6 Philadelphia Eagles to watch in their first preseason game

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Zech McPhearson, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles have young stars and new pieces on defense.

1. Zech McPhearson, cornerback

Maybe you’ve heard, and maybe you haven’t. If you have heard, here’s a friendly reminder. If you haven’t heard, here’s the skinny. As is seemingly the case in every Philadelphia Eagles offseason, the cornerback position was a major area of concern as the NFL Draft approached.

Some wanted Philly to address that need as early as Round 1. They waited until Round 4, and the selection was a guy who played his college football in a conference that isn’t really celebrated for its defense, the Big 12.

What did Zech McPhearson do? He made everyone believers! Not only has he shown that he belongs in the NFL, but he’s also slowly becoming someone who could find his way onto the field early and often in 2021.

2. Tarron Jackson, defensive end

Tarron Jackson‘s selection in the most recent NFL Draft was very intriguing when it happened. The Philadelphia Eagles got him in Round 6, and even though you hear “he should have gone earlier” often, this is one of those examples of when that statement really holds true.

His teammates love him, especially Brandon Graham and everyone else that sits with him in those defensive end meetings. He should get extensive time in Week 1 of the preseason, and ladies and gentlemen, after you see him play, you’re going to love him too.

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3. Eric Wilson, linebacker

It seems like we’ve been talking about the Philadelphia Eagles need to solidify the linebacker position since Andy Reid was pacing the sidelines. We know it was an afterthought during the Doug Pederson era. Guys like Eric Wilson are here to change that.

Likely, the man to earn the role of being named the Philadelphia Eagles ‘quarterback on defense’, it will be fun to watch what Wilson looks like in an Eagles jersey, even if he isn’t on the field long.