Although the Philadelphia Eaglesbarely escaped Cleveland with a victory in the season opener, there are plenty of positives to bring back from the game, contrary to what you’ll see if you go on Twitter.
The defense was tremendous, notably cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. Running back LeSean McCoy thrived despite the loss of his best offensive lineman, left tackle Jason Peters. And the Eagles suffered no major injuries despite their offense spending 95 plays on the field.
The only injury that could result in a player missing a game is the hip pointer suffered by wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. His status for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens is currently unknown and if he cannot play, the Eagles will be down to just three receivers because veteran Riley Cooper is still recovering from his broken collarbone.
Mardy Gilyard is scheduled to visit the Eagles on Tuesday and it would make sense for the Eagles to add him as their fourth receiver for the Ravens game. Another option would be Chad Hall, who knows the offense, having played with the team in 2010 and 2011.
Other injuries for the Eagles, all minor, included wide receiver Jason Avant suffering a wrist contusion, cornerback Curtis Marsh suffering a hamstring strain, and safety Jaiquawn Jarrett suffering a shoulder strain.
In other words, the Eagles came out on top. I still remember in the 2010 season opener against the Green Bay Packers when the Eagles lost fullback Leonard Weaver for the rest of his career, center Jamaal Jackson for the year, and quarterback Kevin Kolb and linebacker Stewart Bradley for a couple of games with concussions.
This article was written by Bryn Swartz, the top writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and a featured NFL columnist on Rant Sports. Bryn has written more than 1000 articles in less than two years as a member of Rant Sports. His blog, Eagles Central, was named the 2010 Ballhyped Sports Blog of the Year. You can follow Bryn on Twitter by clicking here and here. To read a portfolio of Bryn’s best work, click here.