The first game of the Eagles preseason is officially in our rearview mirror.
One down… Two to go… Then, the games count towards the win-loss total. The Philadelphia Eagles‘ first game of the preseason slate resulted in a 24-21 loss at Lincoln Financial Field in front of the Philly faithful. There were highlights. There were low moments. There were ebbs and flows. In short, this game won’t count as one in the ‘loss’ column, but don’t you think, for a second, that this team didn’t give it all that they have.
There’s much to celebrate. There are a lot of positives to find albeit in a loss, but with the good came the bad as the Eagles failed to finish drives for most of the contest, QB1, Jalen Hurts, completed all six of his pass attempts on the first drive to get the ball rolling. That was good to see.
Philadelphia took the opening kickoff, drove down the field, overcame to penalties, and punched one in for six. The highlight of the night on the other side of the ball came from one of the defensive MVPs.
Kyzir White, linebacker
Newly-acquired linebacker Kyzir White officially has his first big moment in an Eagles jersey, picking off New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson during the first defensive sequence in the first quarter. This one was a thing of beauty.
White read Wilson’s eyes, stepped in front of Corey Davis, picked the ball off, and returned the ball 30 yards to set Gardner Minshew and the second-team offense up nicely. During his post-game presser, he discussed the anatomy of the interception, stating the following:
"(I’m) getting my feet wet with family and friends in attendance you know I always want to go out and put on a show and it felt good to do so. It’s a great start for me but I have to keep building and keep getting better each day."
Kyzir showed a lot of promise in his first game as an Eagle, and there’s no reason to believe that won’t continue when the lights are shining brightly. He definitely gets a game ball. Here are a few other Birds that deserve one of their own.