Eagles Showcased Some Of Their Weapons Last NightBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Tuesday, August 21st, 2012
DeSean Jackson had a good game against the Patriots but he could really have had eye-popping production last night. Jackson caught four passes for 82 yards. He was wide open deep on the pass play in which Michael Vick got injured while trying to get the ball to him.
Number 10 came back to catch an underthrown Nick Foles pass for a 4o-yard gain It could have been a long touchdown play, but Foles couldn’t step into the throw because the pass rush was in his face.
I loved the throw Foles made to him in the red zone. It was a great throw and a great catch. The rookie threw the ball low to let Jackson protect himself and he got rid it very quickly. Jackson’s route was perfect because he gave the young quarterback plenty of room to get it in there.
Jackson will be utilized much more in the red zone than in the past, but it’s going to require that Vick be as quick and accurate with his reads and throws as Foles was with that one.
At times because of Jackson’s personality, people take his football intelligence for granted. I remember Andy Reid marveling at how Jackson grasped the west coast offense and it’s nuances very quickly as a rookie. I think they can use him more on intermediate routes, as long as he’ll be allowed to protect himself.
Eagles rookie wide receiver and punt returner, Damaris Johnson really hurt himself last night by dropping a punt and two passes. He was able to get open but he couldn’t catch the football. He’s got to have quality performances in the final two games, if he wants to secure his position on the football team.
Mardy Gilyard made a couple of nice catches last night in his attempt to win himself a job. He’s got to be amazing in the last two games to win himself a job.
Chad Hall made a couple of outstanding catches to keep the door open to his chances of making this team. He’ll need Johnson to continue to stumble to make the squad. Hall is as dependable as they come. I don’t think I’ve seen him drop a football all camp.
LeSean McCoy didn’t have a long night but he was effective. Like usual he was making tacklers miss.
The 220-pound back also ran inside plus he showed us his ability to catch the football out of the backfield. Brown will also need to show he can contribute on special teams as a coverage guy.
Rookie running back Chris Polk showed us what he can do last night by running hard and aggressive. He’s not going to outrun anybody, but he does have quick feet with good vision and it him find the hole if it’s there.
This young man loves contact and he might have had a chance to make this team as a fullback, if he had been given a shot at the job. He has the size and the mindset to play fullback for somebody if he gets the chance. Polk is just a good blocker as the fullbacks in camp. I love his toughness and hard nose play, but he doesn’t have a chance to make this football team as a running back.
Eagles fullback Stanley Havili made a great cut to his right, then up into the hole and nearly had himself a touchdown on the play. You know that Andy Reid and Marty Morhinweg are going to lull defenses to sleep, then hand it off to Havili or flip a screen to him near the goalline.
Havili also made a good hit on the punt team. His job consists of blocking, playing special teams, then catching the football and running with it.
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