Philadelphia Eagles-New York Jets Preseason Game Report

NY Jets RB Danny Woodhead may have earned a spot on the team after his tough play in New York’s win over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

On a night where many starters rested, the Philadelphia Eagles preseason mercifully came to an end.  The hometown Birds lost 21-17 to the visiting NY Jets, but the big news was that both teams left the game relatively healthy.  Rex Ryan’s Hard Knocks boys were sloppy in victory and the game’s two biggest plays were due to Jets’ mistakes.

Former Falcons Pro Bowl QB Michael Vick made his first start in four years, but his stint on the field for the Eagles only lasted just one quarter before heading to the bench.  Rookie safety Kurt Coleman, the real star of the game, seemed to solidify his roster spot by returning two fumbles (one each by Joe McKnight and John Connor) both less than 10 yards for touchdowns. 

The hard-hitting former Ohio State Buckeye definitely has put pressure on fellow defensive backs Quinton Demps, Victor “Macho” Harris, and Anthony Scirrotto as he might have locked up the Birds’ last safety spot before 53-player roster cuts on Saturday September 4th.  For the game, Coleman, a seventh-round pick, finished with 5 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries for touchdowns.  By the way, after his great effort, the former All-Big Ten safety now has outscored the Eagles offense this preseason. 

The game’s other big play was courtesy of Jets’ veteran quarterback Mark Brunell and former Super Bowl hero Santonio Holmes (will serve a 4-game suspension to start the season.   Brunell (11-17, 118 yards, and 2 TDs), who called his owns plays in the game, hit Holmes with a 51-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give the Jets (2-2) the lead for good over the Eagles (2-2).

Thankfully, the NFL will open its regular season on September 9th with the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings.  Respectively the Eagles open at home with the Green Bay Packers and the NY Jets host the Baltimore Ravens in their brand new stadium.

Lloyd’s Leftovers 

  • What a great interview Rex Ryan is during press conferences!!  Buddy’s boy was very honest as he told stories about telling guys they didn’t make the team with some of their efforts.  My favorite quote was Ryan saying, “Sometimes durability means more than athletic ability in making it in the NFL” – he was referring to the tough gritty play of Danny “Rudy” Woodhead in the game.  He also added, “(The NFL) is a Man’s League”.  And one Jets’ player that I talked to after the game made it abundantly clearly that the team nor Ryan were not performing for the Hard Knocks cameras.

 

  • I was surprised by the little amount of arm strength Brunnell and Eagles third-stringer Mike Kafka showed on several out patterns and deep throws.

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

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