The Eagles are saving their best for the New York Jets in the regular season. Well, at the very least, the Eagles will utilize their starters.
The Eagles fell to the New York Jets by a score of 6-0 in the annual preseason finale between the two teams. It was a night off for the starters on both sides of the ball as the Eagles turn their attention to the regular-season opener at Lincoln Financial Field on September 8 against Washington.
Rookie Clayton Thorson started and played the entire game at quarterback for the Eagles, who could get nothing going on offense. The Eagles amassed just 103 yards of offense, going 2-of-11 on third down. Philadelphia gained just seven first downs.
Thorson was 12-of-26 for 84 yards with an interception, looking closer to his preseason debut when he struggled against Tennessee than Week 2 when he showed promise in Jacksonville. Wendell Smallwood led the Eagles with 23 yards on seven carries, but had a costly fumble.
The Eagles' defense was outstanding as linebacker Alex Singleton totaled 12 tackles. Defensive end Daeshon Hall tied a bow on an outstanding preseason with a strip-sack.
The Jets were held to two Taylor Bertolet field goals.
Now, the Eagles turn their attention to getting from the 90-player roster to the 53-player limit by 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Here's how the final preseason game unfolded.
Check out the best photos from the Eagles' preseason finale against the Jets.
FOURTH QUARTER RECAP
• Linebacker Alex Singleton stopped wide receiver Valentine Holmes short of a first down on third-and-7 with 10:33 left in the game at the Eagles' 26-yard line. The Jets strangely enough took a delay of game penalty, then Taylor Bertolet missed wide left from 49 yards out. It was Bertolet's third miss of the night.
• Safety Jason Thompson, just signed this week, punched the ball out of tight end Eric Tomlinson's hands after an 18-yard gain. It appeared as if linebacker Alex Singleton recovered the ball at the Jets' 41-yard line along the sideline. The referees ruled that Singleton was out of bounds. Head coach Doug Pederson challenged the call and the play was upheld. It was the first time that Pederson lost a challenge this preseason in four attempts.
• It didn't matter because linebacker Chris Worley intercepted Davis Webb's pass on the very next play to get the Eagles the ball back with 4:54 remaining in the game at the Jets' 36-yard line.
• Following the turnover, the Eagles went four-and-out, going for it on fourth-and-11 but Clayton Thorson's attempt for DeAndre Thompkins was thrown behind the receiver and incomplete to give the Jets the ball back with 4:09 remaining.
• On third-and-5 with 3:19 left, Davis Webb completed a short crossing route to receiver Greg Dortch for 8 yards and the first down to move the chains, ending the Eagles' best chance to get the ball back.
THIRD QUARTER RECAP
• Cameron Johnston opened the second half with a dropkick. Defensive end Karim Edebali did a great job on coverage, making the tackle of returner Trenton Cannon at the 22-yard line.
• Rookie free agent defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins had a nice tackle for loss of running back Elijah McGuire for 5 yards on a third-and-1 with 12:55 left in the third quarter to get the Jets' offense off the field.
• Defensive tackle Aziz Shittu left the game in the third quarter to be evaluated for a head injury.
• Kicker Taylor Bertolet nailed a 39-yard field goal with 5:14 remaining in the third quarter to extend the Jets' lead to 6-0. New York moved the ball 63 yards in 11 plays. Davis Webb's 27-yard pass to Valentine Holmes was the key play on the drive.
• Cornerback Josh Hawkins picked off Davis Webb's pass intended for Tim White with 1:47 left in the third quarter. Hawkins returned the ball to the Jets' 38-yard line.
• However, Clayton Thorson was sacked for a 12-yard loss by defensive lineman Kyle Phillips to thwart the drive. The Eagles punted to open the fourth quarter.
SECOND QUARTER RECAP
• First play of the second quarter, Thorson started down wide receiver Marken Michel, which allowed cornerback Marcus Cooper to step in front of the wideout and pick it off. Cooper returned it 8 yards to the Eagles' 34-yard line.
• Jets capitalize off Cooper's interception with a 23-yard field goal by Bertolet for the first points of the game. Jets take 3-0 lead with 12:22 left in the first half.
• One of the more interesting things to watch in the second quarter was defensive tackle Aziz Shittu's ability to draw false start penalties, which he did twice. After he got former Eagle Jon Toth to get flagged with 4:42 remaining in the half, Shittu followed up with a great job of rushing upfield, then hustling to track down a screen pass.
• Defensive end Daeshon Hall continued his strong preseason. He came off the edge, the left side of the defense, and rocked quarterback Luke Falk to force a fumble on a third-and-10 with 3:31 remaining in the half. The Jets recovered but punted.
• Taylor Bertolet missed a 56-yard attempt, his second miss of the game, with six seconds remaining in the half.
FIRST QUARTER RECAP
• Clayton Thorson started at quarterback for the Eagles.
• The Jets' opening drive of 11 plays for 48 yards stalled on a third-and-4 when defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway sacked quarterback Trevor Siemian. Kicker Taylor Bertolet missed a 53-yard attempt.
• Wendell Smallwood flashed with an 18-yard run up the middle, keyed by a wham block by tight end Josh Perkins, to get the ball to the Jets' 24-yard line. However, Smallwood fumbled the ball away two plays later to end the promising drive. Jets linebacker Blake Cashman laid a perfect hit to knock the ball out. Jets linebacker Frankie Luvu came up with the recovery.