Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Steelers

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Here’s a position-by-position look at how the Eagles’ offense performed against the Steelers, after having re-watched the first three quarters of Thursday night’s game:

QUARTERBACKS




* Nick Foles started off slow, but eventually got into a rhythm, going 19-for-29 for 179 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He threw wide to Jeremy Maclin on a hitch on the first drive and was off-target to Jordan Matthews on a corner route. Foles' third-down throw to Riley Cooper was high, although Cooper could have come down with it.

Foles settled down and connected with Maclin on a slant on a third down to beat the blitz. He later found Brent Celek on a pop pass for 23 yards. Nice throw to Cooper on a slant to convert a third down as well. Cooper dropped a potential touchdown that was right on his hands.

Foles had chances for a couple more big plays. He missed Celek on a post-corner route, and he slightly overthrew Darren Sproles on a wheel route. He was a little off here and there, but certainly not a performance to be concerned about, considering the circumstances.

* Mark Sanchez continues to surprise. He was 7-for-9 for 85 yards. Good throw to Damaris Johnson over the middle for 15 yards. Fantastic job staying in the pocket, taking a hit and delivering a beauty to Trey Burton down the seam for 25 yards. Sanchez has been money on those throws all preseason long. He also connected with Johnson for a 14-yard completion to set up a TD. Sanchez has been one of the biggest bright spots this preseason.

RUNNING BACKS

* LeSean McCoy carried four times for 24 yards. He picked up 15 on a sweep to the right. The tosses to the perimeter weren't working, but on one, McCoy reversed field and picked up 13 yards. He took a screen 22 yards to the end zone in the first. McCoy suffered a thumb in jury, but X-rays were negative.

* Darren Sproles had six carries for 33 yards. He looked shifty on an 8-yard inside zone run in the first. Excellent second effort on the 1-yard TD run in the second. Sproles had a nifty 14-yard run up the middle in the second. As a receiver, he had a drop in the first, but there was a flag on the play. He beat the LB on a wheel route, but Foles overthrew him. And Sproles tripped on Todd Herremans on a screen, leading to an interception.

* Matthew Tucker also played well, carrying 10 times for 46 yards. He had an 8-yard run in the first and delivered a good, physical run for 6 on a 3rd-and-1 carry. Tucker had runs of 12 and 15 yards in the third. He looked good on blitz pickup on a couple of occasions. Tucker is squarely on the roster bubble going into the final game.

WIDE RECEIVERS

* Jeremy Maclin caught six balls for 43 yards. Everything was on short and underneath routes. No reception netted more than 9 yards. He was the hot receiver on a third-down blitz and made the grab on a slant for a first down. He had a scare in the second when he went down and his knee buckled, but Maclin only missed one play.

* In his first preseason action, Riley Cooper had three grabs for 25  yards. He had an 11-yard catch and run in the first. Later, Cooper made a contested catch for a first down on a 7-yard slant. And he took a screen 7 yards for a first down. Early on, Cooper ran a deep dig, went up for the ball, but had it knocked out of his hands. He was later called for offensive pass interference and dropped a perfectly placed pass in the end zone.

* With Brad Smith out, Jordan Matthews played the slot with the first team and had two catches for 16 yards. The highlight was a screen he took for 14 yards. He also had a good block on Cooper's screen that picked up 7.

TIGHT ENDS

* The tight ends have been responsible for almost all of the Eagles' big plays downfield this preseason. Brent Celek had two catches for 41 yards. In the first, he absorbed contact and picked up yards after the catch on a pop pass that picked up 23. Later, he made an 18-yard reception and took another big hit. Celek ran a beautiful post-corner route against Troy Polamalu, but Foles overthrew him. As a blocker, he did an outstanding job on McCoy's 15-yard run in the first. Celek got beaten by Jason Worilds on a run play that was stopped after a 1-yard gain. He did a good job blocking on Matthews' 14-yard screen.

