Preseason is in full swing as the Philadelphia Eagles are preparing for their preseason game on Monday night against the New England Patriots. Usually the third preseason game is the dress rehearsal, but the Eagles opponent that week is the same as their opponent on the first week of the regular season. The starters are expected to play anywhere from two to three quarters against New England.
The first preseason game isn't a very telling one. The starters usually only play a series or two and the coaching staff usually doesn't game plan a whole lot. They want to keep things simple and see what all 90 players can do in a live game situation.
The beauty of the first preseason game is that we only see the starters, most of which we already have a good read on, for a few plays, while the other players that we haven't seen much of, for the most part, play the rest of the way. That means we get a better sense of what the Vinny Curry's and Nick Foles of the world can do.
Overall it's been a pretty solid start to the season for the Eagles. The starters looked rusty, but we already know what they can do. It was the backups who really impressed. That shows just how much depth there is on this roster across the board.
Here is a report card on all the positional units and a breakdown of their performances up to this point in training camp as well as the first preseason game.