Quarterback Sam Bradford and the Eagles offense put on a clinic during the first quarter of Saturday night's 39-26 preseason win over the Packers. On team's first three drives, Bradford and the offense moved methodically down the field en route to three touchdowns.
For the Eagles' starters, the third preseason game is considered the "dress rehearsal." It's the last time they'll play in a game until the regular season, and the starters usually play around one quarter of the game. It was encouraging, then to see the Eagles offense firing on all cylinders en route to a very impressive three touchdown performance.
Here are some of the players who impressed, and a few with some more work to do:
Sam Bradford: This was the Bradford the Eagles were hoping to get when they acquired him. In three drives, Bradford was a perfect 10/10 for 121 yards and three touchdowns. It was hard to find fault with anything Bradford did: he found open receivers, showcased some excellent ball placement and moved the offense down the field on three crisp drives.
The starters won't see the playing field until the Monday night opener against the Falcons, but Bradford's performance should give the offense a ton of confidence heading into the regular season.
Darren Sproles: The matchup nightmare that is Darren Sproles continued to do his thing against the Packers. Sproles caught two passes for 41 yards, including a gorgeous eight-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Sproles has had an impressive preseason, and Kelly said after the game that he wants to get Sproles the ball more. He figures to be a central part of the offense once the games start counting.
Trey Burton: The Eagles' third tight end got plenty of playing time Saturday, and made it count. He caught touchdown passes from both Bradford and Mark Sanchez, and led the team with four catches. Burton was always likely to make the team, but the pass-catching tight end demonstrated his value again Saturday night.
Jeff Maehl: Buried on the depth chart, Maehl has had a quiet summer, but showed up at Lambeau Field. Maehl was targeted early and often, and finished the game with three catches for 43 yards and a nine-yard touchdown catch. It will still be an uphill battle for Maehl to make the team, but he has at least given the coaches something to think about. Another good performance next Thursday against the Jets would do a lot for his odds.
Kiko Alonso: With his absence in Saturday night's game, Alonso could possibly miss the entire preseason as he recovers from a nagging leg injury. For what it's worth, Kelly has said that Alonso would have played if it were the regular season. And as confident as the coaching staff is in his abilities, Alonso hasn't played in a football game of any kind since the end of the 2013 season. It would likely do him some good to play next Thursday.
Mychal Kendricks: A few days after signing a four-year extension with the Eagles, Kendricks made his 2015 preseason debut. The results were about what you'd expect from a player who hasn't seen game action in several months. In the second quarter Kendricks missed a tackle on a screen pass and was later called for defensive pass interference in the end zone. It wasn't an awful performance from Kendricks, but he's capable of better.
Eric Rowe: The rookie started off the night well, breaking up a third down pass from Brett Hundley to Randall Cobb. But as the night wore on, Rowe looked less consistent. He missed a few tackles, one of which led to a score, and generally looked like a rookie. The good news here is that Rowe likely won't be starting on the outside, so he'll have time to learn from his mistakes.
Ed Reynolds II: Reynolds hasn't been able to improve on his two-interception performance in the first preseason game. The second-year safety missed a few tackles, and also missed a block on special teams that almost resulted in a blocked punt. Barring a huge performance next week, Reynolds seems destined for the practice squad again.
The backup quarterbacks: It's been a rough preseason for Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow. Neither has been very impressive, and Saturday was another example. Barkley 5/9 for 28 yards, while Tebow finished 2/2 for 15 yards. He also ran three times for four yards.
Tebow saw some snaps with the first team, as he was twice called upon to quarterback the two-point conversion offense in the first quarter. One try was a run and one was a pass, but they both ended the same way - no good. Only one player can win the job, but neither have shown much this preseason.