The first team offense managed just 66 yards over two first quarter drives, and were saved from being shut out by a fortunate upright bounce on a Billy Cundiff 53 yard field goal attempt.
The first team defense allowed Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to march his team downfield on an eight play, 80 yard drive that was punctuated by a three yard touchdown pass to TE Brent Celek.
Amazingly, the contest did not get any better from there.
While little was expected from the team in their first “game” action since the end of a league work stoppage that lasted 134 days, fans and analysts had hoped to see at least some progress in areas that had been viewed as concerns for the team.
I wish I could tell you any of those concerns could go away after the contest.
Say it again. It’s only August.
After losing veteran Derrick Mason in the offseason and failing to sign available free agents like Sidney Rice, Malcom Floyd, Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Brad Smith, Steve Smith, Jerricho Cotchery or, well, anyone; it was safe to label the team’s wide receiving corps as a concern.
Starting receivers Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith made as many catches Thursday night (combined) as I did.
Rookie Tandon Doss did manage to bring down three catches for 26 yards in mop up work, veteran Justin Harper managed two grabs for 17 yards and undrafted Maryland rookie free agent LaQuan Williams (Poly) pulled down three catches for 46 yards.
But the starting receivers did not make a single catch.
Philadelphia defenders managed to combine to make two catches of Ravens passes themselves.
It’s only August.