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Mark Sanchez to start vs. Giants; Chip Kelly will not change personnel for evaluation purposes

Mark Sanchez will start Sunday against the New York Giants, and Chip Kelly will not make any personnel chances for evaluation purposes.

"Let's get that straight: We're going to win the football game," Kelly said. "There's no, 'Hey, let's go see what we can do.' Our job is to go up and play the New York Giants. And we're going to do everything we can to beat the New York Giants."

Quarterback Nick Foles is out for Sunday's game, so his season is complete.

With the Eagles playing a game that does not have postseason implications, it seemed to offer a chance for Kelly to look at players such as quarterback Matt Barkley, linebacker Marcus Smith, wide receiver Josh Huff, and cornerback Jaylen Watkins in bigger roles. Kelly did not view it that way.

"If they warrant playing time…then they'll play," Kelly said. "We're not going to turn around now and say, 'you haven't beat anyone out in 15 weeks, but we'll let you play this week.'"

The upside to playing those players is to get a better chance to evaluate them. Kelly said it would go against what he believes in and what he demands out of the organization if they did not do everything they could to win.

"I would not be fair to any of my beliefs, and I would not be fair to any football player right now, if I said, 'I know you're a better player, but I'm going to play a younger guy right now'," Kelly said."That's not what we're all about. If you want to go do that, go do somewhere else. If we have the chance to put the football in the ground, we're going to play football. That's what we're going to do. ...If it wasn't like that, I wouldn't be here."


Kelly has not determined who would start at cornerback in the spot typically occupied by Bradley Fletcher. Fletcher was benched in the second half of the Saturday loss to Washington. But Kelly also defended his cornerback, who has appeared to lose confidence.

"I thought Bradley's played well during the year," Kelly said. "You've got to look at it through the whole time. There's been times where he's played really good football for us."