Philadelphia Eagles versus New York Jets: 10 Story lines to watch

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 26: Christian Hackenberg
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 26: Christian Hackenberg /

The Eagles have one preseason game remaining. It’s against the Jets, and there’s still a lot to figure out.

There’s one game remaining on the Philadelphia Eagles‘ 2017 NFL preseason schedule. They face the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Then, they travel to FedExField to meet the hated Washington Redskins in the regular season opener. There isn’t much to be said other than that.

There really isn’t much of a reason to beat around the bush. One more tune up remains. There’s still a ton left that this team is working out.

Here are ten story lines that we’ll be paying attention to:

1. There’s a new long-snapper.

Yes, we’re talking about a long snapper, but if you are unaware of how important they are, you needn’t look any further than what happened a season ago when there was no Jon Dorenbos. Remember that? Philly’s “magic man” has moved on, and the new guy is Rick Lovato. If there’s any mistake on his part of any kind, expect there to be some talk.

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2. Corey Clement versus Donnel Pumphrey 2.0:

There’s an overwhelming wave of emotion by Eagles fans who absolutely want Corey Clement to make this team. To tell you the truth, if he doesn’t, there may be some riotous behavior. He’s been shining, and not a whole lot has been seen out of Donnel Pumhrey.

3. Enter Dexter McDougle.

To say Dexter McDougle‘s NFL resume is lacking doesn’t quite encompass everything. The Eagles traded safety Terrence Brooks to acquire McDougle’s services. Eagles fans don’t know a lot about this guy. Hey. Some Jets fans don’t know a lot about this guy.

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4. Is this Matt McGloin’s curtain call or his audition for another team?

Eagles backup quarterback Nick Foles is out again. That means Eagles fans are getting a lot of Matt McGloin and Dane Evans tonight. That means this offense may be hard to watch.

5. Are Kamu Grugier-Hill, Alex McCalister and Don Cherry making this team or not?

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That one’s self-explanatory. Tonight will tell a lot of the tale.

6. Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg versus the Eagles defense:

If Christian Hackenberg goes out and shreds the Eagles defense, there’s a problem. He recently lost his job to Josh McCown, and figures to play extensively tonight. We should expect the Eagles defense to limit him. No one cares that he’s playing backups and guys who may not be around next week.

7. Who are the Eagles’ slot corner again?

Okay, Ron Brooks is gone, so we kind of need some definite answers to this one, and they need to start popping up fairly quickly.

8. How many receivers are the Eagles keeping?

Let’s be honest. Shelton Gibson just can’t play. We know Torrey Smith, Alshon JefferyMack Hollins and Nelson Agholor are in. That leaves new fan favorite Marcus Johnson and guys like Greg Ward and Bryce Treggs on the outside. Unfortunately, McGloin and Evans will be throwing all of these guys the ball tonight.

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9. Will the search begin for a backup to Wentz?

This is unlikely because the Eagles brass is saying Foles will be ready for the opener. Still, it’s an injury to the elbow on his throwing arm, and we all know how executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman does business.

10. How will Steven Means perform?

Trust and believe a camera or two will follow defensive end Steven Means when he’s on the field now that he has that new extension. Everyone will be curious how he responds and plays.