* Zach Ertz also played well, catching two balls for 24 yards. He shook off athletic LB Ryan Shazier, creating space on a 12-yard grab. Later, he grabbed a pass behind his body for a 12-yard gain. Ups and downs as a blocker. In pass pro early on, Ertz got matched up one on one against Jarvis Jones and was driven back into Foles' face. But Ertz drove Polamalu back on Tucker's 8-yard run in the first. And he delivered good effort against the lineman on Sproles' 8-yard run.

OFFENSIVE LINE

* Overall, a much better showing. Jason Peters didn't have any issues in pass protection and stood out on a couple runs - Tucker's 8-yarder and Sproles' 14-yarder. Evan Mathis was OK. He got shoved back into Foles' face on an incompletion in the first, but made good blocks on the same runs mentioned above.

* Jason Kelce leveled a defender in space, creating a lane for McCoy on the screen that scored. He also did a good job on Sproles' 4-yard run in the second.

* Todd Herremans looked fantastic. Excellent job pulling and taking out the defensive back on the sweep that picked up 15 in the first. Herremans crushed a defender on McCoy's screen, and he got out in front of Matthews' screen that picked up 14. Really strong overall performance.

* There's reason for concern with Allen Barbre when it comes to pass protection. Worilds beat him badly around the edge and nearly sacked Foles. Then Worilds used a spin move and beat Barbre inside, pressuring Foles on an incompletion. In the run game, he did a good job on McCoy's 15-yard run in the first and Sproles' TD in the second.

* The second-team offensive line dominated the Steelers' starters. Matt Tobin looks like he could step in right now and be a starting guard in the NFL. Good job pulling and getting to the defender on Tucker's 12-yard run. And great job on Henry Josey's 6-yard run in the third.

* Lane Johnson, Dennis Kelly and David Molk did a great job opening up space on Tucker's 15-yard run in the third. Strong performance in pass protection from the second unit as well.

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  • Michael Myers

    It was great to see our second team O-line doing such a solid job against the steelers #1’s as the line depth is/was definitely a question mark. Our D-line also looks like they have a ton of depth, I read a bunch of posts from their blog and they were really impressed with the Eags overall depth. I agree.

    • TNA

      The OL depth was an issue before preseason. But these guys have some of the best coaches and players in the league to learn from. And I agree with the narrative that it’s given LJ a chance to develop as a leader and to think on his own. When he rejoins first team, if everybody is healthy, this offense is going to be a monster. Again.

  • jmkrav

    Some thoughts…

    1) I have a feeling that either Burton or James Casey end up on the Patriots at some point this season. Their TE depth is so bad and they’ve seen these guys up close in practice. It could ne toigh to get Burton onto the PS. Maybe they’d trafr for Casey?

    2) Perhaps Babre and Herrimans shpuld switch spots? Or play Tobin at RG? The ToddFather has looked great so far.

    3) I dont see this happening… But any chance Cole is traded or cut and BG starts? I live Cole but just wondering…

    • MediaMike

      If we run as much 12 as I think we’re going to this year, we’ll need 3 good TEs on the active roster. I don’t think we’ll have Burton signed out from under us either. I think Casey, although it won’t show up on the stat sheet, is going to get more snaps this year.

    • anon

      2) moving herremans makes you worse at 2 spots instead of just 1 spot.

  • southy

    If Sproles were 6’0” that’s a TD.

  • Waffles

    As long as we cut All-Pro CLOWN Alex Henery we will be good

    • Waffles

      Players taken after Henery: Julius Thomas, Richard Sherman.

      • southy

        Let’s not play this game. At the time he was the most accurate kicker in ncaa history and quite frankly kickers are way more important than they get credit for given the amount of points they are responsible for. The move was laudable. The result has been disappointing at best.

        • MediaMike

          Yes, they’re very important. Especially when causing us to choke a home playoff game away vs. the Saints via missed FGs and poor kickoffs.

          • southy

            You draft a kicker in the 4th specifically with the intention of avoiding that stuff, getting another Akers that will serve you for the next decade. I’ve tried to give him the benefit of the doubt in the past but this has just been sad. Chip should attend some Philly Union practices and see if anyone would be up for some “cross-training”.

          • MediaMike

            And what’s funny is that he was another Akers in terms of losing us a playoff game!

