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With most starters sitting on Thursday night at the Linc, the Eagles topped the New York Jets, 14-6, to wrap up their preseason with a perfect 4-0 record.
Of course, the preseason record is in no way an indicator of regular-season success. The 2008 Lions infamously went 0-16 after winning all four of their preseason games that year. The Eagles last went undefeated in the preseason in 2012, then promptly finished that year with a 4-12 record and a fired coach.
The Eagles kick off the regular season in 10 days at the Linc.
With Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz sitting on Thursday night, the quarterback duties belonged to Chase Daniel and McLeod Bethel-Thompson. WILL linebacker Mychal Kendricks was the only starter to play.
The Daniel report
Not a great outing for the Eagles’ $7 million backup quarterback. Daniel went 14 for 22 for 131 yards and two interceptions and a passer rating of 42.0 (see 10 observations).
The Eagles’ best offensive drive of the first half was an eight-play drive that went 64 yards before Daniel threw a ball directly at a linebacker that was tipped and intercepted. It looked like he simply didn’t see the linebacker. The second interception came when there was a big rush up the gut. Daniel tried to get rid of the ball but threw it directly at Taiwan Jones. Daniel’s arm strength didn’t look great on Thursday.
With the normal starters not playing, the O-line to begin the game was (from left to right): Matt Tobin, Josh Andrews, Barrett Jones, Darrell Greene, Halapoulivaati Vaitai. The line gave up just one sack, but allowed Daniel to get hit a few times. Greene, whom the Eagles reportedly paid a lot to sign with the team, really struggled. The Eagles had just three rushing yards in the first half.
Dorial-Green Beckham didn’t play very long on Thursday night, but had back-to-back catches of 16 and 15 yards on that 64-yard drive. Solid performance from him.
How can the Eagles possibly justify not keeping Paul Turner on the roster at this point? The undrafted rookie from Louisiana Tech has been the team’s most consistent receiver all preseason. He kept it up on Thursday with six catches for 66 yards and added in a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown. He’s gotta make the 53-man roster, right?
Deciphering the defensive end battle
If Steven Means doesn’t make the Eagles’ roster, he’ll be on a different roster. He’s been playing at such a high level this preseason. The Jets’ offensive line was no match for Means on Thursday night. Marcus Smith played well early, too, with two big tackles for loss. Perhaps there will be room for both of them on the roster (see story).
Ed Reynolds is probably still behind Jaylen Watkins in the safety battle, but his 90-yard interception return for a touchdown on a Christian Hackenberg pass didn't hurt. Reynolds almost had another one in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t haul it in.
JaCorey Shepherd, a rookie last year, played in his first NFL game on Thursday night and was burnt for a 44-yard touchdown by former Temple star Robby Anderson. Shepherd just hasn’t looked like the same guy we saw during last year’s training camp.
An interesting development on Thursday was that right tackle Lane Johnson, who was expected to play some, didn’t play at all. Johnson is expecting a 10-game PED suspension, but it hasn’t been handed down yet, so it appears the Eagles are starting to prepare for him to be available in the opener (see story).
Doug Pederson said during the week that Johnson will start at right tackle in the opener if he’s available.
It looked like every Eagle stood during the pregame national anthem on Thursday night. Rookie Myke Tavarres originally told ESPN he was planning on protesting by sitting during the anthem, but changed his mind. He didn’t change it back.
Tight end M.J. McFarland left the game early with a knee injury and did not return.
Several players didn’t play on Thursday but are expected to be ready for the opener. Vinny Curry (knee), Taylor Hart (knee, ankle), Isaac Seumalo (pec) and Carson Wentz (ribs) are expected back by the opener. Rookie running back Wendell Smallwood is still in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
The Eagles must cut the roster from 75 to 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday. After that, it’s time to prepare for the regular-season opener at the Linc on Sept. 11 against the Browns.