The 3rd preseason game is in the books and here are a few observations based on what I saw tonight:
- Costly turnovers were.. costly- Michael Vick was able to make some nice completions, but he threw a bad interception. Pressure was coming in Vick’s face and threw the ball up in the air on his back foot as he was going to the ground. Damaris Johnson fumbled on a punt return after it looked like Eagles were gaining some moment with a Connor Barwin interception. Bryce Brown also had a fumble, which was a big issue last season.
- Roller coster ride on defense – The defense was up and down. Barwin had an interception and Mychael Kendricks played excellent. There was a breakdown in coverage on a Justin Blackmon touchdown, but besides that the secondary played good. Lots of tight coverage. Fletcher Cox was making some nice plays all over the field. Trent Cole looked like himself again, creating some nice pressure in the backfield. Lots of promise in young d-lineman as well.
- Special teams once again looked good - Except for Johnson’s fumble, the special teams unit continues to look much improved over last years. Good blocking on returns and good coverage on punts and kickoffs. The Dave Fipp hiring and Chip Kelly’s stressing the importance of special teams is definitely paying off. Johnson is a dangerous return, I’ll give him a pass on that fumble this time but it’s something to keep an eye.
- Nick Foles played well in relief - Foles looked sharp on a 99 yard TD drive. He spread the ball out well and make quick decisions. This was against the 2nd and 3rd teamers, but so was the offense he was working with. Have to think a few teams are going to pick up the phone this week and see if the Eagles are really sure that they aren’t going to move Foles.
- Lane Johnson had some rookie moments - Johnson had a tough test this week lining up against former Eagle Jason Babin. He got beat a few times but looked better as the game went on. I kept an eye on Jags 1st round pick Luke Joeckel and if I had to pick I still like Lane better, especially considering he has a higher upside.
Both sides of the ball put some good and bad stuff on tape for the coaches to work with this week. I can’t imagine Chip will be too pleased with all the turnovers. For a team that isn’t going to create many turnovers on defense, the offense really needs to limit how many they give up. I’m hoping to get to watch the game again tomorrow to get a better idea of what worked and what didn’t.
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