Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles faced an NFL first defense for the first time in his career on Monday night and if he was nervous about it he certainly didn’t let on.
In the 27-10 victory by the Eagles over the Browns, Foles finished the first half 12/19 for 146 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception for a 99.9 passer rating. At one point it appeared that Foles had scored his third touchdown in under 6 minutes but the long haul to fellow rookie Damaris Johnson just missed being a score, as Johnson failed to get his second foot in the endzone.
For those keeping count, that’s 6 touchdowns in 3 preseason games for Foles, the most of any QB in the league.
Trent Edwards did his part to make the battle for backup QB even more interesting with an impressive showing in the second half. The former Bills starter went 14/17 for 127 yards with 1 touchdown for a whopping 117.4 rating. Edwards had luck on his side, as his first pass in the game was a pick six that was wiped out because of a personal foul. Andy Reid of the veteran, “He’s done well for himself in my eyes. He’s played well today.”
Things are going to get very interesting.
At left tackle, Reid said postgame that Dunlap is ahead of Bell at left tackle at the moment but said that Bell did some good things. Bell was beaten on a play in the first quarter that resulted in LeSean McCoy getting a loss.
Brent Celek, Dion Lewis and Brett Brackett all got touchdowns in Friday night’s game. A notable stat for the Eagles offense: They were 3/4 in the red zone.
Special teams did some great things this game, including a blocked punt by Keenan Clayton that was recovered by Curtis Marsh. In the not-so-great column was a missed 41-yard field goal by Alex Henery.
The first team defense was lackluster at times but made some impressive plays at critical times in creating turnovers. Derek Landri forced a fumble that was recovered by Fletcher Cox. In other action on the D, Phillip Hunt once again proved why he needs to be on this team and Brandon Graham intensified his “I’m no bust” campaign with 1.5 sacks. Landri also had a sack as did Frank Trotter. While the Browns still had their starters in the game the Eagles second team was dominant, which is exactly what you want to see.
If there is was a theme of the night, it was the strong play by the rookies. We’ve already talked about Foles, who continues to be the story of this preseason. At running back Bryce Brown got the most playing time of the rookies but Polk impressed when he came in. The Birds won’t keep four running backs on their final roster but they have a a really tough decision to make. Brown had 18 yards on 7 carries and Polk had 39 yards with 6 touches.
Wideout Damaris Johnson has all but assured himself a spot on the team with another great game – 58 yards on 2 catches, the longest being 45 yards. Brandon Boykin broke up some passes at critical times and Cliff Harris got an INT. Mychal Kendricks once again looked great and is improving each game, exactly what you want to see from your young guys.
The Eagles are now 3-0 in preseason action and face the Jets in the final preseason game on Thursday at the Linc.
15 men on the Eagles roster will played their last action in an Eagles uniform tonight, as the Birds must get their roster to 75 come Monday.