The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off their 2016 NFL season with a preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As expected, the game was an ugly one for both teams involved.
Doug Peterson’s team ended up taking the win by a final score of 17-9. Philadelphia has high hopes for rebounding from a rough season last year and getting back into playoff contention. Chip Kelly was fired and many believe that his departure alone will help the Eagles be more of a threat in the NFC East division race.
It was an interesting game to watch to say the least and a few different players impressed. That being said, which three players were the most impressive for the Eagles during their preseason opener?
Kenjon Barner, Running Back
One of the starting positions still open is running back, after DeMarco Murray was traded to the Tennessee Titans this past offseason. Kenjon Barner made a very good first impression last night. He carried the football seven times for 35 yards, leading the ground attack with the next closest being at five carries for 16 yards.
Carson Wentz, Quarterback
Even though Carson Wentz may not have put up amazing numbers, he still impressed from a couple different standpoints. He looked to have a control on the offense and was a solid leader, while also looking comfortable with the speed of the NFL game. Wentz ended up completing 12 of his 24 pass attempts for 89 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception.
Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle
In very limited playing time, Fletcher Cox showed that he is ready to take the lead for the Eagles’ defense again this season. He recorded one tackle, one sack, and a forced fumble and recovery. Cox is going to play a key role this season and Philadelphia desperately needs him to be a playmaking machine.
What did you think of the Philadelphia Eagles’ first preseason game? Which players impressed you the most?