Eagles tie preseason finale against the New York Jets, 31-31
The Philadelphia Eagles fared well tonight against the New York Jets despite none of their starters seeing the field. Philly went up early but choked away the win in the final seconds, tying the Jets 31-31 in their preseason finale. There were many positives to take away from the Eagles’ performances and a lot of strong performances from players on the bubble.
Andre Dillard and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside were two notable players who have been rumored to be on their way out heading into tonight. With their backs against the wall, both looked to have secured a roster spot for the upcoming season or at least bumped up their trade value.
Dillard looked excellent in pass protection and showed some athleticism in pull blocks after a horrid week of practice against New York. Arcega-Whiteside exploded for a phenomenal 42-yard touchdown right before halftime.
Joe Flacco looked composed in the pocket after a brutal showing against New England, completing 13 of his 16 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Kenneth Gainwell and Boston Scott were uncontainable against the Jets’ defense, with Scott having a 49-yard touchdown early on.
A few Eagles suffered injuries tonight, including Kevon Seymour, Josiah Scott, and Patrick Johnson. Seymour was able to return alongside Johnson who sustained a shoulder injury, while Scott was ruled out with a hamstring injury. To end the night, Philadelphia’s backup defense let up a Hail-Mary at the buzzer alongside a two-point conversion, tying the game at 31 apiece.
Following tonight, Nick Sirianni and company have until Tuesday to trim their roster down from 80 players to 53. There were a lot of tough battles for a roster spot tonight, and it’ll be a busy few days for the Eagles to break down the film and determine who will move forward with the team.
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