Previewing the Preseason Finale

Posted: August 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 145 Comments »

The Eagles take on the Jets tonight in the preseason finale. Originally this looked like an interesting game because it would put Mark Sanchez up against Michael Vick…the former Jet against the former Eagle. But Chip Kelly ruined that by sitting Sanchez. Actually, Kelly may have done us a favor. The Sanchez/Vick angle would have been good for some casual fans, but would have annoyed other fans who are more interested in the young players that need tonight’s game to win a job.

Let’s talk about some of the guys who have a lot on the line tonght.

Matt Barkley – He will play most of the game. The Eagles want to see how he plays in an extended showing. Will this bring out the best in Barkley or will it expose him as being a mediocre player? Barkley can help himself if he just runs the offense and doesn’t try to force things. It will be a good sign if he’s willing to check the ball down to underneath receivers. Barkley can also help his reputation with some good intermediate or downfield throws that show some arm strength.

Arrelious Benn – On the bubble. Benn is a good STer. He can be a good blocker. But Benn has yet to show much as a receiver this preseason. He needs the ball to come his way tonight. I’d love to see some WR screens thrown to him so we can see his RAC skills. The Eagles will probably keep Brad Smith as the #5 WR, but things are wide open after that. Benn would make the most sense, but he’s got to play well tonight.

Ifeanyi Momah – I’m not real sure if Momah has much of a chance for the roster. He can catch. He can block. But we haven’t seen Momah do much on STs and that’s critical for a role player. Momah does have a real chance to make the practice squad. If he has a big game on offense and can show up on STs, maybe he does get roster discussion.

Trey Burton – Talented player with good potential, but not sure where he fits in for this year. Isn’t a functional blocker right now so couldn’t play in a real game as a true in-line TE. That said, Burton is an intriguing athlete who has shown serious potential as a pass catcher. If you value Burton’s potential enough, you might carry him on the roster as a project. A strong performance in Jets game could make the Eagles decision complicated.

Chris Polk – Will he play? Can he play well? Polk needs to do something to help his cause. I could write about all of the RBs since any of them could really help themselves. Polk is the biggest name and has the most on the line tonight.

Dennis Kelly – Kelly has played a good amount of reps already so I’m not sure how much he can help himself in one game. That said, with Lane Johnson going away for 4 games, Kelly could get that roster spot. Must play well enough to make the Eagles comfortable with him as an option on Sundays.

Marcus Smith – Get after the QB. Simple as that.

Travis Long – Will play ILB and OLB. A good game from him could be enough to make the Eagles want to keep him on the roster. Biggest thing is to play well on STs and to look comfortable and effective as an ILB.

Emmanuel Acho – After a great summer in 2013, Acho has been somewhat quiet this year. Not bad, but quiet. A big game from him tonight would go a long way to helping his cause. Biggest thing is to play smart and be active. Be in the right spots and make plays when the ball comes his way.

Ed Reynolds – Reynolds will be on the field a lot tonight. I’m curious to see how he looks. The Eagles will carry 4 Safeties for sure (Jenkins, Allen, Wolff, Maragos). They might keep 5, but only if the team feels Reynolds can either contribute this year or is too good to risk losing if cut. I don’t think he’s shown anything to make the Eagles fear losing him so his best bet is to shine tonight.

Jaylen Watkins – There is no question about Watkins making the team. He is trying to win playing time. Watkins has had some impressive moments this summer. Unfortunately he has had some rough moments and missed time due to injuries as well. More than anything, this game will be a measuring stick for where Watkins is. The better he plays, the more the coaches might look past the previous mistakes and see a player who is developing at a good pace.

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  • BC1968

    Continue on with the Simpsons’ marathon or watch this very meaningless game because Vick will be playing? Life is full of tough choices.

    • Media Mike

      I love me some Simpsons, but I need to see as much of this game as possible so I have irrefutable proof that my final 53 man roster is far superior to that of anybody else’s.

  • Media Mike

    So will Casey Matthews be cut at halftime, immediately after the game, or with the rest of the cuts?

