Instant Observations: Eagles Vs. Browns

Philadelphia Eagles rookie Damaris JohnsonHere are my instant observations from the Eagles’ 27-10 win over the Browns Friday night.

OFFENSE

* The Nick Foles show continued. The Eagles rookie quarterback threw an interception on the offense’s first drive, but proceeded to go 12-for-19 for 146 yards and two touchdowns. The first was to Brent Celek. Foles had all day, showed good patience and found the tight end for the 7-yard score. He squeezed the second pass into a tight window, finding Dion Lewis in the end zone from 2  yards out.

* The interception was a bomb to DeSean Jackson. The Browns had two defenders in the area, and Joe Haden came down with the pick.

* Nice first half for rookie wide receiver Damaris Johnson. He had two catches for 58 yards and hauled in a 45-yard throw from Foles, beating Sheldon Brown on the play. Johnson had what was initially ruled a 23-yard touchdown, but he couldn’t get both feet in bounds. Great effort though. As a punt returner, Johnson bobbled his first attempt, but came back with a nice 30-yard return later in the half.

* King Dunlap started the game at left tackle, but was replaced by Demetress Bell on the second series. I’ll have to re-watch, but Bell was beat on one early run play that resulted in a loss by LeSean McCoy.

* All of the starters except for Foles were out of the game before the first quarter was over. The second-team offensive line was Bell, Julian Vandervelde, Steve Vallos, Dallas Reynolds and Dennis Kelly. Kelly started the game for Todd Herremans at right tackle.

* Foles took a crushing blow from former Eagle Juqua Parker, who slammed him to the ground. But he got right back up.

* Alex Henery missed a 41-yard field goal. Both punters looked good. Chas Henry got a chance to punt first, ahead of Mat McBriar.

* Trent Edwards went 14-for-17 for 127 yards and a touchdown in the second half.

* Chris Polk had six carries for 39 yards, including a 20-yard scamper.

DEFENSE

* The first-team defense got off to a shaky start, giving up 25+ yards on two of the first three plays. Nnamdi Asomugha had good coverage, but was beat on a 28-yard completion in the first.

* The defense had four sacks. Brandon Graham had 1.5; Darryl Tapp had 1; Derek Landri had 1; and Phillip Hunt had 0.5. Tapp beat highly-regarded left tackle Joe Thomas on his and stripped Brandon Weeden, forcing a turnover.

* The first-team defensive line was Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Landri and Trent Cole. The second team was Hunt, Cedric Thornton, Antonio Dixon and Tapp.

* Joselio Hanson started the game as the nickel corner before Brandon Boykin came in. Boykin gave up a third-and-long completion to Jordan Norwood, but also broke up a pass on third down later in the half.

* Keenan Clayton, who is squarely on the roster bubble, blocked a punt in the first.

* Ryan Rau, who was the backup middle linebacker with Casey Matthews injured, forced a fumble that led to an Eagles touchdown. Jamar Chaney and Brian Rolle were the other two second-team linebackers. Chaney and Rolle stayed on the field in nickel.

* Jaiquawn Jarrett and Phillip Thomas were the second-team safeties with Oshiomogho Atogwe and Tom Nelson injured.

* Graham and Hunt sandwiched Colt McCoy in the second quarter. Graham was at right defensive end and Hunt at left defensive end.

* Nice penetration by Landri early, leading to a Cole tackle for loss. Landri also forced a Weeden fumble, which Cole recovered.

* Rolle was called for offsides twice on the first drive.

* Cliff Harris had a second-half interception.

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  • Uncle Carm

    Clayton had a good game. I realize he was not playing against first string, but he still looked good and was always around the ball.

  • justasking

    who was the holder on the missed field goal

    • Go For It

      Was just about to ask that. Thought it was McBriar.

  • ICDogg

    Obscure player who might surprise and make the squad, OT D.J. Jones.

  • http://twitter.com/badgermeyer Lane Meyer

    P. Thomas fell down on the one TD but with Nelson hurt, I wonder if he could be making a push. Was a very good player at Syracuse. Thought he played pretty well overall- minus the Td which is not small i know. I had hopes for C. Harris but he is practice squad right now. Polk and Brown make team.

    I see a trade of D lineman for O lineman in our future. Eagles could deal Tapp. Remeber we traded C. Clemons to Seattle for Tapp two seasons ago. Not sold on Dunlap or Bell yet. Still not sold on Kelly. Thought he was a reach in the 5th…he was not even invited to the combine. Played at Iowa and there is enough tape on him that if he was considered a talent…he would have been given invitation.

  • Corsair42

    Eagles have to find some way to keep cliff Harris. When healthy, he’s alway around the ball and making plays.