Philadelphia Eagles' Biggest Preseason Disappointments So Far
The coaching staff is almost all completely new, the offense will be led by veteran Michael Vick and the defense is going to run a 3-4 formation.
But the Eagles still have almost half of their players to cut before the 53-man roster has been created. Like all preseasons, this one has had more than its fair share of surprises and disappointments.
The following slides will just focus on the negatives; that is, five players who disappointed throughout training camp. They are in no particular order.
1. Matt Barkley, Quarterback
The Eagles' fourth-round pick was given an opportunity to win the starting quarterback battle by new head coach Chip Kelly, who declared the race an open competition when he was hired.
Barkley never even really put up a fight.
In his defense, he never really got an opportunity with the first-team offense during training camp. But he didn't exactly light it up with third-string offenses during limited action. He was mediocre at best in his two preseason outings, completing 19 of 36 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown.
He'll enter the season as the third quarterback, as the Eagles have made it clear that they will not be trading Foles. Barkley still has a potentially long career, but he won't be the Week 1 starter, as I had predicted upon him being drafted in April.
2. Felix Jones, Running Back
He was expected to compete for the backup running back spot with last year's rookie Bryce Brown. Instead, he was beat out for the third spot at running back by Chris Polk.
Odds are high that Felix Jones won't even make the roster this year, which could signal the end of his disappointing career.
3. Ifeanyi Momah, Wide Receiver
One of the most popular players at the beginning of training camp, rookie wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah will not make the 53-man roster for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philly Mag's Sheil Kapadia summed it up by saying that Momah just isn't ready.
The 6'7" receiver with blazing speed did not record a single reception during the first two preseason games. He was thrown at twice in the first game but did not earn a single target in the second game, a home win against Carolina.
He's a potential practice squad player, but it's difficult to see him having much of a future in the NFL.
4. Cary Williams, Cornerback
Signed from the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Cary Williams has done everything to distance himself from the fanbase.
He missed several days of OTA practices with excuses that didn't cut it with the hardcore Philly fans. He said that he doesn't care what fans think. He also has been nursing a sore hamstring throughout training camp, which caused him to miss the first preseason game against the New England Patriots. And he didn't play well against Carolina last week.
He will still probably be a starting cornerback, but he's been a major disappointment thus far. All could be forgotten if he plays well this year.
5. Kenny Phillips, Safety
Kenny Phillips has probably been the most disappointing player for the Eagles this preseason.
The former first-round draft pick for the New York Giants has struggled through his first five years. When he's healthy, he's a stud. But he's had injury issues, which led to the Giants allowing him to walk following the 2012 season.
If he is healthy, he'll make the team and be a Week 1 starter. But it likely won't happen, which is a shame for an Eagles team that desperately needs safety help.
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