10 Eagles needing huge performances in Philadelphia’s final preseason game

Kennedy Brooks #49, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Everyone on the back half of the Philadelphia Eagles roster is feeling the stress as a final preseason game approaches.

And then there were 80. Following late-afternoon cuts on August 23rd, the NFL’s deadline for teams to reduce their roster size by five more prospects, the Philadelphia Eagles have announced the journey has ended for

at least for now.

The stress is palpable for many prospects on the bubble or at the bottom of the depth chart. Following Philly’s third and final preseason game, every team must again reduce roster size, this time by August 30th and from 80 prospects to 53 players.

The claiming deadlines for waiver requests will follow. Practice squads begin forming on August 31st after noon EST. Several Eagles need huge performances versus the Miami Dolphins to make one last impression on their coaches. Add two young running backs to the list of guys who are under the microscope.

Kennedy Brooks and Jason Huntley, running backs

When Kennedy Brooks was added as one of the Eagles’ undrafted rookie free agents following the most recent NFL Draft, there was a hint of optimism. In the same manner that they had discovered Corey Clement (2017) and Josh Adams (2018), there was a chance that the Eagles had possibly added another productive tailback that could do great things.

So far, Brooks has looked slow and void of explosion. He has one more opportunity to prove himself. Jason Huntley has been with the team since 2020 and may be the best kick returner on the roster, but he isn’t a workhorse, something this team’s running back room is missing.

One of these guys figures to hand his spot on the roster to the other but only if the Eagles plan to keep four tailbacks. Here are a few other offensive prospects you’ll want to watch versus the Dolphins as well.