The Eagles finish off the Preseason against the Jets tomorrow night and it might be the last for a lot of the players but some will with a good performance can make the team. These are 6 players that you should look at the most in this game who are battling for a roster spot.
WR Marvin Mcnutt- Mcnutt has been very quiet in the preseason, He only has one catch which came last game against the Browns. This is not a good sign as other guys like Damaris Johnson have shined proving that he belongs as one of the five-six receivers. Mcnutt needs a very good performance tonight and a little luck that the Eagles keep six receivers.
If not he would be a good practice squad player, but someone I bet would take him as he has great potential with his size and strength.
RB Chris Polk- Polk has not by any chance had a bad preseason but he has been over shined by fellow rookie Bryce Brown who has been outstanding in his time on the field. Polk has been great with pass protection and has run with a chip on his shoulder. He has busted through defenders and showed some good speed. Like Mcnutt he needs to hope the Eagles keep four backs or he will most likely be the odd man out.
WR Chad Hall- Hall just like Mcnutt will need to hope the Eagles keep six receivers because to me Damaris Johnson is a lock to be the 5th guy. Now unlike Mcnutt the Eagles know what they have in Chad Hall, a gritty, small, quick, great hand receiver who has produced when on the roster. He has made some good catches in the preseason and has a great chance of being the sixth guy, again if the Eagles keep six guys.
S Jaiquawn Jarrett- The former second round pick is for sure on the roster bubble and has a good chance to make it but a bad performance against the Jets could cost him a spot on the roster. To me the Eagles will keep obviously Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, I do believe as well that they keep Oshimigo Atogwe to add some veteran presence at the position. The Eagles liked what they saw in Jarrett at Temple, he was a hard hitter but really has not shown that big hit ability in his time with the Eagles. Jarrett with a good performance will solidify a spot as the 4th and last S on the team.
CB Brandon Hughes- Hughes has intrigued me since the day he came to Philly, he has good size and plays well in press coverage and showed that some games last year against the Cardinals and Patriots. The reason he is on the roster bubble is because if the Eagles only keep 5 CBS he might be the odd man out but it all depends on a certain battle at this position. Rookie Brandon Boykin and Veteran Joselio Hanson are competing for the starting slot corner spot. So far it has been pretty even, I think both Hanson and Boykin have played well in the preseason. If I was Hughes (Not saying I would root for a teammate to fail) I would want Boykin to win the job and here is my reason why. If Boykin wins the job then there really is not any reason to keep Hanson mostly because he can’t play on the outside and this means that Hughes gets the 5th and last spot on the roster. A strong performance will help his case so for him just go out and shut down those mediocre Jets WRS and he should be fine.
DE Darryl Tapp- This one might be a surprise to some people and might not, The Eagles are loaded at the defensive line and all of them are making their case on why they should make the team. Tapp is in a tough position. He has played well in the preseason having a couple sacks and a forced fumble and recovery but here is when it gets interesting. Tapp is still young so maybe instead of cutting him you could get a low end draft pick from some other team who is looking for a solid, productive defensive end. Or we could go heavy at the position and keep Tapp and Hunt who is the other guy that if not Tapp would get cut but there is no way Philip Hunt this year will not have midnight green on as he has just shined in the preseason. Tapp could either solidify a spot or have another team be very interested with a strong performance against the Jets. He needs to get at whoever is playing QB for the Jets and get some sacks.
Eagles take on the Jets at 6:35 Thursday in their annual final preseason game finale. Tune in to 6ABC to watch the game if you are local in Philly.