  • Media Mike

    Where is everybody at in terms of the total number of WRs and TEs they keep. At this point I’d like to see 10 combined, with a 5/5 mix.

    RB – Shady, Sproles, Polk, Josey, Tucker
    WR – Matthews, Huff, Cooper, Special Teams guy, Maclin

    • GENETiC-FREAK

      5 RBs thats alot??

      • Media Mike

        They run a lot. And we’ll be in double TE on a more frequent basis this year, so I think we can be one short at WR and have it be fine.

        • GENETiC-FREAK

          Yeah still think thats a lot even for a run based team.. Shady still will handle majority of the snaps so adding an extra 1-2 bodies bit much i reckon.. Unless they ST aces or contribute some other way

          • Media Mike

            I hear you on that, but there is a strong chance they’ll need Tucker or Josey on this roster in a few years. The only two names in the WR group that’ll be here in a few years are Matthews and Huff.

          • GENETiC-FREAK

            Well we dont have to wait long to find out lol Gotta keep Josey he looks the part!

    • Anders

      Smith is the ST guy of WRs and I like to keep 4 TEs with Burton.

      • Media Mike

        I have no beef if they go 4 RB (just NOT Barner), 5 WR w/ Smith as the 4th best, and 4 TE.

      • Dominik

        Burton? For me, that’s one of the ideal PS candidates. Nobody will snag him and he could push for a roster spot next year. He showed something, but not enough for other teams to be interested.

        + if he’s good next year, he can replace Casey.

  • Anders

    One thing for sure, Jets front seven is clearly the best the 2nd OL has faced so far.

  • Corry

    Bennie Logan getting some work in before the season starts.

  • Crus57

    liking Jaylen Watkins so far

    • Media Mike

      Agreed, but sadly folks are saying he’ll be inactive for a lot of games.

      • Crus57

        Such is the life of a lower round rookie, I guess. At least he’ll get to watch and learn for a while.

        • Media Mike

          True. And he’ll be active for a few games considering the chance of Fletcher and Carroll getting injured at some point is high.

  • Anders

    Just me there wonder how the Jets backup guard is handling Curry with almost no problems?

    • Media Mike

      Curry is being slowed down by the number of fans on his nuts even though he’s never going to get the number of snaps he should.

      • Anders

        based on the fans talk about him, he should dominate 2nd string OLs more than he does.

        • Corry

          If he’s in the base package, he’ll be 2-gapping so I’m not sure how much pressure he’ll get. He should be living in the backfield on passing plays though.

          • Anders

            So far he really hasnt even been near the QB

  • Corry

    Henry Josey has some speed.

    • Media Mike

      Unless he can run to Oregon to get a diploma, he’ll be cut.

      • Anders

        Why?

        • Media Mike

          Not what I would do, but there have been a lot of writers projecting: Shady, Sproles, Polk, and Barner as the RB group.

          Quack.

          • Anders

            Yea, but writers do not know shit and their only reason for Barner is “HE is a duck and we traded nothing for him”

          • Media Mike

            I’m inclined to agree with you, but we were compelled to sit through another full season of Casey Matthews last year……….so I don’t trust the RB group to be put together correctly until I see it.

          • Anders

            Matthews makes more sense than Barner.

          • Media Mike

            Matthews makes sense if I need a useless human being for an experiment about what happens when trains run over people laying down on the tracks.

          • JulesP13

            you speak with the gusto of a man who knows what he’s talking about, just without the whole, ya know, knowing what you’re talking about part

  • Crus57

    A small part of me wants Momah to make the team just to hear commentary teams struggle over pronouncing his name.

    • Media Mike

      Benn doesn’t share your idea!

    • Corry

      Dick Stockton would be pure comedy gold with Momah’s name.

  • GEAGLE

    So happy for Rejus

    • Media Mike

      Philbin?

  • Anders

    That wasnt PI, that was holding….

    • Media Mike

      ball in air = PI

      • Anders

        No, also needs to be catcheble, else its holding or illegal contact

        • Media Mike

          That was so flagrant and in the middle of the field I don’t think they even had a chance to determine how catchable it was.

