Grades for Eagles-Jets
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Eagles-Jets game:
— QB Tim Tebow (+1.7) didn’t make the Eagles’ 53-man roster, but he did have a good final preseason game. He had a bad interception but also made up for that with a nice, deep downfield pass and also some plays with his legs. Compare that to Matt Barkley (-2.4), whom the Eagles traded to Arizona Friday. True to form, he also threw a bad interception but struggled to make any positive plays in this game to compensate. With Barkley under center, the Eagles offense was almost completely reliant on the run game to move the ball.
— The performance of the game was NT, Beau Allen (+6.1) who dominated in the run game, seemingly living two yards in the backfield all night. Allen had three run stops on 35 running plays and also allowed his teammates to make plays for short gains as the Jets running backs were consistently forced to cut into traffic.
— Rookie Cornerback Eric Rowe (-1.5) started the game at left cornerback and struggled against the Jets receivers as he gave up receptions on all four passes thrown his way for 72 yards on only 15 snaps in coverage.
NT Beau Allen (+6.1)
LT Matt Tobin (+4.5)
DL Taylor Hart (+2.8)
DL Travis Raciti (+2.4)
RB Raheem Mostert (+2.4)
New York Jets
— Once the Jets signed QB Matt Flynn (-0.5) in free agency it looked like he was guaranteed a spot on the roster after the injury to Geno Smith. However, against the Eagles QB, Joshua Johnson (+2.7) tried his best to prove that assumption may be premature. Unfortunately Johnson didn’t show much as a passer and it was with feet he was able to move the chains when scrambling.
— Backup Center Wesley Johnson (-9.2) played the whole game, and struggled with the power of Beau Allen, especially in the run game where the only time he had any modicum success was on double teams. Even then he had issues and looks destined to be unemployed in the next few days.
— With Jets looking to solidify their third running back spot, there was a battle between two ex-St. Louis Rams in Zac Stacey (+1.2) and Daryl Richardson (+1.2). As you can see both graded the same overall, but Stacey showed a little more as a receiver, where he scored a touchdown. Richardson somewhat compensated with a good block to open a lane for QB Joshua Johnson (+2.2) on a quarterback draw.
LG Oday Aboushi (+3.4)
LB Taiwan A. Jones (+3.3)
QB Joshua Johnson (+2.7)
WR Chris Owusu (+2.6)
CB Darrin Walls (+2.3)