Preseason Finale

Posted: August 31st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 44 Comments »

No starters will be on the field tonight. This game is purely about the backups and the roles players. Jobs will be won and lost. Here’s what I’ll be watching.

CB Dexter McDougle – The new guy will hit the field for the first time. Can he duplicate the debut of Ronald Darby? Not likely. I’ll be happy if McDougle is solid in the slot and shows enough to make the final cut. That’s my expectation for him.

CB Rasul Douglas – I don’t know if he’ll play a lot. I’d love to see him make a play and come up with an INT.

RB Donnel Pumphrey – I think he’ll be on the field a lot tonight. Last week was his best showing. He needs to build on that. Give us one big play, run or reception.

PR Rashard Davis – I want to see this kid get some space. He was an electric returner in college. He hasn’t had any room this preseason. I don’t think he’s got a chance to make the team. I just want to see what he can do.

DT Elijah Qualls – Last week was his best game. Qualls needs to build on that if he wants to make the team. Qualls needs to penetrate and be disruptive on a regular basis.

LB Joe Walker – Stay healthy. Make good reads. Flow to the ball and make tackles. I hope Walker shows enough the Eagles give him a shot to be the backup MLB. He has to earn that. My guess is that they’re on the fence with him going into tonight.

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill – We know he can play STs. He should get plenty of work at LB tonight. It would be great to see him play well at LB. We have seen him run and tackle. The challenge is to see him play well in the box and deal with playing in traffic.

WR Bryce Treggs – Can he make the roster? I think he’s been good enough. A strong showing tonight would help his cause.

WR Greg Ward – At one time, he had a shot to make the roster. I don’t think that is the case anymore, but I think the team would like him on the practice squad. Ward hasn’t had many passes come his way this summer so it would be good to see him get some chances in this game.

WR Shelton Gibson – It would be great to see the young man make a big play tonight. He’s had a frustrating spring and summer. It would probably do his confidence a world of good to make a big play, as he did so often in college.

C Aaron Neary – He could get plenty of snaps tonight. It will be interesting to see how he does in extended action.

LS Rick Lovato – Just keep up the good snaps.


44 Comments on “Preseason Finale”

  1. 1 daveH said at 7:02 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Anyone interested is seeing MyLoins ?

  2. 2 ConcussedFB said at 7:16 PM on August 31st, 2017:


  3. 3 daveH said at 7:52 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    All caps is fine also

  4. 4 Charlie Kelly said at 7:04 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    i think pumps ceiling is dion lewis, neither really explosive both quick shifty.. dion is bigger though

  5. 5 daveH said at 7:04 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Good call .. Dion has a ring

  6. 6 meteorologist said at 7:38 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Dion was explosive in a short-area way. Pump isn’t explosive in any way

  7. 7 Charlie Kelly said at 7:45 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    i said it his ceiling… as good as he can become IMO

  8. 8 Dragon_Eagle said at 7:48 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    And I think what meteor is saying is that is too high even for his ceiling. I concur.

  9. 9 Insomniac said at 7:51 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    I think his ceiling is Jacquizz Rodgers (remember that guy? probably not)

  10. 10 ChoTime said at 8:07 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Remember, we still can’t say he’s not as good as Barry Sanders yet.

  11. 11 Someguy77 said at 9:05 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Did Barry have a lesser known brother (Larry Sanders)?

  12. 12 Charlie Kelly said at 10:04 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    nah we can say that

  13. 13 Dragon_Eagle said at 7:44 PM on August 31st, 2017:


  14. 14 A_T_G said at 7:52 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Well, the snap for the field goal didn’t hit the holder in the head or sail over Sturgis, so maybe the Dorenbos reaction was over the top.

  15. 15 A_T_G said at 7:58 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    So this is a fun thought: Jets fans are going to be clamoring for them to keep 8 running backs that flash tonight, unaware that half of our LBs were unemployed a few days ago.

  16. 16 Insomniac said at 8:03 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    We’re making Hackenberg look like Derek Carr.

  17. 17 daveH said at 8:07 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Our LBs doing a nice job of running into blocks

  18. 18 Insomniac said at 8:07 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Grymes isn’t having a good game.

