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What they’re saying about the Eagles: Preseason has been uninspiring for Philadelphia

What they're saying about the Eagles: Preseason has been uninspiring for Philadelphia

We’re not precisely breaking any information by opening a narrative about the Eagles noting how out of types the offense has appeared by means of three preseason video games. Whenever you fail to attain a single level towards the Cleveland Browns — or actually any workforce in the league for that matter — nobody must be stunned at criticism headed their approach.

Outcomes of the video games apart, it isn’t how you’d have anticipated the Eagles to start their marketing campaign as defending Tremendous Bowl champs. Execution has been sloppy, and never befitting of a group with the expertise and depth the Eagles have.

So the chatter surrounding the workforce on this lovely Friday is lower than constructive. To the takes!

Eagles, Browns do not resemble their 2017 varieties

Mike Jones | USA As we speak

The upshot of this text appears to be giving Cleveland a bit an excessive amount of credit score for their efficiency on Thursday night time. The staff supposedly proving they’re a unique beast solely put up 5 factors towards the Eagles, with two of these coming from a security brought on by Nick Foles tripping himself in the finish zone.

However because it pertains to the Eagles, a lot of that is spot on.

Once more, it’s essential to keep in mind that it’s the preseason, the place groups do little game-planning and learning of an opponent, and play-callers hold their schemes easy. And 5 would-be starters (quarterback Carson Wentz, operating again Jay Ajayi, receivers Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor and left deal with Jason Peters) didn’t go well with up. There was a lot shuffling that left guard Isaac Seumalo additionally wound up lining up at middle, left deal with and tight finish throughout the first half. 

Nevertheless it’s how the Eagles performed — and have performed all through the preseason – that proved regarding and irritating for Pederson. Tight finish Zach Ertz stated it greatest when he stated, “everyone is pressing.” 

 That’s not good. All through their unbelievable run to the Tremendous Bowl, the Eagles have been as unfastened a staff as the postseason has ever seen. They donned rubber canine masks, embracing their underdog billing. They danced, they rapped and sang, and on the area they flew round on protection and on offense. They generated fireworks, operating all types of artistic performs. 

However now that they’re urgent, the Eagles are enjoying into the skepticism that quite a few league insiders had about them getting into this season. 

How would this workforce deal with prosperity? Will these gamers, most of whom had by no means skilled postseason success, handle to take care of the similar type of starvation post-Tremendous Bowl? Can they keep the similar excessive degree of play beneath the weight of expectations? 

Maybe the Eagles will flip the change as soon as again to full power on their Sept. 6 season opener towards Atlanta. However a lot work — as a lot psychological as bodily — lies forward in a brief period of time. [usatoday.com]

10 observations from Eagles vs. Browns

Reuben Frank | NBC Sports activities Philadelphia

There’s just one set of observations you actually have to be studying throughout and after video games — ahem — however it’s all the time good to get a fuller perspective testing what different individuals assume about the similar video games. That is why you watch after which learn our work round right here, in any case.

From Frank’s perspective, the offense is in fairly dangerous form at the second.

The Eagles wound up enjoying 14 drives with Nick Foles and the quote-unquote first-team offense on the area this preseason, and people drives netted zero factors. Or extra precisely, minus-two factors, because of a security when Foles was tackled in the finish zone in the first quarter Thursday night time. 

And I don’t care if it’s the Tremendous Bowl, a preseason recreation or a midget flag soccer recreation at halftime, turnovers on 4 straight drives is unacceptable. 4 turnovers, a security, a failed fourth down, three sacks. I don’t need to overreact. I nonetheless assume the offense can be fantastic come Sept. 6. However I’ve to confess, I’m not fairly as sure as I used to be 24 hours in the past. 

 2. Which brings us to Foles. How can a man who was so sensible in the postseason final yr play like this? How can a Tremendous Bowl MVP simply stand there and throw the soccer to the different staff? I can’t clarify it. I can’t perceive it. I do know Foles talks about taking dangers in apply and preseason video games that he wouldn’t absorb an actual recreation, so perhaps that’s a part of it. He clearly misses his common receivers. 

I nonetheless assume if he has to start out a recreation or two earlier than Wentz is prepared, he’ll be high-quality. And no matter occurs, he’ll all the time be the man who led the Eagles to the promised land. However there’s simply no excuse for any veteran quarterback enjoying the approach he did Thursday night time. [nbcsports.com]

With out burying Foles too exhausting, it appears more likely that the man who washed out with a number of totally different groups is simply not that good than some other consequence. Nobody can ever take away how nicely he performed in the Tremendous Bowl or the NFC Championship recreation, that does not change the general physique of labor and league analysis of him.

Sidney Jones separates himself from Avonte Maddox

Eliot Shorr-Parks | NJ.com

I feel it will be truthful to say each of Philadelphia’s younger corners did their jobs properly on Thursday night time, with Jones displaying out in the first half and Maddox arising with a turnover in the second half. They each flashed throughout their respective alternatives, which is all you possibly can ask for.

However given the pedigree of Jones and the undeniable fact that he was the one getting first-team nickel reps in the “dress rehearsal” recreation, it might be his job to lose at this level.

