The Super Bowl rematch didn’t go the Philadelphia Eagles way on Thursday night…at least in the first half. But in the second half, with Eagles third-string quarterback Nate Sudfeld, things finally started to come together. But unfortunately, not soon enough to complete the comeback and win.
QB Nate Sudfeld – This dude, aka Nate STUDfeld, was an absolute beast tonight. He seriously looked like a Pro Bowl player. His deep-passing was insane, and his performed well under pressure. The 24-year-old registered three touchdowns and 312 yards, while averaging 56% (predominantly from drops). He also had an interception that was not his fault.
WR Shelton Gibson – Gibson is pretty much a lock to make the roster. It was Sudfeld’s favorite target throughout Thursday night. Gibson hauled in five catches for 90 yards (18 yard avg.).
WR DeAndre Carter – From what we’ve seen in the second week of the 2018 NFL Preseason, Carter is arguably the most underrated wideout on the team. On Thursday, he had three receptions, totaling 48 yards.
CB Ronald Darby – Although he dropped two potential interceptions, he seemed to perform very well on his coverage. Didn’t get a chance to tackle anyone though.
QB Nick Foles – Not the Super Bowl MVP we were planning to watch play. Went three for nine, and just 44 yards in one quarter.
RB Matt Jones – Jones had three crucial drops, and averaged only 3.2 yards per run. Wouldn’t be surprised if he got cut prior to the regular season opener.
LB Jordan Hicks – Despite having five tackles, missing more than two tackles still isn’t very attractive – which is exactly what Hicks did on Thursday night. He still looks like a lock for the starter position. His next challenge is remaining healthy.
LT Hal Vaitai – Vaitai seemed to have a decent term while filling in for Jason Peters after his injury last season. But it didn’t seem to go that way on Thursday night. Vaitai allowed a lot of pressure on Foles, and is the main reason for his strip-sack. Otherwise, he seemed OK.
WR Rashard Davis – Just because you had a big touchdown catch, doesn’t mean you’re automatically on the FEASTED list. Davis lost 15+ yards on his first punt return. Then lost three yards on his next.
The Eagles look to face the Cleveland Browns next week, which is another tough matchup, if you put their offseason success into consideration.