  19. 19 daveH said at 8:12 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Eagles 69 .. King Dunlap with a huge whiff

  20. 20 daveH said at 8:13 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Ouch AHHH OUCH ..HATE HATE HATE HATE that part of this sport. .

  21. 21 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:18 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Haven’t we seen enough? Cut Pumphrey. He’s making me miss Reno Mahe.

  22. 22 Insomniac said at 8:20 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    No not yet. Once he gets up to 185+ pounds and runs even slower then we can cut him.

  23. 23 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:22 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Force feed him crab fries and let’s be done with it.

  24. 24 Insomniac said at 8:25 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Just hook him up to an IV with butterscotch frosting while you’re at it.

  25. 25 daveH said at 8:54 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    analysts seems to like pump. . Ruining points back at least

  26. 26 GermanEagle said at 8:45 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    I’m starting to believe the Eagles will keep Clement over Pomphrey bc they don’t want to look like be wasting both 4th and 5th round picks..

  27. 27 Julescat said at 9:39 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Pomphrey to IR?

  28. 28 Someguy77 said at 10:54 PM on August 31st, 2017:


  29. 29 Someguy77 said at 9:01 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Merrill Reese before the game tried to convince the listeners that the 4th preseason game is still necessary to help teams get to the 53-man roster, make practice squad decisions, and helps to tune up backup players for the start of the regular season.

    After watching that atrocious 1st half, it hard to believe any of that. Even the coaches don’t play 1st string guys anymore in the 4th game for the most part. No reason they couldn’t do what Merrill Reese described above with 3 preseason games instead.

    4th one is a vestigial scheduling tool that was used when players had to use training camp to get in shape. Now it is just a straight up money grab by the owners.

  30. 30 Bert's Bells said at 9:49 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    I once looked up “company stooge” in the dictionary and it said “SEE ALSO: Merrill Reese”

  31. 31 Someguy77 said at 9:16 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    In my Bizarro FFL where negative points are what you want, the Jets’ QB spot is one of the strongest spots.

    I wasn’t able to get McCown but picked up Hackenburg as my backup. Strong confidence he can be truly awful.

    McCloin would be a strong candidate as well if he ever starts. Makes Carson Palmer look like Warren Moon with how underpowered all of his throws are.

  32. 32 Sean Stott said at 9:26 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    IR stash of watkins, mccalister

  33. 33 A_T_G said at 10:51 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Watkins? Did he get hurt for real?

    He has already been cut and brought back a couple times over the last few years. I don’t think you have to fake an injury to hide him on the IR?

  34. 34 meteorologist said at 9:49 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    If you’re looking for a guy who’s ceiling is dion Lewis look no further than Byron Marshall

  35. 35 daveH said at 9:51 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Marshall looking gooooooood

  36. 36 Ryan Rambo said at 10:13 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Triple Option…Dane Evans to Marcus Johnson 41 yd TD

  37. 37 daveH said at 10:13 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    16 cut
    4 cut
    69 cut
    89 cut
    I like Denham

  38. 38 TO BLACKS said at 10:29 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Pumphrey SUCKS. The Eagles traded up for this bum. Clement deserves to make the team, SHITphrey doesn’t.

  39. 39 Someguy77 said at 10:47 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Pumphrey got a head injury in the 4th qtr and is an almost surefire bet to be on the IR list.

    Still saw nothing from him tonight that showed he can contribute this year on special teams let alone as a regular RB. Looks like a pick who was a reach and is going to be a bust.

  40. 40 Someguy77 said at 10:51 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    This was one of the worst Eagles’ games I can remember watching.

    Complete boredom fest without one noteworthy play by either team. Maybe Walker’s hit on McCown.

    Judging by the lack of comments on here nobody watched this game. I can’t blame them.

  41. 41 sonofdman said at 11:03 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Holy shit. Check out Kempski’s picture of McGloin riding a dragon. Now that is art!

  42. 42 Westpaceagle said at 11:19 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Why do we have to keep Trey Burton? Nothing against him but if young Billy Brown is too intriguing to let go why not jut keep him and cut Burton?

    Burton seems like a master of none

  43. 43 FairOaks said at 11:25 PM on August 31st, 2017:

    Special teams.

  44. 44 D3FB said at 6:26 PM on September 1st, 2017:

    Special Teams and you’re basically hoping Billy Brown becomes Trey Burton