JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Josh McCown, T.J. Edwards earn high grades in Eagles' preseason loss to Ravens


The Eagles’ third preseason game may have ended prematurely, but not before a group of players was given a chance to shine.

Josh McCown, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and T.J. Edwards were among the Eagles’ standouts in a 26-15 loss to the Ravens on Thursday — a game which was cancelled with more than 11 minutes remaining because of the weather (see Roob's observations).

But not every unit received high marks, even if it looked like the Birds were on the cusp of staging a comeback before the game was called. Let’s just say lightning wasn’t the only thing that lit up the sky at Lincoln Financial Field.


Josh McCown: 17/24, 192 YDS, 2 TD

McCown’s night started with a fumble, three straight incompletions and a sack. It ended with a 70.8 completion percentage, 8.0 yards per attempt and back-to-back scoring drives, cementing his role as the Eagles’ backup — if there was ever a debate. Cody Kessler was ineffective in two series.

Grade: B+

Running backs

Corey Clement: 7 ATT, 25 YDS

Better game from Clement than the numbers would indicate. The third-year ball carrier looked spry in his return to action, and the extended first-half look suggests the Eagles might have plans for him this season. Josh Adams added 18 yards on seven rushes and an 18-yard reception.

Grade: B

Wide receivers and tight ends

JJ Arcega-Whiteside: 8 REC, 104 YDS, TD

Monster game for Arcega-Whiteside. The rookie wideout reeled in all but one pass that came his way, including a 20-yard score and a 35-yard catch-and-run. Greg Ward impressed again with four receptions for 45 yards, and tight end Alex Ellis pitched in a nine-yard touchdown.

Grade: A

Offensive line

The starting O-line sans Lane Johnson looked like to be in midseason form, with Halapoulivaati Vaitai notably coming along at right guard, and Jordan Mailata largely solid filling in at right tackle. Pre-snap penalties were an issue for the backups, though the unit rebounded some in the second half.

Grade: B-

Defensive line

Daeshon Hall: 2 QBH

Quiet night for Hall compared to previous weeks, though he was the only Eagles defender credited with a quarterback hit for the entire game. Treyvon Hester did have a sack erased by a Shareef Miller facemask, but the pass rush was nonexistent otherwise. Opposing running backs were limited to 2.3 yards per carry against a stout front, however.

Grade: C


T.J. Edwards: 7 TKL, 1 TFL

Edwards led the Eagles in tackles but was far from the only linebacker heavily involved in the action. L.J. Fort was good for four tackles, including two tackles for loss, while Alex Singleton notched a TFL as well.

Grade: B+

Defensive backs 

Rodney McLeod: 3 TKL, TFL

Good to see McLeod healthy, flying around the field and playing aggressively, but the secondary took its lumps, especially when the backups came in. Ravens quarterback Trace McSorley completed 16 of 24 passes for 203 yards with two touchdowns in the first half, picking on Eagles cornerback Jeremiah McKinnon early and often.

Grade: C-

Special teams

Boston Scott: 4 KR, 21.5 AVG

The Eagles’ average starting field position in the first half was their own 23-yard line. Some of that was penalties, and some of it was Scott’s pedestrian kick returns. Even more concerning was Jake Elliott’s missed field goal from 41 yards.

Grade: C-


Agree or disagree with the decision to hold Carson Wentz out of the preseason entirely, all that matters is none of starters got hurt.

Grade: N/A

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