Well, we have one preseason game in the books. It was a pretty standard preseason game with ups and downs throughout the game. Some players impressed, some didn’t. In any preseason game, you have to take everything with a grain of salt. We see vanilla offenses and some guys who you know will make the roster dominate guys on the other side of the ball who likely won’t. Regardless, here are some of my thoughts after the Eagles first preseason game.
We’ll start with the offense. We didn’t get to see the first unit all that much. They played a total of six snaps and went three and out in both of them. There was a slight scare when Michael Vick hit his thumb on Jason Kelce’s helmet during the second series. He received x-rays which turned out to be negative, but it’s hard not to be concerned about the guys health.
Mike Kafka took over the reins once Vick made his exit. Kafka was less than impressive and there’s really not a whole lot more you can say about that. On a designed screen where he blindly rolled into some traffic, he forced a ball without really looking that fell right into a defender’s lap and was almost returned for a touchdown.
The big highlight of the night was quarterback Nick Foles. He looked pretty smooth with most of his passes. On a play where he was forced out of the pocket to his right, he stayed poised and found Damaris Johnson wide open for a 70 yard touchdown strike. Johnson got his defender turned around who ended up falling to the ground giving him plenty of space.
Foles then also lofted up a nice ball to Mardy Gilyard who pulled it down with a nice grab and stayed in play as he scored the Eagles second touchdown.
Trent Edwards also played the fourth quarter and led the Eagles to a come from behind victory on a nice field goal by Alex Henery.
In terms of the run game, Bryce Brown had some nice plays but there wasn’t anything that overly impressed me. LeSean McCoy didn’t touch the ball that much and Dion Lewis had about one nice run.
Defensively, I wasn’t thrilled with the performance of the first unit. They looked sloppy, missing tackles, and not communicating well enough. There was a real blown play on a Steelers touchdown where Nnamdi Asomugha and Jaiquawn Jarrett didn’t know who was responsible for what.
The overall play of the defensive line was solid throughout the night. Rookie Vinny Curry looked like a beast and Derek Landi and Cedric Thorton had some impressive plays up the middle.
In terms of special teams, Brandon Boykin had a nice opening return which got everyone’s hopes up. However, he also had a punt return opportunity that he blew. I think he could have caught it and had time to return it. He definitely could have taken it off one hop and returned it. Instead, he watched it roll a long ways and get down.
Chas Henry made a statement that there will be a definite battle for the punters spot. Not the most exciting battle, but one we will definitely need to keep our eye on.