          • Kev_H

            This isn’t the 70s. No promising soccer player can afford to give up his sport for kicker wages. Maybe they can get a women’s player.

          • southy

            You don’t need to be a promising soccer player. You need to be a competent kicker. If you’re playing for the Union chances are you are making way less than the NFL league minimum.

        • Eagles4Life

          4th Round good? NOPE. He was projected to go in the 6th or 7th. Not justifiable, especially when there were already concerns about long range accuracy.

          • DP

            I know you had the foresight back in 2011 to tell that Julius Thomas would one day get paired with Peyton Manning & make a Pro Bowl in 2014. I also know that you were smarter than the other 32 GMs who passed on Richard Sherman 153 times before the Seahawks picked him @154 in the 5th round. Get over yourself.

          • Eagles4Life

            LOL, maybe you should get over yourself and read. I said nothing about Julius Thomas or Richard Sherman. I will tell you I was in the pack of 31 other GMs that laughed when the Eagles used their 4th round pick on a kicker that wasn’t going to be touched until the 6th round at the earliest.

        • Breathe 21

          I gotta say they tried to outsmart the league again and failed. 4th round with the talent that was available at the time is reaching to a whole new level. When you do something like that, you better be sure this player is a home run. I can’t support that move. They dismantled a top NFL team by drafting horrible year after year.

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        still doesn’t crack the top three in the list of bad draft choices we made that year

        • OldDuckMcDoc

          I know the fireman sucked and all, but we’re agreeing 1 through 3 on the Worst Draft Picks In 2011 list are all caseymatthews, right?

          • Jason

            No way, even us negative know nothing fans knew the 45 year old fireman would suck.

        • igglesfaninportland

          That was the worst draft in NFL history for any team. Even Ditka got some play out of 1999 single pick and didn’t have to pay three years salary to the fireman, Jarred, still paying Henery and Matthews, hell Ditkas draft looks great compared.

          • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

            Jason Kelce is on the fast track to All Pro status, so at least we got something. But yeah, a whole lot of crap from that draft.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            ‘allas ’09, i think. 13 selection, 5 in 1st 3 rds, none made roster in ’12. it was epic garbage. even they admit it was worst draft by any team.

          • OldDuckMcDoc

            Yeah, there’s actually a surprising number of one man drafts that are as bad (or not much different) to the Eagles’ 2011 Crud Fest*.

            2009 was a shocker for a few teams (Tampa! Arizona!!) but Dallas somehow managed to outsuck everyone by a large distance.

            *Kelce excepted.

          • MagatBrackendale

            Who paid 3 years salary to the fireman?

          • John E. Zang

            I agree. I have no clue who that allegedly calls themselves a professional was responsible for that abomination but it was historically bad. Even when the choices were fresh the writing was already on the wall. That was the pinnacle of Andy’s delusional period.

          • dnabrice

            There were some horrendous ones in Detroit with Matt Millen. That guy knew as little about football as you possibly could considering how close to the game he was.

      • DP

        What the hell is the point of talking about all of the players drafted AFTER Henery?? How about the first 4 picks we made in that draft? They include:
        1. Danny Watkins
        2. Jaiquawn Jarrett
        3. Curtis Marsh
        4. Casey Matthews

        In the year 2000, we picked Thomas Hamner, John Frank, & John Romero ALL in the 6th round before Tom Brady got picked. None of those three ever played a single meaningful snap in the NFL. Tom Brady has multiple Super Bowl rings. Let’s harp on that for the next 10 years. Get over it.

        • anon

          he wouldn’t have gotten any rings on the eagles — we don’t cheat.

      • midddletownwatch

        so what??? the draft is a crapshoot period. at the time the pick was solid. its not working out now. keep it moving and replace his @ss.. no use giving a crap who was drafted after him.

      • 370HSSV 0773H

        Post some links to your comments after the draft when you said Thomas and Sherman would be all-pros.

    • igglesfaninportland

      Can we trade one of our 3 running backs who would be signed off the P.S. for another Kicker? Howie make it so.

