The Eagles wrapped up their preseason with a 10-9 victory against the New York Jets ending their 2018 audition with a record of 1-3 and avoided going 0-4 in the preseason for the first time since 1976. Although none of the starters played in this game, there was a lot to like and a few things to dislike. Here is your game recap:
Eagles Defense – Once again, the Eagles defense played very well as a unit. They held the Jets to just three points in the opening half and forced a total of six 3 & OUTS. The defense also had a few goal-line stands and forced two turnovers while holding the Jets to a total of 186 yards.
Steven Means – We’ve heard that Means is a pain in the butt to go against in practice and he left it all on the field tonight racking up 3 sacks and 6 total tackles.
Jordan Mailata – Once again, Mailata showed why analysts like Mike Mayock believe this kid could be “the Left Tackle of the Future”. Can’t say enough about his development in just one summer after not know how to put on football pads in April.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai – “Big V” saw limited action, but did bounce back pretty well tonight… albeit against lesser competition. This game could help rebuild some of his confidence.
The Preseason is OVER – The next game will count and it’s time to put the sloppiness behind them.
The Quarterback Play – Christian Hackenberg threw one bad interception and showed a lack of clock awareness with a delay of game and confusing ending to the first half where he failed to run out of bounds. With three total turnovers in two quarters by “Hack”, Joe Callahan came back into the game in the final quarter. The Eagles did end up scoring a touchdown in the final minute (video below), but both will likely be looking for a new place of employment.
Josh Adams – Adams didn’t exactly finish the preseason with an explosive showing, but this was mostly due to a makeshift offensive line in front of him. He averaged just 2.1 yards on 13 carries tonight. However, I don’t think this changes the mind of the coaching staff. He should still make the team.
Donnel Pumphrey – Pumphrey ran with explosiveness I was not expecting and looked sharp in his cuts in very limited action. He likely did not do enough to make the team yet again this year.
Jason Myers — 58-yard Field Goal
(NYJ 3-0 PHI) Drive: 7 plays, 13 yards (2:53)
NO SCORING PLAYS
Jake Elliott — 55-yard Field Goal
(NYJ 3-3 PHI) Drive: 9 plays, 38 yards (3:35)
Jason Myers — 43-yard Field Goal
(NYJ 6-3 PHI) Drive: 10 plays, 55 yards (4:36)
Taylor Bertolet — 19-yard Field Goal
(NYJ 9-3 PHI) Drive: 8 plays, 34 yards (1:44)
Matt Jones — 4-yard reception/ Elliott XP
(NYJ 9-10 PHI) Drive: 11 plays, 68 yards (3:08)