Eagles/Steelers Recap: Battle of Pennsylvania by Ryan Neal
The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off their preseason campaign losing 31-14 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. A few players shined and a few players flopped. Without further ado, let’s get into the action. The Steelers opened the scoring with a 71 yard bomb to wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster. Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas seemed to misjudge the ball. The Eagles bounced back with a 15 yard pass to rookie tight end Dallas Goedert. Goedert found the open seam and quarterback Nate Sudfeld delivered the ball on the run. https://twitter.com/nfl_dovkleiman/status/1027704308828131330?s=21 The Eagles only other scoring camp on a 63 yard touchdown pass from Sudfeld to wide receiver Shelton Gibson. Gibson beat his cornerback off the line and was gone from that point on. https://twitter.com/philadelphiasn/status/1027711431184195584?s=21 For the rest of the game, the Eagles struggled to produce much offense and their third and fourth team defenses weren’t too good. However, with that being said, let’s mention a few players who stood out. Firstly we need to talk about Goedert. He scored one of the Eagles two touchdowns and on the day caught three passes for 66 yards and one touchdown. Goedert looks like a perfect fit in the Eagles offense. He’s deadly in the red zone, runs great routes and can block. We all knew adding him to a one two punch with tight end Zach Ertz would be deadly, but now we’re really seeing it come to life. Another player that stood out was running back Josh Adams. In a battle to make the 53-man roster, Adams made the most of his opportunity. He looks strong, but deceivingly quick. Having a big back at their disposal is something the Eagles would probably like having. So, with that being said, if Adams can continue to string together good practices and games, he has a shot at the final roster. One of the more important roster battles lies at WILL linebacker. Nate Gerry and Kamu Grugier Hill are the two really fighting for the job. Yesterday, Gerry struggled to make plays when he was in, while Grugier-Hill thrived. Grugier-Hill has a team high six tackles. There’s still a lot of training camp left to decide a winner but after yesterday Grugier Hill has the upper hand. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld, who’s been having a really good camp struggled on the night. Although he had two touchdowns, he also had two poor interceptions. He wasn’t aggressive and seemed a little indecisive. It’s easy to see why the Eagles were hesitant to trade Nick Foles while Carson Wentz was still recovering from his injury. Last but not least. There’s still a few holes on the roster that need to be figured out. These next two games are going to tell us more about those holes than this game. We will likely see the starters and second team a lot more in the next two preseason games versus the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns. After the Browns game, the final roster will all but be decided.