Five Eagles players that would benefit from a strong preseason
We are just under a month away from the Philadelphia Eagles first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The defending Super Bowl champions will be back in action as the journey to Super Bowl 53 begins. The preseason is a chance for players battling for roster spots to really stand out. As we approach training camp and the preseason opener here are five Eagles players that can improve their roster chances with a strong outing.
NCAA all-time leading rusher Donnel Pumphrey
Pumphrey is in an interesting spot. The Eagles traded up to select him during the 2017 draft but he struggled during the preseason. He would be placed on IR for the rest of the season with a torn Hamstring. Now healthy and with a year to get his body in NFL shape Pumphrey will look to stand out in a crowded backfield. With Darren Sproles, Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement locked into roster spots it will be an uphill battle. However, with a strong camp and preseason, the former Aztec could become an asset sooner rather than later.
— SDSU Football (@SDSUFootball) April 29, 2017
Nate Gerry ready to make an impact
Gerry comes into the season now with an excellent chance at playing time. Nigel Bradham has been suspended for week one’s game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a 2016 incident. With Bradham out that leaves an open starting spot next to Jordan Hicks. The team traded away Mychal Kendricks which was surprising considering the teams’ lack of depth. A fifth-round pick from Nebraska Gerry has a great opportunity ahead of him. With a strong preseason, Gerry will not only lock down a roster spot but could start week one.
Shot 7 – Rookie LB Nate Gerry really flashed in this game a few times. Aggressive downhill, made plays against the run and in coverage. Great to see from the former safety #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/6RZSG2PnDO
— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) January 2, 2018
Breakout candidate De’Vante Bausby
Bausby has turned heads so far this offseason. While working within a talented young secondary Bausby should have ample opportunities. With Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills unlikely to see a lot of playing time during the preseason the former Kansas City Chief could push for a spot on the roster. Bausby is pushing for the starting slot corner vacancy left by the loss of Patrick Robinson. At 6’2 190 pounds Bausby has great size and after being undrafted out of Pittsburgh State he is ready to make an impact.
Good strong tackle by TopSpeed athlete De'Vante Bausby in the 1st half tonight against the Packers. pic.twitter.com/qefSkz9zD7
— Joseph Potts (@TopSpeedLLC) October 21, 2016
Shepherd University standout Billy Brown
Many thought Brown could be in for a breakout season as the former Shepherd University standout was second on the depth chart following the release of Brent Celek. However, the Eagles went on to sign Richard Rodgers from Green Bay and then drafted Dallas Goedert 49th overall back in April. A little more crowded now Brown will have his work cut out for him. A strong preseason can open up some opportunities during the season as Rodgers is known more for his blocking and Goedert will still be working his way into the offense. Brown has the athleticism and speed to give Carson Wentz another target.
#Eagles TE Billy Brown is ready to take next step in his 2nd year
— TheEaglesWire (@TheEaglesWire) April 12, 2018
Return of the Mack
The last of the five Eagles players is Hollins. The former Tar Hell had a solid preseason last year totaling 13 catches for 139 yards and one touchdown. The fourth-round pick from North Carolina displayed nice hands and is a smooth route runner. He showcased his speed against the Redskins on this touchdown from Wentz.
Carson Wentz 64 yard TD to rookie Mack Hollins! ''pic.twitter.com/Cav6Q8pvud
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) October 24, 2017
Hollins could be in for increased playing time very soon. Mike Wallace, Nelson Agholor, and Alshon Jeffery figure to be starters but look for Hollins to see more time on the field. While his roster spot is safe a strong showing in the preseason could have Hollins in a starting role very soon and add another weapon to a high powered Eagles attack.
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