6 Lessons Learned from Philadelphia Eagles' Preseason Action
Well, they're not perfect. They're far from perfect. But, the Philadelphia Eagles preseason record shows perfection.
4-0 in the preseason isn't anything to brag about, and it doesn't mean your team will run the table and finish 23-0 with a Super Bowl victory. But, it does show a bit of depth and talent on the roster.
The preseason isn't always about wins and losses, it's about finding out who can play and what type of team you're going to be. The Eagles showed a lot of the weaknesses that plagued them last year, but they also showed some positive signs.
With the regular season starting on Sunday, here is what we know about the Eagles after the preseason.
Michael Vick's Health Is a Major Concern
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This has to be the number one concern for the Eagles heading into the regular season. Michael Vick got injured in each of the Eagles first two preseason games, the second injury creating more of a cause for concern than the first.
If Vick continues to leave himself susceptible to big hits than he will not last the season, no matter what the maker of his flak jacket says.
Instead of trying to make the 50-yard completion down the field, Vick needs to throw the ball away before taking potentially season-ending hits.
The Eagles will go as Vick goes this season, and if he gets hurt, then they will be in a lot of trouble.
Nick Foles Can Be a Reliable Second String QB
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The Eagles used their third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft to take Nick Foles from Arizona, hoping that he could be the man to step in if/when Michael Vick got injured.
During the preseason, Foles looked strong, tying for the league lead with six passing touchdowns. He showed off his strong arm and had an impressive completion percentage.
If Vick were to go down this year, Foles could potentially step in and take Vick's job permanently.
The Offensive Line Will Be a Concern
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Oh, Jason Peters, you will be missed.
Without Peters at left tackle, King Dunlap will be starting along with Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Danny Watkins and Todd Herremans. This won't be the worst line in the league, but when you look at the depth, it isn't anything to feel good about.
Free-agent signing Demetress Bell was supposed to start at left tackle, but instead he'll be coming off the bench along with Dallas Reynolds, Nate Menkin and Dennis Kelly.
If the Eagles' number one concern is keeping Vick healthy, then their number two concern has to be the offensive line, because a weak offensive line means Vick will have to run.
And when Vick has to run, there is a good chance he'll get hurt.
There Is a Lot of Depth at Running Back
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LeSean McCoy has some help in the backfield. In fact, he has a lot of help in the backfield.
Shady will obviously be the No. 1 back for the Eagles, but when he needs a breather, the offense can still run the ball with Dion Lewis or one of the rookies: Bryce Brown and Chris Polk.
All four Eagles' backs have looked strong and having this depth will take the pressure off of McCoy.
The Defensive Line Will Be Dominant
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The Eagles are absolutely loaded on the defensive line.
Even without Jason Babin, the Eagles' line was suffocating in the preseason. Cullen Jenkins and Trent Cole have been solid, and Derek Landri turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
Fletcher Cox appears to be NFL-ready, and Phillip Hunt as well as Brandon Graham can be extremely productive off the bench.
Quarterbacks will have cause for concern when they go up against an Eagles' line that led the league in sacks in the preseason.
Mychal Kendricks Is the Real Deal
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Mychal Kendricks was the second player taken by the Eagles in the NFL Draft, and he has been extremely impressive in the preseason so far.
Kendricks uses his speed to his advantage, covering the whole field while starting at strong-side linebacker.
The Eagles' run defense was a huge concern last year, and adding Kendricks will definitely help the defense improve in that area.
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