By Julie Glass
The Eagles’ defense has looked ready to go if you judge by the first two exo games.
The offense, not so much!
“It’s the preseason and things aren’t always going to go your way right now,” tackle Lane Johnson told the team’s web site. “We’re working on a lot of things just to get certain looks. When we have to line up and play and the games count in the standings, we’re going to be ready.”
“Obviously we have a lot to improve on,” running back LeGarrette Blount said. “We have a lot of corrections to make. It’s not going as smoothly as any of us want it to go. But like I said, it’s the preseason. We are still in camp. This is the time to make the corrections and not take it over into the regular season so we are going to work on it.”
Against Buffalo on Thursday night, the Eagles failed on their first nine third-down attempts before converting with quarterback Dane Evans at the helm.
“I know these guys are working hard, and I’ve seen what they’ve done in practice,” Pederson said after Thursday’s win. “Again, you know, it’s a mindset. The run game is a mindset, it’s a mentality, and it takes 11 guys to do it. We do so much run-throw combinations that we even did tonight, that if the run’s not there, we’re going to throw it to the perimeter. So we had those combinations tonight, and sometimes it gets kind of mistaken for a lot of throws when actually it’s a run called and it ends up being – what we call – an advantage throw to the perimeter. So, you know, it’s our Training Camp stuff. But I’m not concerned with where we’re at right now.
“It (preseason struggles) could be a lot of reasons. One, we don’t game plan these games. We try to just rep our Training Camp plays. We’re trying to see and evaluate our players still. (We’re) trying to put them in the best possible situations. You know, sometimes, too, guys know there are a limited number of reps, so they expect a certain, maybe a certain style, and if it’s not there, it’s hard to get into the flow of the game.”
“Was the performance great? By no means,” quarterback Carson Wentz said. “It was definitely not where we want to be, but I definitely don’t have doubts. We have the right guys. We have the right team. We just have to put it together.”