The Philadelphia Eagles play their second preseason game tonight against the New England Patriots. The two team practiced together this week in joint sessions and now see each other on the field. Here are the players to watch for the Eagles.
Nick Foles got off to a rocky start in the preseason opener, throwing two interceptions in three series. The Eagles are looking for him to bounce back and re-establish his 2013 regular season form. Both of the interceptions Foles threw were the result of pressure. He will have to show he can handle that pressure with poise and make better decisions.
The Eagles have a plethora of wide receivers who have the ability to make an impact in 2014. Rookies Josh Huff and Jordan Matthews are players to watch against New England. Matthews was targeted seven times in the preseason opener, catching four passes for 14 yards. He showed solid hands, but needs to be more explosive. Huff made a huge impact on special teams last week with a 102 yard kickoff return. Now he must show more playmaking ability as a wideout. Ifeani Momah is another receiver who has made strides in training camp, impressing the coaching staff. He is a huge target a 6-7, 240 pounds.
Vinny Curry made an impact in the first preseason game with a sack and pressuring the quarterback. If he can continue to stand out in the preseason, he will earn opportunities during the regular season. His challenge is translating his preseason effectiveness to the regular season. Defensive tackle Beau Allen was a disruptive force in the opener and will look to continue his strong play.
First-round pick Marcus Smith did some nice things in the first preseason game including a swatted pass and a nice play in coverage. The Eagles are looking for Smith to develop in these game so he can be part of the linebacker rotation moving forward. Brandon Graham played well in the preseason opener getting pressure on the quarterback. He is fighting to make the roster and show the Eagles he can be a productive player and not a first-round bust.
The Eagles have the ability to move pieces around in the secondary. At cornerback, the Eagles are trying to find the right combination out of Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Boykin, Nolan Carroll, and Curtis Marsh to pair with Cary Williams. This is a position where the Eagles are going to have difficult decisions to make when roster cuts come. These games will go a long way in determining who stays or goes. Rookie Jaylen Watkins is another corner to keep an eye on. He was torched for a long touchdown in the opener, but came back to make an interception.
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