The Eagles dropped their final preseason game against the New York Jets last night, losing 27-20. Here’s a few observations I made from last nights game:
- The offense as a whole struggled mightily. Nick Foles struggled to move the ball. He was 6/17 with 63 yards passing. The had trouble with the Jets pass rush all night, and Foles was holding the ball too long to make anything happen. Because of the poor blocking and lack of a passing attack the running game also never got established. Bryce Brown rushed for a measly 29 yards and Matthew Tucker ran for 31. Receivers couldn’t hold on to the ball when Foles did get a chance to throw. Just an awful performance all around, very few made players on offense looked like they were out there making a case for their livelihoods. Can’t imagine Chip is too impressed right now.
- It’s no surprise that the Eagles lack depth in the secondary- both in talent and in numbers. It showed last night. Matt Simms looked like Tom Brady out there. He completed 33 passes for 285 yards. The rookies Earl Wolff and Jordan Poyer had some ups and downs. I’ll have to rewatch the tape but I believe Poyer was involved in forcing one of the fumbles or at least breaking up a pass. Wolff looked a lot more serviceable than the last few weeks. Kurt Coleman just looked like Kurt Coleman.
- The front 7 looked much more impressive than the back end. It’s becoming clear that the Eagles won’t be forcing turnovers in their secondary and that their front 7 is going to have to make plays. They did a great job of that last night, sacking Simms 7 times, once for safety. Emmanuel Acho made a strong case for overtaking Casey Matthews on the depth chart. Chris McCoy looked great with a pick and 2 sacks. As of right now I think McCoy makes the team but this could change as other players become available.
Chip Kelly and company have regularly been dropping 400+ yards on offense in the preseason but this game they couldn’t even crack 300. There was no rhythm. The game was just overall sloppy and not enjoyable to watch. It really makes me worried about the depth on the team but it isn’t exactly shocking. Let’s just hope very few of these guys see any significant amount of time this season.
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