Jul 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) after practice at training camp at the Novacare Complex in Philadelphia PA. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Things to Hope for in the Eagles' First Preseason Game

It’s here at last! We finally get to watch another Eagles game, months after suffering a heartbreaking loss to the New Orleans Saints on Wild Card Weekend.   This Friday the Eagles will play the Chicago Bears to open up their preseason. Last time the Eagles played the Bears, they paid tribute to Bears retired linebacker Brian Urlacher by scoring 54 points—Urlacher’s number. Here are some things to hope for in the Philadelphia Eagles’ first preseason game.

  1. Offense doesn’t miss a beat.

There are some concerns coming out of the offseason regarding the offense. The loss of Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson is bound to impact the team at least a little bit.   However, Eagles wideout Jeremy Maclin returns from injury. Maclin is a much better all-around receiver. He’s injured though, and might not play this week.

 

  1. Ifeanyi Momah catches a touchdown.

Ok let’s be honest, this might not happen.   Momah isn’t even a lock to make the team.   It’s not often that you see a wide receiver who’s 6’7” and can run a 4.4.   The word out of camp so far is that Momah is much improved from last year’s camp, where he looked lost. If he can catch a touchdown or make some plays on Friday, he could gain some momentum to build on throughout the rest of the preseason.

 

  1. Defense is stingier than last year.

Last year’s defense was far better than advertised, and their play was actually a bit of a surprise. This year, however, they need to get even stingier than they were. A large part of that will be playing with an edge and being, as cornerback Cary Williams calls it, “nasty.” The second year after the implementation of the 3-4 defense is usually where teams make the most improvements; let’s hope that holds true.

 

  1. Nolan Carroll shuts down opposing wideouts.

One of the more unheralded signings of the offseason was cornerback Nolan Carroll from the Miami Dolphins. He has always been solid, but this offseason the word out of camp is that he looks like a starter, at least for the Eagles. The Eagles released their first depth chart yesterday and Carroll looks like he’ll be second string. I want to see him shut down the wide receiver across from him and get a pick.

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