Good morning, Eagles fans! Happy Friday! The final home preseason game ended abruptly last night due to inclement weather, handing the Eagles a 26-15 loss. While the action was cut short, there were still multiple takeaways from the game. In this edition of Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft, we will cover everything from the Eagles-Ravens matchup as well as other notable stories from the week. Let’s dive right in!
1. Game Recap: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside shines as Eagles fall to Ravens 26-15 in weather-shortened game
In this edition of Game Recap, Chris McPherson covers all the notable moments from the Eagles' loss to the Ravens last night. The game was terminated due to weather with 11:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, which left the fans wanting more as the Eagles were putting points on the board. With the win last night, the Ravens extended their preseason dominance to 16 straight victories. For a full recap of the game, click here.
“Quarterback Josh McCown played in his first game since signing with the team last Saturday. He grew more comfortable as the game went along, finishing 17-of-24 for 192 yards with a pair of touchdowns. His highlight throw was a beautiful touch pass into the end zone for rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, a 20-yard score early in the third quarter that put the Eagles on the board.”
2. It was bad, then it was good ... and then it ended
Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro provides his observations from the third preseason game against the Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field. He analyzes everything from the slow start to the rally in the third quarter. Check out all of his takeaways here.
“It’s just a perspective from this vantage point, but Mack Hollins seems to have played his way into a favorable roster position. He caught two passes for 15 yards, including a toe-tapper on the sideline. Given his excellence on special teams, Hollins would seem to be in good position to make this team.”
Check out the best photos from the Eagles' preseason tilt against the Baltimore Ravens.
3. Josh McCown catches fire before lightning ends game
On Thursday night, McCown displayed all of the characteristics that made the Eagles want to pull the 17-year NFL veteran out of his oh-so-brief retirement. After just three practices with his new team, McCown was 17-of-24 for 192 yards with two touchdowns for a 122.2 QB rating. For the full story on is thoughts about his first game back, click here.
"I've said it from the day I got here. The guys in the locker room, the people that I'm around, the coaches, and just the whole organization (have made it easy)," McCown said after the lightning-shortened 26-15 loss to Baltimore at Lincoln Financial Field.
4. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside provides jolt of lightning for Eagles offense
The wide receiver had the best game of his short career thus far, leading both teams with 104 yards receiving. He caught eight of the nine balls targeted at him with seven of them coming from new quarterback Josh McCown. His 20-yard touchdown provided the highlight of the game against the Ravens. Check out his post-game thoughts and what head coach Doug Pederson said about his performance.
“Whatever the play call is, I have to go out there and do my job,” Arcega-Whiteside said. “If the ball comes to me, I have to catch it and score. Hopefully, they put me in a position where I can help the team win games. I’m just going to come out here and work hard and do whatever I can to help.”
5. RB Corey Clement off and running in his preseason debut
Nothing is ever a given when you enter the NFL as an undrafted rookie. That’s how Corey Clement approaches every day of his career, so when he was cleared for full-go practice recently and learned this week that he would start in Thursday night’s preseason game against Baltimore, he understood the opportunity. Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro provides his assessment of Clement’s return here.
“It was fun. I got a chance to get back out there and play some football again. It’s been since December, so getting back with the first team and just getting the feel back into the game. It was awesome,” Clement said.
6. Rodney McLeod returns and feels great about it
After not playing in a game since early in the 2018 regular season, safety Rodney McLeod finally made his return to the turf. Thursday night, then, was special for McLeod. You can say that preseason games don’t matter, but McLeod would disagree. He made a tackle and felt great to be back out there with his team. The full story of his comeback can be found here.
“It’s been a long journey, man,” McLeod said. “I had some nerves. I was excited, nervous, all of that. It had been such a long time since I played and I was anxious to get out there and shake out the nerves. It felt great. I was so excited. It was like I was a rookie all over again.”
7. RB position may be most difficult to predict on 53-man roster
On the way to a 53-man roster the Eagles are going to have some difficult decisions to make between now and August 31, but none may be tougher than determining the picture at the running back position. This room is stacked with talent and leaders all fighting for a role with this team. Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro provides an analysis of the entire position group here.
“With that, the Eagles have conducted a Training Camp and played two preseason games and they’ve seen exactly what they hoped they would see from the running back position: The competition in the room has raised the level of play from the top of the depth chart to the bottom.”
8. Didinger: The play that decided the Eagles' 1960 Championship season
As part of the celebration of the NFL's 100th season, the Eagles are asking fans to vote for one of four plays as the greatest moment in franchise history. The second nominee, Chuck Bednarik's tackle to win the 1960 NFL Championship. Ray Didinger provides a recap of the game and that glorious moment here.
"He was squirming around, cursing me, saying, 'Get off me you so-and-so,'" Bednarik said. "He wanted to hurry up and run another play. No way I was gonna let that happen. I held him down until I saw the hands on the clock hit zero. Then I looked down and said, 'You can get up now, you so-and-so. This (bleeping) game is over.'”
9. Steven Rivera receives first-ever Gold Wings for saving coworker's life
The Rolling Stones concert at Lincoln Financial Field was a day that event staff members Steven Rivera and Joann Isbert will never forget. While the music was memorable that hot Tuesday night, Steven’s heroic action made the day truly unforgettable. The rookie staff member saved Joann’s life as she was choking in the breakroom. To relive the entire miraculous event, read the full story here.
“I was a little nervous, but my actions took over,” Steven said. “All I knew was I had to help her. When she told me she was OK, I knew I had done my job. Wherever I work, I consider my coworkers as my family. As long as she was OK, that’s all that mattered.”
10. Eagles Cheerleader Kyle Tanguay is not your typical rookie
Kyle Tanguay is one of nine rookie members of the 2019 Eagles Cheerleaders and it has been a whirlwind for him since the moment he decided to audition. He was named the first male Eagles Cheerleader in more than three decades. Learn more about Kyle in this Q&A.
“When I was younger, I wanted to be in musical theater and on Broadway, which is still a goal of mine," Tanguay said. "As a child, I remember saying to my mom with stars in my eyes, 'If I am going to be famous and change the world, I have to start taking some lessons!' I was enrolled into theater and quickly became interested in the dance aspect of the arts.”
11. Tickets now on sale for Eagles Fantennial Festival at Cherry Street Pier
A limited number of tickets for Eagles Fantennial Festival are now available for $15 by visiting www.philadelphiaeagles.com/festival. Fans are invited to attend a fun evening of ‘Birds, Bites and Beer’ at Cherry Street Pier on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The experience will include special appearances by Eagles Legends, Eagles Cheerleaders, the Eagles Pep Band and Drumline, SWOOP, a life-sized Brian Dawkins bobblehead, and much more. Fans with a ticket will receive a commemorative Eagles cup and one free drink.