Last night, the Eagles played their second game of the NFL preseason, a 20-16 victory against the Buffalo Bills. Once again, the Birds had areas that showed tremendous upside for this upcoming season:
Ronald Darby, CB
The newly acquired cornerback from the Bills probably had the most eyes on him while he was on the field. After the first play, when he missed a tackle on former Eagle LeSean McCoy, he showed why he’s thought of as the team’s future at the position. He then showed great coverage ability as he broke up two passes. Darby also had one solo tackle. The play that made the fans most excited was his interception, which he returned 48 yards. Hopefully he keeps playing like this and we finally have a top cornerback for years to come.
Corey Clement, RB
The Glassboro, New Jersey native is starting to impress. Against the Bills, the undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin carried the ball 8 times and totaled 34 yards. Clement also scampered in for a touchdown during the second quarter. He is a guy who can really help the running game by adding more depth, and he’s a guy who I think would be more of a help than Donnel Pumphrey or Wendell Smallwood at the position. Clement has good size at 5’11” and 209 lbs., and he shows good speed and movement. Keep an eye on Clement in the next two games as he will attempt to force himself onto the roster.
Alshon Jeffery, WR
We finally got to see the most significant wide receiver signing for the Eagles since Terrell Owens play in a game last night. The good thing was that he showed he’ll be a very good target for Carson Wentz. He caught the two catchable passes thrown to him and gained 23 yards. It will certainly be fun to watch the Wentz-Jeffery duo grow week to week throughout 2017.
The first team defensive line looked extremely powerful last night. When they were on the field, they just flat out bullied the Bills’ offensive line. For example, there was a pass play where Fletcher Cox almost recorded a sack when he bull-rushed a player so far into the backfield they took down Tyrod Taylor. Unfortunately, Taylor got rid of the ball just in time. Derek Barnett had another good performance and Brandon Graham laid out Shady on a vicious hit. If the line can play like this, it’ll make defending the passing game easier for the backs.