Kenjon Barner’s 92 yard punt return was a thing of beauty as he looks to make the team as a returner and fourth-string running back.
By Art Beitchman
The long-awaited 2015 Eagles preseason season got underway Sunday, and the Birds blew away the Indianapolis Colts 36-10.
Sam Bradford, Kiko Alonso, DeMarco Murray sat out game 1, but the guys who played were impressive.
QB Matt Barkley looked good, throwing 12-20 for 192 yards, his best game action anybody can remember — perhaps feeling the hot breath of Tim Tebow on his neck.
The Eagles’ front three of Benny Logan, Cedric Thornton, and Fletcher Cox did an excellent job of stuffing Indy’s run game, again reinforcing the Birds stout defensive line play, arguably the strongest unit the past two years.
First round draft pick Nelson Agholor was very impressive in his initial NFL action, pulling in 3 catches for 57 yards, including a 34 yard touchdown. Algholor also displayed some nice YAC (yards after catch), abilities, bolting up field with some nice burst, could have a big rookie year.
Secondary play was also under a microscope with all the off-season changes, and it appeared to be much better. Rookie Eric Rowe sparkled with a forced fumble in his first NFL action, creating an Eagles turnover, Rowe will get a long and hard look in the nickel package that’s up for grabs with departure of Brandon Boykin.
Second year safety Ed Reynolds had a big game with two interceptions, looking to gain a roster spot on the final 53.
No injuries were reported from the Colts game, which is also a huge plus going into a week 2 of exhibition games. A joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens will be held at the NovaCare complex this week, before the next preseason game at the Linc August 22 at 7pm versus the Ravens.