The Philadelphia Eagles lost their first preseason game to the Chicago Bears 34-28 in a messy affair with a lot of penalties and turnovers. After a defeat it can be easy to ignore the positives and focus on the negatives. However, it is only preseason and I don’t want to get negative before the season even starts, so I’ll only focus on the positives below.
1. The Special Team Unit Looked Impressive
Eagles rookie receiver Josh Huff had an impressive punt return for a touchdown that showcased his speed and power, the blocking on the return was also extremely good. The entire Eagles special team unit played with great intensity and looked fired up throughout the game. Newly acquired special teamers Chris Maragos and Bryan Braman looked every bit as good as I had hoped for. The Eagles also have some other great special team players in Brad Smith, Nolan Carroll, Josh Huff and Darren Sproles; expect the Eagles special teams to be really good this season.
2. Malcolm Jenkins And Nate Allen Played Well Together
All eyes were on free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins and he didn’t disappoint. He looked strong in coverage and also had a couple of big hits that Eagles fans have been missing since the departure of Brian Dawkins. Jenkins holds the key to the secondary being above average and the Eagles need him to play very well next season. Safety Nate Allen looked solid playing next to Jenkins, Allen played well last season and I expect him to be even better this season. The Eagles could have quite a strong partnership at safety with Jenkins and Allen which would really improve the secondary.