The Eagles had their first preseason game of the year, losing 27-10 to the Tennessee Titans. Of more importance is how some players of focus performed, and a number of them had a good night, while a few others did not so well.

The key news coming out of the game is the status of Nate Sudfeld, who suffered a broken left wrist in the game. The injury is not expected to be season-ending, but Sudfeld will have to undergo surgery.

The Eagles also played without the majority of their starters, including Carson Wentz, DeSean Jackson, Zach Ertz, Malcolm Jenkins, and the entire first-team offensive line.

As is the case with any preseason game, the final score isn’t a sign of where the team is at. Instead, how key players performed is a better signal. Here are some of the winners and losers from tonight.


Winners

Dallas Goedert

The summer of Dallas Goedert continued with a strong performance in the first game setting of the season. Goedert hauled in three passes for 50 yards in less than a quarter of play.

Goedert looked dominant in his short stint on the field, which mirrors his play so far in training camp. Goedert has been one of the go-to targets for Carson Wentz, and what he’s shown to this point gives the Eagles the potential to have by far the best tight end duo in the NFL, with Zach Ertz alongside Goedert.

Goedert looked impressive in the teams first preseason game, and his effectiveness will only improve once the rest of the starters join him on the field.

With Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor and Ertz in the fold, Goedert will frequently become a forgotten man as defenses prepare for the Eagles, making him more dangerous than ever this season.

Being able to continue his strong play in training camp into the games is key for Goedert, and he took a nice first step at doing so.

Andre Dillard

The teams first-round pick isn’t set to start this season, but that by no means is a reflection of how good Andre Dillard is.

Dillard’s name was rarely brought up throughout his time in the first preseason game for the Eagles, and for an offensive lineman, that’s the best thing one can hear.

Dillard was able to put on display his rock-solid pass protection and his refined ability in run blocking against the Titans. Dillard did not allow a single pressure in his stint tonight.

This summer, Dillard has received a healthy dose of advice from current starting left tackle Jason Peters, who Dillard views as one of the best to ever do it at the position. For Dillard, there is nothing better than to be able to soak in information from a player as great as Peters, and it’s clear he’s taking those points and translating it onto the field.

The best-case scenario for the Eagles is that Dillard doesn’t have to play this season, but in the event he does, the team is in very good hands at left tackle.

Daeshon Hall

A player on the bubble, Daeshon Hall had an incredible night, which will really help his case towards getting his name truly into consideration to make the 53-man roster.

Hall finished with the second-most tackles on the team with six, including three tackles for a loss, the most out of any defensive player on the Eagles. Hall also added two quarterback hits and one sack.

Hall was constantly involved when he was on the field, either making the tackle, or disrupting plays to allow one of his teammates to make a tackle.

At a position with Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Vinny Curry, Hall has a lot of work to do in order to solidify a chance at making the team, but his performance in the first preseason game was encouraging to say the least. Josh Sweat, who is ahead of Hall in the depth chart, also had a solid night, so Hall’s best hope is for the Eagles to keep five defensive end’s.

That is a possibility, but there are no guarantees with that idea. Regardless, if Hall continues to play well and show he’s worthy of making the team, the Eagles will have to make it work one way or the other.

Andrew Sendejo

There’s been a lot of talk of the Eagles potentially cutting Andrew Sendejo in order to retain a compensatory fourth-round pick, but his play in the first preseason game should serve as an example of why that won’t happen.

In his small amount of time on the field, Sendejo made two key plays, which were a nice tackle and a clutch pass deflection late in the drive.

Sendejo has plenty of experience at safety, and he showed that in his first game setting with the Eagles.

Based on the team’s current depth chart, Sendejo is in line to make the team, and he will quickly become a lock if he continues performances like these.

The Eagles depend heavily on their third safeties, and Sendejo gave early signs that he can be trusted being in that role.

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

JJ Arcega-Whiteside is not in line to start for the Eagles, but he very well could be the number-one-receiver-of-the-future for the team.

On the first drive, Arcega-Whiteside got open downfield for what would have been a big gain, but Nate Sudfeld led him a bit too much. However, that play shows the playmaking ability he has, with him both being able to get open, and the fact that he nearly made an incredible diving catch.

Arcega-Whiteside finished with two catches for 27 yards, though he didn’t play very much.

However, what we saw from him is what he will be best at for the Eagles: a big intermediate target, with big play potential due to his ability to bring in tough catches.


Losers

Cody Kessler & Clayton Thorson

After Nate Sudfeld went down with the broken wrist, an opportunity presented itself for Cody Kessler and Clayton Thorson to prove they’re capable of being backup quarterbacks for the Eagles.

Instead, their play was uninspiring, to say the least.

Kessler was just 3/6 for 12 yards, and couldn’t get anything going in his one quarter of play.

Thorson was even worse, completing just 2 of 9 passes for 7 yards and an interception.

There’s still some time to grow, and neither QB got to play with the team’s top receivers, but they didn’t show a good ability to make plays.

Doug Pederson says they’ll roll with Kessler and Thorson for now, which opens up more chances for the two to prove what they can do.

However, if they continue to struggle, the Eagles will likely quickly make a move to bring in another QB.

Nate Gerry

In the wake of Kamu Grugier-Hill’s injury, Jim Schwartz pointed to Nate Gerry as a player who could fill in as a starter.

In the first game since that was said, Gerry didn’t exactly back up Schwartz’s reasoning.

Gerry logged just one tackle, while missing a few, and also allowed an easy touchdown on a blown coverage.

Gerry has a history with the Eagles, so one bad preseason game won’t ruin his chance of filling in as a spot-starter at LB, but the performance of other LB’s in the first preseason game will give the team some second thoughts.

Gerry needs a solid game next week to better his chances to start.

Tre Sullivan

Tre Sullivan is a player who’s right on the cusp of making the roster. He’s currently listed as the fourth safety on the team’s depth chart, and he has Johnathan Cyprien, a proven safety, just behind him.

In his first chance to keep himself in line to make the team, Sullivan had a swing and miss.

On the same series, Sullivan got trucked on a run that allowed a first down, and then later on he had poor coverage, giving up a touchdown.

Sullivan did an admirable job filling in last season, but that alone isn’t enough to get him a spot on the team.

Sullivan needs to significantly improve to have a chance at making the team over Cyprien.

Matt Pryor

Matt Pryor would be listed higher as one of the losers from the first preseason game, but he wasn’t slated for a big role in the first place.

As of right now, Pryor is listed third on the depth chart at right guard, which means he’s anything but a lock to make the team.

In the first preseason game, Pryor didn’t look like a guy who’s deserve of being on the Eagles 53-man roster.

Pryor consistently was whiffing on blocks, and even got ran over by opposing defensive lineman a few times.

The Eagles previously viewed Pryor as a swing offensive lineman, but his ability to do that won’t guarantee he gets on the team. If he continues to play like he did in week one, Pryor will be easy to cut for the team.

Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson got the start at wide receiver over players like Marken Michel and Carlton Agudosi.

However, when he got his chances, Johnson didn’t perform.

Johnson was targeted three times and didn’t come down with a single reception.

Johnson also went down with an injury, which puts even more of a blemish on his first preseason game with the Eagles.

Meanwhile, Michel hauled in a 75-yard pass for a touchdown, which may mean he gets the nod ahead of Johnson in week two.


The wide receiver situation in the back end is fluid considering how many players are in contention for one or two roster spots, but Johnson needs to do much more to keep himself in the conversation.

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