Not much defense in this game. But plenty of turnovers and penalties. All in all, it turned out to be a successful game. There were no major injures. And some young players stepped up. It was also good to see the starting offense and Nick Foles come alive. They weren’t great but played well enough to make me feel a lot more comfortable about them.
* Some of you wondered why all the GL runs for Damaris Johnson. Why not run Josey? I guess he was trying to rest Josey since there was nothing left to prove. The rookie had looked good. With the Eagles having some banged up RBs, why not save him for next week. At this point, Damaris Johnson is expendable.
FOLES - Looked much better. Amazing what some good blocking will do. Threw a strike to Celek over the middle in the mid-2nd. Held the ball forever on one play. It was a screen that the Pats DL read and Foles was forced to look for other options. Hit Foles in the flat for an easy gain of 6 yards. Tried to hit Momah for a TD down the left side. The ball was just a bit out front and he couldn’t make the grab. Hit Celek with a good throw right after the punt block. Hit Ertz for a short TD. 8-10-81. TD, no INTs.
SANCHEZ- Another strong outing. Came in late in the half. Hit Ertz for a gain of 20. He was covered well, but Sanchez put the ball up high and gave his guy a chance to make a play, which Ertz did. The next play was a good throw to Matthews to the left side. That gained 18 yards. Made a good throw to Momah in the end zone that turned into a TD for Benn. Threw a dumb INT to open the 2nd half. Forced the ball to Ertz and didn’t see the DB playing behind him. That DB jumped the pass and made an easy pick. Hit Matthews with some quick throws, over the middle and to the outside. Had an easy TD pass to Damaris Johnson. DJ was in the backfield and just went upfield. The LB was slow to get out there. Easy pitch and catch.
BARKLEY - Solid game. 9-12-132. 1 TD, but that came on a screen. 1 INT, but that came on a WR drop. Just hasn’t stood out the way you hoped so far, but has had some good moments. Came into the game in the late 3rd. Had a pick on his first drive, but it wasn’t his fault. Johnson had a pass go off his hands and right to a defender. Best throw of the night was an 18-yd strike to Cunningham over the middle of the field on 3rd/long. Accurate with some velocity. Threw screen to Josey that went for 27-yd TD on screen. Barkley did sell that play well.
MCCOY - 6-19. Couple of nice moments. Actually had a couple of good pass blocks as well.
POLK - DNP
SPROLES – Only played 8 snaps. Caught 2 passes for 13 yds.
TUCKER - DNP
JOSEY- Good game. 8-56 as runner, 1-27-1 as receiver. Showed quick feet. N-S runner. Showed good burst on draw play that went for 14 yards in the early 3rd Qtr. Looked good on just about every carry. Caught a screen pass on the final play of the 3rd Qtr and took that for a 27-yd TD. Did a great job of working through traffic and staying inbounds. Really helped himself. I don’t know if Josey is going to push for a roster spot, but he could challenge for a practice squad spot. Kelly had to like the way he hit the hole and the burst he showed.
CELEK - 2-45. 2nd catch put the Eagles in the RZ. Had to turn to catch the ball and Chung hit him pretty hard as Celek turned upfield. Knocked Celek’s helmet off, but Brent held onto the ball. So tough.
ERTZ - Caught a 6-yd TD. Used his size to get the best of Chung, then reached the ball over the goal line. Blocking still needs a lot of work, whether in-line or out in space. Effort is not an issue. Needs to be more under control. Doesn’t take advantage of his size. Made a terrific leaping grab from Sanchez late in the half. The LB was right there, but Ertz played the ball perfectly and fully extended to make the catch.
CASEY - Caught short pass from Sanchez over the middle in the early 3rd. Caught another short pass. Looks good.
IGWENAGU - Only played on STs.
BURTON- Lacks ideal bulk/strength, but a willing blocker. Plays with good pad level. Engages the defender and battles. Just doesn’t get the movement you want.
ANNEN - Has good potential as a run blocker. Good effort. Able to get some movement. Had a poor block on 4th/GL. Got knocked back.
MACLIN – DNP
MATTHEWS- Terrific game. 9-104. Caught a short pass from Foles. Sanchez hit him for 18 yards late in the half. Caught that ball in traffic, but made a smooth grab. The next play was a screen to him. Matthews caught it toward the middle of the field, then broke outside for a gain of 10. Good RAC skills. Caught quick pass in the early 3rd and used stiff arm on CB to get upfield for 8 yds. Biggest play was 25 yard catch and run in the early 3rd. Sanchez hit him on a crosser. Love the fact Matthews turned upfied and didn’t dance. Tried to run over the CB. Big guys gotta play big. Showed really good RAC skills in the late 3rd. Caught a quick screen from Barkley behind the LOS and turned that into a gain of 19. Got by tacklers using size, speed and elusiveness.
COOPER - DNP
MOMAH- Used his size to get open and catch pass over the middle in the 1st Qtr. Unfortunately had the ball stripped from him as he was being tackled. Can’t make mistakes like that. 2nd catch came on a dig route. Didn’t have separation, but didn’t need it. Used size to make the grab. Looked comfortable making a contested catch. Had a chance for a 30-yd TD catch in the mid-2nd, but couldn’t quite get to the ball. It was just a bit out in front of him. Had tight coverage from the CB and S, but still made a good attempt for the ball. Should have had a TD catch late in the half, but the ball bounce off his hands and it went to Benn. Worked well for the team, but that’s a knock against Momah. Put a CB on the ground while run blocking in the early 3rd.
MAEHL- Caught WR screen in the 3rd and then had the ball stripped away.
HUFF- Got hurt in the game.
D JOHNSON – Spent a lot of time in the backfield. Caught short TD from there. Eagles ran a rub route and the LB was slow to get outside. Johnson had an easy grab and stepped into the end zone. Failed to catch a downfield pass from Barkley in the late 3rd. The ball bounced off his hands and went right to a DB. 7-14 as a runner. 3-30 as a receiver. Love his attitude. Willing to do anything. Just hasn’t done enough to put himself in serious consideration for a roster spot.
BENN – Was out on the field with the 1’s. Had an excellent block on a run play to his side in the mid-2nd. Engaged the CB and stuck with him as the ball came that way for a good gain. Didn’t have any passes thrown his way. Played in the slot and outside. I need to re-check and see if it looked like he was getting open or not.
CUNNINGHAM- Caught an 18-yd pass on 3rd/long that moved the chains.
PETERS - Gave up a sack in the mid-2nd. The Pats ran a stunt and Peters made a good block initially, but he wasn’t able to control the defender, who then got loose in the backfield.
MATHIS - LG. Had a good block on toss play to his side in the late 2nd.
KELCE - C. Had some issues with Wilfork. Got moved back on a few plays. Moved Wilfork off the ball on a run play up the middle that gained a few yards.
HERREMANS - RG. Good showing.
BARBRE - RT. Gave up a sack on the initial 3rd down of the game. Too passive with his hands. Never got control of Ninkovich, who then got around Barbre and to Foles. Had a play in the mid-2nd when he didn’t use his hands well and the rusher got free to the inside. Didn’t affect the play too much, but a sloppy mistake that shouldn’t happen. Had a solid game overall. Better run blocker than pass protector.
JOHNSON - Backup RT. Sloppier than I would like to see. Should be dominant against the guys he’s facing.
TOBIN - Backup LG. Another impressive game. Solid in pass pro. Good run blocker. Gets off the ball well and is very good at getting to the next level. Uses his hands well. Has some pop when he engages LBs, but stays under control. Good block on ILB on run by Josey in the early 3rd.
GARDNER - LT. Good game. Good block on opening play of 2nd half. Sealed DE and gave Josey running room. Had a terrific down block of DE on 3rd Qtr run to his side. Cave the guy in and gave Josey room to run. Has really impressed me. Plays with a wide base in pass pro, but keeps his knees bent and his feet active. Isn’t a reacher. Physical run blocker. Has athletic limitations which keep him from being starter material, but looks like a solid backup.
MOLK - Does a good job of getting downfield on screens. Not a watcher. Will find someone to block. Called for holding on pass play at the end of the 3rd Qtr. Had a couple of blocks on Josey’s screen for TD. Generally solid in pass pro, but is sloppy at times.
