The first-team offense and defense had a performance in the preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers that they would rather forget. Very few starters for the Philadelphia Eagles did a lot to impress, but we are still very early in the preseason. The starters will get more snaps in the second preseason game on August 20th and should be able to pick their game up against a much less physical team in the New England Patriots.
As unimpressive as most of the first-team unit was, the backups played great for the most part. Of course they did it against second-, third- and fourth-stringers, but they were impressive nonetheless. Some less-than-stellar play from a couple starters and some encouraging play from some of the backups really open the door in the training-camp position battles.
Players like Mike Kafka, Demetress Bell and Mat McBriar did a lot to hurt themselves while Nick Foles, King Dunlap and Chas Henry put themselves in a great position to steal a roster spot in the final week of training camp and the final three weeks of the preseason.