Here are some news and notes from the starters' first-half performance Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers ...
Foles got to utilize the hurry-up offense and led the Eagles deep into Panthers territory on both of his drives. Foles made a lot of quick throws as the Panthers rushed a blitzer off the edge on a number of snaps. Foles' first drive ended after he fumbled a shotgun snap and attempted to throw the ball out of the back of the end zone, but it wasn't far enough and it was picked off by cornerback Josh Thomas.
Just like he did in the preseason opener, Foles rallied on his second drive engineering a five-play, 39-yard drive which ended with a 7-yard touchdown scramble by the quarterback.
The key play on that touchdown drive was a 21-yard run by McCoy. The All-Pro back simply embarrassed cornerback Drayton Florence with a cut back towards the middle of the field which also left linebacker Thomas Davis spinning. McCoy got plenty of work in his preseason debut as he gained 47 rushing yards on eight carries and had three catches for 16 yards. He capped off his night with a 1-yard touchdown run to the far left side. It looks like by all accounts that McCoy is poised to flourish in this offense.
Vick came into the game in the second quarter and immediately led the Eagles into Panthers territory. This was Vick's first chance to run the up-tempo offense and he thrived. On a third-and-12, Vick did a great job looking off the defense before firing a laser to
On the second drive for Vick, the quarterback utilized his legs to make big plays. He bought time in the pocket spinning defensive end Frank Alexander around before hitting Cooper for a 22-yard gain. Vick got the Eagles to the 1-yard line with a 14-yard and a 6-yard scramble before McCoy cashed in with the score.
Vick completed his first nine passes going 9-of-10 for 105 yards with an interception, which came on a prayer at the end of the first half.
Avant led all receivers in the first half with four catches for 42 yards.
Overall, the Eagles moved the ball with aplomb, but turnovers limited the team to 14 points.
First and foremost, defensive coordinator Bill Davis will be much more pleased with the execution displayed on Thursday night compared to the preseason opener.
The first-team defensive line consisted of Cox,
The rest of the second-team defense was:
In addition to Peters, the following Eagles did not participate in Thursday's game: running back
Tight end Emil Igwenagu suffered a head injury in the first half and was done for the night.
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