While it is a little too early to annoint Kevin Kolb as the next Peyton Manning, you have to be encouraged with his performance in the Eagles 28-27 win over Jacksonville in their first preseason game last night.
Kolb played the whole first quarter completing six of 11 attempts for 95 yards. He was able to move the team down the field in all three series he played resulting in two David Akers' field goals.
While the Bird's did struggle in the red zone settling for three points instead of getting six, all told they looked pretty sharp for their first game with Kolb as their starting quarterback.
Another encouraging aspect of this game was the play of Kolb's backup; Michael Vick. Playing the second quarter and part of the third, Vick passed for 119 yards, completing 11 of 17 attempts. He did throw an interception and lose a fumble, but also showed some flashes of his former self by running for 50 yards including a nifty 10 yard touchdown run to give Philadelphia a 16-7 lead midway in the second quarter.
Batting cleanup for the Eagles was fourth round draft pick Mike Kafka. He went 3 for 7 for 76 yards including a 57 yard pass to Chad Hall in the fourth quarter that set up a 36 yard game winning field goal by Akers.
As an interesting sidelight,a few hours down the road Donovan McNabb was making his debut with his new team, the Washington Redskins. McNabb played the first few series and looked sharp, going 5 for 8 for 58 yards and a TD.
In a very limited window of activity it appears that this blockbluster trade has the potential to pay huge dividends for both teams, but only time will tell which team actually get the better of it.