Preseason Game Review – NE 35, PHI 0

Posted: August 22nd, 2021 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Comments Off on Preseason Game Review – NE 35, PHI 0

It was ugly when I watched it live on Thursday. It was ugly when I re-watched it. With the Eagles sitting so many starters and key players, the team on the field just wasn’t that good, individually or collectively. Still there were some bright spots.

There were more negatives, obviously. The Eagles ran just 50 offensive plays (should be closer to 70). They gained 163 yards and had 3 turnovers. The Pats gained 486 yards.

The Eagles lost backup TE Jason Croom to a season-ending injury. Not to too callous, but he wasn’t likely to make the roster anyway. Safety K’Von Wallace injured his groin, which had already been an issue this summer. We’ll have to wait for an update on that.

QB

Jalen Hurts missed the game with a stomach issue.

Joe Flacco stunk. He was much better against the Steelers.

Nick Mullens was awful.

RB

Miles Sanders played and looked to be in midseason form. He was 2-13 on the ground. He looked fast and quick.

Jordan Howard played early, once again. There was a hole on 3rd/1 right up the middle. Howard seemed to be reading his blocks and got stuffed for no gain. Sure looked like he would have had the first if he ran more decisively. He did have one catch for 9 yards.

Kenny Gainwell had another strong showing. He was 5-21 on the ground and 3-23 as a receiver. Gainwell again showed a good combination of strength and athleticism. Most rookies take time to adjust to the passing game, but he’s comfortable running routes and catching the ball.

Elijah Holyfield had a 20-yd run and was 4-31 overall. He ran hard and showed some toughness. He had a terrible attempt at a blitz pickup. He caught 2 passes for 5 yards. He just hasn’t stood out in any real way.

WR

DeVonta Smith made his debut and looked good. He and Flacco didn’t connect on some early throws. There was one drop and a couple of other missed connections. They go going and Smith finished 2-19. He ran great routes, showing the ability to create separation. I love his combination of long strides and quick feet. That helps Smith to get open on a variety of routes.

Jalen Reagor was 1-5. He had one pass come his way that was awkward. Reagor didn’t make a great attempt on the ball, but it shouldn’t have been thrown to him. He did catch one in traffic and take a good hit.

No other WR caught a pass. That’s a reflection of the poor QB play. I feel bad for the young WRs trying to make this team.

TE

Jack Stoll led the team with 4 catches for 33 yards. He broke multiple tackles and really battled for yards after the catch. He didn’t catch everything thrown his way. Stoll showed good effort as a blocker. He looks like a player worth developing.

OL

Kelce, Brooks and Johnson didn’t play. Mailata and Seumalo didn’t play much.

Brett Toth saw a lot of time at LT and had a solid showing. He has pretty good feet. He needs to anchor better in pass pro. Toth can be too high with some run blocks.

Sua Opeta once again was sloppy with his hands.

Nate Herbig started at C, but also played LG and RG. Not a good night for him. He sailed a snap over Flacco’s head and that ended a promising drive. Herbig didn’t look good at any of the spots. Maybe the coaches have him doing too much this summer. He showed real promise during the 2020 season, but hasn’t impressed in this preseason.

Jack Driscoll had some issues with anchoring in this game. He also didn’t get a lot of push in the run game. The coaches are trying to crosstrain him, but he looked better at RT last year. Driscoll still moves really well.

Matt Pryor started at RT and had another bad game. I am so ready for him to be gone.

Ross Pierschbacher took over at C when Herbig moved out. I thought Ross played pretty well. I liked his footwork. He also showed the ability to reset after getting initially pushed back.

Kayode Awosika played RT late in the game. His footwork needs a lot of help, but he showed promise. He has a thick lower body and does anchor well. He is a player worth developing.

DL

Graham, Barnett, Sweat, Cox and Hargrave all sat out.

Tarron Jackson isn’t going to make the team. He is tough and plays hard, but just doesn’t have enough burst to consistently get by OTs.

Milton Williams played LDE and once again showed his power and athleticism. He got the best of the RT a few times, drawing at least one holding call. He was credited with one QB hit.

T.Y. McGill was the best DT. He used his burst and quickness to be disruptive vs the run and pass. He didn’t make any plays, though.

Hassan Ridgeway is the more stout DT, but hasn’t really flashed. He’s been effective, but you’d like to see more.

Matt Leo played LDE. He looked raw, but did show some natural ability and athleticism.

Jacquan Bailey had a few good pass rushes and played hard. He’s just a limited athlete.

Raequan Williams struggled as a run defender. He did show a good motor and made the hustle play of the night. He chased a run play downfield and forced a fumble. Love the effort.

Marlon Tuipulotu was bad, but did improve over last week’s disastrous performance. He at least won a couple of snaps. I know that is setting the bar low, but I’m trying to say something nice about the kid. He’s been a tremendous disappointment this summer.

LB

Eric Wilson had another solid outing. He had 4 solo tackles and looked good.

Alex Singleton was fantastic. He flew all over the field and was a strong, physical tackler. He was in on 7 tackles and had a TFL. He did miss one tackle in space, but then hustled and helped get the guy down. I love the energy he’s playing with.

T.J. Edwards had a good game. He was in on 6 tackles. He broke up a pair of passes, one by playing the passing lane and another by hitting the RB as the ball got there and knocking it out.

Genard Avery started and looked good. He attacked up the A-gap a few times and was disruptive. He has a good feel for how to get by blockers.

Patrick Johnson had some flashes, but wasn’t as productive as last week. He played SAM and was a stand-up rusher at times. He was in on 2 tackles.

Shaun Bradley wasn’t as good as last week. He had 4 solo tackles and was active, but the Pats were more physical and that affected him. There was one play where he had a chance to stuff a RB at the LOS and got run over. Give the RB a lot of credit for that, but not ideal.

S

K’Von Wallace had a couple of tackles. He came up aggressively and stuffed a RB on one play.

Marcus Epps had a solid showing. He covered well on some plays and was physical vs the run.

Elijah Riley was in on 6 tackles and looked pretty good. He was physical vs the run. Looked good in coverage on a couple of plays.

CB

Zech McPhearson had a long night. The lack of a pass rush put pressure on the corners and McPhearson gave up several catches. He did break up one pass. He mostly tackled well, but had one terrible moment. A RB was going down the sideline and McPhearson was there to make the stop. He made a weak lunge and missed. Ugh.

Kevon Seymour had a good  tackle on STs and recovered a fumble on defense.

Michael Jacquet was very up and down.

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