdue whom we lovingly call "Hagrid" here at EEB, will get to start at RT...


Dennis Kelly aka Hagrid gets the chance of a lifetime... 5th round pick out of Purdue, 6-8, weighing somewhere between 325 and 340... He gets a start vs. the Browns due to a funeral leave granted to Todd Herremans

Right tackle Todd Herremans will not play in Friday's preseason game against the Browns because of a family funeral, a report from the Eagles website confirmed Wednesday. Herremans, a staple of Philadelphia's offensive line for the last eight years, will be replaced by fifth-round pick Dennis Kelly, who will get his first professional start.

"I think it's going to be very valuable," said Kelly, who added that he found out he'd be starting Wednesday morning. "It's going to put me under the spotlight I guess you could say. It's going to give me an opportunity to play with the 1's during a game, so hopefully I take advantage of the opportunity and show the coaches that if I'm called upon I'll be ready to play..."

For those who are not familiar with Kelly's college career, here are some basic scouting summaries:

Dennis prepped in suburban Chicago, where he was a 240-pound tight end who also played basketball... was slated to greyshirt, but put on enough weight to garner a scholarship and appeared in five games as a true freshman in 2008... Moved into the starting lineup and started all 37 games at left tackle 2009-11... Team captain and two-time team offensive MVP...

Tall, lean, high-waisted, finesse pass protector still growing into his frame — needs to continue filling out and getting stronger... Tough and durable... Places his hands correctly and can pop and recoil. Plays upright, shows some stiffness and struggles to quickly redirect or cut off fast-flowing linebackers... Experienced three-year starter with terrific football character and a team-first attitude.

Kelly ran a 5.37 40-yard dash on his Pro Day at Purdue last March.

As for the Cleveland defensive line he'll be facing, we'll get into that a little later...

But first...

Thank you to our new friend, Tony Granieri of ESPN Monday Night Football, who graciously has accepted my "discovery" of his new blog "Monday Night Spotter"...









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