The Philadelphia Eagles have split their first two preseason games, and have had some positive and negative takeaways other than just the final scores. As the preseason is a time to observe and analyze, there has been a lot to see throughout the first 120 minutes of game action.
Anticipate the Defensive Line being Dominant. Jim Schwartz is doing something right with this front four. Either that, or the Eagles are stacked talent wise in the defensive linemen department. It’s probably a combination of both and not only are they talented, but they are legitimately deep. Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan and Vinny Curry make up the front four as of now, but rookie Derek Barnett has come on strong and newly signed veteran Chris Long should have a solid role as well.
Offensive Line? Not so much. Carson Wentz and the other Eagles QBs have been running all over the place through the first two games, and it’s not by choice. They have had to step up with the pocket collapsing much too often. Jason Peters and Brandon Brooks both haven’t played, but they also can’t stay healthy for a full season as well. They will struggle to move the ball if the pocket continually collapses.
Carson, Please Stay Healthy. The Eagles backup QB situation looked pretty decent on paper, after releasing a wildly overpaid Chase Daniel and signing Matt McGloin and Nick Foles. After two games with these guys playing against backups, the situation isn’t decent anymore. If Wentz goes down, the Eagles aren’t winning games with these guys at QB. If only there was a very good, extremely mobile QB still on the market that would fit into Doug Pederson’s system very well…
Abundant Pass Catchers. Even letting Jordan Mathews go, the Eagles have a bunch of capable options that they can throw to and they’ve proven that in the preseason. Newcomers Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith, Nelson Agholor, the reliable tight ends in Zach Ertz and Brent Celek along with LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood out of the backfield, the Birds can keep the defense on their toes.
An Unpredictable Season Awaits. The Eagles could win five games this season, or they could win eleven. It seems like there’s an equal chance of each of these scenarios happening. With the NFC East always being competitive, those in division games will likely tell the story. Predictions are spewing all over the place, but there’s no real consensus.