0-2 to start the Preseason…
Let us begin with a quick reminder that the Philadelphia Eagles are reigning Super Bowl Champions. While the Eagles have shown a little rust through two weeks of the preseason, there is plenty of time to get themselves ready. The main thing the Eagles need to do is simply get healthy. This begins with Wentz and continues to the entire rehab crew from last year (Hicks, Peters, Sproles, and Maragos). Hicks has already returned to game action and while they won’t see time in the preseason, Pederson was adamant that he has seen enough of Sproles and Peters in practice that he is confident they are ready for Week 1.
Now that we are only two weeks away from meaningful football fans are in full panic mode. Wait, what? I thought we were looking forward to the Eagles first ever season as defending Super Bowl Champs? Well, that does not seem to be the case for all of us. Some fans and one media member, in particular, I’m looking at you Angelo Cataldi, have already begun to panic.
I am embarrassed to be a Philadelphia sports fan today. Mets 24, Phillies 4. Patriots 37, Eagles 20. Gabe Kapler made a mockery of baseball by using by Quinn and Kingery as pitchers. Pederson did not have his team ready to play. Disgraceful.
— Angelo Cataldi (@AngeloCataldi) August 17, 2018
The Phillies loss is what originally set Cataldi off but the Eagles 2nd preseason game was the last straw for him. His frustration boiled over into an article on Philly.com. Cataldi bashed Peterson for not having his team ready and ripped Nick Foles for his poor performance in a brief preseason game. Here is an example from Cataldi’s rant/article:
Also awful in New England was wide receiver Mike Wallace, the running game, the pass rush, the coverage downfield and even the coaching. Yes, it was a preseason game, but since 90 or so people bothered to make the trip, it would have been comforting if they played better, no? – Angelo Cataldi, Philly.com
This point of view has been consistently seen throughout the Eagles fan groups and comment sections (where us fans embrace the debates and arguments). However, as fans, we need to collectively take a step back and see the positives in with this group.
Our QB1 is back to participating in 11-on-11’s and is getting closer and closer to being able to start Week 1. Also back at practice this week, Brandon Graham. Graham admitted himself that he needs to work back into game shape, but having him back on the field is a great sign. Two key veterans also have yet to play in a game, Peters and Sproles, but as mentioned above they will be ready to go for week 1. These additions will solidify help the Eagles’ lineup.
The big thing we need to take out of these preseason games is the position battles, and specifically, the young players who have stepped up in the battles. Shelton Gibson has taken a stronghold of the 5th wide receiver spot after back to back strong performances. The most interesting battle is between two young guys, Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox, for the nickel corner position. Jones was the early leader, but Maddox has made a name for himself throughout training camp. The final two games will have both of them in the spotlight in the slot.
I leave you with a classic reminder that this is only the preseason. The Birds have plenty of time to get themselves ready to role for their September, 6th showdown with the Falcons. I will let the other Eagles take it from here: