There was some good, some bad and some ugly from last night's preseason game in Foxborough.
I fully understand that you can't overreact to preseason!
Remember August 29th, 2015?
Sam Bradford went 10/10 for 121 yard and 3 touchdowns, Chip Kelly was a genius, and the Eagles were pronounced Super Bowl champions.
We know how that turned out.
However, I thought long and hard about what I am calling "warranted overreactions" from the first two games of the preseason.
1. The Eagles need a healthy Jason Peters
Big V looked absolutely horrendous last night. He wasn't overly good last year either.
The Eagles coaches did a great job of putting him in a position to succeed last season. But Brent Celek is gone and the book is out on Big V. Smart defensive coordinators will be in attack mode.
Can the Eagles mask him again this year?
2. The injuries are starting to be a concern
Your best ability is availability.
Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Graham, Carson Wentz, Jason Peters, and Darren Sproles are all question marks.
Other guys are dealing with nagging injuries as well.
We'll see if the Foles injury is serious, hopefully it's not.
They overcame every injury last season, but can they withstand an onslaught of injuries again?
3. Super Bowl hangover ?
It's been a long offseason of celebration.
This goes hand-in-hand with the injury concern.
Mack Hollins needs to be on the field. But now that you're a Super Bowl champion, is the fire there to get back as quickly as you would have last season?
I think last night was the first dose of reality, for both the team and the fans, that this is a new season.
1. Ronald Darby is a true # 1 corner
Darby looked great last night. If he could have came up with an interception it would have been even better. Now fully healthy, he is poised to have a monster season.
There is still rumblings of a possible trade, but I wouldn't move on from a corner this talented.
2. Shelton Gibson can have a role.
Full disclosure: I'm a WVU grad, but Gibson has been really impressive.
He has 7 catches for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns, and 174 return yards (29 yards per return) so far this preseason.
Gibson should be a lock to make the roster, and should carve himself out a role as both a return man a a receiver for the regular season.
3. Sudfeld is a legit backup
Last night he was Nate STUDfeld.
22/39, 312 yard, 3 TDs, 1 INT, and a 97.4 QB rating.
I'm not sure that Sudfeld will ever be a starter, but he is a damn good backup for Carson Wentz.
Think the overreactions both positive and negative are warranted.
BUT preseason doesn't mean anything!
The injuries are certainly worth monitoring.
The "Super Bowl hangover" is definitely a thing, but I think this team will turn it on, maybe as early as next week. Doug Pederson didn't look happy at halftime. I am assuming that this will be a much tougher week of practice.
Next week they will be in Cleveland for a matchup with first overall pick Baker Mayfield. This game will be featured on HBO Hard Knocks, and of course is the dress rehersal for the reuglar season.