When it comes to tonight’s Eagles vs Jets preseason Week 4 match-up, what should fans of both franchises expect in their finale against each other? Well, we here at The Jet Press do our part in covering everything on the Jets but I was recently contacted by a fellow Editor here on the FanSided Network in Anthony DiBona of InsideTheIggles.com to pick my brain on what his Eagles will see against the Jets.
I answered his questions and answers which will appear on their site today and well, I of course had to ask him some questions on my mind about his beloved Eagles. Here it is in its entirety:
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Does Tim Tebow have a realistic chance at making the final roster of the Eagles?
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I truly believe Tim Tebow will win the Eagles’ third-string quarterback spot. Chip Kelly clearly is intrigued by him since he signed him in the first place. Kelly has also given Tebow around an equal amount of reps as Matt Barkley has received during the offseason. Kelly also used Tebow in a two-point conversion package against the Packers, showcasing another way Tebow could potentially be used.
What players on the Jets are you looking forward to seeing on offense and defense?
I’m really intrigued by Wes Saxton on offense with Jace Amaro going down. I interviewed Saxton prior to the 2015 NFL Draft because of how intriguing of a prospect he is. Saxton has a tight end’s size but the athleticism and speed of a wide receiver. I believe Saxton could overtake Jeff Cumberland as the team’s top tight end at some point during the season because of his upside.
On defense, I’ll go with Lorenzo Mauldin. He was Marcus Smith‘s teammate at Louisville and always stood out when I watched tape. He’s got potential to be a dangerous pass rusher and his versatility/size combination is certainly intriguing and worth keeping an eye on.
How does the Eagles’ running back situation look like without LeSean McCoy in the mix anymore? How’s Demarco Murray been so far?
The Eagles’ running back situation is honestly the best in the league, by far. Murray, Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles have been utilized all together throughout one offensive drive in both of the last two preseason games. They present match-up nightmares due to their varying speed and powerful running styles. Then there is Kenjon Barner and Raheem Mostert battling it out for a potential fourth running back spot as well, both have showed a ton of promise.
If Sam Bradford stays healthy, will he be a top 5 quarterback this upcoming season?
Call me crazy but I honestly believe if he’s healthy for every single game, Sam Bradford will be a legitimate MVP candidate. He’s leaps and bounds ahead of any quarterback that has pioneered Kelly’s offense in the NFL. The only thing standing in Bradford’s way is his health, which luckily hasn’t been a problem yet. If “Sammy Sleeves” can stay on the field, look for him to post 4,000+ passing yards and 35+ touchdowns.
Aug 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford (7) hands off to running back DeMarco Murray (29) during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles won 40-17. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
With all the off-season moves the Eagles did, do fans look at Chip Kelly as a genius or fool?
It’s a mixed bag. While many are quick to question every single move Kelly makes, there are equally as many people that are quick to defend him. But it’s hard to question a man that has taken the NFL by storm since becoming the Eagles’ head coach in 2013. His offense has been virtually unstoppable and he has proven he can replace elite talent rather effortlessly. Count me as one of Kelly’s believers.
Final score and MVP of the game?
The Eagles have been on an absolute roll on offense during the preseason but I think that comes to an end against the Jets. With Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow running the show, the offense will struggle and the Eagles will suffer their first and final loss of the preseason. Jets win, 24-14. As far as an MVP goes, I’ll go with my guy Wes Saxton as he will snatch a touchdown and get upwards of 50 receiving yards.