That's one preseason game down, three to go. So which Philadelphia Eagles' players are not making the most of their opportunities?
As with any training camp, there are standouts and there are those players who can only make impressions of the negative variety. The standouts have been reported on and discussed about to death, but perhaps it is time to focus on players whose training camps have been less than ideal.
So, to the following players: If you are reading this, then it is highly advised that you step up your game.
Of all the players at training camp, Jaiquawn Jarrett has been perhaps the biggest disappointment. The second-year safety has had only one standout day at training camp, with the rest either being unremarkable or simply bad.
The first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers did nothing to alleviate any concerns, either. He continually seemed lost in the system and took bad angles when trying to tackle.
Many had hoped that his rookie-season struggles were a by-product of the shortened offseason, but he still continues to struggle as a second-year player. At this point, it may not be too early to consider this former second-round pick a bust. Unless the light switch miraculously turns on, it appears as though Jarrett may not make it beyond this season. If that.
At the beginning of camp, Mike Kafka seemed to have a stranglehold on the backup quarterback position. But a broken thumb during the first preseason game has sidelined him for a few weeks, and he is now quickly losing ground to rookie Nick Foles.
During his time in the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kafka showed some promise but he also seemed somewhat uncomfortable. He made a couple of poor throws and bad decisions, which isn't something you want to see from a player who will likely start a few games this year.
In the meantime, Foles showed plenty of promise in his NFL debut. What he did out on the field shouldn't be over-exaggerated considering he was playing against third-stringers, but at the very least he showed promise.
Kafka needs to heal quickly and come back strong if he wants to hold off Foles for the backup QB position.
Despite earning high praise from offensive line coach Howard Mudd at the beginning of camp, Demetress Bell saw his stock take a bit of hit following the Eagles' first preseason game.
While he did start, he appeared lost and incapable of getting to the second level to block. His poor outing has put him in the doghouse for now, as Mudd now has career backup King Dunlap getting all the first-team reps at practice while Bell has been demoted to second string. Not good for someone who was touted as a serviceable replacement to Jason Peters.
Fortunately, fans can rest easy knowing that the entire offensive line struggled early last season learning Mudd's scheme, and this may simply be Bell going through the same growing pains. With some more experience in the system, he should eventually emerge as this season's answer at left tackle.
However, he will need to make significant improvements if fans and the team are to feel confident in having him in the starting lineup.
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