This would indicate an extreme lack of coverage ability downfield from a group of guys that, outside of rookie safety Earl Wolff, might not have shown enough this preseason to make an NFL roster. But some of them will make the Eagles roster, presumably, because you can't scavenge that many guys off the roster cuts this weekend. (Or can you? After watching this, if I'm Howie Roseman, I'm keeping an extremely open mind.)
"They got a lot of reps," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said of his defensive backs, and that really summed it up pretty well.
Nate Allen, apparently competing with Wolff to retain his starting safety job, did absolutely nothing to make you feel confident he can handle the role.
"We've got a lot of film to watch on the bus ride home, and we have a lot of meetings [today]" before arriving at a 53-man roster by 4 p.m. tomorrow, Kelly said.
"I feel like I had a pretty good game," said Allen, who was credited with one tackle. "Whether I'm starting or not, that's out of my hands. All I can do is put what I can on tape, try to make as many plays as I can."
Allen, who has started 38 games for the Eagles since arriving as a second-round pick in 2010, said Simms "was just putting it in there."
"Maybe a couple of breakdowns here and there, but sometimes those guys are gonna get open, and they're gonna catch balls," Allen said of the Jets' subs. "They're great players too. Sometimes they can sneak stuff in on us."
Oh, and the Eagles, who came into the evening with three healthy corners, lost another when Trevard Lindley left in the third quarter with an ankle sprain. Safety Kurt Coleman stepped in at corner and frankly looked better than he usually does at his normal position.
Coleman said after the game he asked Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg (late of the Eagles) why he kept throwing deep on him: "He said, 'I didn't expect you to be that good.' "
We feel ya, Marty.
If you're in the market for bright spots, some of the Eagles' young defensive linemen and linebackers played really well, which made the secondary's failings even more glaring. Emmanuel Acho was credited with eight first-half tackles and a sack. Fellow linebacker Jake Knott notched six first-half tackles and forced a fumble. They both should make the team ahead of, say, Casey Matthews, whose play in the open field was painful to watch.
Linebacker Chris McCoy managed two of those seven first-half sacks, going in unblocked once.
Defensive linemen Bennie Logan and Vinny Curry again looked promising.
"Some of those guys did show up," Kelly agreed. "[Acho] is a really, really smart player. That's the one thing that jumps out at you . . . He understands the game very well, seems to always be around the ball."
The Eagles' second-team offensive line looked completely helpless, helping quarterback Nick Foles get off to a horrible start. It wasn't clear Foles ever got to set his feet the first two series, and scrambling around the pocket is not his game.
"Very shoddy in protection early," Kelly said. "He didn't really have time to set his feet."
Foles ended the first quarter 0-for-6 and ended his night at halftime, 6-for-17 for 63 yards, a 46.9 passer rating, and a first-possession fumble. It was Foles' second lost fumble of the preseason, and it showed a lack of awareness of his surroundings. Chased by former Eagles safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, Foles broke free, stepped up into traffic, but failed to put the ball away before he was hit by another former Eagle, Ricky Sapp.
The o-line was Matt Tobin, Allen Barbre, Julian Vandervelde, Danny Watkins and Michael Bamiro. The tackles seemed to have an especially tough time. In fairness, the Jets did a lot of blitzing, which you don't really expect in a game between subs.
Asked about Watkins, the Eagles' first-round pick in 2011, Kelly said: "Danny's competing with the rest of those guys up front. There's always really some good out of Danny, but there's always some mistakes out of Danny. It's going to be a battle. You feel good about your [starting] five, but then where are we going to be, and then how many are we going to carry?"
It seems fair to wonder whether the Eagles are as well stocked at tight end as we'd thought. James Casey's brief appearance ended with a hamstring strain. Casey, a touted offseason acquisition, has barely played in the preseason, either because Kelly is keeping him under wraps or because he isn't really healthy. Second-round rookie Zach Ertz has showed a lot of promise, but he dropped a couple passes last night and got driven back into Foles on a Sapp pass rush.
"I thought we were going to get some good reps out of him [against the Jets] but we couldn't," Kelly said of Casey. Hard to know what to make of that situation, especially since Kelly emphasized that "Brent Celek's our starting tight end."
Foles was imprecise, throwing under constant pressure, and his receivers made not even one above-average catch.
"It was a little different," Foles said. "I was trying to be smart with the ball and efficient. Just didn't really put any points on the board . . . Just missin' throws. They were bringing some pressure, but I've still got to make the throws."
Matt Barkley fared a little better, against a less-fierce rush, until he threw a lame-duck pick-six with 1:57 left. Barkley was 13-for-27 for 134 yards and no TDs, although he did lead the only two Eagles' touchdown drives, scored on Matthew Tucker runs.
"He's still up and down at times," Kelly said. "I'm excited about Matt's future."
The Eagles reached an injury settlement with corner Eddie Whitley (knee), rather than keep him on IR . . . Jordan Poyer handled return duties against the Jets, to little avail . . . The Eagles and all other teams have to be at 53 players by 4 p.m. tomorrow . . . Jeff Maehl and Ifeanyi Momah notched their first (and possibly last) catches as Eagles . . . The Eagles finished the preseason 2-2.
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