Eagles-Panthers: The Good, The Bad

LeSean McCoy
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. (Credit: Getty Images).

 

The Eagles’ starters played for virtually the entire first half. The offense moved the chains at will, but turned the ball over two times (Mike Vick’s second interception on a Hail Mary heave to end the half doesn’t count). The defense played a bend-but-don’t break style and clamped down on third down. More importantly, the unit actually tackled. Here’s three players that impressed and three that didn’t in Thursday night’s 14-9 victory over Carolina.

Three cheers

Mychal Kendricks, LB: The second-year linebacker was a disruptive force, crashing into the Panthers’ backfield and getting pressure on the quarterback. He was also excellent in coverage and got a legal (cheap?) shot in on Cam Newton. DeMeco Ryans also stepped up his game Thursday.

LeSean McCoy, RB: He played the entire first half and ran for 47 yards on eight carries, including a 1-yard TD run. His 21-yard rumble was the higjhlight of the night — and maybe the preseason — as he cut on dime, switched directions and broke a few ankles in the process. He’s going to put up monster numbers in this offense

Mike Vick, QB: It’s hard not to proclaim this guy the starting quarterback now. Vick was perfect, going 9-of-10 for 105 yards and leading a touchdown-scoring drive. His ability to stretch plays with his legs, when nothing seems to be there, is what makes him scary good in Chip Kelly’s offense. He also didn’t force anything for once.

Three jeers

 

Cary Williams, CB: The very outspoken cornerback was beaten several times. He just leaves too much cushion when defending receivers and can’t recover. Williams’  biggest contribution was starting a fight at the end of a play. Second-year cornerback Brandon Boykin outplayed Williams all night.

Matt Barkley, QB: Does anyone still believe he has even an outside chance of being named starting quarterback? Barkley makes bad reads and lacks touch. He’ll make the team as the third-stringer. Remember, though, he’s only a rookie. He can and will improve … we think.

Alex Henery, K: I feel bad doing this, but you have to convert a 44-yard field goal in the preseason. (Case in point, Carolina’s Graham Gano drilled a 47-yarder). Henery has proven to be one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL over the past two seasons. I’m guessing this won’t be a lingering issue.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Dogs are capable of feeling jealousy - U.S.…

By Curtis Skinner(Reuters) - Dogs are a man's best friend, and research released on Wednesday says canines want to keep it that way.Dogs are capable…

Local

G train riders brace for five-week shutdown

G train service will be suspended between Brooklyn and Queens between Friday, July 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 2.

International

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…

Local

Family, supporters gather in Brooklyn for Eric Garner…

Family members gathered on Wednesday for the funeral of Eric Garner, who died shortly after police put him in a banned chokehold as they arrested him.

Going Out

Where to go drinking on National Tequila Day…

Thursday is just close enough to the end of the week to make you envision yourself already sunning on a beach towel or lounging by…

Going Out

Things to do in NYC this week: July…

Performing arts A 70’s Summer Night Friday, 6:30 p.m. The Green Building 452 Union St., Gowanus $35, 347-529-6473 Party like it’s summer in the 1970s…

Going Out

5 must-try dishes at Edible Manhattan's Good Beer

Rooting out the exotic amid the New York City bar scene is noble quest. But if you’d like to have it all come to you,…

Books

Art imitates life (almost) in David Shapiro's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

MLB

Brandon McCarthy finds his calling on Twitter

Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy joined Twitter three year ago for the same reason many people do: to get news quickly.

Sports

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost

Food

Recharge with a post-workout smoothie from Nicky Hilton

Some people can roll out of bed right as their alarm goes off. And that alarm isn’t set for 20 minutes before they have to…

Education

Colleges are increasingly embracing the concept of gender-neutral…

  Northwestern University recently made headlines after announcing that it would be installing two gender-neutral bathrooms in the university's student center. “These are two gender-open…

Career

How to prepare to interview for your dream…

    Congratulations! You landed a job interview at your dream company! A lot of hard work has gone into determining which companies to apply…

Style

The shirtdress is a summer must-have

  We love throwing on our boyfriend’s shirt and a pair of jeans (no matter how much he grumbles that it’s his turn to wear the…