The Eagles lost their preseason opener to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-16. Although it was a loss, there were a few things to like from the Eagles on an individual level.
1) Jalen Hurts Looks Improved
Granted it was just 2 series and 7 total pass attempts, Hurts looked improved as a passer. He didn’t seem to panic and remained calm under pressure. We also saw something we rarely saw in his 3 and a half games last season: Hurts threw the ball over the middle (and accurately) a few times.
An area for improvement could be seen in his deep ball when he missed Quez Watkins down the sideline for what likely would’ve been a LONG touchdown. All in all, it was a competent showing from the 2nd-year quarterback.
2) Quez Watkins is Ready for Primetime (sort of)
Quez Watkins top skill was on full display near the end of the 1st quarter when the Southern Miss product took a screen from Joe Flacco 79 yards to the house.
Watkins has reportedly flashed all training camp and the question, as the Eagles march further towards the regular season, is can that flash translate to in game action. So far, so good.
3) Alex Singleton and Shaun Bradley Looked Very Good
Shaun Bradley was the defensive standout tonight. He put together a very solid performance, displaying nice instincts and range at linebacker. Bradley finished with 6 total tackles.
Alex Singleton always seemed to be around the ball. He consistently shot gaps and made tackles. After leading the team in tackles last season, the LB seems ready to pick up right where he left off. Singleton finished with 7 total tackles.
4) Milton Williams Ceiling is Extremely High
Williams versatility was on full display as he lined up at both DT and DE. His ability as a disruptor stood out the most. Playing in Jonathan Gannon’s defense that uses him in a variety of ways will do wonders for him.
Although it was one play, I think this encapsulates Williams’ ceiling as a defensive lineman if he can put it all together.
5) Tyree Jackson Oozes Potential
The 6’7 Buffalo product played in his first career game at tight end and he didn’t disappoint. Jackson finished with 2 catches for 32 yards and would’ve had 3 for more yards if not for a penalty. Jackson displayed fluid movement within his hips as a route runner as well.
Jackson’s past as a quarterback will likely help him a ton in understanding holes within a defense’s coverage and his frame will only play to his advantage.
Nick Sirianni, Jonathan Gannon, and Shane Steichen seemed in sync and in control in their first games as head coach, defensive coordinator, and offensive coordinator respectively.
All in all, it was a somewhat promising showcase from the Eagles.
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