Preseason Opener – 2nd Half Thread

Posted: August 8th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 74 Comments »

The Eagles lead the Bears 21 to 14, but the score is pretty meaningless in preseason. The Eagles starters were sloppy. Don’t make too much of that. The opener is the least important preseason game there is.

This game has actually been a success so far. The biggest key…no major injuries. Beyond that, some young players are playing well and showing that they might be able to help the team this year.

* Josh Huff with a long KOR for a TD

* Damion Square with a blocked FG

* Backup DL Brandon Bair has been excellent at RDE

* LB Marcus Smith has shown good athleticism so far

* NT Beau Allen is playing his butt off. He’s all over the place

* LG Matt Tobin has played well

* WR Ifeanyi Momah actually has a couple of catches against NFL starters…didn’t expect that

I was also impressed with Malcolm Jenkins and Nate Allen. Earl Wolff didn’t catch my eye. There are plenty of veterans who looked good or flashed, but I don’t want to get into all of that right now.

There are several things to be concerned about. We’ll be discussing them for the next week.

For now, cheer for no injuries and more young guys to play well.

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  • Dragon_Eagle

    I see #57 and I think Gocong. Need another beer.

  • shah8

    Wonder if that means Momah is still a long shot.

    • shah8

      Man, I’ve stuck with this Bills Panthers game. Aside from Tuel and Blanchard stinking things up, a lot of decent football. Had expected to move on…

      • shah8

        Seeing a rb that is almost certainly not making the Buffalo squad with a billion good rushers just fly for his preseason TD is a lot of fun. It could have been the Tampa-Jax game and I’d be wanting to spoon out my eyes, but no, having a good time.

        Had I been watching either the Eagles or Vikings, I probably would not be having as much fun.

    • ICDogg

      I think he improved his odds of making the team tonight from 10% to 11%.

  • ICDogg

    flag on the play
    pants on the ground

  • ICDogg

    Barkley still throwing to the wrong color uniforms

  • FairOaks

    nfl.com had the blocked FG credited to Kruger… was it Square?

    • TommyLawlor

      Per telecast. They could be wrong. Wasn’t clear.

  • SteveH

    Really not feeling Mathew Tucker. Falling over your own feet and fumbling is not a good look for a guy trying to make the team.

    • Corry

      There’s no excuse for it, but they are at Soldier Field. That turf is poo.

    • SteveH

      Already made more plays than CJ Gaddis ever did.

      • ICDogg

        closing in on Na Brown

  • ICDogg

    Ed Reynolds II making his case

  • Insomniac

    Huff shouldn’t have done that. A cocky rookie is a bad one.

    • TommyLawlor

      Needed some humble pie.

  • ICDogg

    Jordan Matthews with a 1st down

    • TommyLawlor

      He looks kinda decent.

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Nice zip there from Barkley

  • ICDogg

    Spell check wants to correct Fluellen to Flugelhorn.

    • TommyLawlor

      Makes complete sense.

  • Insomniac

    Matthews TO’d that one.

  • SteveH

    Fluellen > Tucker.

  • ICDogg

    Matthews has dropped a couple easy ones today.

    • Insomniac

      He had this issue in college too.

  • Insomniac

    I have to say we got lucky on ST twice today. Huff’s return had everything right going. Now this shenanigan.

    • ICDogg

      Barkley coughed it right back up.

      • Insomniac

        Yea i just saw what happened. It’ll be interesting to see if Huff ran the wrong route or Barkley’s being Barkley.

  • Corry

    Barkley with an underthrow there, but I will say that the ball seems to have more zip on it. (or Huff ran the wrong route)

    • SteveH

      I think he was throwing a different route than Huff ran, actually.

  • SteveH

    Ahhh yes, we’re well into the late preseason game slopfest.

  • Corry

    Watkins is struggling.

    • Insomniac

      Yup. He’s going to need a great game 2.

      • Mitchell

        Why? He’s a rookie in his first game. He’s playing better as the game goes on.

    • A_T_G

      I wonder how long it will be before I read that statement without thinking “Danny.”

      • Corry

        With the right therapy, years.

  • Insomniac

    I gotta say..great awareness from Clausen.

  • SteveH

    After all the hype I’m not sure what the fuss is about for Jordan Mathews. Looks like maybe a solid receiver but he’s not exactly lighting up 2nd and 3rd stringers out there.

    • Insomniac

      He was pretty over-hyped for awhile now. Some draftniks saw nothing special and some just saw a guy that broke a SEC record.

