It will be some time before a trade winner is declared, Brian Dawkins Jerseysbut cornerback Ronald Darby has the Philadelphia Eagles feeling good about their end of last week's deal early on.
Last week, the Eagles traded wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for Darby, who was the runner-up for Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015 but experienced a dip last season.The 23-year-old Darby showed off his 4.38 40-yard speed on a weaving 48-yard interception return against his old squad Thursday and had a strong night overall, as the Eagles edged the Bills 20-16. Carson Wentz JerseysMatthews suffered a chip fracture in his sternum in his first practice for the Bills and did not make the trip.
When it was starters vs. starters, the Eagles looked … :Really sharp on defense. Darby helped lead the way. He intercepted Tyrod Taylor late in the first quarter on a wayward pass intended for Anquan Boldin and returned it 48 yards, Darren Sproles Jerseyszipping his way through a sea of blue and red before being taken down at the Buffalo 27. Darby almost came up with a pick earlier in the quarter as well. He has stood out in practice since coming to Philly, so the early returns have been all positive for the Eagles.
The ground game sputtered for a second straight week. The Eagles managed 40 rushing yards on 16 carries (2.5-yard average) in the first half. LeGarrette Blount had 8 yards on five carries. He now has 17 yards on nine carries through two preseason games. Fletcher Cox JerseysThe offensive line, which was weakened by the absence of left tackle Jason Peters (personal reasons), has not generated much push to this point.
That guy could start: Eagles rookie defensive end Derek Barnett followed a strong preseason debut against the Packers with another productive night. He had a sack, two quarterback hits and a tackle for loss. Projected starter Vinny Curry, Connor Barwin Jerseysmeanwhile, has yet to show up in the box score this preseason and has had a quiet summer.