Matthews Doesn’t Dazzle In Debut

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

CHICAGO — Despite reports to the contrary, Jordan Matthews is mortal.

The rookie wide receiver took the field for the first time as a professional Friday night in Chicago and looked like a player taking the field for the first time as professional. He finished with four catches for 14 yards (3.5 average) on seven targets and had a pair of drops.




"He was inconsistent," said Chip Kelly. "There was a ball on the sideline he could have caught. I don't know if he was pressing, but there were some inconsistencies there. Sometimes it's the first time for guys in the bright lights so they can have a chance to play that out of their system and calm down."

The player that the audience saw on the television screen Friday differed from the one we have seen in practice day in and day out this summer. Rarely has he let the ball hit the ground during training camp. On this night, he was less sure-handed.

"I mean, it's really just concentration," said Matthews. "You just have to bring the ball in. I try to go out each day in practice like it's a game anyway. As fast as we practice, you come out here and the game kind of slows down for you. It's concentration. It just goes to show you that you've got a lot of stuff to work on so that's my mindset going back into training next week."

The Eagles have worked Matthews almost exclusively in the slot and have kept him with the second team by and large despite the absence of Riley Cooper, Jeremy Maclin and Jeff Maehl in practice in recent days. He ran with the reserves against Chicago as well but did not stand out like he so often has this summer.

His play has warranted attention and has often been the lead story in what has been a training camp without many sizzling headlines. The expectations grew. Now they'll go down some before inevitably rising back up again. The first-year receiver is trying not to ride that wave.

"There's always going to be a little bit of hoopla around draft picks when they come in. It's going to get even bigger as the draft gets even more popular. It's something that I knew was definitely going to be there coming in," he said. "At the same time I always try and make sure that I block it out and continue to focus on things I can actually control -- that's going out and practicing hard and making sure I'm a great teammate. That's what I'm really focused on doing. The rest of the stuff I try to block it out. It's really not that important, anyway."

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  • EAGLES

    He’ll be OK… He made some pretty good moves though, and that jump ball if caught would’ve been real nice. He seemed to have jumped just a millisecond too late, ball was almost through his hands when he was in position in the air. Overall he knows he’s gonna have to adjust to press coverage as fast as possible. Marcus Smith played well and some of the backup defensive lineman did too rushing. Beau Allen looked real good I was rooting for taking him during the draft.

    • John E. Zang

      Kruger made some plays in the run game as well. Liked what I saw from Reynolds in his limited time and Watkins.

  • Richaud Jeaffreson

    Sammy Watkins was held to 0 catches in his debut.

    • Rockedupeaglesfan

      Did Watkins have any drops? Matthews had some, particularly, the one from Barkley in the 3rd quarter on a crosser or out route was bad.

      Edit: i’m not trying to kill Matthew, just saying the two games aren’t necessarily comparable.

      • cloisterwater

        I don’t think he’s comparing the games, just making a valid point: it’s pointless to judge a player on one preseason game, especially when it’s that player’s very first NFL experience.

        • Rockedupeaglesfan

          True, but without seeing the game my guess is Watkins played with the ones. He got maybe 10 or so snaps and was targeted once or twice. Very different than Matthews played against second and third teamers for a significant amount of the game. But again I’m not trying to kill him, just slowing down the hype train and trying to set realistic expectations for the season. And expectations should not include a comparison to Sammy Watkins

          • Yes_General

            We can also make a point that if the ball kept hitting him in the hands also means he was running his routes correctly and getting separation. I agree his performance should stop the hype train but IMO it’s encouraging to see he understands the routes unlike Momah who enjoys running into his own players. Remember Ertz dropped a lot of passes early in the season as well then had a great season towards the end of the year

    • pryfa

      even his cousin Jaylen had one catch

  • daggolden

    concern I had last night was with Matthews. Earlier in the week I had read that he asked for Boykens to cover him (a DB) and not Jenkens(a safety) and reports came out he wasn’t getting open. Then last night #30 covered him and everytime he had no separation on the play #30 was in his ass.

    Weaknesses

    Can have inconsistent hands at times
    Passive approach catching the ball
    Below average elusiveness in the open field
    Hasn’t used size to his advantage
    Hesitant to initiate blocking contact
    Lack of top speed limits ability down the field
    Drops too many easy passes
    Cant beat man coverages.

