- Daniel Farr
Eagles Starters Fly High in Preseason Opener
In short work the Philadelphia Eagles’ starters took care of their job, on offense. Second year quarterback, Carson Wentz, went 4-4 with 56 yards and a touchdown.
While running back LaGarrette Blount carried the ball four times, before calling it a day. Wentz targeted wide receiver Jordan Matthews early and often, his first three completions were to Matthews.
On his fourth throw, Went avoided a Clay Matthews sack, and threw a 35 yard strike that resulted in an Eagle touchdown. The football was caught by rookie wide receiver Mack Hollins who stiff-armed his way to the end zone.
Hollins, who was the 118 overall pick, appears ready to see the field during the regular season. Wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith did not play tonight, but should in the next coming preseason games.
In the second quarter Eagles’ first round pick, Derek Barnett recored his first sack of the preseason, but the Eagles did lose two players from last year with what appears to be minor injuries.
Cornerback Ron Brooks exited the game with a hamstring and tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai left the game with a left knee ailment.
The defense of the Eagles’ did not play as well as they’re capable of, they allowed a punt return and Brett Hundley to throw for 90 yards and a touchdown. On the bright side the Eagles’ run defense came across as stout.
Philadelphia plays Buffalo at home a week from today, which will be the second of four preseason games.