KELLY - Backup RG. Doesn’t sustain blocks as well as he should. Failed to pick up stunting DL and the guy hit Sanchez. Kelly was there, but didn’t make the block. If he were a rookie, I’d be impressed with what I see. For a 3rd year guy with starting experience, I was hoping for more. That said, with injuries, could still make the team. Has some good moments.
GRAF - LT. Excellent effort on run blocks. Can get off balance when he’s too upright. Limited athlete, but he’s experienced and tough.
ANDREWS- C. Lacks ideal size/strength. Engages the NT/DT, but often is knocked back a step. Needs better pad level. Let DL under his pads on 4th/GL.
BAMIRO - Played LG. Still big and awkward. Tries to block ILB on one play and got knocked back. Not good for a guy his size. Way too upright. Very discouraging to see him this year. Has taken a big step back. Was a dominant run blocker at times in the summer of 2012. Only question was his pass blocking. Now his run blocking has disappeared. Zero chance of making the team. Not sure he’s got much chance to be on the practice squad at this point. Ugh.
BARTON - Played RG. Fired off the ball on a run play and got a good block on an ILB. Love watching him run block. Really fires off the ball. Excellent effort. Love watching him run block.
HAWKINS – RT. Good block on goal line run. Got off the ball and helped drive the DE into the end zone. Intriguing.
* There was a bootleg pass to the H-back for a nice gain. I think Najee Goode may have had the HB, but I don’t know for sure who blew that coverage. Could have been another LB or S.
* There was another blown assignment with the H-back. Both Long and Acho covered the TE on a vertical release and let the H-back go to the flat uncovered. The QB hit him with a quick throw and he ran it in for a TD.
COX - Helped stuff a run play to the right side in the mid-1st. Got into the RG and RT, then flowed with the play. Got free and helped make the tackle. Shed the LT and tackled the RB, but gave up a few yds on the play. Shed the LT and stuffed the RB on a play that came right at him.
LOGAN - Returned to action as the starting NT. Best play came when he read a screen pass and stuck right with the RB, forcing the QB to throw the ball away. Knocked the LG into the backfield on a run play. That drew a holding call. Knocked off some rust. Wasn’t overly impressive, but looked okay.
THORNTON - LDE. Got pancaked on a run play to his side. RT dominated him on that play. I think that got Ced’s attention. Disrupted a run play on the next drive by pushing the RG into the backfield. Drove the RG into the backfield on the next play, which disrupted a screen pass. Shed the RT on an inside run and got to the RB.
CURRY - Played DT in Nickel look on opening series. Drove the RG back toward Brady on 3rd/4. Stayed in the game and on the next play he was driven off the ball. Showed great hustle on Williams INT. Ran downfield and blocked a Patriot so Williams could get into the end zone. There were a couple of plays when Curry was getting by the RT, but I’m not sure the coaches would like it. Looked like he was trying to penetrate more than 2-gap. Disrupted a 2nd Qtr run with penetration, but couldn’t get hold of the RB. Shed the C and got the RB on a run up the middle. Hustled outside and helped to make a tackle on WR screen. Love his motor. Split a double team to pressure the QB late in the half. Easily could have been holding. Pats got away with holding him on the final drive of the half. OL clearly had a handful of jersey.
BAIR - Lined up as DT in a Nickel look in the 1st Qtr. Shed the C and flowed left, getting in on the tackle of the RB. Only gave up a yd. Shed the LT and flowed left, tackling the RB on an inside run play. From DT, shed block of the G and got to RB up the middle. Really does a good job with his hands. Is able to get into the blocker and look for the ball. Shows good awareness in locating the ball and then getting to it. Had one play where he shed the C, moved left and shed a pulling OL and then almost got the RB at the LOS. Great effort. Had one play where he just shoved the LG to the ground and went after the QB.
ALLEN - Got on the field in the 1st Qtr. Was able to hold his ground vs the C on an inside run play. Shed the C and got in on tackle of RB at the LOS. Used a good swim move to get right by the C and pressure the passer in the early 2nd Qtr. Showed good hustle on a run play to the outside when he fought through blocks and got out there to help tackle the runner.
SQUARE - No compelling plays. Falling behind Allen.
HART - Took on a double team in the early 2nd and held his ground. RB came right at him and Hart helped to make the stop. Played NT in a Nickel look. Shed the C and helped to stuff the RB. Didn’t do much as a pass rusher. Has looked more physical than athletic so far. Usually young DL are just the opposite.
KRUGER - Played in the 2nd half. Shed the LT and got to RB on run play to his side. Chased down a RB from behind and made the stop. Really good athlete who is at his best on the move. He’s trying to be better as 2-gap defender, but just isn’t natural to him. Much more effective when he’s allowed to attack or chase after the ball. Plays hard.
MAYS - More interesting than I expected. Big guy shows good power. A bit stiff, though. Moved down the LOS and stuffed a run in the early 4th. Had a shot at a sack in the 4th. Played NT and DE.
VILLANUEVA - Got a sack in the early 4th. Graham created the situation and Villanueva finished it. Looks good on the move. Would be interesting if he had time to develop.
COLE - ROLB. Dropped into coverage and tackled a WR after a short catch. Set the edge on a run to his side in the mid-1st. That ended in a group TFL. Got badly held on pass play in the mid-1st, but there was no flag. Blatant hold.
BARWIN - Lined up on the right side on 3rd/3 in the 1st Qtr. Rushed off the edge and just missed a sack of Brady. Didn’t beat the LT. They tried to block him with the LG.
GRAHAM - Didn’t see him on D until the 3rd Qtr. Made a dumb mistake early. Went to the inside and got sealed. QB ran right through the area where Graham should have been. QB ran for TD. Showed great hustle on WR screen when he turned and ran outside. Just missed making the tackle. Got easily caved in by LT on run play to his side for TD. Ugh. Not good. Set the edge on a late 3rd Qtr run. RB cut inside, where pursuit got him. Got a sack on the next play…he was unblocked. Shed the LT and stuffed a run play that came right at him in the early 4th. Came off the edge and got a RB from behind on the next play. Drove the LT straight back to the QB and almost got a sack. Very impressive power. Was dominant against 3rd stringers.
SMITH- Got to play in the 1st Qtr. Called for illegal use of hands on play late in the 1st. Almost had a TFL in the early 2nd when a run came to his side. The TE was grabbing him (holding???) and Smith couldn’t get his hands cleanly on the RB. Had very tight coverage on TE in the end zone. Had an odd play late in the half when a TE started to release and hit Smith, knocking him to the ground. Showed very good burst on 3rd down just after halftime, but was too wide and QB took off running. Pats ran a bootleg to his side in the mid-3rd. Smith bought the fake, but was athletic enough to recover and get some pressure on the QB. Got a good rush off the edge in the early 4th. Dips well. Needs to work on his ability to break hard to the QB and not be so round. Hustled to the outside on a WR screen and made the tackle. Struggled with cut blocks in the 4th Qtr. Showed good change of direction ability and speed when he almost got a sack on a bootleg play. Used an inside move to get by the LT and almost get a sack in the early 4th. Blew up the play and Villanueva got the sack. Good athlete with lots of potential, but needs to be more of a playmaker. Getting experience will help him to learn how to finish plays in the NFL. Did an excellent job of that in college.
LONG -Got to play some snaps in the 1st Qtr. Showed the ability to set the edge. Able to engage and shed blockers. Lined up over the LG in a Nickel look. Shed him and got to the RB on an inside run. Dropped into coverage a few times. Looked comfortable playing in space. Showed good awareness. Showed good hustle late in the half when he chased after the QB and almost got to him. If only he had more explosion as a pass rusher…
BRAMAN - DNP
KENDRICKS - Got TFL on 2nd play of the game. Partially due to Thornton driving back the RT. Came upfield on a run play and tripped up a RB just beyond the LOS.
RYANS – Moved to the right and stuffed a RB for only a gain of 1. Helped stuff a run to the left side for minimal gain. Helped stuff a run to the right for a short loss.
GOODE- Blitzed off the edge and got a good shot on the QB. Tackled RB in space on pass play late in the half. Needs to be more physical with taking on blockers, whether OL or FBs. Couldn’t get off TE’s block on run to his side that went for a TD. Got 30 snaps on D. I was hoping he’d stand out more.