    I would say every one of them weaknesses showed up last night besides blocking.
    Scouting report was 100% correct.

    • anon

      To be fair he ran screens over half the time at Vandy — he’s gotta learn how to run routes.

    • Eagles4Life

      I have to agree to a degree. It’s his first game, so he likely reverted back, but those weaknesses are definitely visible.

  • daggolden

    Preseason never means anything to the fans wishing for miracles from players. Its comical when the coaches say the preseason means a lot when evaluating players but the fans say”its only preseason it means nothing” when a player is terrible. Why play the preseason at all if it means nothing? Just pick the players.

    • anon

      Means a lot for the backup guys.

  • Bullwinkle

    Jerry Rice dropped passes as a rookie. He turned out okay. Ertz had the dropsies last year, but he was bringing them in last night. Matthews works too hard not to succeed. He may not be a superstar, but he will become a very valuable player.

    • Token

      We gotta stop mentioning Matthews in the same paragraph as players like Rice. It really never should have happened. I now see why Chip is keeping him inside.

      • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

        It’s his cousin. It might be inevitable that every once in a while we mention the GOAT.

    • MagatBrackendale

      Another HOFer, Lynn Swann, did not have a single reception in the first Super Bowl. His coach and QB never threw to the rookie. Just another bit of perspective.

  • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

    The overreaction is incredible, even for PHI fans.

    With that said, BRING BACK VICK!! SIGN T.O.!! EVERY DRAFT PICK BUT 7TH RD NT IS A BUST!!!

    • RIP illa

      Where are you seeing this reaction from? I read 3 sites (primarily) and all the reaction has been pretty level headed. Are you just being oversensitive to a vocal minority?

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

        Made mistake of hearing talk radio before coffee….

        • RIP illa

          LOL. That’ll do it every time. That and reading a Token post right after.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      because over-reaction Saturday/Monday is what we do

    • Rick H

      Thank you! I know writers must get hits on their stories & try and sell papers but the beyond juvenile headlines & stories makes a reader lose faith and future interest in reading their column.

    • Eagles4Life

      It’s nothing new lol

  • Token

    Note: We all realize its a preseason game. Save it. This is just based on last night.

    -1st O should play at least a half the next two games. They looked like awful. Mathis was even bad.

    -Foles. This is why I said we gotta wait and see still what we have here. How he came back this year was gonna be important. He looked really bad last night. Foles has this tendency to look confused or unsure out there. Even in games he was good in last year he would look that way. Those two INTs were throws I was hoping to not see him making at this point. I expect a bounce back performance, but if not Ill start to be a little worried if he looks like this again. He was really off last night.

    – Guess we need to pump the brakes on Matthews. Kid has work to do for sure. He looked too much like Avant for my tastes. Without the hands. He couldnt separate from scrub CBs. Just didnt look fast at all. Hes gonna have to be a tactician. He can still be a solid player that way but hes gonna have to get a hell of a lot better at catching the ball and fighting through traffic.

    – This D is probably still gonna get roasted thru the air.

    – Smiths first action did little to impress me. Pushed up field on his rush attempts. Looked weak. Dropped pretty fluently. But I could really care less about that. Unless Barwin is gonna be gone in the next couple years.

    – As a 3-4 fan its really a shame they didnt keep the 4-3. The current talent just serves it so much better. Kendricks probably is a better WIL then he will ever be a ILB. Ryan MLB. Barwin at SAM. Vinny Curry at DE. Letting a natural rusher like him go because of scheme would be really dumb. Cox back at his natural DT spot. Ugh. Just is a shame. If they were making any progress in a 3-4 I could maybe see why they did it. But theres been hardly any improvement talent wise this entire last offseason. Making a 3-5 year project out of the defensive alignment switch when you had a chance at a decent 4-3 unit doesnt add up. Thats shoehorning a scheme regardless of the roster. And its not just like one guy playing out of their more natural position. Its a lot of guys.

    – No pass rush when starters were in. They still cant rush 4 and have any sort of success.

    – Beau Allen looked good for a rookie NT.

    The biggest plus to me last night was seeing them looking ready to go warp speed all the time. Last year they didnt do that. Looks like they should be prepared now to keep that pace up.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

      Should.have stopped after first 2 sentences

      • Token

        You were happy with last night? Even if you consider it a training camp practice, I wouldnt be excited about how they looked. Id hope to see a much better performance next week. This isnt about scores or stats. Its just about how they are looking. And its looking like they got a ways to go before the opener.

