Saturday will be our first taste of an Eagles game since February.

The Eagles hosted an open practice at Lincoln Financial Field on August 6th that saw over 50,000 fans in attendance. For practice!

The bad news is Philadelphia’s first preseason game is in Baltimore. Fans must wait until next week when the Cleveland Browns come to the Linc on August 17th.


That’s So Ravens

Saturday’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens will be the first time these teams have played each other since October 2020; the Eagles lost 30-28 during the start of their abysmal 4-11-1 season.

The Ravens have a bit of a record running at the moment too. Baltimore has won every single preseason game they’ve had to play since 2015, a record of 23-0.

Of course, preseason games are meaningless when it comes to stats and wins. But that doesn’t mean we can’t upset their streak while seeing some new faces in Eagles jerseys.


The Ravens have confirmed they won’t be playing Lamar Jackson or ‘Established Starters’ during their game against Philadelphia.


Starters or Backups?

In 2022, Jalen Hurts only played 8 preseason snaps and went a perfect 6/6 for 80 Yards and 1 Passing Touchdown.

With the Ravens announcing their Starters not dressing, it seems more likely that Philadelphia won’t play theirs.

And after the Hall of Fame game and tonight’s preseason games an indicator, we won’t see much, if any, of the starters come Saturday.

While not playing starters, the Eagles will get a game pace view of their scheme, rookies, free agents, and depth signings. Below are 3 things to watch out for during Saturday’s game.


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Like Frankenstein’s monster, the Eagles’ offensive line has been put together by replacement parts left, right, and center. (Like that time, they used 13 starting offensive line combinations in 14 games.)

In the 2022 draft, the Eagles selected Cam Jurgens with their 2nd round pick to be the successor to Jason Kelce. However, with Kelce returning on a 1-year deal, the Eagles prepared by training Cam Jurgens to be a Right Guard. And with Isaac Seumalo’s departure this off-season, the Eagles suddenly needed a starting caliber right guard. Enter Jurgens. Cam Jurgens has taken every training camp snap at right guard and hasn’t played second-team reps.

During the 2023 Draft, the Eagles got insurance on their right guard concern by drafting Tyler Steen in the 3rd round, who played right guard and left tackle for Alabama.

Now the real question when considering Starters or Backups becomes… Would the Eagles get their look at Jurgens as RG1 or potentially C2? And the same question can be asked of Steen, would they start him at RG or get their look as a potential LT2 if anything is to happen to Jordan Mailata during the season?

Regardless of what the Eagles roll with, we will likely see both Cam Jurgens and Tyler Steen on the field this weekend.


Receivers & Running Backs a Plenty

There have been many names during Training Camp that have stood out more than others.

Nick Sirianni consistently has praise for Trey Sermon, who barely saw any playing time last season. With an even deeper RB position than before, it makes you wonder who may truly be considered RB2 and beyond. The crowded position might leave somebody cut short when the Eagles trim down to the 53-man roster. (Read more about the RBs here)

The Eagles needed a new WR4 after Zach Pascal signed in Arizona. They’ve since signed Olamide Zaccheaus, as well as Undrafted Free Agents Joseph Ngata and Jadon Haselwood. Currently, Zaccheaus holds the WR4 spot on the Eagles’ depth chart heading into preseason week 1. Of course, that’s subject to change until the August 29th roster cuts.

Without the ‘starters’ on Saturday, it’s hard to guess who might see playing time. I’d think the Eagles would start Saturday’s game with Quez Watkins starting at WR1 and either Sermon or Gainwell seeing most of the running game.


Linebackers

On Sunday, the Eagles signed LBs Myles Jack and Zach Cunningham to 1-year deals.

There’s a potential they were signed in the wake of Nakobe Dean’s injury that saw him sidelined from practice for several days.

Or even the fact the Eagles had waived former 3rd round pick Davion Taylor just hours before.

Regardless of the reason for signing. Depth at Linebacker was something the Eagles still required, with less than-promising camp reports of Morrow, Elliss, and Bradley. The shake-up and additional bodies may help the Eagles find a reliable group that they find a comfortable rotation.

Since Dean didn’t get much playing time in his rookie season, I’d expect to see him on the field this weekend and securing his role in the starting position. It’s up to Christian Elliss or Brandon Morrow to make their statement alongside Dean.


With Saturday’s game right around the corner.
Who are you most excited to watch this weekend?

Photo: Jose F. Moreno/Philadelphia Inquirer

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