PHILLIPS - This is the most I’ve ever seen Phillips play. Came away with mixed feelings. There were some good moments. Attacked up the field late in the half and almost got a TFL. Did get the RB down. Tackled RB on a draw on the next play as well. Fired into the backfield in the mid-3rd and had a chance for a TFL. Couldn’t get the RB down and he turned it into a TD, although penalty wiped that out. There were other plays where Phillips wasn’t as impressive. Not sure what I think of him at this point.
MATTHEWS - Played 35 snaps on defense. Good effort, but not a good showing. Doesn’t look like a veteran. Wasn’t credited with any tackles.
ACHO - The anti-Momah. Last summer Acho looked terrific. This summer he’s so-so. Just doesn’t stand out. Chased down H-back in space and made a good tackle. Hustles to the ball. Solid tackler. Did lead the team with 6 tackles. Another player I’m unsure about.
KNOTT - DNP
ALLEN - Covered slot receiver down the field. Hung right with him, but wasn’t able to make a play on the ball. The pass was out in front of the receiver and fell incomplete. Not an ideal matchup for Nate, but he did okay. Came over and made a good hit on a RB on a run to the outside. The runner was headed out of bounds, but Nate got a solid shot on him and knocked him out. Went low on Ridley on inside run in the early 2nd and made a solid tackle.
JENKINS - Quiet game.
MARAGOS - Got in on one tackle,
REYNOLDS - Quiet game compared to last week. Was in on a couple of tackles, but didn’t make any plays.
WOLFF - Good showing. Looked really good when allowed to fly off the edge. Exploded into the backfield on one run and was able to chase down the runner and strip the ball loose. Later blitzed off the edge and batted down a pass. Good in run support. Active and aggressive. Finished with 3 solo tackles. Good to see him play better.
MORGAN - Not meant to be an NFL Safety. Got a snap or two at CB. Would like to see him play more there.
LOWE - Physical tackler.
FLETCHER - Quiet game.
WILLIAMS - Played off and gave up quick pass to Thompkins. Got juked when he came up to make the stop and gave up 5 extra RAC yards. Sloppy play. On the next play he picked off a pass from Brady and ran it back 77 yds for a TD. The backup TE made the wrong cut on his route and the ball went right to Williams. Left the game with hamstring after that.
BOYKIN - Not his best game. Played inside and outside. Biggest mistake came on a 2nd Qtr run. Had a chance for a TFL, but took didn’t keep proper leverage and let the RB get to the outside. That became an 18-yard run. Dumb. Was called for holding in the end zone, but it ended up not affecting that play. Made a good tackle on a WR screen to his side. Tough due to traffic.
MARSH - Rough game, to put it mildly. Called for penalty on 3rd/3 in mid-1st Qtr. That extended a drive that should have been stopped. Tripped up a RB on screen pass in the mid-1st. Called for PI on a pass play down the right sideline. Gave up TD to Thompkins on back shoulder throw. Had tight coverage, but never saw the ball or made a play on it. Got off balance while trying to cover LaFell in the early 2nd and gave up a 25-yd play. Wasn’t even close on that one. Had tight coverage on LaFell in the mid-2nd, but the ball still got to him for a short TD. Had tight coverage on Tyms on a pass down the right sideline. That was an incompletion. Broke up a pass late in the half. Hit LaFell as the ball got there. Gave up a 17-yd TD to Tyms in the mid-3rd. Had tight coverage, but wasn’t able to get a hand on the ball. Almost gave up a long TD in the early 4th, but the WR dropped the ball.
CARMICHAEL - Played slot and outside. Covered much better than the previous week. Tackled TE after short catch in the early 3rd. WR got behind him on deep ball, but the pass was overthrown. Was called for illegal contact on the play. Had pretty good coverage on a ball thrown his way down the field in the late 3rd. Pass was overthrown. Was in on 4 tackles.
JONES - One punt. 57 yards. He’s ready.
HENERY - Had 3 touchbacks on 6 kickoffs. None of them went out of the end zone. Missed his only FG attempt. Was from 47, but missed bad. Said he hit his foot on the ground prior to contact. Looked like he might have over-extended his plant step.
– MISC –
KOR – Huff 1-26. Johnson 1-27.
PR – Johnson 3-19.
* Benn blocked a punt in the mid-2nd Qtr. Got by the LS and extended to get the ball just as it was kicked. Great effort.