Though quarterback Michael Vick is unlikely to play because of a rib injury, Philadelphia’s other three top playmakers _ running back LeSean McCoy and receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson _ are healthy for QB Kevin Kolb.
The Eagles are third in the NFL this year with 71 plays of 10 or more yards, and since the start of 2002, coach Andy Reid’s offense leads the league with 538 plays of 20 or more yards.
Moore is particularly excited about facing Maclin, his former teammate at Missouri and a first-round pick for Philadelphia last year. Atlanta can’t afford many mistakes against an offense that’s scored nine touchdowns on 12 possessions in the red zone.
“I know he looks forward to taking me deep and I look forward to playing with him,” Moore said. “You know his speed and you’ve got to respect what he can do.”
Thinking ahead to Sunday, Moore stopped smiling. He wants to prove he can handle being a full-time starter, just as DeCoud did as a second-year player last season. Moore missed all but two games as a rookie last season with a hamstring injury.
“Yeah, I’m really hungry,” Moore said. “I’m on one of those stages now where I’ve just got to show it. I’ve been through a lot the last two years not being able to get on the field, but I’m just focused now on getting better every day. I want to keep improving so I can be an elite safety in this league.”
Notes: Rookie LB Sean Weatherspoon, a first-round pick and former Missouri teammate of Moore and Maclin, missed his second straight practice with a knee injury.