The final practice game for the starters wasn’t all that pretty. The Eagles offense stalled on their first two drives and the defense was walked over on their first series. We saw some of the same mistakes we saw against the Patriots but not as bad from the defense. On offense they were sloppy with not lining up right, missing blocks and fumbled snaps. They would’ve had more points but kicked themselves with mistakes.
Vick played well except for an attempt to throw the ball away that resulted in an interception where taking a sack would have been better. At the end of the teams third drive he dotted a pass to Riley Cooper who was open in the back of the end zone. Vick did make what looked like an attempt to slide so we’ll call it a half slide. He finished 15-of-23 for 184 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception, 7 carries for 53 yards.
LeSean McCoy had a nice run but other than that there wasn’t anything there for him. He did have two receptions for 19 yards and 9 yards on 5 carries. Bryce Brown had a long run that should have been a TD but to only be plagued by his fumblitis again and the ball rolled out the end-zone for a touch back. Brown later added a TD in the fourth quarter and finished the game strong. Jason Avant had an incredible one-handed catch off a tipped pass and was able to run for the first down after the catch. DeSean Jackson caught 3 balls for 48 yards.
Besides the first drive and giving up the 63 yard rushing touchdown, the defense played decent. Cox and Thorton continued to play well as the first team DE’s creating pressure. Line backers were good especially Connor Barwin who had an interception. Mychal Kendricks keeps making plays with getting a sack. On that first drive there was a mix up on the TD pass between Chung and the corner. Carey Williams had a nice bounce back game after getting abused last weak against Carolina by Steve Smith.
The special teams continued its excellent play except for the Damaris Johnson fumble on a punt return. Alex Henery made 2-of-2 field goals.
Individual standouts: Vinny Curry keeps making plays when he is on the field adding a sack and I don’t see how he doesn’t make this team. Rookie safety Earl Wolff rotated series with Nate Allen on the first team defense. After all we heard about Russell Sheppard in training camp we finally got to see a little bit of what he can do. Jordan Poyer broke on some routs for deflections and almost had an interception.