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

          In no particular order, I think almost nothing of.the performances of Foles, OL, WRs or TE. Timing is completely off, first real rush they’ve faced in 7 months, replacement wideouts, and scaled down blocking scheme. As far as the backups? Matthews and other rookies were in 1st nfl game and defense always has advantage against vanilla Offense.

          I’ll take Foles RS any day over 10 snaps he takes in PS.

          • Token

            But the second unit came in and looked fine. Its not just that. For Foles a decision is a decision not matter if its a playoff game or preseason. Those INTs in particular are throws he shouldnt be making. At least one should have been thrown away. Ill be concerned if that keeps up because it means he didnt fix one of the things I was hoping he was working on.

          • anon

            He didn’t even look at his outlet guys which is something he did a lot of last year and I think is the best part of the scheme. How you gonna get outplayed by sanchize.

          • RIP illa

            Truth to the 1st part of your post. 2nd part was just hilarious.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

            Again, maybe part of plan was not to hit them, and push downfield. He didnt have that issue last year. No qb is playing lights out (except Romo who is already in mid season form)

          • anon

            Maybe…but like everything with Foles it’s probably too early to tell. Gotta say Sanchize didn’t have any issues…which pains me b/c I talked soooooooooo much smack on him.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

            I could name 100 PS QBs who never amounted to anything. Glad Sanchez seems like a good backup plan, but as bearish as I am re: starters in PS, even more so when it comes to backups. I put as little weight in his performance as I do Foles.

            Aside.from evaluating those last 10 guys fight I for roster spots, and letting new FAs/rookies get feet wet, I think PS performance is as overrated as combine stats

          • anon

            Yes Sanchize was playing against the twos but it seemed like he had a good command of the offense, protected the ball, made quick decisions, etc.

          • Rob

            Upvote. Preseason games with non-rookies are precisely the right time to push the envelope and try new things, with the understanding that some might not work. This is your only chance with live-fire rushers/defenses and no consequences; if you can’t do it now, when?

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

            True. But just like TC, I think they’d push him and willing to let.him test guys early. No reason to be uber conservative with throws now. And as Chip said, not everything was on him. I thought OL was the worst part of last night, if you really want to read into it

          • anon

            They were terrible. They were really sloppy at the beginning of last year too. Not sure why we came out so flat. At least we had sanchez to keep the game watchable.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

            Seeing as how whole offense is built on them, and (IMO) they played as well as could ever be expected/hoped last year, I want to see them improve over next 2 games.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

            Confirmation (bias? ), but Tommy agrees

            http://igglesblitz.com/2014/08/blame-the-blockers/

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Tipped first pick and great play by defender on second to adjust his body… I’d be more concerned with the 2 or 3 near picks.

          • anon

            I got to watch Brandon Cooks. I wasn’t high on him during the draft (to be honest I didn’t like matthews at all) but he looked WAY better than matthews. Not to say we should have drafted him, but that is to say that there’s not a reason for looking like hot dookie – especially for the game that he talks.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

            Who knows what NO is asking of him? And why does that impact how quickly Matthews gets adjusted? Good for Cooks. I liked him a lot. Care less how he compares to our rookie after a few series

          • anon

            Cooks lined up in every WR position position. They’re asking him to do everything (I might take him in fantasy). My point is that some kids do perform first time out (Cooks was playing with backup QB) and for bottom of the roster guys it’s even more important.

          • Eagles4Life

            Cooks is going to BALL. The dude’s agility showed up and he is going to run through arm tackles all year. Now I see why we were linked to him. He’s guaranteed YAC.

    • Adam

      Good lord. First preseason game and the sky is burning. I’m not sure why I expected anything less.

      For the starters, it’s a game to knock off rust. Nothing to prove or play for. For the rookies, it’s to get a taste of live NFL action. The rookies looked like rookies last night. And for the bottom of the rosters guys, they’re fighting for jobs. They should be battling their asses off.

      That’s exactly how to game played out.

      You don’t scout or watch film on an opposition tam for a preseason game. There is no game planning involved, and that’s a huge percentage of the success the Eagles and Chip Kelly had last year. You run some plays you want to put on film.

    • ztom6

      even in a 4-3 I think Curry’s best position would be DT.

      • Token

        It wouldnt be.

        • ztom6

          I like him matched up against guards. He never impressed me as an edge rusher. Maybe he’d fit as a strong side DE, but I’d still rather see him as a 3 tech.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    forget the hands, he didnt look very fast. hopefully he was in his own head, over-thinking and that caused the drops and feet to not move fluidly. should know by now that Howie and Chip are drafting high ceiling guys, so shouldnt be shocked the kid had some struggles.

    • RIP illa

      Thought I was the only one that noticed that too. But he played pretty much in line with what was said about him pre-draft. And a little less harder than I remember from Senior Bowl practices.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        know 6’3 gazelles arent growing on trees, so he needs to get open w/ size and route running. plus, he was outside alot, and mostly been practicing slot. see him w/ Mac Coop Shady and Ertz before get too crazy.

        • RIP illa

          Yup. All I know is that aside from him…Beau Allen should be our starting NT :-) And I like what I saw from Reynolds, which is a surprise for me.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            Reynolds is guy people need to look at ’11 and ’12 tape, he was very good. i liked him alot when we started draft talk, but he slid due to ’13 injury. Wolff was flying around. Allen is scared of his own shadow to make a mistake.
            .
            NEED! MORE! BEAU! think JM2 needs a week off from te bored eagles media hype machine, let’s send it crashing down on BA

          • RIP illa

            Who’s this Wolff guy you speak of???

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            i watched him, he’s my boy. dude flies around. makes mistakes, but at least at full speed 100%. Allen plays scared. 1st TD (think, back shoulder on Ryans, hopefully you know play), wasnt his play, but he was watching just as much as you and i, except he was 5 feet away

          • anon

            hahah maybe that’s why he only wants to play if he’s 100% he needs to focus on understanding the game instead of just relying on athleticism. Too bad we don’t have anyone to take him under their wing.

          • RIP illa

            Yeah, I’m not down with that flying around/being active ish, without really accomplishing anything. Or rather having plays fall into your lap instead of doing what your supposed to do, while being active, and making the play. This is what I call Jake Knott syndrome. Wolff is nearly dead too me. Hopefully he puts that activeness and athleticism together with the mental and turns into a real player. And hopefully, for the love of god, he gets off of team S-O-F-_…Stop hanging with Maclin!!!

            Allen is as Allen does. Just accept it Cliff.

          • anon

            Yeah can’t believe he let in that TD pass. Meco looked slow, but allen was the safety for a reason.

          • RIP illa

            Meco is slow. All I know is that Howie better be scouring team’s cuts for backup MLBs, that have the potential to amount to something. I know it’s not easy and most are cut for a reason, but I do not wanna really go into next years draft with having MLB hang over our heads like we have had/have the Safety position hanging over our heads. I’m fine with Meco, Kendricks, and Goode. Not gonna root for Acho just based off of last preseason. Phillips needs to go, and never was a big fan of Knott.

          • anon

            I like Najee goode think he should get mixed in a little. But i don’t know what his cover skills are like.

            Problem is you can’t win a SB w/out pass rush and we’ve been terrible about getting any for the last couple of years.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            no! Allen is not acceptable. it’s like playing 10.5 v 11. rather slow someone down than speed up. it’s there, Wolff was trying too hard.

          • RIP illa

            Lol. We’ll just get used to the idea of an Allen and Jenkins starting combo come game 1 of the regular season.

    • Token

      Yea thats what I was concerned with. But that was a knock on him is speed. His 40 isnt his game speed. Hes Jason Avants replacement, at least they hope. Its our fault for expecting the moon. He doesnt strike me as a high ceiling player. Hes a guy I think has to be a tactician like a Avant just to get open. Find the soft spots and be reliable. It will be difficult to succeed if he cant separate from 3rd string slot corners. And he has to work on making the play with bodies all over him because that will probably be common place. But you cant discount a kid with him type of mindset.

      • anon

        “It will be difficult to succeed if he cant separate from 3rd string slot corners.” — ditto. To be fair Sammy Watkins only has 3 catches in 2 games.

        • RIP illa

          Hurst was in his pocket/ass the on every play. If Matthews can’t create space by stacking the DB and then being explosive in and out of his breaks, then he’s gonna have to learn how to keep DBs on his back and shield with his body…basic positioning. I say send him to Mike Irvin to get that part of his game right :-)

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Better hope he isn’t drug tested after.

          • RIP illa

            For real.

          • Johnny Domino

            Whatever drugs he’s taking, they’re the wrong ones.

          • anon

            probably gives you some insight into what our depth is like at CB if JMatt has been all pro during practice. He needs to get with Iverson – learn how to play on game day.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            Marsh and Roc…that BS needs to stop by the reporters ASAP. neither can play in NFL

          • anon

            Yeah Roc just needs to be cut ASAP. I’ve got as much talent and I’ve only ever played 700.

          • RIP illa

            Yeah, Marsh kinda pissed me off and Roc was just Roc. Thought this might be the time that the Marsh puts it together a little. He has all the physical tools and it usually takes later round CBs several years to develop. Oh well, like with mostly everyone of our players, I’ll hold up on my total judgement, until at least 3 PS games in. Except for Roc…That MF needs to go!

          • RIP illa

            Practice…We talkin bout practice…Not a game…We talkin bout Practice!!! Sorry, had to do it. Actually, no I’m not sorry!

            Yeah, I will keep bringing this up until it’s recognized and accepted. Yeasting on our DB corp is a bit misleading and conversely, our DB corp yeasting on our WRs is cause for a little concern. Plus JMatt has kinda struck me as a try-hard practice player. Not to say that he hopefully doesn’t match/bring that intensity from practice to games.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Eh, the DBs need a little yeasting. And, I’m officially changing my position. I don’t care who Carroll replaces anymore. Couldn’t tell much of a difference between BF & CW last night. What I want to know is, where was the press last night. Saw the 8yd cushions again and was getting infuriated. I know, it’s just preseason, but that wasn’t what I wanted to see from the secondary. Jenkins looks good in the run game, though.

          • RIP illa

            Welcome to the Darkside Nick! Yeah I really would of wanted to see Carroll last night and hope that the hammy issue will not be a lingering one. And I never bought into the fact that we would press more. Reasons being, that we still don’t have the speed on the outside. Davis loves his zones, and even if we cover 3 pressed, like Seattle, We still don’t have the kind of competent Safety play behind it, to help in case our CBs lose at the line. Also Davis loves using his Safeties to go against slot WRs and TEs, leaving only one back. There are some other reasons that I missed, but I just don’t see us as a team that can pull it off at this point in time. I’m sure we might do it more than last year, but not to the frequency, or enough, that it becomes a drastic change from last year, like some on this board have made it seem.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            I know it’s early and I can’t base too much off of last night, but I can’t watch that pass D again. I’d rather lose jamming the WRs then just let them make catch after catch. At least it’ll get the O back on the field sooner so we don’t have to watch that awful D haha.

          • RIP illa

            Speaking of that…God that long bomb that Watkins gave up was torture for me to watch. It was like time stood still and the play was just taking forever. There’s your press for you :-)

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            Yeah, problem is, I’d rather my rookie be learning the basics of the D and showing that on the field, rather than pressing which we rarely do. CW/BF know the basics, so loosen the reigns! ….. Where was Watkins 4.4-bad ankle speed that’s allegedly a 4.3something? Didn’t impress me with the speed.

          • RIP illa

            Word! Maybe he gave up, mentally, once he missed the jam. However, that closing speed left a lot to be desired…as you said.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            The thing that’s killing me most is that you have a great chance to see how the big corners match up with the big receivers with absolutely zero ramifications and they do nothing but play far off. If you have size requirements of your outside corners specifically to match up and be physical with these exact type receivers, why the hell are we not witnessing any press from them? And what is the point of keeping Boykin off the field if he doesn’t actually have to come anywhere near these big receivers since we don’t press? MAKES NO SENSE.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Remember it’s preseason? Starters do not play much?

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            Which has no bearing on the fact that when they did play, we played no press against a team that’d be a great proxy to see where they’re at. Because it’s preseason, there’s no harm whatsoever in testing this out. In fact, some would say it’s just the place to do that.

          • MagatBrackendale

            And we’ve heard repeatedly, from multiple sources, that WRs often take a while to adjust to the NFL.

          • Eagles4Life

            E x a c t l y…he’s gotta be able to shudder these guys off and box em out. He’s just not looking explosive right now.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

      He’s over-thinking, you could see it. Just like RBs who hesitate; takes a bit to get used to. Game will slow down eventually.

      And lest.we.not forget, Chips scheme has a knack for getting guys open

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        yup, think he’ll be fine. maybe give the kid some air too.