The Eagles’ coaches have been clear heading into Thursday night time that the beginning nickel spot was on the line. They have been giving Maddox first-team reps at nickel cornerback pretty regularly over the final two weeks. Even cornerback De’Vante Bausby was getting reps at nickel over Jones at one level. 

Though it’s arduous to think about they might have truly benched Jones for Maddox (or Bausby) they have been at the least sending the message over the final two weeks they have been open to it. 

Jones obtained that message and responded in an enormous approach — and stated he’s solely getting extra snug in his new position as nickel cornerback. 

“Definitely,” Jones stated. “All the practice reps I am getting from the spring to now, it is a big difference for me.” [NJ.com]

DeAndre Carter retaining his dream alive

Dave Zangaro | NBC Sports activities Philadelphia

Carter’s play on the offensive aspect of the ball was certainly one of the lone positives for the Eagles Thursday night time, with the 25-year-old receiver making the most of further reps created for him by accidents. It is nonetheless a little bit of an extended shot for him to make the roster until the Eagles carry six wideouts, however he is at the least making Philadelphia’s mind belief assume about it.

And given the lingering well being considerations for prime wideouts like Alshon Jeffery, perhaps he has an opportunity to sneak on the 53-man roster.

“Any opportunity you get is a blessing from God and you have to go out and take full advantage of it,” Carter stated. “Gotta let it all hang out. Never know, it might be the last opportunity you get so you gotta try to make the most of it.” 

 For anybody who has watched coaching camp this summer time, Carter’s rise on the depth chart shouldn’t be shocking. He made performs day by day at the NovaCare Complicated; now he’s simply making them in video games. 

 He referred to as his prolonged reps Thursday night time “a big vote of confidence” from the teaching employees. However he’s earned it. 

 “I think DeAndre played really well,” Nick Foles stated. “He’s played well throughout the preseason, for a guy who is newer to the team. I think he does a lot of great things. He has a wide range to catch from, he uses his hands well, runs well and I’ve been really impressed with how he’s played.” [nbcsports.com]

Eagles should not be stunned by Nick Foles’ preseason

Shannon Sharpe | Fox Sports activities 1

This one is of the video selection, so you will have to observe that your self to get the full image of what Sharpe thinks of Foles’ play this preseason. The abridged model? This should not be an enormous shock.

The Eagles must be involved, however they should not be stunned. Nick Foles is what he’s, that is extra of who Nick Foles is, not the man who performed arguably the biggest convention championship and Tremendous Bowl in NFL historical past. This is what we all know: there is a purpose why the Eagles stated, ‘Nah, we good.’ There is a cause why the Rams stated, ‘Nah,’ there is a cause why Kansas Metropolis stated, ‘Okay, go forward bruh, deal with your self.’

Let’s be actual, what we’re beginning to see is that if groups can get strain on Nick Foles, he is under common. 9 possessions this preseason, zero factors. That is not ok. And for me, I attempt to not put an entire lot of inventory in the preseason, however what I am wanting for, is that a man [like] Nick Foles — if Baker Mayfield makes these errors, I can reside with it as a result of he is a rookie. A man that is six or seven years deep in the NFL can’t make these. [foxsports.com]

Causes to panic following Eagles vs. Browns?

Sheil Kapadia | The Athletic

There are many issues to dismiss as “red flags” following preseason losses, particularly once you’re lacking loads of the weapons that make your offense hum. However with an older Jason Peters trying to get well from one other main damage, the play of his presumed backup at left deal with is a serious concern.

And Sheil dove proper into that state of affairs out of the gate in his newest article:

The excellent news: Jason Peters goes to be the beginning left deal with in Week 1, and Vaitai gained’t should play until Peters suffers an damage. The dangerous information: Vaitai had his second terrible recreation in a row. The earlier week towards the New England Patriots, Vaitai struggled all through. The hope from the teaching employees (and from Vaitai) was that it was only one dangerous recreation and he’d bounce again vs. the Browns. That didn’t occur. Granted, he was going up towards a gifted participant in Myles Garrett, however Vaitai had points all night time. He was referred to as for a holding penalty on the first possession. Later, Vaitai acquired bull-rushed into Nick Foles’ face on a play that resulted in a sack fumble. And Vaitai later gave up one other sack. 

 “He had a couple plays tonight that I’m sure he’d want back,” Doug Pederson stated. “But he’s another one that we’ve just got to build confidence in. We know what type of player he is and we’ve got to continue to get him the reps and work that he needs in practice to be ready to go.” 

 This isn’t one to comb beneath the rug with the “it’s only the preseason” caveat. Peters is 36 and coming off of a serious damage. Sooner or later, Vaitai will doubtless have to play. Throughout final yr’s Tremendous Bowl run and earlier this summer time, he was enjoying nicely. Vaitai must rebuild his confidence and work on his method with Jeff Stoutland in order that he’s prepared when his quantity known as. [theathletic.com]

Your day by day reminder the preseason is not every part

And earlier than we throw the child out with the tub water, a sort reminder that leads to the preseason aren’t all the things.

That stated, it is how they’ve seemed that ought to scare Eagles gamers and coaches somewhat bit. Outcomes are what they’re, however when even the silver linings are arduous to level to, that is once you really feel a bit nervous.

Have an excellent weekend, everyone.


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