It’s August, which means we’re almost there. It’s almost fall. And around these parts, fall equals football.
Sure, it’s preseason. But preseason always means we’re that much closer to the real thing. The games hold little meaning, other than our first real peeks into the talent of the new members of the team. As these glimpses make or break the futures of players as well as teams, it does hold import.
Still, Kelly himself doesn’t put much weight on August’s games. Continue reading ‘Today, there will be Eagles football.’
The Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Chicago Bears in their preseason debut on Friday night, 34-28. The ones showed a lot of rust, with Nick Foles throwing two interceptions in the first quarter and the offense racking up 8 penalties for 79 yards. But there was some good, including on special teams with Josh Huff’s 102-yard kickoff return touchdown. Here’s a look at some of the best post-game discussion and dissection from the weekend:
A good rundown of what stood out–for better or for worse–from 2014 Eagles preseason game #1 – CSNPhilly Continue reading ‘Morning Muse: The Philadelphia Eagles player with the most buzz following the first preseason game is…’
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It all starts tonight. Philadelphia Eagles football, at Chicago’s Soldier Field against the Bears. The start of the preseason separates the rabid football faithful from the more faint at heart. If you get excited about Eagles preseason football, then tonight brings the most exciting start to a weekend in many, many months.
Sure, the game doesn’t mean anything about the 2014 regular season. It doesn’t tell us how the Eagles will finish in the NFC East. But it’s something. We won’t see them for long, but Chip Kelly tells us that we’ll see the starters for about 10-15 snaps. Better than nothing, but close to it. What we will get to see is the Birds’ rookies in NFL game action for the very first team. Now that’s something to look forward to. Continue reading ‘Rookies to revel in tonight’s Philadelphia Eagles preseason game against the Chicago Bears’
Left tackle Demetress Bell was signed this offseason to stand in for Pro Bowler Jason Peters after he went down with an offseason Achilles injury. The success of the offensive line is critical for ensuring success for the Philadelphia Eagles this season, and after just one preseason game the Birds decided that change was needed.
During Saturday’s walk through, the towering King Dunlap (6’9, 330) was given the thumbs up to take the starting left tackle position in practice. Tim McManus reports that neither Bell nor Dunlap received an explanation as to the change.
Bell took the news in stride, saying
“No it’s not surprising. It is what it is. If that’s what the coaches say then that’s what it is. It’s not my job to sit there and coach. It’s my job to just play.”
Bell played only 6 snaps in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Steelers but had an unimpressive outing. In fact, he may have been a key reason why Vick injured his thumb. Sheil Kapadia outlined in Birds 24/7 what happened during the play.
Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles: King Dunlap overtakes Demetress Bell at LT’
Against the backdrop of tragedy, the Philadelphia Eagles have still found a way to maintain focus on the task at hand: playing football and preparing for Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While many fans scoff at preseason action, it’s a critical tool for the Birds to evaluate exactly who makes it to the 53-man roster at the start of the regular season. It’s a big deal to players as well.
While we’ll only see a glimpse of the starters, it will be our first look in game action at critical additions to the team like middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
And Ryans couldn’t be more excited to make his debut in green. He expressed what many players must be feeling right now. The intense training with teammates is needed, but it’s time to go against someone else. Continue reading ‘DeMeco Ryans on the preseason: ‘It’s time to start hitting someone with a different colored jersey’’