Eagles Grades: Second Preseason Game

It was a see-saw night for the Eagles against the Patriots in Foxborough, with much to talk about.

THEY GET AN A: Nick Foles ended up redeeming himself for last week's troubles, once the offense actually got time with the ball. Going eight for 10 for 81 yards and a touchdown, Foles looked comfortable in the pocket, and returned to typical form, including a great drop in to Celek.....other than an interception, Mark Sanchez proved just as proficient, completing his other 11 passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns; Sanchez put a number of throws in places only his receivers could snag them.....LeSean McCoy couldn't get much action with the unbalanced possession time, but his patience behind blockers showed his usual discipline; also had a nice block on Dont'a Hightower.....Henry Josey had ample opportunity to showcase his quick burst with a number of backs out hurt; his sideline-toe'ing touchdown showed tremendous awareness.....Arrelious Benn had himself a rare night, blocking a punt and catching Momah's odd loose ball; his run-blocking was also top notch in the second-level....nine catches for 104 yards marked a huge coming out for Jordan Matthews, shining bright with broken tackles, and excellent work out of the slot.....the tight ends showed up, with Brent Celek getting open (and getting in lit up on a red-zone grab, which only energized him), while Zach Ertz had some hard-fought grabs, including a touchdown.....Jason Peters was the first-team's best blocker, boxing out on Foles' blind-side.....among a rough defensive night, Vinny Curry exploded with improved run-stuffing and chasing, while being as disruptive as ever; he even blocked effectively on Williams' pick-six.....Mychal Kendricks may have been co-defensive MVP for the night, with disruption and relentless energy to spare; early Patriot runs were largely stuffed through his efforts.

THEY GET A B: Darren Sproles was limited to late in the first half, but was picking up blocks and making men miss on short catches.....Damaris Johnson impressed with time at running back, shedding a tackle on a short throw with a wicked spin move.....Matt Barkley himself was relatively uneven, dropping in some nice rainbows, but also floating those same passes with a little too much air.....Todd Herremans proved effective on the second level in the run.....Matt Tobin, Dennis Kelly, and Lane Johnson were superb in blocking for Josey's breakout performance, while David Molk was the cherry on top of the group with his blocks on the second level.....Brandon Bair proved to be a solid knife into the backfield against both run and pass.....Trent Cole, DeMeco Ryans, Connor Barwin, and Malcolm Jenkins were effective in the run, despite being worn out by circumstances beyond their control; Ryans even doled out a punishing hit in the first quarter on Brandon Bolden.....Nate Allen held his own during extended playing time, and continues to improve.

THEY GET A C: Ifeanyi Momah had himself an uneven night, losing an early fumble, and coughing up Benn's glorious catch, but laid out for a handful of throws in a good effort....Allen Barbre is still inconsistent, his most glaring error was allowing Rob Ninkovich a sack of Foles; a few plays later, Barbre would avenge that error with a great block on the linebacker.....Evan Mathis was mostly solid, but blew a block on a Chandler Jones stunt; still a far cry from he and Jason Kelce's errors from last week.....Beau Allen found himself overpowered a handful of times, but demonstrates good motor.....Taylor Hart brought decent pressure, but has lacked finish.....Joe Kruger is trying to create a niche, working hard in chasing the run.....Frances Mays shows similar motor, but had also been blocked out on key rushes.....Carlos Villanueva has a great story to tell, but was mostly invisible outside of a sack that he refused to give up on.....Marcus Smith was a mixed bag with lateness on some runs, but otherwise showed his versatility in both pass and run.....Brandon Graham was invisible outside of an uncontested sack.....Cary Williams bit on a Kenbrell Thompkins screen, but made up for it one play later with the pick-six of Tom Brady; shame he buggered his hamstring in the process. The injury gave way to a comically bad performance still to come.....Earl Wolff blitzed aggressively, but played below Allen's great effort.

THEY GET A D: Damion Square proved a bit of a liability against the run, getting handily blocked to the ground during New England's early surge.....Najee Goode and Jason Phillips found themselves blocked in far too much, misreading screens.....Brandon Boykin had a rough night, getting burned in the zone, and creating a number of unnecessary penalties.....Roc Carmichael got torched a few times, with his only quality moment catching up to defend a pass to Brian Tyms after losing him.....Alex Henery badly missed a 47-yard field goal, and had almost as many mediocre kickoffs as strong ones.

THEY GET AN F: Jeff Maehl has little chance of making the roster with the receiver logjam, and losing a fumble won't be of help.....second wave of linebackers proved ineffective, notably Travis Long and Emmanuel Acho having an awful miscue on a James Develin touchdown.....Curtis Marsh proved so inept, Jimmy Kempski found cause to dub him Curtis 'Toasted' Marsh'mallow'; totally apt as all three quarterbacks targeted him for the duration of the game; most Patriot touchdowns went through him.

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