Saturday, February 28, 2015

Man Up: Harris, Kelce and the O-line

Here's the player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles' offense in their first preseason game against the Ravens Thursday night.

Man Up: Harris, Kelce and the O-line

Sixth-round draft pick Jason Kelce (center) is getting a lot of reps with the first team at center. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Sixth-round draft pick Jason Kelce (center) is getting a lot of reps with the first team at center. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Here's the player-by-player breakdown of the Eagles' offense in their first preseason game against the Ravens Thursday night.

Note that I did not include their final two drives, and while I got to most of the players, some are missing if they didn't do anything to stand out one way or the other.

Here's the link to the defensive Man Up in case you missed it.

Michael Vick - One possession was all Andy Reid needed to see. Vick led the Birds on an eight-play, 80-yard drive, completing four of six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. He made a nice throw on an inside route to Chad Hall. And Vick improvised well, launching a deep ball to Riley Cooper for a 42-yard gain. The touchdown pass to Brent Celek was on-target as Celek had a defender draped all over him.

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Vince Young - He completed three of five passes for 45 yards. The highlight was when Young bought time and found Hall for 32 yards. As I've said before, Marty Mornhinweg is breaking Young down and basically starting from scratch. It's going to be a process. That being said, if Vick goes down early, I still think going with Young and simplifying the offense is the move.

Mike Kafka - After the second quarter interception, Kafka did a lot of good things. Overall, he completed 13 of 19 passes for 132 yards. Kafka seems to have a good grasp of where to go with the football. He was very accurate on short and intermediate throws in the middle of the field. Kafka read the blitz and got rid of the ball quickly on a 13-yard completion to Hall in the third. He hit Lee in a tight window for 13 yards. Kafka showed the ability to make plays outside the pocket, completing a pass to Hall for 22 yards on a rollout in the third. Overall, an encouraging performance from the second-year quarterback.

LeSean McCoy - Some people in our chat actually wanted him to play more. Are you nuts? McCoy will be fine, even though he got just one carry for -1 yards.

Ronnie Brown - The overall numbers (nine carries, 22 yards) weren't great, but Brown showed part of his skill set. He had a 7-yard catch in the second and later picked up 3 on a 3rd-and-1. Brown also showed good toughness to take on a linebacker on a 2nd-and-5 carry for 4 yards.

Owen Schmitt - He had zero carries in 2010, but the Eagles gave him one in the preseason game. I wonder how much he'll be on the field this season with the talent the Eagles have at wide receiver and tight end.

Dion Lewis - I liked what I saw from Lewis. Good toughness, absorbing a hit but staying on his feet for a 6-yard run in the second. Lewis also took a screen for 16 yards. And he had a decent blitz pickup on the Kafka interception. Overall, he played better than his numbers (10 carries, 26 yards) indicate.

Brent Celek - I found Vick's post-game comments about Celek very interesting. Vick said Celek was open a lot last year, but he failed to get him the ball. He also said he watched tape of his Falcons days and examined how he was able to have success with Alge Crumpler. It'll be interesting to see if Celek gets more looks in 2011. He couldn’t hang on to one Vick pass, but the Ravens were offsides on the play. Celek did a nice job on the touchdown. He had six red-zone scores in 2009, but only two last season.

Clay Harbor - He did not get any looks as a receiver, but looked better as a blocker. Harbor did a good job in protection on Vick’s 20-yard completion to Jason Avant. He also got the job done on a Young incompletion to Johnnie Lee Higgins in the second.

Donald Lee - He got quite a bit of playing time. Lee looked like a willing blocker, doing a good job on Lewis' 4-yard run in the third. He got tossed aside by Paul Kruger on a Brown carry, but that's not really a fair matchup. As a receiver, Lee caught all three balls thrown to him, picking up 31 yards.

Riley Cooper - He made the play of the game, coming down with a 42-yard catch with Ed Reed hanging on his arm in the first quarter. It's tough to figure out how Cooper fits in with the uncertainty surrounding Jeremy Maclin and Steve Smith, but I think he can be a contributor.

Jason Avant - He did a nice job holding on to Vick’s 20-yard pass on the first offensive play. Avant gave a great effort on the play that Reid challenged in the end zone.

Chad Hall - He was the leading Eagles receiver with five catches for 82 yards, but I'm not sure there's a spot on this team for him.

Johnnie Lee Higgins - He had just one catch for 6 yards, and it looked like Higgins dropped a pass from Young. Given the new kickoff rules and the increase in touchbacks, he's no lock to make the team.

Jason Peters - Nothing to see here. Got his work in on the first possession at left tackle.

Austin Howard - He got a lot of work at left tackle. Howard had ups and downs. He and Evan Mathis had a nice double team on Brown’s 3rd-and-1 conversion. He gave up a sack to Paul Kruger. Later, Young held onto the ball, but Howard let Kruger get by him again. And he was slow to pick up a stunt in the third when Kafka got sacked. I don't think the Eagles would be comfortable playing him in a regular-season game.

Todd Herremans - Same as Peters.

Evan Mathis - He came in at left guard and had a nice double-team on Brown’s 3rd-and-1 conversion. Other than that, didn't really notice him. Mathis should make the team as a valuable reserve with experience.

Julian Vandervelde - He played both left and right guard. On one play in the second, Vandervelde got overpowered in pass protection. In the fourth, he got beat, leading to Kafka getting hit.

Jamaal Jackson - I liked what I saw from Jackson. He was good in pass protection on Avant’s 20-yard grab and also did a nice job on the 42-yard completion to Cooper. I still have him as the favorite to start at center.

Jason Kelce - He had many good moments with a couple issues mixed in. Kelce showed good strength on the 3rd-and-1 Brown conversion. And he showed good athleticism getting to a linebacker on the 6-yard Brown run. On the 16-yard screen to Lewis, Kelce got out in front and made a block. He did a nice job kicking out and blocking the DE on the 13-yard completion to Lee in the third. Kelce had some trouble in protection on a Kafka completion in the third. And he got beat in pass protection as Kafka took a hit in the red zone in the third.

Danny Watkins - Not a lot to go by with Watkins, but he provided good protection on Avant’s 20-yard catch. He let the defensive tackle get by him on the bomb to Cooper, but in all fairness, that looked like it was supposed to be a quick throw. I think he'll be fine.

Mike McGlynn - I don't want to pick on the guy, but McGlynn did not play well at all. If you read my Man Ups last year, you know I thought he did a decent job filling in at center. But at guard, McGlynn had all sorts of issues. He had a poor cut block attempt on a Brown carry in the second. He completely whiffed on his block on a 2-yard Brown carry. It looked like he missed his block on the 6-yard Lewis carry in the second. McGlynn missed his block on the screen to Lewis. He had a false start in the red zone in the third and got beat badly on the Kafka sack/non-fumble in the third. Not a good showing for McGlynn.

Ryan Harris - He played the most of any first-team offensive lineman, but wasn't really impressive. Harris got beat by Terrell Suggs to the inside on Vick’s completion to Hall. If that first read hadn’t been there, it probably would have been a sack. He had trouble with Suggs’ inside rush on the next play too. And Harris did a poor job on Brown’s 2-yard carry in the second. It was only one game, but I'm not ready to say he's the answer at right tackle just yet.

King Dunlap - He entered the game at right tackle for Harris, but suffered a knee injury. When he was in, Dunlap did a good job in pass protection on the Kafka INT. He didn’t do a very good job on Lewis’ 4-yard run in the third.


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