Eagles punter Donnie Jones nearly gets caught with sweatpants on

Jonathan Hernandez
January 1, 2018

Neither Jonathan Cooper nor Chidobe Awuzie would have been held back if Dallas had chosen to rest their key players to ensure they escaped the regular season without a major injury.

"Everything we are doing we want to leave as good a taste in our mouths as we can against this Philadelphia team, one that should be quite a contender in the playoffs", Jones said. "I have confidence in our guys". Philly is without Carson Wentz which will likely become an issue later this season as Nick Foles doesn't look like the long term answer behind center and may not even be serviceable enough to send the Eagles into a deep playoff run. But he has followed up with two poor performances.

But Sunday's regular-season finale against Dallas affords Jones an opportunity to play in a game that lacks typical significance to find his NFL. "We didn't execute but that's stuff we can fix". This wasn't acceptable. We know how talented we can be. He was tackled inside the 5 after catching a lateral on a desperation play to end the game. "But I felt there were some plays that we weren't able to finish".

Despite having already been eliminated from playoff contention, the Cowboys still finished with a winning record at 9-7.

When doctors finally cleared Jones to resume football activities earlier this month, the Eagles welcomed him onto the practice field but did not immediately elevate him to the active roster.

If there's a good thing to all this is that it is better for the Birds to get all that bad play out of their system before playoffs begin. That capped a 99-yard touchdown drive.

Defensive dud Rasul Douglas didn't have a great game. Dan Bailey hooked the extra point wide left, only his second career miss in 278 tries. But the suddenly struggling kicker pulled his attempt to the left from only 23 yards out for the miss, the day's misery thankfully coming to an end. Defensively, the Eagles are a sound unit and after a questionable few games, shut the Oakland Raiders completely down. He was the first player to reach 100 against the Eagles since Washington's Matt Jones ran for 135 yards in Week 6 a year ago. Star running back Ezekiel Elliott returned from a six-game suspension and ran for 97 yards, but quarterback Dak Prescott threw two interceptions - one a pick-six - in the game. The Eagles got their first third-down conversion midway through the third quarter. Then came a short run and a sack.

Philadelphia's best drive with Foles was the game opener. The fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

"Wherever they want me to be", Dez Bryant said when asked about his expected role for next year.

This was the first time an Eagles-Cowboys game had ever been scoreless at halftime, according to ESPN. The Eagles now have the option of seeing how he responds to game action before deciding whether or not to use him in the postseason.

The Cowboys went on to total 301 yards of offense, which included 129 yards rushing and 172 through the air.

The 6-0, 181-pound second-round draft choice felt blessed to sink his cleats back on the field after rupturing his Achilles at his Pro Day workout in March just weeks before the NFL Draft.

"Outside of the one double move, it appeared like he played pretty well". RB Jay Ajayi also was inactive.

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