          • Anders

            If you go by letter of the rules, its still only a holding

          • Media Mike

            If that was always the case the Seahawks would have won the Superbowl over the Steelers after the 05 season by about 30 points.

          • Anders

            True, but PI is the one play where they often over call it imo.

            Really often see plays where the ball wasnt catcheble and still gets PI call instead of holding or illegal contact

          • Media Mike

            Agreed.

  • Corry

    Damion Square got zero push on that play.

    • Media Mike

      Not a problem because he’s getting cut anyway. Beau Allen has been killing it.

  • Mitchell

    Can someone tell me how the Benn td played out? I can’t watch the game.

    • Crus57

      Deep pass down right side, CB thought he had S help when he didn’t, easy catch a step in front of the CB by Benn in the endzone

      • Mitchell

        Thank you

    • Media Mike

      Barner, Maehl, and Casey Matthews cleared out the entire side of the field so they’ll be kept and Benn will get cut.

  • Media Mike

    Wow, Baldy has zero clue on this roster. His 53 man “projections” are a joke.

    • Crus57

      What did he say? Gamepass has stuck me with the Jets feed

      • Media Mike

        He only did number by position, but did 10 O-line and 6 d-line. Is Baldy really cutting Beau Allen or Bair?

    • A_T_G

      For one, he gave Marsh as an example of a guy who could make the roster if the numbers work out for him.

      • Crus57

        If any of the QBs he’s played against this year have a say, he will.

      • Media Mike

        And now he claimed that Square was the Eagles starting nose for most of last year.

        • Crus57

          Is he high on the fumes of his makeup?

          • Media Mike

            Neither. Inoperable mental birth defects due to being from Pittsburgh.

  • the midatlantic

    Scott Graham really isn’t that bad, Baldy is adorable but quite bad. Shame the Phils fired Graham like they did, even if Franzke is effing great.

    • Media Mike

      I might offer getting rid of Wheeler YEARS ago would have solved your Graham issue.

  • Anders

    One thing is clear, Sanchez is miles better than Barkley. So happy to have him and not just Barkley as backup

  • Corry

    Back shoulder throw or Barkley’s weak arm?

    • Media Mike

      #Kempskifacts

    • Crus57

      Yes.

    • Anders

      can it be both?

  • A_T_G

    Good hands there by Burton. Shame the field was too short.

  • A_T_G

    No field goal competition there?

    • Media Mike

      out of either guy’s range

    • Anders

      Kelly going for it on 4th down all year or punting? :P

  • A_T_G

    There must be something wrong with my audio. I swear I heard “a great play by Curtis Marsh.”

    • Anders

      It was a drop by Hill

  • Media Mike

    Can somebody drop Carmichael off at the vet’s office to be euthanized at half time?

    • Crus57

      Maybe have Marsh drive him there?

      • Media Mike

        And there is room for Casey Matthews in that car. Nice whiff on that tackle!

  • A_T_G

    So, Tucker can take a hit…

  • Corry

    Josey is making a pretty good case to be on the roster.

  • Crus57

    Vick called being back at the linc as the opposition “bittersweet”.. that word is obviously the parting gift QBs get when they leave the organisation

  • A_T_G

    Really, Ryan? We need to get that call right, not just see more reps?

    • Corry

      Wanted to make sure his challenge flag throwing was in midseason form.

  • Corry

    I wonder if they keep Burton on the roster until Johnson comes back then try to get him on the PS…

    • Media Mike

      Johnson? Lane at OT? I don’t see how that would work.

      • Corry

        Lane Johnson.

        • Media Mike

          Sorry I ninja edited that after I wrote it. I’m just not sure how a 4th TE helps with the overall OL group.

          • Corry

            It doesn’t, but Lane is a roster exemption until he comes back from suspension, so why not use the spot?

          • Media Mike

            If it helps us keep Burton on the PS after that rather than losing him to another team, I guess that’s fine.

  • A_T_G

    Hmm, 31 in green with the bad coverage and penalty…

  • Crus57

    So apparently tonight the Giants O starters vs the Patriots backup D: 2 drives, 1 first down, 2 punts, 1 pass completed.

