4 Biggest Eagles Storylines Entering Preseason Week 3
Despite the absence of a fun quarterback controversy like in 2013, the Eagles have had a pretty intriguing preseason so far. Unlikely heroes have emerged, from rookies to veterans, and it'll be exciting to see how these players look if given regular-season minutes.
After a rocky Week 1, the second Eagles preseason game was slightly better in some ways. Nick Foles looked sharper and more confident. The defense, however, looked porous and without depth.
What will Eagles fans be watching in Week 3? Here are the four biggest storylines entering the game.
1. Can Nick Foles Continue to Shake off Rust?
After a very poor Week 1 in the preseason, where Foles threw two interceptions, he looked sharp against the Patriots in Week 2. He completed eight out of 10 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown to no interceptions.
He will have a greater challenge going against the Steelers defense, which was ranked in the top 15 in yards allowed in 2013. Can Foles continue to show that he is in regular-season form?
It's unclear how many minutes Foles will get, but it could be his last shot to get warmed up before the season starts.
2. Will Mark Sanchez Continue to Impress?
Mark Sanchez has had a fantastic preseason so far. Through two preseason games, he has gone 18-of-22 for 196 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
He has thrown the ball accurately and with zip. He also has shown impressive pocket awareness.
Sanchez has likely all but locked down the backup quarterback position on the roster. Is it possible, however, that a team will show interest in Sanchez with a strong Week 3 performance? Only time will tell.
3. Can Jordan Matthews Have Another Big Game?
Jordan Matthews has had a spectacular training camp so far according to Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski. During Week 2 of the preseason, he also dominated in a game setting.
He was clearly the most dominant receiver on the field, nabbing nine receptions for 104 yards. Matthews is clearly a phenomenal talent and could have a very promising career ahead of him.
In Week 3, against a better defense, Matthews will look to prove his last game wasn't a fluke. It's likely that Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper will still start, but if Matthews has another dominant performance, he will have to at least be part of the conversation.
4. Will Ifeanyi Momah Show Improvement?
From my personal observation at Eagles training camp, Ifeanyi Momah has looked more fluid and comfortable this offseason compared to the last. Unfortunately, it has not translated entirely onto the field during the preseason.
While Momah's route running has improved tremendously, he has struggled greatly with his hands. He hauled in three passes for just 28 yards against the Patriots. Most notably, he had a touchdown pass bounce off of his hands in the end zone, which was luckily nabbed in the air by Arrelious Benn.
Momah will need to show drastic improvement in Week 3. If not, he will once again be left off of the Eagles roster.