With a 24-10 preseason victory, the Philadelphia Eagles are heading back to Philly with quite a lot to think about.
The QB headache situation
The Eagles didn’t sign a quarterback last week after the Nate Sudfeld injury, but now they don’t have a choice. Cody Kessler is in Since the Eagles are reluctant to play Carson Wentz this preseason, they must sign someone to back up third string rookie QB, Clayton Thorson.
There’s not really much being said about who it might be, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they managed to find an over-the-hill veteran to hold down the backup spot for now.
Third time’s a charm?
After two years of failing to make the team out of training camp, Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward Jr. moves one step closer to a roster spot with a very impressive preseason showing.
Ward easily beat safety C.J. Reavis for a 38-yard touchdown pass. He actually had to come back for ball since it was underthrown and was then able to make a few highlight-worthy moves on his way to the end-zone.
It’s still too early to say whether or not Ward will get the nod, but he has made a solid case for himself since training camp. It will also come down to how many receivers the Eagles choose to keep, and whether or not Ward can also make an impact on special teams.
Jordan Mailata played his best game as a pro on Thursday night vs the Jags. Yes, he had issues with pass protection during the first preseason game, but Mailata definitely redeemed himself by playing the entire game without giving up one single sack.
The Eagles front office love his size, speed and natural abilities… but he needs to consistently show he belongs if he wants to make the 53-man roster
Run, Philly, RUN!
The most important takeaway from this game falls on the Eagles run game.
In recent years, the Birds have lacked a formidable ground game to complement Wentz, but 2019 may be different. If Thursday’s preseason game was any indication of what may await us, Philly seems to have a solid group of running backs who are extremely versatile.
Wendell Smallwood looked good, Josh Adams scored a touchdown and the rookie back, Miles Sanders showed us why so many experts view him as the most talented back on the team. Also, with Jordan Howard getting his share of carries this year, this group of RB’s should be dynamic enough to become a force in the NFC.