There may be trigger for pleasure after the Eagles first preseason recreation towards Pittsburgh. Particularly across the staff’s first yr gamers, following a comparatively sturdy efficiency of their first NFL outing. With the Patriots up subsequent, listed below are some rookie storylines to observe.
How a lot DeVonta Smith will we see?
DeVonta Smith’s well being is trending in the proper course as he recovers from a knee sprain. The Heisman winner returned to follow this week and, by all accounts, appears glorious. Now, the Eagles might select to maintain him on ice for one more week or for all of preseason totally. In any case, there isn’t any level in risking his well being over a preseason recreation if he isn’t feeling 100%.
If he offers himself the inexperienced gentle and is okayed by the staff, nevertheless, issues can get much more attention-grabbing. Everybody and their mom desires to see Smith take NFL snaps and exhibit the issues that made him so dominant in school. If he takes the sector tomorrow, each viewer might be laser targeted on how he fares towards a gifted and deep Patriots secondary.
Huge step for the younger defensive lineman
Final week was an important displaying from Eagles rookies Milton Williams, Tarron Jackson, and JaQuan Bailey. All three gamers flashed glorious disruption within the backfield and confirmed why they belong on an NFL staff.
In the meantime, rookie defensive deal with Marlon Tuipulotu underwhelmed and was continually pushed round by the Steelers backup blockers. It’s essential he makes extra of an impression this week.
Making a dent within the Eagles defensive position depth chart is not any small factor and each snap will depend for these younger gamers in the event that they hope to make the staff.
Can Patrick Johnson maintain impressing?
Eagles rookie linebacker Patrick Johnson appeared glorious towards Pittsburgh final week, however exited early after getting shaken up. Fortunately, the damage was minor and Johnson was again at follow this week and appeared just like the participant that balled out final week.
The Eagles’ linebacker state of affairs isn’t wonderful. It is likely to be their weakest place. Patrick Johnson persevering with his sturdy preseason gained’t simply lock him into the roster, however he might truly compete for taking part in time on protection.
Kenneth Gainwell getting a bigger workload
Kenneth Gainwell had some small flashes final week, however finally didn’t see the ball sufficient to essentially impress. With Miles Sanders nonetheless wanting iffy as a move catcher in camp, the Eagles might actually profit from Gainwell stepping up as a 3rd down again and a participant who can line up at numerous receiver positions.
Gainwell getting the ball extra as a runner and receiver ought to give the Eagles a greater thought of what they’ve within the rookie and hopefully he reveals it’s one thing good.