      • Andy Six Score and Four

        Giving up on Parkey already?

        • igglesfaninportland

          I want competition that doesnt include Henery or parking ticket leg.

  • Whiskeybill

    Not that it ended up mattering but did anyone else think Maclin clearly had a TD on that ball that the refs called out of bounds at the 1?

    • jon h

      great read play by foles.

    • JosephR2225

      I didn’t notice it until watching the replay, but did anybody catch the cheap shot Polamalu put on Maclin on the Shady touchdown?

      • Reef215

        He blew up his own guy too

      • Travis Papa

        Noticed both. Chip hates using replay when it’s close to a td on early downs

        • Adam

          Not to mention it’s a chance to get another rep on tape. I don’t think he cares too much about the score of a preseason game.

          • Steven Dunwoody

            Yup. Regular season, he would have challenged that one. Preseason, it’s a positive play for Mac and an opportunity to see someone else get a touch.

      • dnabrice

        Also, if Desean’s playing, he’s not stopping the DB from tackling Shady before the EZ. Maclin had an awesome block.

    • John E. Zang

      That side judge failed with every opportunity and there was more than one.

  • Breathe 21

    With all the emphasis on illegal contact, we have to start Carroll over Fletcher. Fletcher makes contact with WRs every play. His technique is flawed compared to Carroll, who actually plays the positions the way it’s taught. Carroll has much better ball skills and is more athletic. Fletcher’s style of play doesn’t help him against the bigger, more physical WRs in this league.

    • jon h

      If the NFL is really going to keep calling all of this illegal contact, they need to revisit the notion of it resulting in an automatic first down. Make it a 5 yard penalty to replay the down.

      • Breathe 21

        They make it an automatic 1st because they want to increase big plays. If you get beat as a DB, you would take the 5 yrds every time. With the automatic 1st, you might just try to catch up, increasing the chance of offensive success. They want more points and more big plays in the NFL. Similar to the NBA rule of a “Clear Path” foul. The NBA wants more big plays/dunks, so they make a defender think twice about stopping them. They penalize them with two FTs and the ball, forcing the defensive player to make a spectacular play in order to stop the offense.

    • MagatBrackendale

      Huh?

      • Breathe 21

        I’m not sure what your question is. Lol

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

    Sheil-
    you left out any mention of LT Gardner. I thought he and Tobin dominated that side; at one point the steelers broadcast booth noticed everything was going left for big gains.
    Coming out of camp last year, Barbre was a good surprise. And GB game gave fans a sigh of relief after the Bell and Dunlap eras. Dark times
    Is Gardner showing similar this year?

    • Andy

      Yeah the second team OL looked so good last night I was wondering if the coaches have given consideration to Kelly or Gardner rather than Barbre. But if it isn’t too late to switch now it’s really close.

      • Brian

        That 2nd team offense was the whitest since the Eagles last championship.

    • Jason

      Gardner also air balled a blitz pickup. Before the play you could see him asking the guard twice what the blocking assignment was and he decided to block nobody

  • TXEaglesFan

    “McCoy suffered a thumb in jury”

    oh so that’s where he went. I thought they only had the basement courthouse at the Vet?

  • jon h

    Can we please get Celek a helmet that fits before the guy gets killed? And Foles read on the TD (that was ruled not a TD and called back for a penalty) was probably his best play of the game

  • Bullwinkle

    No mention of Josey who would have had well over 100 yards rushing, if his 70 yard TD run had not been overturned by a questionable call by the refs. Even without that he had a very good night. I really like his agility and speed. I also like his strength of character, coming back from a worst case knee injury. He might very well be the second best RB on the team.

    • Eagles4Life

      Love the kid. That logjam behind Shake & Bake isn’t helping him, though. Tucker showed up last night with some tough running. I’d want to keep all 4 guys.

      • anon

        they gave tucker a lot of carries last night — think it was for him to make his case, we already saw what josey could do against pats, though be nice to see him against the 1s.

        josey just breaks big plays.

      • John E. Zang

        Hope we keep at least four. I actually would unload Polk, keep Tucker, Josey and Barner as a kick returner.

