3 Top Performers From Eagles Preseason Week 1 Loss
By Larry Rupp
The Philadelphia Eagles may have fallen to the New York Jets by a score of 24-21 in their first preseason game, but their starters looked amazing. Plays were being made on both sides of the football and it helped Nick Sirianni's squad jump out to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter.
These kind of contests are where both established veterans and unproven rookies are looking to impress the fans. It's truly their only chance to do so before the regular season rolls around. With that being said, let's take a look at three of the top performers from the Eagles' first preseason game.
Philadelphia Eagles Preseason
1. Jalen Hurts, QB
While nobody is ever perfect in the preseason, quarterback Jalen Hurts came as close as he could get on Friday night. He completed all six of his pass attempts for 80 yards and 1 touchdown in his only series of the game. The 24-year-old also showed off some toughness by staying in after taking a huge hit out of bounds by Jets linebacker Quincy Williams. Hurts was patient in the backfield and didn't look to scramble too often. Keep in mind that was his biggest weakness last year. It shouldn't be surprising to learn Hurts earned the highest ProFootballFocus (PFF) grade of anyone on the Eagles' offense (90.2).
2. Kyzir White, LB
Talk about a perfect Philadelphia debut. Kyzir White signed with his hometown Eagles in free agency this offseason and immediately made an impact with an interception of quarterback Zach Wilson. He looked every bit like the playmaking linebacker Philadelphia has been searching for over the last few years. White's PFF grade of 99.0 was the best of any Eagles players and proves how dominant he was on the field. It's worth noting the 26-year-old only appeared in five snaps with the first-team defense. It's become clear that he has the inside track to being a starter in defensive coordinator's Jonathan Gannon's scheme.
3. Cam Jurgens, OL
The Eagles were without starting center Jason Kelce on Friday as he tends to an elbow issue. Rookie lineman Cam Jurgens started in his place and had no trouble stepping up to the plate. The Nebraska product didn't look overmatched against the Jets' defensive line and he regularly pushed defenders back in the rushing attack. In fact, Jurgens' ability to get to the second level of the defense and provide an open lane for Philadelphia's running backs made him look eerily similar to Kelce. The Eagles have been prepping for Kelce's retirement for a few years now and Jurgens looked every bit capable of being Philly's next great center.
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