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Eagles vs Panthers initial thoughts: A lot of encouraging signs from the Birds

Tomorrow should bring a whole new batch of film breakdowns, but for now, my initial thoughts on the Eagles' Week 2 performance against the Panthers:

Eagles vs Panthers initial thoughts: A lot of encouraging signs from the Birds

LeSean McCoy scoring a touchdown. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
LeSean McCoy scoring a touchdown. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Tomorrow should bring a whole new batch of film breakdowns, but for now, my initial thoughts on the Eagles' Week 2 performance against the Panthers:

• Michael Vick may have put this QB competition to bed tonight, after going 9 for 9, before throwing a meaningless interception at the end of the first half. Vick has thrown a grand total of 2 incompletions in the preseason, and has basically come out and taken command of the Eagles' starting QB job. Chip Kelly was once again non-committal after the game tonight, but we're nearing the point where Vick has begun to pull away.

• That's not to say Nick Foles has been bad. Foles led two impressive drives in his own right tonight. One ended with a TD run, while the other ended after Foles threw an ugly INT in the back of the end zone. It turns out that Foles meant to throw the ball away, but he didn't have enough on the throw to get it out the back of the end zone. Still, it was an ugly play and a costly red zone turnover.

Vick has simply come out and played his butt off, and deserves the job. Good for him.

• I've been impressed with the offensive line throughout camp and in the first two preseason games. There have been a few missed blocks, but for the most part, Eagles QBs have had all day to throw. The OL has been dominant in pass protection, and they're moving bodies in the run game. It's hard not to be very encouraged with that group.

• The defense kept Carolina out of the end zone all night, holding the Panthers to just 3 field goals. That was a great bounce-back effort from them. The strength of the defense clearly looks to be the defensive line, which was rebuilt on the fly this offseason.

After the Eagles released Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson less than 6 months ago, their perceived defensive line looked like this:

Cameron is no longer with the team, and Dixon may not be for much longer. Since then the Eagles have built a deep defensive line that has looked very impressive. The key additions (with ages in parentheses):

Vinny Curry (25): Technically this isn't an "addition," but they moved Curry to DE, when most perceived that he would play OLB. Curry has adapted and been dominant in preseason action.

Isaac Sopoaga (31): Signed in free agency.

Clifton Geathers (25): Acquired in a trade for FB Stanley Havili.

Bennie Logan (23): Drafted in the 3rd round. Multi-positional, versatile player.

Joe Kruger (21): Drafted in the 7th round.

David King (23): Drafted in the 7th round.

Damion Square (24): Signed as an undrafted free agent.

For the record, Cox is 22. Thornton is 25.

That is some serious youth right there.

• Oh, and as for missed tackles tonight... I'm having difficulty remembering many of those.

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