The Eagles preseason opener was a tale of two halves. The starters and primary backups led 14-3 at the half. The Jets were better in the second half, 21-7, and won the game 24-21. There was more good than bad for the Eagles so they should come out of this feeling pretty good.
Let’s go over a few things in regard to the preseason. The first game is the toughest to evaluate. Some players are rusty. Some are nervous. Backups play most of the game and that can lead to a lot of false-positives. You’ll see some guys play really well, only to never reach this level again. Other guys will struggle and then look much better the next week. I went back and re-read notes from last year. Jason Kelce was sloppy in the opener. He did kinda okay during the season.
Also, style is more important than results. We’re trying to see who can play at the NFL level. Going unblocked for a sack doesn’t tell us much. We need to see the skills and traits necessary to succeed in the NFL.
I’m not going to cover every player, just those who stood out to me, good or bad.
Jalen Hurts only played the opening series. Got pressure on the first play so he rolled right and hit Watkins with…