    • igglesfaninportland

      I was stoked when we got Sproles, but now Im feeling like he might be taking a spot from one or even two potentially great players. Chip said we are building for the “Now”. I hope Sproles does what I thinkhe can in this offense and I hope our practice squad doesnt get cleaned out. I still believe Josey, Polk, Tucker, and Barner could all be productive starting backs in this system.

    • Will, Always Shady in CA

      At this point Im liking Josey over Sproles.

  • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

    How many touchdowns did Momah have? I turned the game off after the 4th quarter so I’m not sure if I maybe missed some.

    • OldDuckMcDoc

      67.

      Wait, no, I was reading his height, which maybe isn’t so important as touchdowns but that seems really tall so I say we keep him.

    • Andy Six Score and Four

      In the game thread I blamed the overwhelming power of your hatred for Momah’s lack of production. He’s too tall and too fast to be shut down barring some kind of external factor, like being hopelessly demoralized by your force of will.

      • OldDuckMcDoc

        What the Good Lord J-Matt giveth Momah with height and speed, he taketh away with lack of talent. And lo, cruddy play ensued :(

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Lol

      • https://twitter.com/richcolton RichC, brings duck to cockfigh

        if I had that kind of power, I wouldn’t use it for good

        • Andy Six Score and Four

          Perhaps you do and you did.

    • John E. Zang

      In all fairness he really didn’t get an opportunity. Balls were thrown mostly underneath and middle when Sanchez was in. It’s a very small sample with many players rotating so he can’t make plays in every game.

  • MediaMike

    This is a bit of an aside, but please punch in the face the next person who tells you Grantland is any good.

    http://grantland.com/features/best-units-nfl-history/

    This loser Barnwell doesn’t mention the 91 Eagles D-line when talking about the best units in NFL history.
    That site clearly never gives Philly the proper respect in any sport.

    • southy

      Have you read some of his other stuff? He wrote a piece on the opening day Eagles-Skins game last year that might be one of my favorite articles ever.

      • MediaMike

        I’ll have to revisit, but I had to have some ill speaks with a “writer” on there who was using fabricated metrics to bash MCW as the rookie of the year and tried to claim Oladipo should have won instead.
        Infuriating! Especially because Oladipo can’t defend without fouling, but was able to cheat Temple out of a 2nd round win in the 2013 tourney by fouling Wyatt 20 times without getting called for it. .
        There is just way too much garbage writing on that site.

        • Jason

          Don’t listen to his podcast on the NFC East then. You might throw your tablet out the window

          • MediaMike

            Uh. What did he do? Pick the Giants or something like that?

  • Kev_H

    I’m not in the demo for these preseason previews and reviews. With the exception of injury news, whatever goes on with the established guys is irrelevant. I tune in to learn about the fringe guys to see if there is another Warner, Brady, Clyde Simmons, or Seth Joyner coming through.

    • Brian

      That defense with this offense… One can only dream.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        That’d be a wet one at that.

    • MagatBrackendale

      A bit of an elitist are you?

      • Kev_H

        I guess so. What’s the fun in watching a known QB in a partial game when guys normally have hot/cold stretches in full, regular games? Worse yet is thinking and reading about it as if it were relevant. I’d rather read an assessment of Villanueva, Josey or Barkley. Pre-season performance means something with them.

        • DoctorRick

          I think the reason would be to see the ones go against the other team’s ones. And twos against the twos, etc.

  • Travis Papa

    Jpp down in their preseason gm. Not good for him

  • JofreyRice

    That game looked like Oregon against Cal Poly.

  • kid

    Is it me or did Foles’s arm strength increased?

    • Pennguino

      He does have more velocity on it. Early on last season he was Bucket dropping some throws. AS the year went on he went to less arc. This year he does look like he is roping a few. Maybe that is why his accuracy is a little off. He took off the anticipation and touch a little.

