I Will Be Watching Sudfeld and Sanders Closely In The Eagles Opener Tonight

The Eagles preseason begins tonight, so we will finally get the chance to see this talented football team in action.  There are numerous players and aspects of this football team which I will be observing very closely. If he plays, I’ll be taking a look at Carson Wentz to see if comfortable running the offense in a real game. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re going to see Wentz doing anything tonight, other than standing on the sideline.  But, if we do get the chance to see him in action, I’ll be looking to see how he executes the offense.  Is he getting the football out of his hands?  I want to see him check the ball down to his running backs or get it quickly to his tight ends and get into a rhythm of getting the football out of his hands. Chances are the Titans will take away the deep throw early, so I want to see Wentz get into a rhythm with the short to intermediate throws. I don’t want to see him he’s not in a situation where he is playing risky football with health

Unfortunately, I don’t think we’re going to see that tonight.  I think we’re going to see a lot of Nate Sudfeld in action and I’ll be interested in seeing how Nate runs the offense.  I want to see him get into a rhythm where he’s getting the ball out early.  I want to see him making correct decisions and reads followed by quick adjustments and followed by accurate throws.

I want to see if he’s able to make the correct adjustments at the line of scrimmage to change a running play into the correct one against the right defense.  I want to see him in a game situation, so we can find out if he understands the numerous defensive alignments and is able to make the proper adjustments and reads. I want to see him throw the ball in a game situation with accuracy when there is something on the line.  Nate needs to show us that he has what it takes to be a successful NFL quarterback. I want to see if he shows leadership skills by taking over and taking charge as the quarterback.  Can he manage the clock with timeouts and the passing game to move the ball with the clock running down at the end of the first half.

I’m going to be specially looking very closely at rookie running back Miles Sanders, who has the escapability they need on the field.  Jordan Howard he’s a thumper, who will express the physical attitude of this football team, but Sanders has the potential to take the explosiveness of the Eagles offense off the scales   Howard told he would much rather run a guy over than make him miss.  He is going to be the sledgehammer the Birds utilize, when they want to establish a physical attitude. He’s their  third and short back.  He’s going to get the yards inside and off the corner, Sanders is the game breaker.

The former Nittany Lion playmaker has the ability to make tacklers miss and turn a short pass into a long touchdown.  He can also break an inside or outside running play for a long touchdown run.  The rookie is the kind of back you want to get the ball out into the open field with a one-on-one situation.  He will break tackles with his combination of size, speed and quickness.  The development of Sanders is the next dimension for this offense because they’ve already got all those weapons in other areas of the offense. This rookie from Penn State will create another problem for opposing defenses to solve along, DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and those amazing tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.

I want to see if Sanders can pick up the blitz.  Will he stick his face in there when a 250-pound linebacker is trying to get a hit on our quarterbacks?  Does he have the toughness to battle the blitzing linebackers and defensive backs?

I also want to see him operate in the Eagles passing game.  We know he can run the ball, but can he be a weapon out of the backfield for the Birds.  Will he catch the ball consistently?  Can he make adjustments on his pass routes when it’s appropriate?  Will he catch the football and has he solved the fumble problem he had a Penn State?  I know he has the ability, but I want him to answer some of these question marks.

10 thoughts on “I Will Be Watching Sudfeld and Sanders Closely In The Eagles Opener Tonight

  1. Great stuff, G and spot on. It’s a big night as it’s our first taste of live football since January. Agree that Sudfeld will be under the microscope. He needs to show progress or he’ll be looking for a job sooner rather than later. Eagles have a ton riding on Sanders. They’ve missed on multiple RB picks in recent years and have never really replaced Shady. Eagles need to have a capable RB to take some pressure off Wentz. The D is again/still super banged-up so #11 will need to put the ball in the end zone early and often in 2019. Go Birds!

    1. In the SB eagles RB’s accounted for 125 yards rushing, 100 yards receiving and 2 TD’s… and they haven’t replaced a scumbag…

  2. I don’t expect to see Wentz or half the Starters Play in tonight’s Game ..
    Some of the Players I’ll be Watching who are competing for Quality Back-Up/Rotational Players
    including Back-Up QB between Sudfeld and even see what Cody Kessler can so and some of the Key Battles for 5th/6th WR, 3rd TE, 4th/5th DE, LB’s and CB’s and overall Secondary Depth and of course all of the Rookies getting their First Professional Game under their belts .. Dillard, Sanders, JJCW and Thorson

    I’m watching Big V and Matt Pryor at Guard, Dillard at Tackle and don’t think Jordan Malatia is going to make the 53 Man Roster.. Maybe he’ll be switched to DT
    TE J Perkins , WR’s JJAW and all the others not named Shelton Gibson and Mack Hollins who I think are both long-shots at best and need a fresh start for their Careers elsewhere

    Defensively , Im watching the Young DE’s (J Sweat, D Moore, S Miller and was hoping to see Joe Ostman before he unfortunately got injured which you hate to see)
    DT’s Camp Surprise Hassan Ridgeway has impressed since arriving to the Eagles from the Colts via a Draft Day Trade..
    LB Position is wide Open for 2-3 Spots to be locked up between 5-6 Players
    (Bradham,Zach Brown and KMU are locks, but its wide open after this between Geary, LJ Ford, TJ Edwards, A Singleton and who knows about the Injured Paul Worrilow who appears to just not be able to stay healthy to have a legitimate shot to make the Team
    Secondary has some great Competition going between Maddox,R Douglas, S Jones, and at Safety between Sendejo, Tre Sullivan,Blake Countess and like to see how new comers O Scandrick and J Cyprien are looking and picking up on things and if both Healthy, can definitely help this Eagles Defense out down the road

    Healthy Players I don’t expect to see this evening even suit up
    Wentz, Sproles, Brandon Brooks, J Peters, Z Ertz, D-Jax, B Graham, M Jackson, R McLeod

    Key tonight to to remain Healthy and play with some energy and passion and minimize the mental errors which you expect this early in Pre-Season with so many Young Players Playing , but you still like to see as clean of a game as possible, Score is meaningless

  3. The worse case scenario was an Injurybto Back-Up Nate Sudfeld, Tough Break for him and the Team.. Who do the Eagles pursue as Back-Up QB? Is Cody Kessler adequate enough if called up in the Regular Season?
    Maybe reach out for Colin Kaepernick or a Blaine Gabbard or a Josh Jackson?
    There’s not a lot of experienced Back-Up QB’s Out that are out on the streets

    1. Doom and Gloom– jesus christ the guy is the backup– Nick Foles aside when a team has to rely on the backup QB they are generally in trouble, so fans should temper their enthusiasm and focus on the back up. I have no idea how good Sudfeld is, I have about the same level of knowledge of him and Kessler– its football- its not season ending and again if we are thinking Sudfeld is Nick 2.0 we are clearly on narcotics.
      I thought Mailata and Dillard looked good-the left guard and Wiz looked MEH- obvioulsy the coaches will be evaluating differently than us- I focused on the OL and like a I said I thought the tackles did well- Eagles are going to use the preseason giving rookies time and evaluating the last 20 roster spots- Carson may take 1 series TOTAL- Peters, Kelce, Brooks and Johnson maybe one series– Graham same–

  4. WHEN peters gets hurt… that injury is going to mysteriously linger because Dillard is going to be a stud… Mialata stud…. Christ Johnson isn’t even old but they already have their next pair of 1o year tackles

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