With only one more week of preseason football left before the regular season begins, I know everyone, especially Eagles fans, are ready for regular season action. Though preseason games don’t “really” matter, the games are still worth taking a look at because they show how the team operates on the field and communicates in conjunction with the head coaches and team coordinators. In my opinion, preseason is great for getting an idea of where the team stands, as well as building up a dominating roster for the upcoming regular season.
This Thursday, the Eagles faced a challenging game against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3 of the preseason games. Despite the double digit loss of 26-15, there were some great performances from players, such as veteran backup OB Josh McCown and wide receivers JJ Arcegia-Whiteside and Greg Ward. What are the some of the major takeaways from this week’s game?
Just last week, Josh McCown was out of the NFL and ready to enjoy his retirement. This week, he is back in the league as a reliable backup QB for the Eagles. McCown had a slow start in Thursday’s game, but once he got warmed up, he showed why the Eagles were confident in signing him as a reserve. In yesterday’s game, McCown completed 17 out of 24 of his pass attempts for 192 yards, had 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. Chris McPherson of the Philadelphia Eagles official site commented on a particularly great moment for McCown in game, stating, “His highlight throw was a beautiful touch pass into the end zone for rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, a 20-yard score early in the third quarter that put the Eagles on the board.”
The game against the Ravens also highlighted some great talent among the offense, particularly wide receivers JJ Arcegia-Whiteside and Greg Ward.
Arcegia-Whiteside proved his ability to be a reliable receiver with a total of 8 receptions for 104 yards, and one touchdown. Additionally, WR Greg Ward was right behind him with 4 receptions for 45 yards.
Outside of the key performances by the Eagles, the game was unique in another way because it ended about 11 minutes early due to inclement weather. With only 11:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, the game was suspended for severe conditions, including lightning.
The final preseason game for the Eagles is against the New York Jets, next Thursday August 29th at 7pm.