by Roxana Herrera // @rxnlzbth
Yes, yes, I know it’s “only” preseason, but the way the defense played last night reminded me of the way they played in the Super Bowl – they let Patriots’ QB Tom Brady get away with the short pass plays and let them gain 5+ yards. Fortunately, Philadelphia Eagles won’t play them this season, but the defense needs to clean that up before the regular season begins.
Eagles can go 0-4 these next two games, it won’t mean they aren’t ready for the 2018 season. I think head coach Doug Pederson is working out the kinks and being his usual conservative self, while (starting?) quarterback Carson Wentz is still healing from his torn ACL and waiting to hear when he can start playing 11-on-11.
Until then, (backup?) QB Nick Foles is preparing himself just in case. Foles sat out the first preseason game with back pains, but played the first half against the Patriots and finished 3-of-9 with 44 yards and one turnover. He suffered a shoulder injury sometime in the first half.
After the game, Foles said he felt “pretty good” but told reporters he will undergo tests on his shoulder today.
Despite the fact that he said he feels “pretty good”, Eagles’ QB Nick Foles told reporters he will undergo tests on his shoulder Friday.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 17, 2018
Meanwhile, third-string QB Nate Sudfeld had himself a game! He threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns. In last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sudfeld had two touchdowns (with a couple of interceptions, but nobody’s perfect) and I know coach Pederson and company are looking to see if Sudfeld is a good successor to both the starting quarterbacks.
I believe Sudefeld is shaping up to be a worthy back up. He’s looking more comfortable in the pocket while picking up happy feet from Wentz.
Overall, it was an ugly game, and scary at times, but what was frustrating to watch was how flag-happy the refs were. Maybe this was already reported on but this is the first game I was able to sit down and watch and I noticed that this new rule for tackling is going to be a controversial call for this season.
Eagles got flagged a few times even though it looked like a legal hit. How the referees choose to make the call is still up for debate but it’s definitely something to look out for, and maybe one that will be overturned during the offseason if it ends up affecting the game (which, I think it will).
Next up, Eagles will travel to Cleveland for the third preseason game. I personally think the starters should rest, but In Pederson We Trust.
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