Bob_Q here (a.k.a. the poster formerly known as Outtake24), back with another edition of "Taking Stock." In the first week of preseason, the Philadelphia Eagles squared off against the New England Patriots, suffering a close 27-25 loss. More important than the final outcome, though, was the stellar performance of the Eagles' crop of newcomers. Oh yeah, and the signing of some guy named Vick was announced during the game. Here is a brief rundown of who's stock is on the rise and who's stock is falling.
Stock on the Rise:
LeSean McCoy: McCoy had a fantastic game, looking like a Westbrook in the making with his elusiveness. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry and added two catches for 12 yards. Not bad for a quarter-and-a-half performance.
Eldra Buckley: Buckley easily had the best day of any Eagle, scoring two touchdowns: one on the ground and one off of an A.J. Feeley pass. He led the team far and away in receptions (6 for 56 yards) and added 23 yards on the ground. Although Lorenzo Booker had a few flashes here and there, Buckley clearly stood out and made a great case for his spot on the final roster.
Macho Harris: Although he started a little rough, the former Virginia Tech standout quickly recovered and proved his mettle. Harris roamed all over the field and had a great hurry on QB Andrew Walter, streaking through a hole in the line and nearly getting a sack.
Sheldon Brown: Brown made the highlight reel of the first quarter by intercepting a Tom Brady pass intended for Randy Moss. The coverage was great and all Brown had to do was turn around and let the ball fall into his lap. The play clearly rattled Brady, who was seen slamming his helmet around on the sidelines soon afterwards.
Brent Celek: While minor injuries are usually nothing to put too much emphasis on, Celek's AC sprain during tonight's game could prove to be a source of major concern. As it stands right now, the Eagles only have two tight ends able to play in a game: converted DE Eugene Bright and RFA Rob Myers. Neither have shown much promise so far, so expect to see another tight end signing soon.
David Akers: Yes, Akers did make four very nice field goals, but ultimately it was the last one that counted. With a minute left in the fourth quarter, all our kicker had to do was make a 43-yard field goal to win the game. Simple right? Well, something obviously was amiss as the kick sailed wide left, effectively ending the game in the Patriots' favor. What happened to that 60-yard kick in training camp?
Adam DiMichele: Newly re-signed quarterback Adam DiMichele threw exactly zero passes in tonight's game, giving a pretty clear indication of what the Eagles plan to do with him now that Michael Vick is wearing midnight green. So long, Adam. At least you can say you lasted longer than Matt Nagy.