12:46 a.m.: The Eagles won in dramatic fashion on a night that saw a ton of rain and a near-hour rain delay. I just got back from the locker rooms -- here are the highlights on upcoming stories from this game:
-- DeAngelo Williams was friendly after the game and was happy both with his results and his reps. He's toting the company line that whatever the club wants to do at running back is fine with him, but he's got some solid film this preseason that says he's ready to lead.
-- Jonathan Stewart was low-key and definitely quiet. Reminded me of Ricky Williams, which may or may not be a good thing. I gave him the eyeball test, and while he's built well, he's a little shorter than I imagined. Then again, I was face-to-face with Brandon Jacobs last week and I felt like Papa Smurf standing next to Andre the Giant.
-- Also spoke with coach John Fox after the game. Not worried with the loss, he still is not sure of how they'll use the running backs.
My guess, after two preseason games, is that Williams will start and begin the season posting his best stats.
-- Also got to talk to DeSean Jackson, who was modest. Nursing a wrapped left pinkie finger, Jackson knew he'd see a lot of work tonight and was not surprised to hear he was targeted 14 times. He did NOT like questions about his height, so I asked if he felt like he played bigger than what he's listed at, and he defended himself well.
He's going to be a player in this league -- assuming he can stay on the field.
Those stories coming to you hopefully tomorrow here on CBSSports.com.
That'll do it for me. Special shout out to my cousin, Michael Richard, wishing him and Elise the best as they get married this weekend, as well as a wave of the hand to Gordon Schumway and his very cool new shade of blue.
11:30 p.m.: Another rookie disappointing tonight: James Hardy, who went catchless for the Bills in their win over Pittsburgh in Toronto.
According to the play-by-play feed, Hardy didn't even have a pass thrown his way. Not sure if that's accurate. He might have gotten hurt for all I know. If I hear something, I'll put it in.
11:23 p.m.: Looks like Jonathan Stewart's night is over. Suffice to say, DeAngelo Williams looks a lot better.
Stewart had four runs, three of which were interior, and he ended with 3 yards. He looked tenative, like he had to think about where he had to go. It's even tougher to swallow when you consider he went up against Philly's second-string defense.
Williams, on the other hand, has been at this for a long time and looked like it. He had 32 yards on eight carries, aided by a 23-yard run in the second quarter. He also had 13 yards on two catches. Way more polished, and Williams wasn't taken off the field on any play.
Bottom line: Stewart has a ways to go.
11:18 p.m.: Through three quarters, I count 14 targets for DeSean Jackson. He has seven catches. Decipher as you wish.
11:00 p.m.: Got an eyeful of Kevin Kolb. While he's a dart thrower, he's far from ready. Several balls were way low, one very deep ball was on the money for Greg Lewis, who caught it but couldn't come down in bounds.
I think DeSean Jackson has been targeted like 10 times tonight. Official count later. They're gonna lean on him.
10:45 p.m.: Jonathan Stewart has arrived.
First carry: off left guard, 1 yard.
Second carry: right sweep with blockers, got tripped up, lost a yard
That's it so far. Stayed on for an incomplete third-down pass.
10:20 p.m.: McNabb looked awful on last drive. Lots of high passes. He needs a big target. Couple of drops didn't help either.
Mercifully, the first half ends with Carolina drubbing the clock.
10:01 p.m.: Carolina's drive seemingly ended with a touchdown in the back of the end zone from Delhomme to Muhsin Muhammad, but the replay ruled it a drop. Muhammad lay on the field after the score, stunned by a helmet-to-helmet hit. He eventually jogged off under his own power.
The Panthers are showing me that DeAngelo Williams can get it done. But he's the classic little guy at running back. One play is a loss for 2 yards, the next is a gainer. Williams was in at the goal line on this drive too, making it nearly six full preseason quarters without rookie Jonathan Stewart getting a red-zone or goal-line rep. I need to see the guy.
I haven't even noticed Steve Smith out there. Not sure he's even BEEN out there.
9:50 p.m.: No doubt, the Eagles want to get DeSean Jackson involved. Two of McNabb's last four passes went to him, including a 27-yard improv play where he connected with RB Lorenzo Booker for the gain but was in front of the line of scrimmage.
Carolina first team still out there.
9:38 p.m.: So let me get this straight ...
The Eagles, after a 58-minute rain delay, drive into field goal range with their first-team offense in the driving rain on a very wet field, and opt to try a fake shovel pass on the FG attempt, only to see CB Richard Marshall be johnny-on-the-spot and intercept the ball and run it back 78 yards for a touchdown.
Weirdest. Preseason game. Ever.
9:30 p.m.: Shows you what I know. Here comes McNabb ...
9:25 p.m.: The consensus in the press box is that unless either coach wants to get fired, we're going to see a LOT of the third stringers for the rest of the game. The Eagles are warming up right in front of me and I see Kevin Kolb and A.J. Feeley taking the reps. Delhomme still taking reps for Carolina, though.
9:18 p.m.: Word has it that there will be a football game here starting soon. I just spent the last 45 minutes or so kibbutzing in the press box with friends old and new.
Still raining buckets here with some lightning still in the area. I can't imagine that either club will risk their stay players further in a meaningless preseason game with a wet turf and inclement weather. I hope I'm way wrong.
8:32 p.m.: And, we're in a weather delay.
Gives me a chance to update this.
Philadelphia has been mostly vanilla thus far. Lots of dinks and dunks, with McNabb not hitting on deeper routes. On the deep fly pattern with rookie DeSean Jackson, McNabb was off by a smidge or else that would have been an electric touchdown. Definitely some proof that McNabb can eventually get it right with the speedy rookie and connect on some bombs. Take note.
Meanwhile, the Panthers' offense has been stifled. DeAngelo Williams had a nice dump-and-run, but can't run against this Eagles front. I'm dying to see Jonathan Stewart.
Best part about the weather: The local weather girl did a report on the big screen how there might be a possible t-storm. It was raining as the report came on. She was boooooooed by the Philly faithful. But, her report was dead on, as you can see if you're watching on TV.
8:12 p.m.: Jonathan Stewart has dressed for the Panthers. We'll see him tonight.
Carolina was pretty much stifled on their first three passes. Asante Samuel's pass break up is an example of what he'll be doing for Philly's defense this year.
8:06 p.m.: DeAngelo Williams starting for Carolina.
8:03 p.m.: I'm not terribly far from Canada, but a Ben Roethlisberger interception killed a Steelers drive that the Bills turned around and scored with, ending on a 7-yard pass from Trent Edwards to TE Robert Royal. Wish it had ended with a Marshawn Lynch touchdown or a James Hardy catch.
Game time here. Brian Dawkins just brought down the house with player intros.
7:16 p.m.: Greetings from lovely Philadelphia, where I'm coming to you from the Panthers-Eagles preseason game. I've already bumped into The NFL Today GM Charley Casserly, and I'm a few feet away from one of my former and favorite co-workers, current Panthers.com beat man Andrew Mason (if Ellen Levy could see us now).
Not a whole lot to report right now. Carolina is on the field warming up. The fans here are night and day from the fans from Detroit, where I was last week and saw more seats than fans. This place will be packed -- for a preseason game!
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