  • BlindChow

    That’s good enough for me. Cut Henery.

    • Corry

      Yup. I’ll help Henery pack.

      • Crus57

        Put him in the car with Marsh, Carmichael and Matthews. Make sure it’s an old car, it’ll be a one-way trip.

        • A_T_G

          Aim it towards Dallas.

          • Media Mike

            Nope, New York.

          • A_T_G

            NY is too close for comfort.

  • A_T_G

    Well, kicking battle is over.

  • GEAGLE

    Bwahahahahahahah players should go over to Alex and make him take his eagles jersey off on the spot!!! Stick a fork in him!!

    • Media Mike

      How about a knife?

    • anon

      did he miss one?

  • BobSmith77

    Henery – nnnoooooooooooooooo!

  • Corry

    Casey Matthews is terrible.

  • Anders

    Matt Simms is clearly better than Barkley

    • anon

      I’d put myself against barkely.

  • GEAGLE

    Attaboy Wolff

  • A_T_G

    Nice hit, Wolff.

  • GEAGLE

    Rejus!!!!

  • A_T_G

    I’ll tell ya’, if we play the Jets in the SB this year after both teams are decimated by 40 injuries each, I’m feeling good about our chances.

  • BobSmith77

    Benn has had an impressive 1st half.

    • Corry

      You could do worse than him for your 5th or 6th receiver.

  • A_T_G

    “Spot the freakin’ ball!”

    • Media Mike

      Slap the freakin’ ref!

  • BobSmith77

    3rd time this half refs have dicked around with spotting the ball promptly.

    • Media Mike

      One of our coaches should jump a ref.

      • Corry

        Fipp should probably just stare at them. That’ll get them moving.

        • Crus57

          Corpses don’t move much.

  • Corry

    So wait…the ball isn’t supposed to hook to the left on every single fieldgoal attempt?

    • Crus57

      Cannot upvote enough.

    • A_T_G

      I thought the dimples gave it a little extra distance if you hit a draw?

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Aaaaaaaarrrgh!!!! Just got out of work. On way home. What’s happening? Anything notable.

    • anon

      Parkey 54 yarder
      RBs look good
      Benn 44yd TD
      Barkley looks terrible.

      • Anders

        Burton looks good and overall the OL looks rock solid

      • Crus57

        saying Barkley looks terrible is a disservice to 3rd QBs of the past, he just looks very very average so far.

        • Corry

          To be fair, he’s really good at hand offs.

    • A_T_G

      The Eagles are playing.

      • Dragon_Eagle

        Oh is that all?

        • A_T_G

          Benn, Josey, and Burton are making themselves harder to cut.

    • Corry

      I think Henery just lost his job.

      • Dragon_Eagle

        How bad a miss?

        • Corry

          He didn’t get a chance yet. Parkey hit a 54 yarder and hit a short one right at the end of the half.

          • Crus57

            and they both went straight, no hooks, draws or other benditure.

          • Dragon_Eagle

            Go parkey!

          • A_T_G

            And is kicking kickoffs that would never be returned in games that counted.

  • BlindChow

    I’d actually be surprised if they cut Henery. He just seems like one of those guys who inexplicably stick on the roster year after year…

    • Corry

      Well the 2nd half should be Henery’s to show he should stay on the roster.

      • Media Mike

        No, he showed last year in the playoff game that he doesn’t deserve to be on the roster. We just needed to find a guy to play better.

  • BlindChow

    Kenyon Barner ankle injury. Looking better for Josey and/or Tucker.

    • anon

      “ankle injury” IR tomorrow.

      • Anders

        yep

  • Dragon_Eagle

    Home now. All is well. Go Backup Birds.

  • Anders

    Wtf 302 yards for the offense in 1 half… how did we only score 13 points?

    • A_T_G

      TOD at the 10.

  • Corry

    Holy crap. You gotta catch that rook.

    • BlindChow

      Who was the one who whiffed on the INT?

      • Media Mike

        Reynolds

  • Dragon_Eagle
  • A_T_G

    Doh! So many things done poorly on that play.