Grayson’s Grades: Eagles at Jets (Preseason)
The Philadelphia Eagles closed out the preseason with a 6-0 loss to the New York Jets.
No starters played in this game. They have already begun prepping for the season opener against the Washington Redskins on September 8. But those who did play were playing for a lot. Many of them were either trying to make a solid last impression on the coaching staff for a roster spot with the Eagles or hoping to put some good material on tape for one of the other 31 teams if they happen to get cut.
With that in mind, here is the final preseason edition of Grayson's Grades:
Daeshon Hall - Hall was a constant nuisance for the Jets. He seemed to live in the backfield. Hall did a great job of winning the battle for leverage and really dominated with his hands to get the best of his opponent. He missed a portion of the game for a concussion evaluation but returned and was once again a problem for the Jets. Hall registered a key sack on third down and forced a fumble on the play that the Jets recovered. It forced a punt. Hall's stats do not do justice for the impact he had on the game. Hall tallied two tackles including a sack and two quarterback hits.
Alex Singleton - Singleton made a case for his chances to make the team with a solid performance. He made some very nice reads and tackles in this game. Singleton also had a nice special teams tackle. Singleton led the team in tackles with 15 of them including a quarterback hit.
T.J. Edwards - Edwards was around the ball a lot in this game. He did a good job of finding the ball and getting in on the tackle. That included one tackle for a loss. Edwards is trying to make the roster and made a good case for that by recording double-digit tackles. He finished second on the team with ten tackles.
Kevin Wilkins - If the Jets did not know who Kevin Wilkins was before this game, they know who he is now. Wilkins was a big problem for the Jets in the backfield. He led the Eagles with four tackles for a loss. Wilkins is trying to find a spot on the depth chart at Defensive Tackle. He finished with seven tackles.
Josh Hawkins - Hawkins had an up-and-down kind of game. He was a little too soft for my liking on some of his man-to-man coverage. However, while in zone coverage he did a great job of keeping his eye on the ball and picking off a pass that was under-thrown. Hawkins returned it near midfield. He finished with six tackles and that one interception.
Wendell Smallwood - Smallwood is in a roster battle with Josh Adams at Running Back. Smallwood had some nice runs showing good patience and the ability to make a cut and accelerate. However, Smallwood had a fumble in this game. Holding onto the ball is of vital importance for any skill players. Smallwood got more carries than any other back in this game. He rushed the ball seven times for 23 yards and had that one fumble that the Jets recovered.
Josh Adams - Adams' lack of touches and opportunities may have tipped the hand of how the Eagles plan to move forward related to a position battle between Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood. Adams had two carries for -1 yard. He also caught one pass for -5 yards.
Clayton Thorson - Thorson played the entire game for the Eagles and looked pretty uncomfortable. Some of his passes were ugly throws that either wobbled or were off the mark. At times he appeared to hold onto the ball too long allowing the rush to get to him. He did have some solid throws. His longest pass play went for 25 yards to Miken Michel. Overall, it was not a great game for Thorson. He was inconsistent this preseason with a really good game and a couple of so-so performances. Thorson completed 12 of 26 passes for 84 yards and one interception.