Philadelphia Eagles versus Buffalo Bills: 5 Final thoughts


Just in case you’re unaware, the Eagles have a second preseason game to play against the Bills.

The Philadelphia Eagles lock horns with the Buffalo Bills Thursday, August 17th at 7:00 P.M. EST. We’ve all analyzed things to no end about the first preseason game. The second figures to give us plenty to discuss as well.

Jordan Matthews and Ronald Darby make their debuts tonight. The majority of the starters figure to play a quarter or so of football.

Here are five last minute thoughts as game time nears.

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1. Agholor MUST prove that he’s a suitable replacement for Jordan Matthews.

Jordan Matthews was good in his time in Philadelphia, historically speaking. He was good for this offense. He was good for Wentz. Mike Groh needs to get Nelson Agholor ready now. We need to see the Agholor we saw in OTAs, open practices and minicamp, not the one we saw in the first preseason game.

2. We’re still okay along the offensive line if Brandon Brooks’ ankle is okay.

Brandon Brooks should be back to in-game action versus the Bills. He doesn’t get mentioned much, but now, with Allen Barbre gone, he needs to improve on what was already a stellar camp prior to the ankle injury.

3. Corey Clement versus Donnel Pumphrey

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Wendell Smallwood is still nursing the hamstring. Neither Corey Clement or Donnel Pumphrey grabbed the bull by the horns in game one of the preseason. Let’s hope game two is different. They’ll both get a ton of touches.

4. Marcus Johnson should get substantial time.

Marcus Johnson, who was absent last week, should get significant on-field time. Coaches are hoping a good showing through camp, and before that in OTAs and minicamp, leads to a big night for a guy who’s doing everything he can to make the squad.

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5. The defense is going to get some work tonight.

You may have heard, but the Eagles solved that outside cornerback riddle. Well, at least on one side. As mentioned, we’re expecting the majority of the starters to play for a quarter or so. Jeffery may not. Head coach Doug Pederson said he may play “a series or two”. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has a tendency to leave his starters out a little longer in the second preseason game. That trend may continue versus Buffalo.