Grayson’s Grades: Eagles vs. Jets
The preseason is history and all eyes turn toward the regular season. The Philadelphia Eagles roster will be slashed from 75 players to 53 players by 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles did not play their starters or some of the backups. That means there were plenty of opportunities for players fighting for roster spots to show their stuff.
Without further ado, my final preseason edition of Grayson's Grades.
(A+) Cody Parkey - The newest Eagles kicker did his job to try and beat out veteran kicker Alex Henery. Parkey kicked every opportunity in the game and was perfect on three field goal attempts. He booted the ball through the uprights from 54, 53 and 25 yards out. Parkey continues to put more hang time on his kickoffs than Henery allowing the kickoff coverage unit more time to get down field and make the tackle.
(A-) Damaris Johnson - Johnson once again showed his versatility playing receiver, running back and returner. That versatility could earn him a spot on this team. Johnson's stop and start ability led to a big punt return and later helped him read his blocks en route to a 46 yard touchdown. Johnson finished with 5 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 19 yards.
(B+) Henry Josey - Josey probably would have received an 'A' if he had caught some of the passes thrown to him. He dropped two short passes with some running room ahead of him. Those catches have to be made in this offense. He did a great job running the ball, carrying it 22 times for 121 yards. That is an average of 5.5 yards per carry.
Jeff Maehl - Maehl made some big catches in the game. He caught 4 passes for 84 yards. One of his catches required a fantastic adjustment with the ball in the air to turn completely around and catch the ball for a 32 yard gain.
Arrellious Benn - Benn showed a great burst of speed to beat his man and haul in a 43 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. He also made a great catch in double coverage in the back of the endzone, but was just out of bounds. Benn needed a solid performance and finished with a decent showing. He caught 2 passes for 55 yards and a touchdown.
Earl Wolff - Wolff showed he can throw his weight around when he jarred the ball loose from Jets running back Alex Green. Brandon Bair recovered the fumble. Wolff also did a solid job in coverage.
(B-) Matt Barkley - Barkley overall looked good in the game. He completed 21 of 33 passes for 253 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also ran the ball three times for 11 yards and one touchdown. Barkley did make some ugly throws and missed some receivers he should have connected on. The interception was not his fault. Quron Pratt appeared to stop on his route allowing the Jets to intercept it in the endzone.
Marcus Smith - Smith continues to sit on the 'C' grade for me. He appears to be one to two steps away from making some big plays. Those plays are sacks, tackles for loss and in coverage. He is getting closer and closer to reacting faster. That is the difference and it comes with understanding and trusting what you are seeing.
Ed Reynolds - Reynolds earned a 'D' squarely for not intercepting the pass that went right through his hands and became a touchdown. Is it fair to give him a bad grade for one play. In this case, I think so. Mistakes like that could be the difference between a win and a loss once we get into the regular season.
Lane Johnson - Johnson has looked good in other preseason games, but not in this one. He drew two false start penalties on one drive and nearly got Matt Barkley killed on the play Barkley ran for a touchdown. He will spend the next four weeks barred from the Eagles' practice facility serving his four-game PED suspension.
Curtis Marsh - Marsh continued to have a rough preseason. He seems to have trouble turning his head around when the receiver looks back for the ball meaning the pass is either going to be caught or Marsh is going to be called for pass interference.