5 Observations from Philadelphia Eagles-Carolina Panthers Preseason Game

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5 Observations from Philadelphia Eagles-Carolina Panthers Game

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The Philadelphia Eagles defense came out in the first preseason game and frankly looked completely lost and out of place in a new 3-4 scheme. They weren't filling the right gaps, the tackling form was frankly awful and the coverage was too loose in the back end in the secondary allowing Tom Brady to complete pass after pass.

The defense found themselves a bit against the Carolina Panthers. While the secondary still has a lot to work on, they were a lot more sound in their gaps and responsibilities in the second preseason game and held the Panthers to nine points on the scoreboard. This has to make Billy Davis happy. The players looked at film evaluated themselves and decided that what the product they were putting out there was not good enough and made a concerted effort to get better.

The regular season is right around the corner. While many consider the preseason games meaningless, this is a time for the Eagles to hone their craft on both sides of the football and really learn a new scheme on both sides of the ball before they square off against the Redskins in Week 1 in prime time on Monday Night Football.

New head coach Chip Kelly has to really be pleased with the Eagles special teams. So far, the kick and punt coverage has been excellent while Brandon Boykin and Damaris Johnson have looked more explosive as a unit than ever before. Special teams coach Dave Fipp's unit is in mid season form.

Let's take a look at five other observations from the Panthers-Eagles exhibition game.

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5. The Offense Has Been Running With Efficiency With Both Quarterbacks

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The offense has looked smooth, operating and marching the football right down the field with Michael Vick or Nick Foles behind center.

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4. The Defense Has Taken a Major Jump in Week 2 of the Preseason

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The defense showed major improvement in gap integrity and form tackling in Week 2 of the preseason. Both crucial elements for a defense to be successful in the 3-4.

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3. The Offensive Line Has Been a Strength of the Team Led by Lane Johnson

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The offensive line, even without their best player in Jason Peters, has functioned well as a unit and given both Nick Foles and Michael Vick ample time to make plays down the field. Lane Johnson has been the Eagles best lineman early and has looked like anything but a rookie.

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2. The Secondary Still Needs Some Work

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The secondary is still too loose in coverage, letting receivers run open far too often. Cary Williams got picked on by Steve Smith and Cam Newton in his debut and he is going to have to be tighter in his coverage and make more plays for this defense to be successful.

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1. The Eagles Defensive Line is the Strength of the Defense

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The Eagles young, stout defensive line looks like the strength of the team. Fletcher Cox, Cedric Thornton, Bennie Logan and Vinny Curry have all made plays and Curry in particular seems to be living in the opponents back field. If the d-line continues to dominate up front, this defense could surprise some folks in 2013.


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