No practice today for the Eagles. It’s a travel day to Cleveland, where the Super Bowl champs will take on the Browns for this season’s third preseason game, which is typically the final tune-up prior to the regular season.

And this Eagles team needs a tune-up. Just listen to head coach Doug Pederson and what he wants to see improved tomorrow night against the Browns:

“I think some of the takeaways, execution, quite honestly,” he says. “We’ve got to eliminate penalties, big penalties. Turnovers have been kind of a sore spot obviously these first couple of weeks.”

Nick Foles, still on schedule to be the opening-night starting quarterback on Sept. 6 in South Philly, will get most of the first team snaps in the first half – and maybe into the second half – against Cleveland. Carson Wentz is not ready to play tackle football, yet. And there has been no indication of when that will be – the clearance from the doctors could come anytime.

“He’s doing well,” Pederson says. “He’s doing well. He’s moving well. He’s making good decisions, throwing the ball extremely well. We talked about his arm the other day being live and fresh. He’s doing the right things with his rehab and have been excited with the stage that he’s in.”

In the meantime, Foles has to show improvement: Ball out on time, accurate, leading the team on at least one, maybe two scoring drives against a Cleveland team that has won the fewest games in the NFL the last two years.

“We had some opportunities to take the ball away the other night, and we didn’t do that,” Pederson says. “But just overall execution. Hopefully now our units are starting to play more. They are playing longer. They are playing together. That’s the way practices have been structured this week to be able to promote that just a little bit, and so that should help our guys that are so-called penciled-in starters to play a little bit better in a game like this.”


Get Sal Pal’s daily Training Camp updates here!

And be sure to follow Sal on Instagram!

Related Articles

Comments are closed.