  • Jerry Pomroy

    Looking at the RBs left on the roster. Behind McCoy I see three little guys (Sproles, Josey & Barner) & two bigger guys (Polk & Tucker). Let’s say they keep 4, that leaves 2 spots up for grabs with McCoy & Sproles locks. I can’t see the staff rounding out the position with 2 of the smaller guys, so I see Tucker competing with Polk for the power ‘back role. Polk really isn’t a case for himself as he’s injured yet again. So I’d guess it’s Tucker. That leaves Josey & Barner battling. I didn’t like what I saw from Josey early on but he had some tough inside runs against the Pats, which was a pleasant surprise. Barner has the familiarity with Chip, the system and some versatility. I can’t see them keeping 5, but if they did, I think it’s an easy choice to determine the odd man out as the oft-injured Polk.

    • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

      Josey has been playing so well… id be pissed if they kept barner over josey. IMO josey is the better RB for this system. he is great on the inside/outside zone runs. but barner can do KR and PR, i mean he isnt good at it but he can do it.. lol..

  • Token

    So it looks like Brown is a sure thing as NYs kicker. So that Brandon McManus will hit the street. Hasnt gotten much chance this preseason.

    McManus –
    2013 preseason……. 1 for 1 (50 yarder)….14 kickoffs with 8 touchbacks

    2014 preseason…….. 2 for 2 (46 and 47 yarders)……11 kickoffs with 10 touchbacks!

    Dustin Hopkins(buffalo) –
    2013 preseason…….. 6 for 6 (longest 39)………..14 kickoffs with 4 touchbacks :(
    2014 preseason…….. 0 for 0…………8 kickoffs with 6 TBs

    So to me it seems like the Giants kid is much more intriguing.

    Worth noting that McManus is from Philly and played at Temple.

    • MediaMike

      And even if we don’t cut Henery, we could bring McManus in for a 9 day tryout to see if we need to cut Henery prior to the start of the season.

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        other teams have crappy kickers, so still have to get him in camp. trade an OL they wont keep or stash, Eags 10th or 11th OL is probably a near starter on NYG.

    • DuckHunterSThompson

      Another deal like the Indy one, Kinne for McManus is what I’m thinking. Both players should have reasonable chances to start for their respective teams.

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        Like the idea. Trade whoever you can’t put on PS.

      • dnabrice

        The Giants aren’t keeping 2 K. Why are we trading for him again???

        • DuckHunterSThompson

          Firstly, trading bottom of the roster guys seems like a good way to ensure you get the other team’s castoffs. Secondly, did you not get the joke? I was saying Eli was so terrible that our fourth qb would compete with him for the starting job. You seem awfully confused by that given all your ??? But I didn’t think it was that complicated.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      dang, nice dig up. trade Dennis Kelly or gardner/hawkins, all run together, just give them a OL eags wont keep or stash for McM. NYG is terrible at OL.

      • Token

        Im close to being a McManus fanboy after reading about him. From Philly. Went to Temple. Supposed to have a huge leg. And accuracy seems to be doing pretty well. Learned better practice habits from Adam Vinatieri last year. If hes released the Eagles wouldnt be the only team interested. But im hoping that they are because id think hed be interested in coming here.

        I didnt realize Brown was 35. Maybe the Giants do go with the younger guy. But Brown also had a hell of a year for them last year. hmmmmm

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          you’l be an ‘anyone but Henery’ fanboy. new guy could stop by your house and kick your dog on way to Novacare and all you’d be ccaring about is his form. kidding, i’m same. time to go.
          .
          why risk it, scarey, but Henery isnt even worst kicker. did you see NYGs OL? Eli is going to get killed, and throw 30 ints if he miraculously plays 16 games.

  • Rockedupeaglesfan

    I think its funny that you guys get paid to write about this stuff and even you couldn’t stomach rewatching the 4th quarter of a preseason game.

    • MediaMike

      Imagine what the Phillies beat writers are going through right now.

  • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

    you know we are sooo deep at RB! Im rooting for Henry Joesy big time!! Kinda disapointed they gave kenjon barner carries over josey, josey has been performing well!! Some tough choices to be made.. might have to keep 4-5 RBs. lol… Lesean, sproles.. polk tucker and josey!! but then we need a KR. hell could we keep 6 RBs? lol

    • anon

      I think they know what Josey is — big play maker

    • OverreacSean Jackson, #culture

      Definitely read all of this in Charlie’s voice.

      • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

        lol.. chicken denim?

    • Jerry Pomroy

      Sproles can return kicks so Barner isn’t necessary. They do have other guys that can return kicks as well at other positions. I was pleasantly surprised with Josey. I like little backs that can hit the hole inside quick & break some loose. He seemed natural rushing inside and that’s a welcomed change over Brown constantly trying to bounce everything outside last year. Josey looks like a guy that can carry the load if there are injuries. I also think Tucker gets the nod over Polk as he’s just always injured. Tucker at 6’1″ 222lbs is your power back to compliment your little guys after Shady. I’d carry 4 RBs.

      • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

        cant forget about PR but i guess sproles can do that as well. Ima be pissed is josey is cut. And i like polk, aashame he pulled that hammy

    • A Roy

      Think that sets the record for exclamation points in a post that isn’t about Brian Urlacher. :-)

      • http://iKillRats.com/ Charlie Kelly

        URLACHERZZZZZZ!!!!!!1!!!11!!!

  • NickS, Combine Warrior

    Apparentlly making some early cuts: Boone, Cunningham, Igwenagu, Annen, Hawkins, Barton, Villanueva, Mays, Morgan, Lowe, and Dontknowhowtomurderleg

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      emil? tim had him making 53

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        That’s what McLane tweeted. Prob should have held off until something with merit came out haha.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          more of a good natured rip on tim. think we all thought that was a huge reach. heck, i didnt even emil igwenworthless was in camp

    • Token

      Kruger cut too

      • cliff h-MOAR white goons

        really? Geagle must be pouring one out. guess DL is set. Bair as 7th.

        • Token

          Yea, jake Knott cut too.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            kelly’s not playing around. that’s 3 guys who were definitely in the 53 talk in spring gone at 75.
            .
            for caseymatthews haters, that cant be a good sign.

          • Token

            If they really like Long, then I dont know that they need Matthews. Long can backup two spots. Its not like Casey does it well. And Casey doesnt live up to his ST ace reputation.

          • NickS, Combine Warrior

            I called that one. Couldn’t see Chip keeping a guy with a suspension unless he was a stud.

      • NickS, Combine Warrior

        Didn’t see that coming. Thought he would’ve seen the next round of cuts. He’ll catch on somewhere, though.

  • Token

    Chip said Barkley will start and play a lot in the last preseason game.

    Translation: We really hope someone will trade us anything for him.

    • cliff h-MOAR white goons

      4th game is worthless. dont even want to see back end roster battles, in case loser get practice squad’d.

      • Token

        I dont watch the last game. Its barely football.

        • cliff h-MOAR white goons

          obviously no starters, but Sproles is out, Jordsus isnt going to play much. worst news is Nate Allen is getting rest. guess he won that comp going away. i didnt see anything from him that makes me happy about that.

          • Token

            Thats more of a bad sign for Wolff. I have to believe they wanted Wolff to win that job. I dont think you go into year 3 with much expectations for Wolff at this point. They really have to do better next year. Nate Allen again. A guy that was going to be out of football if they Eagles didnt call him back. Crazy.

          • cliff h-MOAR white goons

            think Allen got some distance when Wolff got knicked up in camp. looked to me like Wolff played much better last 2 games, but trust level is just too great with Allen. he cant hope to do half the athletic plays Wolff can, but coaches know where he’ll be.
            .
            we’ll see, Wolff is still s young, and raw. never know if and when light goes on.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            It’s also possible they look at moving Watkins to Safety. I was quite surprised he didn’t flash more given his speed & ability to close quickly. Not that I expected much early but I was hopeful his quickness would stand out.

  • cliff h-MOAR white goons

    14 now, Bamiro experiment is over. worth a shot, bring in 3 UDFA hope 1 pops, like Tobin.

  • paul from nc

    “Foles overthrew Sproles, on a wheel route”
    Looking at the picture up top, it’s easy to see why.