MIAMI GARDENS, Florida – Tyreek Hill dusted the Eagles’ defense in training earlier in the week and the most dangerous player in the NFL did it again Saturday night, setting the tone for Miami’s 48-10 win in the pre-season finale with a 51-yard start from Tua Tagovaiola in the first Offensive play for Miami.
The fact that Miami coach Mike McDaniel played the starting quarterback, first receiver, and several other starters raised some eyebrows, but the rookie mentor felt he needed to work after Thursday’s scheduled joint training session was wiped out by a stomach virus that was running through dolphins. Closed rooms.
“I think it was a good feeling for them. They put in a lot of work, but it doesn’t matter until you do it in a stadium in front of the fans.”
The Eagles at the Baptist Health Training Facility trained indoors on Thursday and their coach, Nick Siriani, felt that was enough work for beginners. A total of 33 of the 81 available players did not wear Philadelphia’s jerseys, including all of the starting players and the JV Eagles were not a match for the Miami team.
“You don’t want to go out there and lay an egg like we did,” Siriani said. “You know, my message was that we have to look at it and we all have to look at ourselves in the mirror and get better at it. I will always put it on us as coaches first. We are the ones who prepare, and then they should be the ones to go out and play.”
“So we all have to look at ourselves in the mirror and get better, and that’s the win or lose philosophy that we have after every game we play here.
Under the horror, there were some positives for a few Eagles bubble players.
Dion Cain – The great receiver made an excellent case for himself if he opened up a spot with a potential Galen Rigare deal. Cain showed good chemistry with Gardner Minshew this summer and that continued on Saturday night. The Clemson product is clearly Eagles’ best second-class receiver.
Devon Allen Speaking of special teams, Allen was amazing as a gunner, racing on one rep to convert Arryn Siposs’s 58-yard throw to 60 yards with a 2-yard interference for a loss.
In the third quarter, an Olympic blocker was putting pressure on Preston Williams, which led to forever international track program member Matt Liu failing.
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patrick johnson – On a tough day for the defense, Johnson shuts down the only Tua engine that didn’t produce a TD with a bag.
Grant Calcatera – The starting tight end showed enough as a receiver to close out the third TE mission even if he and Red Sennett weren’t on the same page in what turned out to be a six-choice.
John Hightower – The future of the third year was a bit of a late idea this summer but he finished the game strong, capturing all four of his goals and leading the team in the pickup. It may be too little, too late, but at least the Hightower swings down.
Jason Huntley – The fast driver got his stopwatch acumen with 67 yards of nice running down the left lateral line during the fourth quarter. Two Miami defenders cornered Huntley but didn’t realize that speed could amplify poor tackling technique.
Carrie Vincent Jr. Former Eagles hopeful River Cracraft has had Vincent’s lunch on more than one occasion, and the bubble will likely burst for Vincent, who is now a coaching staff candidate.
Kevin Wallace From play #1, Wallace Hill left easily behind with deep safety, the start of a bad night. The lack of talent in the security field keeps Wallace in the mix and it will be interesting to see how this performance affects the 2020 fourth-round pick.
Taron Jackson -The sophomore rim booster had a good camp but the Dolphins used Jackson’s aggression against him, sending him up the field while Raheem Mostert went lower for the 26-yard run.
Red Scenet – The Eagles should not hold three quarterbacks, and those concerned about Sinnett losing in concessions will likely rest easy tonight. The sophomore pro just didn’t care about the recipients and made things too easy for the defense.
Tae Gwan – Gowan didn’t have great summer coverage and was often pretty helpful, amassing way too many DPIs in practice but stopping one drive with strong press coverage and also defending the end zone attempt late in the first half as well. He also appeared as a gunner, acumen assisting his cause special squads. Of course, then he also had a big DPI in the third quarter and lost outright as Lynn Bowden raced straight onto his back en route to a touchdown reception for 39 yards in the fourth.
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