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Trace McSorley got the start and made the most of his reps. He came out firing on all cylinders in the first half, throwing for 203 yards and two touchdowns. He was decisive and read the field well. The rain picked up in the second half, and the Eagles' defense started playing better. However, his first-half performance was encouraging to see.
Rookie wideout Marquise Brown got his first preseason action coming off a pre-draft Lisfranc injury and was immediately targeted. Brown caught all four of his targets but only for 19 yards, suggesting he isn't up to full speed considering Brown's greatest asset is his deep speed.
Veteran defensive back Cyrus Jones made some impressive plays in coverage in the first half. He did surrender a couple of catches, but he recorded a stop and had a play towards the end of the first quarter where he read a screen and beat the guy blocking him quick enough to break up the pass.
It was a bit of a roller coaster in the second half for Stanley Jean-Baptiste. He got beat pretty handily by Arcega-Whiteside on his touchdown catch but then on Philadelphia's next drive, he bounced back with a nice pass breakup on a third-down slant route.
Trace McSorley wasn't perfect on the night, but he still made a handful of good throws in his 203-yard, two-touchdown performance. He also picked up six yards and a touchdown on the ground. Rookie guard Ben Powers struggled in the run game, but he was as good as it gets in pass protection.
The Eagles have some budding young talent on the defensive line, as Josh Sweat and Daeshon Hall both turned in strong performances and gave the Ravens' offensive tackles fits all night. While most of their wins were against the backups, they also got the better of the Baltimore starters as well.
If Philadelphia was hoping to find some good depth in the secondary by tonight's performance, the coaches should look away from this tape. Jeremiah McKinnon was picked on all night, committing a few penalties and allowing a couple of touchdowns, as well. Rasul Douglas also had a night to forget, as he struggled in his limited action on the field.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside had a night that was sure to get Eagles fans excited. He was explosive with the ball in his hands, picked up a few first downs and absolutely roasted his defender as he connected with Josh McCown in the end zone.
Andre Dillard continued to look good in pass protection. It certainly wasn't his best performance – he got beat on an inside move which resulted in him committing a hold and there was a play where he was bull-rushed back into McCown pretty quickly – but for the most part, he continued to keep his quarterback clean. Dillard showed quick feet and an ability to maintain control of the pass rusher matched up against him throughout much of the night.
Rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside put on a route-running clinic in his bout with the Ravens' secondary. He finished the night with eight receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. Wisconsin product TJ Edwards was outstanding against the run but struggled a bit in coverage.
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