Winners and Losers from Week 2 of Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp
The first victory of the Chip Kelly era came as the Philadelphia Eagles narrowly defeated the Carolina Panthers by a 14-9 score in Thursday's preseason game. The Eagles' second preseason game improved their record to 1-1.
Just three weeks away from the start of the 2013 season, the most important battle, the one for the job of starting quarterback, continues. Both Michael Vick and Nick Foles had their opportunity to shine against their NFC South foes.
The following slides will highlight eight different players whose stock either rose or fell from their performance in the second week of camp, notably Thursday's preseason game.
1. Michael Vick, Quarterback: Up
Michael Vick almost couldn't have played better in his second preseason game. The veteran completed nine of 10 passes for 105 yards. He tossed an interception on a deep pass on the final play of the first half, but a desperation heave almost shouldn't count against him in the quarterback competition.
The Eagles scored a touchdown during Vick's shortened appearance for the second straight week. He's also made it through parts of two preseason games without suffering an injury.
2. Nick Foles, Quarterback: Down
Nick Foles played well for the second straight preseason game. And for the second straight game, he didn't play as well as Michael Vick.
Foles completed six of eight passes for 53 yards, but he also threw a costly interception in the end zone, killing an Eagles drive in the first quarter.
He did add an impressive touchdown run, but as the only one of the quarterbacks to commit a meaningful turnover, his stock took a hit in the quarterback battle.
Many columnists are calling for Vick to be named the starter now, even with a few weeks until the start of the season.
3. Matt Barkley, Quarterback: Down
The rookie quarterback for the Eagles entered Thursday's preseason game with perhaps a 1 percent chance of earning the starting quarterback job. He's now basically at zero percent, as he's been stuck on third-string units throughout almost all of his short tenure with the Eagles.
Barkley was again average in his preseason showing, completing eight of 14 passes for 72 yards. That's barely five yards per attempt without an offensive score.
In my opinion, Barkley is a virtual lock to enter the season as the third quarterback on the depth chart.
4. LeSean McCoy, Running Back: Up
The veteran running back looked like a star against the Panthers, carrying eight times for 47 yards and a touchdown. That's almost six yards per carry.
McCoy also grabbed three catches for 16 yards.
He looked elusive and dangerous, reminiscent of the player who scored a franchise-record 20 touchdowns during the 2011 season.
5. Ifeanyi Momah, Wide Receiver: Down
Ifeanyi Momah was one of the fan favorites during the first few weeks of training camp. The 6'7" rookie receiver with blazing speed immediately became a dark horse to make the final roster despite barely playing football over the past two seasons.
But he's been virtually invisible through his first two preseason games. He doesn't have a catch and has been targeted just twice (both in the first game).
The best he can hope for right now is a chance to earn a spot on the practice squad.
6. Run Defense: Up
Perhaps the sky isn't falling for the Eagles' defense after all. They did allow 248 rushing yards on eight yards per carry but the run defense performed admirably against the Carolina Panthers.
Panthers' starter DeAngelo Williams carried 12 times for just 39 yards, a 3.3 yards per carry average.
Combined, Carolina's team ran the ball 25 times for just 74 yards. That's slightly fewer than three yards per rush.
That's a major improvement for Philly's run defense. Let's hope it lasts.
7. Pass Defense: Up
It wasn't just the Eagles' run defense that performed so well on Thursday night. Philly was exceptional against the pass as well.
They held a trio of Carolina quarterbacks to just 204 yards passing and no touchdowns. Specifically, they made Cam Newton look merely average, as the former No. 1 overall draft pick completed eight of 17 passes for 112 yards and no scores.
Veterans Derek Anderson and Jimmy Clausen were no better.
8. Brandon Boykin, Cornerback: Up
Brandon Boykin looked like a stud against the Panthers, both on defense and as a returner.
He knocked down a pair of passes on defense, coming close to intercepting one (or both) of the errant throws. He also added a sensational 41-yard return on a kickoff, the longest play of the night by a player on either team.