With just a couple of days left until the Eagles’ second preseason game, there has been minimal roster movement. Unfortunately, not everyone can make the 53-man roster and Doug Pederson is going to have to start making moves very soon. Players are going to have to prove themselves for coaches in the upcoming weeks and there are already winners and losers after week one of the pre-season.
Josh Sweat/Steven Means
The Eagles’ defensive line is completely loaded with talent and that includes the guys on the back of the rotation. Steven Means and Josh Sweat showed up against the Steelers and while neither of them recorded a sack, they were constantly putting pressure on the quarterback. While NFL teams typically carry nine defensive linemen on the 53-man roster, the Eagles’ will likely carry ten in order to keep the rotation deep. Both of these guys have proven themselves so far and should make the team.
Last preseason, an undrafted Corey Clement came out and proved that he deserved his spot in the running back rotation. While it wasn’t a big workload, Josh Adams had more touches than anyone else and he showed burst, physicality and even an ability to catch the ball. The next three weeks will give Adams his chance to truly pull away from the competition.
Fletcher Cox absolutely dominated the Steelers’ offensive line on Thursday night. While he isn’t anywhere near the roster bubble, it was nice to see that Cox and the rest of the defensive line in mid-season form. The Eagles have the perfect mix of youth and experience in order to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks at all times.
Rasul Douglas finally got some steady time playing on the outside against the Steelers and it wasn’t great. Giving up two big touchdowns, he stood out like a sore thumb. With Rasul’s aggressive style of play, this is bound to happen every once in a while and there will be games that he looks like a Pro-bowler as well. Hopefully we can see him forget about this past week and rebound against the Patriots in Week 2.
College football’s all-time rushing leader did not have a good pre-season last year and this one is off to a bad start as well. Not playing at all on Thursday night, Donnell Pumphrey’s chances of making the 53-man roster dropped significantly. With the emergence of Josh Adams, Pumphrey needs to play and make a huge impact in the next couple of games in order to give himself any sort of hope.
Elijah Qualls actually played fairly well against the Steelers but he is fighting an uphill battle in order to make the team. With Sweat and Means showing out and Michael Bennett’s ability to play defensive end and tackle, there was no room for mistakes. Unfortunately, flags were thrown on Qualls three separate times and that is something he can not afford right now.