The Eagles' veterans had an easy night on Thursday. They warmed up with the rest of the team, but come opening kickoff, they stood on the sidelines without their pads on and watched as the younger players took the field and ultimately defeated the New York Jets, 14-6.
The preseason, of course, is beneficial for every player on the roster, but the vets were able to sit back and relax on Thursday, as is typical for the fourth preseason contest. Once the final whistle sounded, though, the preseason was in the books. A 4-0 preseason record is something to take pride in, but now the real fun starts, as the regular season opener is now on the horizon.
In their final preseason game, the Eagles faced off against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field and took him the 14-6 win.
"I'm excited," wide receiver Jordan Matthews said after the game. "I'm ready to get going, get into the game plan and start figuring out how we're going to get this first win for Coach (Doug) Pederson. I know the guys are ready. I know we have a little bit of extra time to hone in on what we have to do, but at the same time we don't want to get too antsy too early. Just take it in stride and go out and play football."
Matthews has been sidelined for the majority of Training Camp due to a knee injury, but he did reiterate that he'll be ready to go for Week 1. While Matthews has been able to dig into the playbook all throughout the spring and summer, fellow receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has gotten a crash course in the Eagles' offense.
The 6-5 wide receiver has adjusted to the Eagles' offense on the fly, hauling in two passes for 31 yards before being taken out of the game on Thursday. In a very short period of time, Green-Beckham has adapted to how the Eagles operate, and he's ready to hit the regular season running with his new cast of teammates.
"I feel comfortable being around these guys and (in) the offense," Green-Beckham said. "I think I got a good feel about how everybody is around here and how my teammates are dedicated to this (playing football for the Eagles). Just being around the coaching staff, they want guys who want to want to compete and win and guys who are.
"We got Cleveland a week from now, and that's all our focus is. With the preseason over with, it's time to move forward."
While Green-Beckham is a newcomer to Doug Pederson's offense, quarterback Chase Daniel is entering his fourth season in the system, dating back to his time in Kansas City. Daniel said after the game that there are still kinks that need to be worked out, he threw a pair of interceptions Thursday night, but it's best to have those moments now as opposed to the regular season.
"I feel really confident. I thought for the most part, throughout this entire preseason, I threw the ball pretty well," Daniel said. "Interceptions are going to happen, but luckily they happen in games that don't count. So it's not going to determine my confidence at all. I've been doing this for eight years now, so for me it's about the next game and we are excited for the Cleveland Browns."