Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
For some players this morning, it will be a glorified practice. For others on the roster bubble, it will mean everything in the world to them because this is one of the very few opportunities where they will have the chance to make an impression on the coaching staff.
"Personally, just [avoid] mistakes, but at the same time I'm definitely trying to make a play, get a pick," second-year cornerback Will Davis said. "You're trying to stand out right now … as much as you can. Compete with your teammates, congratulate them, and at the same try to get yours."
The coaches are eager to see how Bill Lazor's new offense is coming together, with particular interest in the offensive line.
"I think [the scrimmage] is going to be important," said coach Joe Philbin, who views it as a dress rehearsal for Friday's exhibition opener at Atlanta. "There are no coaches on the field. They have to figure it out. They have to make the calls with no coach yelling a specific call or adjustment. We'll see how those guys sort things out for themselves."
While the scrimmage will be controlled by the coaches, they will be doing everything they can to simulate a real game, including pre-game warmups, halftime, sideline adjustments and more. The scrimmage will begin at 9:30 AM and is free of charge to the public.