Five things to know from Eagles-Jaguars
Michael Vick took off running way more than the Philadelphia
Eagles would like Saturday night.`
He also threw an interception while trying to get rid of the
It wasn’t his best performance of the preseason. But it wasn’t
cause for alarm, either, coach Chip Kelly said following his team’s
31-24 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
”Hopefully we get that stuff out of us,” Kelly said. ”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.
He did a good job of not forcing the football.”
Vick completed 15 of 23 passes for 184 yards, with a touchdown
and an interception. He also ran seven times for 53 yards, most of
them coming after plays broke down.
Just days after being chosen the starter, Vick showed solid
command of 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.”
Here are five things to know following the Eagles-Jaguars
1. BROWN’S UPS AND DOWNS: Eagles backup running back Bryce Brown
led the team with 92 yards on 11 carries, but he also had a costly
fumble near the goal line. Brown lost control of the ball when he
was hit by Jaguars safety Dwight Lowery. The ball rolled out of the
end zone for a touchback. ”He hasn’t done that in the earlier
games,” Kelly said. ”He had it out there swinging it on that one
fumble, but we talked about that.”
2. PETERS PLAYS: Eagles left tackle Jason Peters, who missed all
of last season with an Achilles tendon injury, made his preseason
debut against Jacksonville. But Kelly called the offensive line ”a
work in progress.” The Jaguars have the fewest sacks in the NFL
over the last five years, but they got two against the Eagles and
probably would have had a few more had it not been for Vick’s
scrambling prowess. ”Overall, there is no place where we can say,
`We’re good to go,”’ Kelly said. ”It’s always a constant, `We
need to improve in every aspect of this football team.”’
3. RACKLEY INJURED: Jaguars left guard Will Rackley, who missed
all of last season because of an ankle injury, tweaked his left
knee on the team’s first offensive play. X-rays were negative, but
an MRI was scheduled for Sunday. The Jaguars have little depth
along the offensive line, so they can’t afford to lose Rackley for
4. TODMAN IMPRESSES: With Jaguars backup running back Justin
Forsett sitting out another preseason game with a toe injury,
Jordan Todman made a strong case for making the 53-man roster.
Todman ran eight times for 105 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown
in the second quarter. His huge run was longer than anything the
team did in the regular season the last two years.
5. UP-TEMPO OFFENSES: The Eagles have gotten plenty of attention
for Kelly’s up-tempo offense. But Philly’s not the only team
running lots of no-huddle. The Jaguars maintained an equally brisk
pace throughout the game, finishing with 73 plays – three more than
the Eagles. Coming into the game, the Eagles were the only team in
the league averaging fewer seconds between plays than Jacksonville
in the preseason.
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