Here’s what we saw during the Eagles’ 24-18 loss to the Jets Thursday in the preseason finale:
* Matt Barkley got the start and went 4-of-9 for 45 yards with an interception (20.4 QB rating). He was wild early, throwing several balls high and off the mark. Barkley was intercepted on his second pass of the night, as his offering to Josh Huff down the right sideline was short and picked by Darrin Walls.
After a pair of misfires on the second series, Barkley absorbed a heavy hit from linebacker Trevor Reilly and delivered a strike to Trey Burton for a 21-yard pick-up. That drive ended in a Kip Smith field goal. Cody Parkey continues to nurse a groin injury and did not play. Read more »
The preseason finale is upon us as the Eagles take on the Jets at MetLife Stadium. We’ll pop in with some updates and thoughts from time to time. Feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below.
10:00 - Final: Jets 24, Eagles 18. The preseason comes to an end with the Birds’ first loss in four games. Tim Tebow throws for 189 yards while Matt Barkley throws for 45 yards. Raheem Mostert runs for 69 yards and catches eight passes for 93 yards, while Kenjon Barner runs for seven yards.
The Eagles have to cut their roster down to 53 players by 4:00 on Saturday. Read more »
Sam Bradford, Jordan Matthews and DeMarco Murray are among the lengthy list of Eagles officially “not expected to play” tonight in the preseason finale against the Jets. Notable players who are not included are Kiko Alonso, Josh Huff and Cody Parkey. Read more »
Maisha Barner ran onto Rogers Field screaming hysterically in October of 2010. Her baby brother, Kenjon Barner, lay motionless on the ground in his Oregon uniform after being knocked unconscious on a kick return.
“Kenjon, get up!”
Barner was running an “opposite return,” calling for him to take a few steps up the field on the left side before cutting back to the right. As he was cutting back, though, a teammate blocked a Washington State player directly into Barner’s blind spot, and initiated a helmet-to-helmet collision. Read more »
With the preseason finale on tap and the regular season opener around the corner, we know you guys have plenty of questions. You can always email us or comment on our Facebook page, but follow us on Twitter so you know when we’re looking for submissions for the next reader mailbag.
@JoshPaunil 1)what is your biggest “non-injury/depth” concern going into the season? 2) who takes over the 5th DB role–either S or CB?
— jrasmin (@JRasmun) September 2, 2015
Outside of injury and depth concerns, the biggest question mark to me is still the secondary. Byron Maxwell has looked good, Nolan Carroll has made impressive plays and Walter Thurmond has apparently morphed into a ball hawk, but I need to see this all in the regular season against good competition.
Here’s a roundup of what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles.
Grantland’s Robert Mays writes that Chip Kelly’s plan to revitalize Sam Bradford could very well work.
Kelly’s approach this offseason — wheeling and dealing like few personnel people ever have — has looked insane at times. Plenty of coaches with 20 wins in two years would feel comfortable moving forward with a familiar quantity at quarterback. But the thinking behind the move for Bradford was a bold and commendable one — it seems that Kelly was projecting that both Bradford and his offense could be better than anyone imagined.
It’s still (extremely) early, but the factors that could have led a more optimistic person to feel good about how Bradford translated to Kelly’s style have been on display all preseason. The inhuman accuracy from his first two college seasons — when he completed a combined 68.5 percent of his passes — has been there in both of his preseason starts. Bradford’s 10-for-10 line on Saturday was impressive, but seeing him perfectly locate throws to receivers in reasonably tight coverage was even more encouraging.
The Eagles have until 4 p.m. Saturday to trim their roster from 75 to 53. Here’s my second and final attempt to project what the the initial 53-man will look like.
Quarterbacks (3): Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow.
Matt Barkley is expected to start on Thursday, and has been the first man in over Tebow in each of the exhibition games. Does he have the edge? Or is he being showcased? It’s hard to ignore all the trade buzz that has surrounded Barkley over the last several months. Maybe they get something for him, maybe they don’t, but the fact that the Eagles appear to be exploring trade avenues suggests that they’re comfortable with Tebow being their third QB. Tuesday evening, Ian Rapoport wrote that it seems Tebow “has a very good chance to make the Eagles.” We’ll say that he does.
Kiko Alonso told reporters that the tendinitis Chip Kelly referenced is in fact in his surgically-repaired left knee. He added that it is common coming off an ACL injury, and that he expects to play in the preseason finale on Thursday against the Jets.
If he does in fact suit up, it will be Alonso’s first action of the preseason. The 25-year-old linebacker was held out after sustaining concussion early in camp, and was a late scratch last week against the Packers because his leg was bothering him.
With Alonso, Mychal Kendricks and DeMeco Ryans all limited at some point this offseason, the group has yet to take the field together in a game. Ryans, though, says he is not concerned.
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Matt Barkley will get the start Thursday against the Jets, Chip Kelly confirmed. He’ll be first up as he and Tim Tebow square off one last time for the rights to the third quarterback job.
“Our opinions aren’t formed,” said Kelly, when asked how much weight this game carries in the evaluation of the two quarterbacks. “It’s one more time for a game opportunity. Especially with the quarterback position, practice is different just because they’re wearing red jerseys and they’re not hit. I think when you get them out there in a game it’s another opportunity to get a legitimate evaluation of them. There is a lot of weight in it.” Read more »