Eagles-Jets: Player Observations

Many notes from the Eagles backups' 37-7 smashing of the Jets' backups.

QUARTERBACKS

Matt Barkley strung together a quality performance, doing a little bit of everything. The night included laser passes, good sells on the read option, smart throws underneath, and even a rushing touchdown late in his shift. The lone blight was an interception in the end zone, in which Quron Pratt stopped his route short.....G.J. Kinne didn't enter the game until the fourth quarter, indicating that his time with the team is once again short. Still, Kinne got to show off his read option skills and running capabilities, in the hopes that a team who needs a mobile QB will come calling. Kinne did go 3-for-3 passing, with a touchdown strike to Trey Burton.

RUNNING BACKS

Henry Josey put together the most impressive night of all of the running backs, bouncing around for 121 yards on 22 carries (5.5 YPA). Though the beneficiary of good blocking, Josey has similar outside patience to LeSean McCoy, wisely waiting for the lanes to open.....Josey's carries were inflated following injuries to Matthew Tucker (shoulder) and Kenjon Barner (ankle). Both ran well in their time, with Tucker getting a higher share with Chris Polk sitting out, further hampered by hamstring discomfort. Tucker also put on a good special teams showing, while Barner was a mixed bag (solid running, needlessly risky fair-catch attempt).

WIDE RECEIVERS

Arrelious Benn was one of three receivers that made a strong case for a hypothetical sixth receiver job, burning the corner on a 43-yard touchdown grab. He would've made a nice second touchdown catch in the third, but was forced out of the back of the end zone by two defenders.....Damaris Johnson may have damn well earned his way onto the Eagles roster once more with press-in running back action (five carries, 69 yards) and shifty punt-return work. His 46-yard touchdown run capped off a night of great performances.....Jeff Maehl joins the pair with some great adjustments to haul in passes, and continues to be a sharp blocker in the flat. If this team could keep seven or eight receivers, they would.....Ifeanyi Momah made just one catch for 12 yards, but it was a good snag on a crossing route. Invisible otherwise.....Quron Pratt's end-zone blunder signifies that he's not ready for the big time as of yet....Will Murphy, Oregon or not, will probably miss making the team as well, in spite of a decent night (four catches, 34 yards).

TIGHT ENDS

James Casey got the start, having a basic night with two nabs for ten yards.....Trey Burton was the one fighting for a spot, and came through with a quality performance. The rookie caught six balls for 45 yards, making some difficult snags (including a David Tyree-esque helmet catch), in addition to a 21-yard score from Kinne's hand. Burton noticeably ran backward on one catch to avoid a tackle, his lone real blunder.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Matt Tobin was lost early with an ankle injury, after a Jets defender kamikaze'd into it for no real reason. Kevin Graf played fine in relief, but the likes of Lane Johnson and David Molk had highly strong nights in run blocking, particularly for Josey.

SPECIALISTS

The newsmaker of the night was Cody Parkey, who blasted two long field goals (54 and 53 yards), as well as a 25-yarder, while Alex Henery could only watch. Both kickers were impressive in booming touchback-length kicks, but the odds look to be heavily in Parkey's favor.....Donnie Jones impressed as usual with a sky-scraping near-60-yard punt. Of course, nobody's in competition with him.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

The fact that Bennie Logan suited up has to be a sign that Beau Allen's shoving him good for the starting nose tackle job. Allen impressed by steering a center into the running back on an outside lane, and proved typically efficient in clogging the middle. Jets running backs averaged less than 3.2 YPA.....Brandon Bair, Taylor Hart, and Damion Square also contributed to the run-stuffing festivities, but the front-line pass rush wasn't spectacular.

LINEBACKERS

Emmanuel Acho made a heads-up deflection of an early Matt Simms pass, but couldn't follow through with the diving pick.....In minimal action, Brandon Graham didn't follow up on his recent pass-rush resurgence, but did look good against the run by setting the edges.....Bryan Braman began to unleash the wild side befitting his appearance, throwing a punt returner backward, getting off the snap extremely quickly (though he was called for encroachment once), and earning a sack of Tajh Boyd.....Marcus Smith still needs some polish, but it's not for a lack of effort. The first-rounder's most impressive moment was chasing down a tight end that got free on a drag route; his pursuit is relentless.....biggest issue from the linebackers was overpursuit in the pass rush (notably Casey Matthews and Acho), but it did help set the edge on run stops.....Travis Long made one last surge to state his case with an aggressive beeline sack on Boyd (which earned a high-five from Connor Barwin), and overall high-motor play.....Matthews' nasty side came out with a German suplex on Jalen Saunders, but his general tackling was still a bit rough.

SECONDARY

Jaylen Watkins stood out from the corner fray, covering lots of ground. His early hit on Greg Salas indicates that he could be used well at safety, which had been considered. He did make an unnecessary turn-and-pull that was called for a long pass interference in the early going.....Curtis Marsh has become the whipping boy for many Eagles fans, but had himself a safely pedestrian night. That's a good thing, right?.....Chris Maragos was everywhere, and did a good job of working in tandem with Earl Wolff to force an Alex Green fumble.....Ed Reynolds cost the team a possible shut-out win by tipping a sure-INT into the hands of Clyde Gates for a touchdown. Reynolds could be the first fifth-round pick to miss making the Eagles roster as a rookie since CJ Gaddis in 2007.....Keelan Johnson amazingly got away with a facemask on Matthews' obliteration of Saunders.

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