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Eagles/Browns Game Recap: Foles Struggles Again

The first team Eagles offense struggled to get in a rhythm again. Nick Foles does not look like the same guy from the Super Bowl and isn’t sharp in back to back games. Is it rust or has Foles come back down to Earth? The Eagles first team defense played well in the first half, limiting the Browns to a field goal while they were on the field. This included an impressive goal-line stand at the end of the first quarter. The fourth string running back battle heats up and more as the Eagles disappoint in a 5-0 loss to the Browns.

Likes

Wendell Smallwood – Smallwood certainly helped himself out Thursday night by starting the game and rushing the ball 12 times for 53 yards. It is almost certain that the Eagles believe that it is his job to lose as he got the bulk of the looks. Josh Adams did well with his opportunities by carrying the ball 4 times for 33 yards but he might be on the outside looking in. Matt Jones got the majority of the snaps at running back at the end of the game over Josh Adams as it is possible Adams was still nursing his injury.

DeAndre Carter-Who? That’s right, DeAndre Carter may have proved that he can make big plays, both at wide receiver and in the return game. Carter hauled in 4 passes for 73 yards and also had a nice 29-yard punt return in the 3rd quarter. Carter impresses with his route running, vision, and sneaky acceleration. If he can play well in the final preseason tuneup next week, he could sneak onto the roster. Or he will be the next Paul Turner.

Defensive Line- Once again, the Eagles defensive line was in the face of the Browns QB’s all night. The front unit tallied 3 of the 4 sacks by the defense and continuously got in the face of Tyrod Taylor and Baker Mayfield throughout the night. Fletcher Cox, Haloti Ngata, and Steven Means collected a sack. It is no doubt this unit will continue to be a force throughout the 2018 season.

This Interception From Avonte Maddox– No description needed, but look at that burst!

Dislikes

Nick Foles – Nick Foles looked rusty again against the Browns, going 13/17 with 0 TDs and 2 INTs. Although efficient, Foles made multiple poor decisions during the game that led to turnovers. Foles held onto the ball too long in a collapsing pocket that led to a fumble in the 1st quarter, threw a lame duck interception in the 2nd quarter, and made an inexcusable decision in the red zone that led to his second interception at the end of the first half. Both the Eagles and the fans of Philadelphia are hoping that Carson Wentz is ready for week 1. If tonight’s preseason game is any indication of Foles’ form, it could be a long game against the Falcons if Wentz isn’t healthy.

Hal Vaitai- Yikes, another terrible game by Big V. It is almost hard to believe this is the same guy that started at LT for the Birds in Super Bowl 52. He continually gets pushed back and overpowered on every drop back, granted he was going against last year’s #1 overall pick Myles Garrett. It is starting to get to the point where its questionable if Vaitai even makes the team. If a backup Tackle comes onto the market after final cuts, the Eagles will be calling, and Vaitai might be packing his bags.

Matt Jones- It is obvious that the same three guys who struggled the most last week struggled again this week. Matt Jones falls into that category. It is evident that he has not helped his case to make this team after he fumbled the ball in the 2nd quarter. There was surely some internal conversation among the Eagles coaching staff on whether Jones would even come out for the second half after looking dismal again. He did haul in a team-high 6 receptions, but they mostly came during garbage time late in the game on check downs from Nate Sudfeld.

Scoring Recap

1st Quarter:

Nick Foles — sacked in End Zone

(PHI 0-2 CLE)      DRIVE: 2 plays, -1 yards (0: 46)

2nd Quarter:

Zane Gonzalez — 54 Yard field goal

(PHI 0-5 CLE)      DRIVE: 4 plays, -1 yards (1: 16)

3rd Quarter:

No Scoring Plays

4th Quarter:

No Scoring Plays

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