Suddenly-intriguing Eagles roster battles ahead of second preseason game

Reid Sinnett #13, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Reid Sinnett #13, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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The competition is heating up as the first Eagles preseason game is in the books.

One game of the preseason three-game slate is in the books. Two remain, and once they wrap, it’s full-steam ahead to the Philadelphia Eagles‘ first test of the regular season, a road date versus the stars of this year’s version of HBO’s Hard Knocks, the Detroit Lions.

Before we board any planes headed towards the Motor City however we have to begin preparing for joint practices versus the Cleveland Browns and a game that follows on Sunday. For some of these younger Birds (and the veterans), the pressure cooker is warming. As always, the quarterback position gives us plenty of storylines to discuss. Some things never change.

54. . . . Reid Sinnett vs Carson Strong. . player

Carson Strong didn’t play a single snap of the first preseason game and catapulted himself back into the battle for the job of being the third quarterback on the depth chart by default. Reid Sinnett did himself no favors.

Reid definitely deserves some credit. Following a tough start, he willed the Eagles’ offense into the end zone for a late-game go-ahead score. That was nice to see. Still, there were too many instances in which he looked lost. He has to be better. Completing nine of 17 passes versus Jets reserves that won’t be on the team in a month is a bit concerning.

He’s had a much better camp than Carson Strong, but the Birds gave the rookie $320,000 in guaranteed money. Sinnett still has a leg up, but the legs look shakier than they did a week ago.

Keep an eye on that competition and the four that follow.