Philadelphia Eagles Ready to Contend Despite Subpar Preseason

Lindsay MooreCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  Wide receiver DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC championship game on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Okay, Eagles fans, let's all collectively take a deep breath.

Feel better?  

I know we can be a passionate bunch, but the preseason is no reason to get tied in a knot. The Lions went undefeated last preseason for goodness sake. It means nothing.

Injury has been a dirty word for those who reside in Philly, as it seems whenever I turn my head I am reading about another Eagle going down.

It's still going to be okay.


Points worth mentioning.

  • DeSean Jackson has looked amazing as of late, and his touchdown catch against the Colts was flawless. As we have been reading since the beginning of camp, no one can cover him. He is going to be an impressive receiver lined up for another breakout year.
  • LeSean McCoy seems to look as good as everyone says. It is very encouraging to see how similar he is to Westbrook. It's great to have another rushing, receiving, and blocking threat on the team.
  • The O-line has huge potential, although there is a huge question mark hanging over them, as injuries have taken its toll on one of our perceived strengths entering this season.
  • On defense, the loss of Stewart Bradley was a shot to the heart. Andy Reid seems to have faith in Joe Mays and Omar Gaither, although certainly neither will be Bradley.
  • Jeremy Maclin has been less than impressive after his holdout. In my opinion, Demps should stay in his slot as kick returner until Maclin has had some time to adjust. It is definitely not a position in need.
  • Whether I'd like to admit it or not, the potential contribution of Michael Vick will be an important factor for this team. He could play in his first game this Thursday.
I think my real point here, is there is no way to know where the season is going judging strictly from the preseason. Granted, we have all gotten glimpses of what could be, and it's nice to see the rookies in action. 
But these games don't count for a reason.  
The Eagles are testing the waters. The real show will come the day they line up against Carolina. And until that day, try and stay calm and enjoy all of those ASPCA commercials they seem to be playing often on ESPN.