The Eagles game against the New York Jets featured a lot of backups, which was expected since the regular season is just around the corner. There was a possibility that Hurts would play a series since he missed the last game with illness, but Nick Sirianni decided to sit him. Joe Flacco and Nick Mullens took every snap during this game.
This game was probably the best offensive game the Eagles had during the preseason. This game ended in a tie, 31-31. Here is TGH’s Philadelphia Eagles-New York Jets preseason recap.
Flacco looked sharp during this game. He was accurate in his passing and did not force the ball to receivers. If no one was open, he would check the ball down to his running backs, who can definitely do damage in the open field. Flacco averaged a 11.8 yard per pass in this game. He went 13 of 16 for 188 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also avoided turning the ball over, which looked nice compared to the other preseason games.
The Eagles’ rushing attack looked awesome and Kenny Gainwell stood out most of all. Gainwell was quick and kept finding holes in the defense. He scored a touchdown in the red zone to give the Eagles the lead in the final minute of the first quarter. He ended the night with 32 rushing yards and one touchdown. Gainwell also was proficient in the passing game, with four receptions for 27 yards. Boston Scott also had an impressive day, especially in the receiving category. He had 49 receiving yards in the game. The bulk of it came from a 32-yard pass from Joe Flacco for a touchdown. Scott ran a wheel route and turned on the jets with his explosive speed down the sideline.
The wide receivers also had good night at the office. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside caught a beautiful pass from Flacco along the sideline for a 42-yard touchdown reception. He showed his strength after the catch and broke tackles from two Jets defenders. He ended the day with 57 receiving yards and one touchdown. John Hightower was also a receiver that was impressive. He was a reliable target down the stretch. He had 3 receptions for 21 yards. It would have been great to see Jack Stoll have a bigger day as his production was limited. He had two receptions for 14 yards. Overall the offense looked quite good , but that is with a grain of salt since a lot of the starters did not play.
Eagles cornerback Michael Jacquet had a whale of a game. He had 10 tackles and one touchdown during the game. He got the touchdown from a fumble by the Jets offense. Linebacker JaCoby Stevens also had an impressive day tackling with seven tackles.
Tarron Jackson, who was a former defensive end from Coastal Carolina also looked impressive during this game. He is strong and has the ability to pressure the quarterback. He had one sack during the game and two tackles. Jackson could be a starter in the future for the Eagles if he translates this production into the regular season.
T.Y. McGill was also a player that was noticeable on the field. He had a few good solo tackles, two sacks, and one pass deflections. McGill brought the pressure all night as he also had four quarterback hits. He was one of the best defensive players of the night for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Overall, the defense did okay during the final preseason game. The Eagles should have won this game but a Hail Mary pass to the end zone thrown by James Morgan spoiled the win in the final seconds of the game. This was with all the backups in the of course, but that still should have never happened.
The Eagles play the Atlanta Falcons next in their first regular season game on September 12th.