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The Eagles played football Thursday night for a initial time given a Super Bowl, and like many preseason openers, there was a lot of ugliness, a lot of of mistakes, a lot of messy play though also copiousness of enlivening signs (see breakdown).

Three some-more weeks of this and it’s time to do it for real. It can’t come shortly enough! 

Here are our 10 present observations off a Eagles’ 31-14 detriment to a Steelers during a Linc:

1. Honestly, I’m OK if a pivotal guys on a starting invulnerability don’t play again until Sept. 6. That won’t happen, though we usually feel like this organisation is prepared to go. we know a Steelers didn’t play several of their starters, including Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, though a Eagles’ initial invulnerability reason Pittsburgh to dual yards on dual drives and afterwards Doug Pederson and Jim Schwartz rightly got it off a margin usually 5 mins into a game. This front seven is lethal, and a delegate is stocked. The invulnerability was unequivocally good final year, and it’s even softened now. There’s not many some-more we need to see before Sept. 6.

2. With 26- and 19-yard catches over a center and a 15-yard locate and run for a touchdown, we guys all saw since I’ve been vehemence about Dallas Goedert all summer. He doesn’t lift himself like a rookie, and he doesn’t use like a rookie, and he doesn’t play like a rookie. The dump was unfortunate, though it was also a initial I’ve ever seen from Goedert, and he gets a Mulligan for a bad dump in his initial pro game. The rookie parsimonious finish finished with 4 catches for 66 yards and a TD in his NFL entrance notwithstanding personification usually a initial half. we like a approach he runs routes, we like a approach he secures a ball, we like a approach he puts his conduct down and fights for additional yards, we like a approach he blocks, we like all about his game. I’ll keep observant this — Goedert is going to be a stud. Not subsequent year, not someday in a future. Now.

3. Nate Sudfeld was all over a place, though he did adequate good things that altogether we like what we saw. He did chuck dual interceptions, though it looked like on a second one Bryce Treggs ran a wrong route. Sudfeld was accurate (10 for 14, 71 percent), he got a round in a finish section (TDs to Goedert and Shelton Gibson) and he showed good reason on a low round (63-yarder to Gibson). This is a child who wasn’t even with a Eagles in training stay final summer and started a deteriorate on a use squad. That initial INT was bad, but I’m assured he can play in a league, and zero we saw Thursday night done me consider otherwise. 

4. Sudfeld to Goedert for a touchdown has a good ring to it, doesn’t it? That’s since we tweeted this late Thursday morning! 

5. Man, how about a way Gibson exploded on that low ball? He distant simply from cornerback Dashaun Phillips and held that explosve from Sudfeld clean and though violation walk dashed into a finish zone. Gibson has looked like a opposite man than final year in practice, and it was unequivocally enlivening to see him lift that over onto a margin on diversion night. Gibson’s longest locate in final year’s preseason went for 14 yards, and he indeed had some-more yards on a TD (63) than all of final preseason (56) and afterwards usually one 11-yard locate all year. He usually looks like a opposite guy. His confidence, shot final year, is sky high, and we saw it on that play. Gibson combined a 14-yard locate from Joe Callahan late in a game, finishing 2 for 77. The Eagles have extensive far-reaching receiver abyss this summer, and Gibson competence be a many softened man in a bunch.

6. we wasn’t crazy about Tre Sullivan’s bid on that JuJu Smith-Schuster touchdown. Sullivan was late removing over to assistance Rasul Douglas, and we watched a replay a garland of times, and he usually wasn’t using full lean toward a play. And afterwards Sullivan usually kind of ran along with Smith-Schuster though during slightest perplexing to make a tackle. we like Sullivan, though you’re perplexing to make a 53-man register and a Eagles usually sealed Corey Graham during your position, we need a small some-more bid than that.

7. Good night for Josh Adams. The undrafted rookie using behind from Notre Dame was 6 for 30 rushing and held dual passes. Showed a good burst, a good knack for anticipating a hole and fought by traffic. Wendell Smallwood had some good runs though also a bad fail (that a Eagles recovered). Donnel Pumphrey and Matt Jones didn’t play, and they need to get healthy to get behind in a brew since they mislaid belligerent to Adams Thursday night. The conflict for that fourth using behind mark behind Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles competence go down to a wire, though protected to contend that on a day when Smallwood fumbled and Pumphrey and Jones watched from a sidelines, Adams unequivocally helped himself.

8. Kamu Grugier-Hill has been roughly exclusively a special teamer in his dual seasons with a Eagles. He’s played 530 snaps on special teams and usually 86 on invulnerability — 53 of them in that incomprehensible season-ender final year opposite a Cowboys. But I’ll tell we what, he’s unequivocally active, intrinsic and discerning out there. we consternation about his distance — he’s usually 230 pounds — and how he can reason adult over a full season, though right now he’s been a many considerable of a organisation in that foe for a weakside linebacker spot, and he showed adult Thursday night. Nate Gerry didn’t do anything to harm himself, though Grugier-Hill is usually always around a football, and we saw that opposite a Steelers.

9. I wasn’t certain what to design from Cameron Johnston, and a rookie from Ohio State has some large boots to fill, though he dejected it Thursday night. The successor apparent to Donnie Jones averaged 44.0 yards on 5 punts, with 3 inside a 20. And that doesn’t even embody an 81-yarder that was negated by a chastisement on Richard Rodgers. The regard with Johnston isn’t his leg strength, it’s his consistency, though this was an portentous debut.

10. It’s about time Clyde Simmons and Seth Joyner find their approach into a Eagles’ Hall of Fame. You’re articulate about dual of a biggest late-round picks in NFL history, eighth- and ninth-round picks in 1986 who went on to turn flat-out studs. Those rounds don’t even exist anymore. Simmons’ 121½ sacks ranked 10th in NFL story when he late after a 2000 season, and Joyner stays a usually actor in NFL story with 50 sacks and 20 interceptions. Two all-time greats, and this is prolonged overdue. Now we can work on removing Wes Hopkins and Andre Waters in. 

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