We're three days removed from Eagles-Jaguars, which means the game reviews are beginning to emerge in waves. There is a lot of really good analysis this morning. Here's what they're saying...
Jason Peters looked great in pass protection. For the entire game, with one exception, he did not let his defender get close enough to even breathe on Vick. Even on the one play where he allowed a pressure, Vick held on to the ball for awhile before throwing it away. He was OK in the run game, but not his usual dominant self. Peters was slow to get to the linebacker on a second-quarter run that lost 4 yards. He couldn’t quite get to the linebacker on a Polk 4-yard run. Overall, though, encouraging performance from No. 71.
What else does Vinny Curry have to do to earn more playing time? He’s been the Eagles’ most active defender this preseason. Curry’s ability to get off the ball quicker than everyone else on the field has been fun to watch. Great penetration, bursting through the backfield on Todman’s third-quarter run that lost a yard. Later in the series, Curry rushed from LDE, got the better of the right guard and hit Henne as he was releasing the ball in the red zone. Great first step on the very next play, hitting Henne again. He then had a sack and also forced a fumble in the third. It’s going to be interesting to see how many snaps Curry gets once the season starts.
It’s true the offensive line had a bad night. On the other hand, Vick made things worse by hanging onto the ball forever and inexplicably breaking the offense.
Consider this play in the middle of the first quarter. After a Reid-esque, pass-happy first series, Kelly came back with a LeSean McCoy run up the middle, an inside zone read, and then this wide receiver screen to DeSean Jackson:
Jimmy note: Great to see my friend Derek writing for the Daily News.
Jeff breaks out his inner blogger, dipping his toe into the screenshoot waters.
If you asked Eagles fans to select the most alarming defensive moment from Saturday night's preseason game against Jacksonville, most of them probably would point to that 63-yard second-quarter touchdown run by the immortal Jordan Todman.
But that play doesn't bother me nearly as much as Chad Henne's 17-yard touchdown pass to Justin Blackman on the Jaguars' first possession.
Later in practice Brown went down and needed assistance to get off the field. He spent some time at the trainer's table and had his ankle taped up before returning to practice. The Eagles dodged a bullet there.
I attended two Eagles practices on my last trip back East, including one of the joint practices with the Patriots. In that one, Belichick vetoed Chip’s typical blaring music, and it seemed to mess with the Eagles' performance. Isaac Remington, who also seemed a bit stunned that someone wanted to interview him (and has since been cut), said “Actually, it’s kind of weird not having music right now.”
Clay Harbor’s optimism about making the Eagles is equaled only by his doubt.
“Really, for me, it’s a coin flip at this point,” the fourth-year tight end said after Tuesday’s practice “I think there’s a chance that I could be here. I think there’s a chance that I could end up being released. For me, right now, 50-50, honestly assessing the situation.”
Cary Williams was a captain for Saturday’s game along with Vick. Jason Babin was one of the three captains for the Jaguars. After the coin toss, Vick and the three Jaguars shook hands and shared a word, as is custom. Williams just walked off without as much as a how-ya-do.
Was this a the-opponent-is-my-enemy-and-I-don’t-make-nice-with-the-enemy moment? Was he trying to get on the Eagles fans’ good side by disrespecting Babin?
No such luck. It was just a rookie mistake.
“That was my first time being a captain. Once I realized I had run off, and there is no going back after that,” said Williams. “I just forgot.”
In case you missed it at the Red Zone...
- Michael Vick is still holding onto the ball far too long.
- Here's a pictorial of Vinny Curry living in the backfield.
- 8 reasons the Eagles should not trade Nick Foles.