Eagles’ Final Preseason Game: Who Impressed and Who Disappointed?

Eagles’ Final Preseason Game: Who Impressed and Who Disappointed?

The Philadelphia Eagles wrapped up their preseason with a 27-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night. The game was a chance for some players to make a final impression before the roster cuts on Tuesday. Here are some of the standouts and letdowns from the Eagles’ third preseason game.

Eli Ricks: A Rising Star in the Secondary

One of the most impressive players for the Eagles was undrafted rookie cornerback Eli Ricks, who had a pick-six and several pass breakups against the Ravens in the first preseason game. Ricks continued his stellar play against the Colts, showing great coverage skills, awareness, and ball skills. He had two more pass breakups, one of which was a diving deflection in the end zone to prevent a touchdown. Ricks also had two blocks on Devon Allen’s 73-yard kickoff return to start the game. Ricks has made a strong case for his spot on the 53-man roster, and could even challenge for a starting role opposite Darius Slay.

Eagles’ Final Preseason Game: Who Impressed and Who Disappointed?
Eagles’ Final Preseason Game: Who Impressed and Who Disappointed?

Devon Allen: A Speedy Weapon on Special Teams

Another undrafted rookie who shined for the Eagles was wide receiver Devon Allen, who showcased his blazing speed on the opening kickoff. Allen, a former Olympic hurdler, took the ball from his own end zone and sprinted past the Colts’ coverage team for a 73-yard return. He also had a 7-yard catch on offense, but his main value is on special teams. Allen could be a valuable asset for the Eagles as a kick returner and gunner, especially with Jalen Reagor struggling in that role.

Trey Sermon: A Versatile Running Back with Upside

The Eagles traded up to select running back Trey Sermon in the third round of this year’s draft, hoping to add some depth and diversity to their backfield. Sermon showed why he was worth the pick against the Colts, displaying his vision, power, and receiving ability. He led the team with 30 rushing yards on nine carries, and also caught four passes for 26 yards and a touchdown. Sermon’s score came on a screen pass from Marcus Mariota, where he broke a tackle and dove into the end zone. Sermon has proven to be a reliable option for the Eagles, both as a runner and a receiver.

Marcus Mariota: A Disappointing Performance from a Veteran Quarterback

The Eagles signed Marcus Mariota in free agency to compete with Jalen Hurts for the starting quarterback job, but he has failed to impress in his limited action. Mariota completed only 4 of 9 passes for 21 yards against the Colts, and looked hesitant and inaccurate. He also took two sacks and fumbled once, though he recovered it himself. Mariota did not show much mobility or playmaking ability, which are supposed to be his strengths. He was outplayed by rookie Tanner McKee, who threw for 158 yards and led two scoring drives. Mariota’s poor showing may have cost him his chance to be the Eagles’ starter or backup.

Deon Cain: A Bright Spot in a Lackluster Receiving Corps

The Eagles’ wide receivers did not have a good night against the Colts, as they dropped several passes and failed to create separation. The only exception was Deon Cain, who led the team with six catches for 62 yards. Cain showed good hands, route running, and yards after catch ability. He also drew a pass interference penalty that set up Sermon’s touchdown. Cain is fighting for a roster spot among a crowded group of receivers, but he has shown enough potential to warrant consideration.

The Eagles will have some tough decisions to make before Tuesday’s deadline, as they have to trim their roster from 80 to 53 players. Some of their preseason standouts may have earned their spots, while some of their disappointments may have sealed their fate.

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