Jets vs Eagles Live : The New York Jets take on the Philadelphia Eagles in East Rutherford on Saturday night in the Jets third per-season game of 2019. the Jets vs Eagles as a possible backup to Carson Went at quarterback after a remarkable performance.Yes, you read the headline correctly, the Jets have yet to acquire a regular-season match against the Philadelphia Eagles. Both franchises have eight games against each other, all of them end with Philadelphia being the victor.
Previewing this match up, Brandon Newton, the Manager of Bleeding Green Nation, was kind enough to answer a few questions for me regarding the 2019 Eagles. You can check out Michael Narnia’s answers to Brandon’s questions regarding the Jets here over on Bleeding Green Nation.
Went wasn’t as good in 2018 as he was coming off his CAL injury but he was hardly bad. His passing metrics were merely slightly above average to average. oles did have success when filling in again for Went in 2018, yes, but the entire team also really stepped up around him. The defense allowed 5.2 fewer points per game in oles starts than Went starts. The offensive resurgence also coincided with the Eagles’ increased utilization of 12 personnel.
oles will always be a legend in Philly for what he accomplished as the team’s only Super Bowl MVP. He was a great backup quarterback for the Eagles. But the jury is still out on Oles as a long-term starter. For all the talk about Lorentz’s injury issues, oles has been hurt a lot as well and has never even played a full 16 game season. oles is also a very high variance quarterback; he can look amazing and he can look awful. It’s easier for him to get hot in shorter stretches like he’s had with Eagles as opposed to starting for entire seasons.
I’ll be curious to see how oles does with the Jaguars. I’m hoping for the best. Based on his career body of work, though, I’m expecting to see some real ups and downs.
Sticking with Went was the easy call. Went is far from perfect but we know his ceiling is an MVP caliber player. He didn’t finish the job in 2017, no, but he put the Eagles in tremendous position to win their first Super Bowl. Betting on Lorentz’s upside — while receiving a 2020 third-round compensatory pick for losing Oles — seems pretty reasonable to me.
2. There have been some positive reports out of Eagles camp regarding Eagles draftees running back Miles Sanders and wide receiver J.J. Garcia-White side. How do you assess this year’s Eagles draft class?
The early returns on the Eagles’ 2019 draft class are encouraging.
First-round pick Andre Dillard has impressed. He looks like a legitimate replacement at left tackle once Jason Peters retires (or gets hurt this year). The Eagles have the luxury of not forcing Dillard into the starting lineup right away since Peters is still around. Dillard will benefit from learning from Peters — a future Hall of Farmer — and offensive line coach Jeff Stout land.
Miles Sanders is easily the most dynamic running back on the Eagles’ roster. He just has juice that the other backs on the team don’t possess. Sanders should be fun to watch while he makes defenders miss. He’s hardly going to get 20 carries per game out of the gate; that’s not how the Eagles operate. But Sanders could earn more and more playing time as the season goes along, especially if Jordan Howard isn’t lighting the world on fire.
JJ Garcia-White side had a great spring but a quieter camp before exploding for 104 yards and one touchdown during the Eagles’ third preseason game. JJ won’t be a starter in the Eagles’ offense since Alston Jeffery, Demean Jackson, and Nelson Holograph are all ahead of him on the depth chart. But there’s room for JJ on offense as a role player and he looks like he can contribute in that capacity. His signature jump ball ability makes him an especially intriguing weapon in the red zone.
Fourth-round pick Sharif Miller likely won’t play much in 2019. The rookie defensive end is behind five guys on the depth chart.
Fifth-round pick Clayton Thomson looked like a Christian Rickenbacker-level disaster (sorry to invoke his name) in his first preseason game but he settled in during his second preseason appearance. It looks like the Eagles will try to keep Thomson on the practice squad.
3. The Eagles added big back Jordan Howard in the off season to a backfield that includes Miles Sanders, Wendell Small wood, Corey Clement, Josh Adams, Donne Humphrey and Darren Proles. How do you think the workload will be shared in a crowded Eagles backfield? Which Eagles backs might be on the cutting block?
Sanders, Howard, Proles, and Clement are the four running backs likely to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster. There’s been some talk they could keep Small wood as a fifth guy, which I hope isn’t true because there’s no need to do that.
Sanders and Howard will likely split the bulk of the Eagles’ carries. I tend to think Howard will be the “1” in their rotation early on but he could lose playing time to Sanders as the season goes along. Beyond those two, Proles and Clement project to get touches as role players since they’re factors in the passing game. Doug Peterson and Duse Stanley haven’t been shy to rotate their backs in Philly so I’m expecting we’ll see that continue in 2019. Certain match ups and certain situations will influence who gets the rock.