Once the starters stepped off the field, it turned ugly real quick for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 24-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Thursday’s preseason opener
Though there were a few players who shined, but here are those who disappointed in their 2017 debut.
The fourth-round pick out of San Diego State had a lot of hype coming out of the draft and drew a ton of Darren Sproles comparisons.
Well – Pumphrey has a long way to go when it comes to the special teams side of things.
Fielding punts has been a struggle for the rookie all camp, and it continued on the field. Pumphrey failed to call a fair catch on his first attempt and was hit hard, then muffed the second attempt with no one around him. Fortunately, it wasn’t costly.
It was an all around rough night for Carson Wentz’s North Dakota teammate. Particularly rough on a series which he gave up a touchdown to Jeff Janis. On that play, Smith bit easily on a double move by Janis highlighting his lack of discipline. Smith had a golden opportunity to redeem himself in the third quarter with a pick-six opportunity, but unfortunately for him, he didn’t look the ball all the way in.
The Eagles had a really tough time getting the run game going all night, only earning 47 yards rushing, and 2.5 yards per attempt. There was no push up front all night for any of the running backs. This is something that should improve, as the Eagles were without Brandon Brooks, and again – the starters played just one series.
Special Teams Unit
Despite it being the first preseason game, this one was probably the most surprising, especially when the Eagles have one of the best in the business in Special Teams Coach Dave Fipp.
In addition to Pumphrey’s mistakes, the punt return unit gave up a 68-yard touchdown to Trevor Davis. That gave the Packers the lead for good. Greg Ward Jr. also muffed a punt, but fortunately recovered that as well.
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