It’s been over two seasons since the Eagles won a preseason game. Following the team’s 24-21 loss last Friday to the Jets, the birds are back in action to take on the Cleveland Browns.
As part of Nick Sirianni’s joint practice schedule, both the offense and defense played excellently and reportedly won both days against Cleveland. What does it mean? It means that the starters likely won’t be playing at all.
Just because fans won’t be seeing the usual cast of characters in a game, it doesn’t mean that it’s not worth watching. Here we have everything you need to know going into week two of the NFL preseason matchup.
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cleveland Browns
When: Sunday, August 20th, 2022
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium
What Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
How to Watch: NFL Network
Eagles Players to Watch
Eagle fans haven’t seen Carson Strong at all throughout the training camp period. Reid Sinnett’s strong training camp has cooled as of late, and Gardner Minshew has struggled so it’s an ample opportunity for the undrafted rookie out of Nevada to get some game reps in.
Strong has a huge arm but has really struggled with the game speed of the pro game. This is to be expected. Strong did not sign with the Eagles with the expectation to get snaps right away. Some reps in Sunday’s game could go a long way.
The unsung hero of the last few weeks has been Tarron Jackson for the Eagles. The sixth-round selection in 2021 showed some signs of excellence last season and has played well in a short amount of reps through training camp this season.
Jackson had a very strong preseason game against the Jets as well. Another good game from him could not just guarantee a roster spot for him, but could also have him jump in front of Derek Barnett for snaps with the second team.
The undrafted corner out of Alabama has turned heads over the last few weeks. Jobe doesn’t have blazing speed or tremendous ball skills, but he’s very good in press coverage and has already shown a promise to be able to tackle. Jobe has taken reps with the second team and has played pretty well against the Jets.
He reminds me so much of Jalen Mills – a late-round selection that covers well in the red zone and will only get better. Sunday’s contest could be enough to give him a roster spot, and a significant chance to get quality playing time.
The Safety Group
Whether it’s Reed Blankenship, K’von Wallace, or Ugo Amadi, the depth at safety has been a major concern for the Eagles. All reports have cited that the Eagles may make a move before the season starts to help solidify the position, but it all comes down to reps in practice and games.
Blankenship has done a good job as an undrafted ace, but Wallace has been a no-show for most of his three years in Philadelphia. Amadi is also a special teams ace. Outside of Marcus Epps, there hasn’t been a player a the safety spot that has taken over and proven they are up to the challenge as a starter.
Sunday could certainly change that, but if not, it’s becoming more and more likely that the Eagles are going to make a move.
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