      • Token

        If the game slows down does he get faster? :)

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ Kelce’s Beard

          Yes, since he can run full speed and react vs think, particularly coming out of breaks.. Just like any other profession in life. But he was never a burner to begin with

    • Anebriated

      I heard he didn’t play at 100% to make the other receivers drafted this year feel better about having a tough time making the transition to the pro’s…

      • MagatBrackendale

        Wonder why so many are complaining because a rookie missed a couple? He also made a few.

  • anon

    I just don’t want to see my QB throw two picks in 9 passes no matter what the game is. I guess the good thing is he had a very high overall completion rate –throws very catchable balls.

    • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

      He had some really questionable throws. I wonder if he said to hell with it since it’s preseason and just took chances. That first pick was tipped, but that second was a nice re-positioning by the defender. That was falling right in Ertz’s hands had he not adjusted.

      • BrianM8614

        Momah ran a drag route, probably incorrect, that brought he and his defender into the area. It was Momah’s defender that made the interception. Go back and look. Not Foles’ fault on that one.

        • RIP illa

          Clearly Foles fault! Don’t care which receiver ran which route wrong…neither of them had a chance to make a play on that ball. He was being pressured, made a bad decision, and didn’t set his feet. I do believe Chip said he should have just thrown it away also. No biggie, but lets not act like Foles is infallible.

          • BrianM8614

            You obviously don’t understand what I wrote. Read it again, then watch the tape.

        • Warhound KnowsHstryWarts&All

          Did seem as though Momah ran that route too deep.

        • NickS, Combine Warrior

          May have. Defender made a nice play, though, so really I was just giving credit where it was due.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      he tossed 2 last preseason. Foles has a way of bouncing back. crisps, i had hole dug, coffin closed and kicking in dirt after 1st ‘Allas game.

      • anon

        yeah but i gotta wait a whole week to see game time. Would have been so fulfilling if we were clicking on all cylinders against what is not a very good defense.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          meh, refs ruined the 1st quarter too. if nfl turns into flag-fest, that might be only thing to turn me off. that was awful. Eagles arent built to be 2nd and 15+.

          • NickS FFLC/GM/DPP/Scout/HC/OC

            It’s training for the refs, too. My buddy and I were complaining the whole time because neither of us want to watch that again. Think it’s their training time, and they’ll go back to referee HQ and realize that they made some errors. Mathis was just looking confused at what was being called, the one facemask, even Baldi called that one as being bogus. Makes it hard to really put any stock into those first few series.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Besides I saw a play where 2 Bears were clutching the jersey of an Eagles O lineman (couldn’t see the number). That one should have been called.

          • Token

            Absolutely. Have other PS games been like that? I cant watch that product.

        • MagatBrackendale

          The Bears defense is going to be much better this year. Also, when Philly decimated the Chicago D last year, they has a couple of good players out with injury.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    on positive note, Sanchez plays like that again, i’ll send him a care package full of headbands, barretts, scrunchies and hair jells.

  • John E. Zang

    Just don’t see why Trent Cole continues to start. I think Graham is a way better option even last year. Was hoping they dumped Cole and his salary this year but looks like we’re in for more ten snaps a game for Graham and Curry.

    • Eagles4Life

      I get why he starts, but BG and Curry NEED snaps. Both guys along with Allen were disruptive. Liked what I saw there.

  • Septhinox

    “Jordan Matthews is mortal.”

    No he is not. He was just being humble.

    • jshort

      Might be playing against our 2nd string secondary in practice, Makes him look immortal.

      • MagatBrackendale

        Asked yesterday about the Eagles’ depth chart, Kelly said: “Seriously, the depth chart, I don’t care. I think [Eagles PR Director] Derek [Boyko] did it. I mean, it’s absolutely nothing. I know we’re going to get questions on it, and I’ll be honest with you, I do not care how that’s listed.”

  • BrianM8614

    Matthews had the second most dropped balls in all of college football last year.

  • EaglesPulse

    It’s the FIRST preseason game. Have a coke and relax.

  • Max Lightfoot

    Easy, folks. Chip just told Jordan to stay his frightening powers this week. =)

  • midddletownwatch

    first move of the day: release roc Carmichael ASAP.. he is the new izel Jenkins. why he is still on this team is beyond me…next move, release casey Matthews. of all the Matthews family, we get fredo Corleone…