      • anon

        I saw a guy with a high drop rate in college. Seems like that’s the same guy we saw tonight.

        • Insomniac

          He had no blocking to get RAC yards too. Matthews isn’t strong or elusive.

    • jpate

      You mean he didnt set the world on fire on his first ever NFL (preseason) game?

      • SteveH

        Yes, yes I do.

      • Ben Hert

        In this day and age, I’d think its reasonable to expect some kind of decent performance from an super-hyped 2nd round pick. Not just, “…meh, he did ok on the second team.”

    • Sean Stott

      Nerves. He’ll be fine.

  • Insomniac

    Carmichael is gone.

    • anon

      I can’t believe he made it to camp.

  • Insomniac

    Jaylen redeeming himself a bit.

  • Insomniac

    Playmaker and Damaris Johnson just doesn’t sound right…

  • Mitchell

    Marsh just destroyed a chain gang member. No F’s were given by him.

  • TommyLawlor

    I don’t know about the players, but Baldy is already in midseason form. Wow.

    • Mitchell

      I live in Illinois so I have to watch the Bears commentary. It’s so frustrating they dnt know half the players names (didn’t know we had a Casey James) and keep gushing over the Bears.

  • Mitchell

    Idk Marsh is looking pretty good.

  • Mitchell

    There we go Watkins. Nice tackle at the line for no gain.

  • Mitchell

    Braman is definitely a freak athlete. That burst off the line is pretty sick. Plus he kept up with Huff on his return.

    • SteveH

      It’s the hair, like a modern day Samson.

  • SteveH

    This games Hot Takes;

    Fast riser: Beau Allen

    Stock dropping: Roc Carmichael

    Hype Bubble Bursting: Jordan Mathews

    I’m not really worried but I am a little worried: Nick Foles

    Rookie Moment: Josh Huff’s KR TD

    Happiest man in the building: Dave Fipp

    Person we can ship to Siberia: Mathew Tucker

    Best Chipism: Country balls and City balls

    Surprise performer: Nate Allen

    MVP: Mark Sanchez

    • Mitchell

      What’s wrong with Tucker besides the fumble? He had 2 tds right? Pretty hyped by Nate Allen as well. I am more worried about Matthews than Foles. Roc’s stock has not only dropped but it hasn’t been this low since the early 1930′s.

      • SteveH

        Tucker looked not especially fast, elusive, tough, or powerful. Very plodding. Bad fumble just makes it worse. Fluellen looks clearly better IMO.

        • Mitchell

          Agreed.

    • anon

      If Sanchez was the MVP what does that say about this team? To be fair — Pats looked terrible.

  • Sean Stott

    Both of Foles’ interceptions as well as another that was dropped by CHI were underthrows. It looked like he didn’t get his hips into them at all and they came out flat.

    A 3rd string receiver (?) made Wolff and Graham look really foolish. Especially Wolff.

    Watkins got burned pretty badly. Still, it was mostly just a poor press technique that backfired. He looked like he’d have recovered with another 5 yards, but surprised he couldn’t recover. Looked bad, but his interception was pretty.

    Marcus Smith looks promising.

    Jordan Matthews needs to work on his stone hands. He also does not come off like a big player.

    • Mitchell

      A lot of the throws Matthews dropped were thrown by Barkley and they were bad throws. I agree though needs to work on that.

      • Insomniac

        They weren’t hard passes to catch though. He let two of them hit him. He couldn’t fight off coverage for one of them. The ones that he did catch were 3-5 yards.

    • SteveH

      Foles’ first pick was tipped as he threw, his second looked like there was some kind of mixup as 2 receivers were in the same area. The 3rd that wasn’t intercepted was underthrown.

  • Mitchell

    Damaris is quick as hell but just doesn’t do anything. We have Sproles and Huff, I dnt see why we need him at all.

  • Corry

    So that was ugly.

  • Mitchell

    Pratt and Kinne got something going on. Pratt looked pretty good tonight.

  • Flyin

    Kinne is the worst qb I have ever seen!

    edit: recently

    • Mitchell

      Kinne & Pratt= 2015 Super Bowl champs.

      • Flyin

        The Turd Kings.

        • Mitchell

          The Bears had a TE named Masturd LOL!

          • Flyin

            You normally don’t expect that from a TE.

  • Flyin

    I thought the officiating was the the best from the replacement refs that I never saw.