It’s been that long since the Philadelphia Eagles last played a football game.
Thankfully, that streak ends at 7:30 PM tonight when the Eagles will host the Tennessee Titans at Lincoln Financial Field. The preseason is finally here.
Summer football is a weird thing.
On one hand, it beats having no football to watch. We’ll at least get to see how some of the new guys — free agent signings and draft picks alike — look in their Eagles debuts. We’ll also be able to glean some information about how the Eagles’ 53-man roster is shaping up.
On the other hand, preseason football will leave us wanting for more. We’ll find ourselves questioning our sanity while watching a bunch of players who we won’t even remember in a few weeks. We’ll wonder how much preseason really even matters after watching summer standouts of years past (Shelton Gibson, anyone?) fail to ever amount to anything in the regular season.
Regardless, I’m excited that preseason football is back. It feels like we’ve already learned a lot from the Eagles’ 11 training camp practices. Now it’s time to see how the players look in live game action.
It’s still unclear how long the Eagles’ starters — includng Carson Wentz — will play in this game. Doug Pederson’s history suggests the first team unit will get a drive or two but it’s possible that the team takes it extra cautious with Wentz and holds him out. It’d be hard to blame them given his importance to this team’s success.
Nate Sudfeld and Miles Sanders are among the team’s most interesting players to watch. Sudfeld needs to inspire confidence as Wentz’s backup. I’m feeling confident he’ll show us some good things. Same goes for Sanders, who is clearly very talented. There’s pressure on a lot of other guys to step up and show they can contribute. It’ll be exciting to see who stands out.
Not that the final score matters, but the Titans should offer a reasonable challenge. Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel is obviously a defensive-minded guy. On offense, Ryan Tannehill is one of the most seasoned backups you’ll find in the league considering he has 88 career starts. Good test for the Eagles’ second team defense.
Win or lose, the most important thing for the Eagles is escaping this game without more injuries. There’s exactly one month remaining until Philadelphia hosts Washington at the Linc in Week 1. Preseason football will help us pass the time until then.
Na Brown candidate prediction:
Score prediction: 21-20, Eagles win.
Bold prediction: Miles Sanders breaks off a 69+ yard touchdown run.
Na Brown candidate prediction: Carlton Agudosi logs five receptions, including a touchdown
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