On Thursday night, the Eagles took on the Cleveland Browns on the shore of Lake Erie. It was a frustrating game for the Eagles, who, at times, looked completely lost on the field. With the final score being 5-0 in the favor of the Browns, it was a hard pill to swallow. Here’s a few takeaways from this game:
1. What’s up with Nick Foles?
Seriously. For the whole first half, the starters were playing, and Nick Foles looked like a deer in headlights on the field. He finished the game with 127 yds, 2 INTs, and a fumble that resulted in a safety. He never settled down like we’ve seen him do in the past. Doug Pederson, upon returning from halftime and asked if Foles would return to the game, said, “No, I’ve seen enough.” Here’s to hoping that he shakes off whatever rust has come over him.
2. Cameron Johnston eliminated any doubt that he should be the punter.
While it may seem like a foolish thing to comment on, however, Johnston showed time and time again that he deserves the starting punter job. He would consistently pin the Browns deep in their own territory with punts that would make the job of the Eagles defense so much easier.
3. DeAndre Carter showed out.
For a player who was not on many people’s radars coming into this game, Carter turned heads with his performance. He finished the game with 4 catches for 73 yds. While he still might be a long shot to make the roster, he could stick on the practice squad.
4. Josh Adams looked good.
While he wasn’t on the field for very long, he showed toughness and quickness while on the field. In the fourth quarter, with the Eagles pinned deep in their own territory, he powered through the defense and got the Birds some much needed breathing room. With Matt Jones fumbling when he got the ball in the first half, Adams got the upper hand in the competition for the 4th running back spot. Look for him to be this year’s Corey Clement.
5. Avonte Maddox is for real.
Had it not been for a late tackle, Maddox would’ve had a pick six of Baker Mayfield. Maddox, a fourth-round rookie, has looked the part of a quality slot corner this offseason for the Eagles. For years, the Secondary has been the biggest point of weakness for this team, however, with Maddox as well as Sidney Jones to go along with their current secondary, the Eagles are looking to have one of the best and most talented secondaries in the NFL.
6. Jordan Hicks is BACK.
One of the best players for the Eagles, as well as the leader of the defense, Hicks proved to be the same player pre-Achilles injury last season. He finished the night with two tackles and one sack. With depth at the linebacker position thin, the return of the Eagles’ best LB is a welcome one.
7. The defense does look good.
While the Eagles still lost the game, the fact that the defense only gave up 5 points in the whole game is a great sign. The Browns have Jarvis Landry, David Njoku, Carlos Hyde, and Rashard Higgins, the fact that they didn’t allow a touchdown for the entire game is a great sign as to what to expect from Jim Schwartz’s defense this season.
While this game was very, very hard to watch, it is just the preseason. Let’s just hope that the Birds are getting all of the kinks out of their system before the season starts. Next week, the Birds wrap up the preseason against Sam Darnold and the Jets.
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Luke is a native of Langhorne, PA. He is a diehard Philly fan and is a graduate of George Mason University.