The Eagles fell to the Jets 21-17 Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field in the final preseason game. Kurt Coleman’s two first half touchdowns on fumble recoveries were the highlights for the Eagles, who did not score an offensive touchdown.
After an early David Akers field goal, Coleman scored the Eagles first touchdown of the game on the final play of the first quarter, taking a Joe McKnight fumble 64 yards the other way to put the Birds up 10-0.
The Jets answered in the middle of the second quarter, after an interception of Mike Kafka by Emanuel Cook gave New York the ball at the Eagles 15-yardline. Five plays later, Mark Brunell found Jeff Cumberland for a two-yard touchdown pass to cut the Eagles’ lead to 10-7.
Late in the first half, the Jets’ John Conner fumbled at the end of a 7-yard run and Coleman scooped it up and ran it back eight yards for a touchdown to put the Eagles up 17-7 going into the half.
In the second half, the Jets orchestrated a long touchdown drive ending in a 14 yard scamper to paydirt by Danny Woodhead, cutting the Birds’ lead to 17-14. Philadelphia had a chance to answer, but David Akers missed a 49-yard field goal with 1:15 left in the third quarter. The attempt came after Panel Egboh forced a fumble on a sack of Kellen Clemens. Boo Robinson recovered, but the Eagles couldn’t pick up a first down.
Just 43 seconds into the fourth quarter, Mark Brunell found Santonio Holmes for a 51-yard touchdown pass. After an extra point, the Jets led 21-17.
Upon opening the next drive with an incompletion, Kafka was just 1-for-15 for 3 yards, with an interception and a quarterback rating of 11.8. The rookie from Northwestern completed his next two passes, but Nate Lawrie fumbled at midfield and the Jets’ Brian Jackson recovered.
The Eagles got their last chance when the Jets were forced to punt at the two minute warning. Philadelphia took over at its own 12 with 1:53 left. Kafka found Nate Lawrie on the first play of the drive for a 21-yard gain, setting the Eagles in motion. They stalled out near midfield though, when Kafka was sacked by Vernon Gholston on the final play of the game, sealing the Jets 21-17 victory.
Michael Vick was 3-for-5 for 56 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in a quarter of work. Vick ran twice for 11 yards.
Running back J.J. Arrington returned kicks, and didn’t look half bad doing it. Is it too little, too late for the running back to grab a roster spot though?
Jorrick Calvin returned punts in the first half and kicks in the second half for the Eagles. The cornerback was acquired from Arizona for Charles Scott this week, and looked solid on the returns. He might still be a longshot for the roster, but don’t be completely shocked if he makes it.
Tight end Nate Lawrie didn’t help his chances of making the roster with his fourth quarter fumble.
Macho Harris, who most people have on the roster bubble, played safety for most of the first half and took a few snaps as a nickel corner late in the first half and in the second half. Quintin Demps is the other safety who could end up on the outside looking in, and also played some nickel corner against the Jets.