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.