Eagles 31, Jaguars 24
Michael Vick missed some throws, had one picked off and even was
It wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough for Vick to declare
himself ready for the regular season.
Vick completed 15 of 23 passes for 184 yards, with a touchdown
and an interception, and the Eagles rallied to beat the
Jacksonville Jaguars 31-24 in a preseason game Saturday night. He
also ran for 53 yards, most of them coming after plays broke
Just days after being named the starter, Vick showed solid
command of new coach Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense.
”I think there were a lot of things that happened tonight that
are very promising for our team,” Vick said. ”I ran the ball
pretty well. I don’t want to run that much, but I would if I have
to. I did it and protected myself all night. If I can do it like
that, then I can help this football team.”
Vick found Riley Cooper for a 9-yard score in the second
”I thought Michael did a really good job of keeping plays alive
at times, but there are other times where you have to cut your
losses and get us back to the line of scrimmage and get the next
snap off,” Kelly said. ”He did a good job of not forcing the
football. He did a good job of making them honest and picked up
some good yardage in running after they did a good job in
”If you do that, then your quarterback can hurt you with his
feet, and I think that’s what Michael did tonight.”
Bryce Brown and Chris Polk ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns,
helping the Eagles (2-1) overcome a 24-16 deficit.
Nick Foles, who lost the starting job to Vick earlier in the
week, completed 10 of 11 passes for 112 yards in the second
”That’s what I expect out of him,” Kelly said. ”He’s an
outstanding quarterback. I said that when we made the decision with
Michael that I feel we have two quarterbacks that are quality NFL
quarterbacks. We expect him to do that. That’s the type of player
LeSean McCoy ran five times for 9 yards. Brown got more work,
finishing with 92 yards on 11 carries.
Jacksonville’s Chad Henne, who lost the starting job to Blaine
Gabbert earlier in the week but got the start because Gabbert has a
broken thumb, completed 11 of 18 passes for 106 yards, with two
touchdowns and an interception.
Henne threw a 17-yard strike to Justin Blackmon in the first
quarter and found Allen Reisner on an 8-yard score in the
Jordan Todman, who is vying for a backup spot behind Maurice
Jones-Drew, accounted for Jacksonville’s other touchdown when he
ripped off a 63-yard run in the second.
Both teams played up-tempo most of the night, often going
without a huddle and trying to keep defenses off balance and out of
”For the most part, the tempo is such a tremendous strain on
the defense,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said. ”I thought we
handled it really well. We had a good game plan to handle the tempo
and it slowed down somewhat as the game has gone on.”
Jacksonville (0-3) had several positives. Receiver Cecil Shorts
III, who missed the last three weeks with a left calf strain, made
his preseason debut. He caught one pass for 20 yards and escaped
without a setback.
Rookie right tackle Luke Joeckel returned after missing last
week’s preseason game because of a hip flexor and played well.
And Todman showed the kind of burst the Jaguars have been
lacking in the backfield. With Justin Forsett having missed three
preseason games because of a sprained toe, Todman may have
solidified his chances of making the 53-man roster. His big run was
longer than anything the Jaguars have had in the last two
”We always talk about who’s fast,” Jones-Drew said. ”Todman
right there showed he had a little speed, but we’ll see later on
who’s the fastest at the end of the season.”
Jacksonville had one huge negative: Starting left guard Will
Rackley, who missed all of last season because of an ankle injury,
injured his left knee on the team’s first offensive play. X-ray
were negative, but an MRI was scheduled for Sunday.
The Jaguars were ahead after three quarters, but failed to hold
a lead for the second consecutive week.
The Eagles outgained Jacksonville 452-346 and added 189 yards in
kickoff and punt returns.
Other positives for Philly: Linebacker Connor Barwin had an
interception and a sack, and tight end Brent Celek caught four
passes for 54 yards and nearly had a TD reception early.
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