5 Observations From Philadelphia Eagles Final Preseason Game
Observations from Philadelphia Eagles final preseason game
The Philadelphia Eagles offense has been a juggernaut throughout the preseason ranking at or near the top of the league in yards and in the top 10 in points. The point total would be even higher if the Eagles didn't turn the football over in the red zone.
This was not the case in the final preseason game. The offense really couldn't get their feet off the ground and Nick Foles turned in his poorest performance of the preseason. All the blame should not go to Foles. The back up offensive line was a sieve. They were beaten like a drum by the Jets back up defensive linemen and linebackers and Foles could never properly get his feet set. For much of the night he had no time to throw.
There were a few drops as well. Clay Harbor and Zach Ertz, two usually sure handed tight ends, couldn't come up with balls that were perfectly laid out to them. While Foles deserves some of the blame especially for committing another turnover and not tucking the ball away for a second straight week when being pressured and sacked, he dealt with some tough circumstances in this game.
One thing impressive about Foles in the past few games was his ability to bounce back from a mistake. In this game he fumbled but the difference was he did not respond as the offense sputtered on the next drive with a 3 and out.
This was a slop fest all around for the Eagles in the final preseason game before the regular season.
Let's take a look at five observations from the Eagles final preseason game.
Nick Foles struggles in the final preseason game
Nick Foles could never get going in what was an ugly game for the offense. He had by far his worst game of the preseason. I don't believe this is a cause for alarm though, as he was playing with second and third string receivers and offensive linemen, many of whom won't make the team.
The Eagles' defensive line continues to be a strengh of the defense
The Eagles' defensive line continues to impress. Especially Vinny Curry. He once again got good pressure on the quarterback and the defensive line as a whole looks like a real strength of the defense.
The inside linebackers really impressed against the Jets
The inside linebackers really showed up in the final preseason game for the Eagles. Emmanuel Acho had himself a day. He finished with 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. He ended up leading the Eagles in tackles during the preseason. Jake Knott also impressed racking up eight tackles and forcing a fumble.
Philadelphia Eagles' pass rush once again impressive
The pass rush also impressed getting to the quarterback seven times. Chris McCoy chipped in with two sacks and now looks like a lock to make the squad. Brandon Graham had a sack and forced a safety early bringing down Matt Simms in the end zone.
The cornerback position is extremely thin for the Eagles
The cornerback situation for the Eagles is a scary one. After their three starters in Bradley Fletcher, Cary Williams and Brandon Boykin, they have virtually no depth on the roster. Kurt Coleman was even asked to fill in at times at corner because of injuries that have piled up at the position. There is no doubt the Eagles will be scouring the waiver wire come Saturday and through the weekend after other team's final cuts to add a corner or two.