For the Philadelphia Eagles, the fourth preseason game against the New York Jets is all about evaluating the players who are on the roster bubble. The starters are expected to play very little, if at all, so the coaching staff can give the opportunity to other players fighting to be part of the final 53 man roster. Here are the players to watch.
There is still serious competition at this position regarding who can be the third running back. All of the candidates have played well at times. The only player that has yet to suit up this preseason is Chris Polk. Polk has been dealing with a hamstring issue and is still undecided about playing against the Jets. He was thought to have the third running back spot locked up, but his absence has provided opportunity to the other backs. Matthew Tucker has taken advantage with four total touchdowns in his two preseason appearances. Henry Josey and Kenjon Barner have also made a push at the spot. If Polk can go, all four should get work to determine who the coaches believe is the best option for a roster spot and depth.
This is another position where the Eagles still have evaluations to make. Ifeanyi Momah, Jeff Maehl, and Arrelious Benn are the top candidates on the roster bubble. Benn has made the most plays this preseason including a blocked punt and a touchdown reception. This game is going to go a long way in determining who the Eagles keep. All three have a shot, but need to show the progress they have made.
The Eagles have built a nice stable of players along the defensive line. Defensive end Vinny Curry has put together a terrific preseason. He has pressured the quarterback and been a disruptive force in opposing backfields. He is close to securing his spot on the roster. Brandian Bair is another player who has made splashes in the preseason in his attempt to be part of the final roster.
The two players who have a roster spot at stake here are Brandon Graham and Travis Long. Long is a player the Eagles like because of his versatility to play both inside and outside linebacker. He has earned more snaps during the preseason and has taken advantage with strong play. Graham is a former first round pick right on the roster cut line. He has shown his pass rushing prowess this preseason with multiple sacks and tackles for loss.
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