Winners from the Philadelphia Eagles preseason finale

Jason Huntley, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports)
Jason Huntley, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports) /

Well, we didn’t learn a ton from the Philadelphia Eagles‘ preseason finale versus the Miami Dolphins, did we? Sure, there were a few takeaways worth mentioning, but if you’ve been crafting a 53-man roster projection during the preseason, it probably hasn’t changed much over the past week.

Miami’s varsity handled Philly’s J.V. as the Fins scored the first three times they touched the ball. That includes drives of 88 yards and 75 yards.

Philly went up in flames here, and the 85-degree weather (that felt like 93 degrees thanks to the humidity) had little to do with that being the case. Miami takes this one by a 48-10 final score on a night where the Birds were almost outscored by the Philadelphia Union (they scored six goals). It’s on to the final step, crafting the aforementioned 53-man roster and a practice squad. Believe it or not, we have some game balls to hand out.

Here are a few Philadelphia Eagles that deserve a mention following the final preseason game.

Yes, even in a blowout loss, you can hand out game balls. We tip the cap to five Birds.

John Hightower, wide receiver

John Hightower won’t make this team, but he led all Eagles receivers with five receptions and 52 yards receiving. He caught all but one ball that was thrown in his direction.

Jason Huntley, running back

Jason Huntley spent a lot of time running backward before turning upfield, but all in all, he had a good night. If he’s left off of the 53-man roster, he can go out with his head held high after churning out 115 total yards as a rusher and receiver. That includes a 67-yard touchdown run during the fourth quarter. Has he done enough to make the 53-man regular-season roster?

Patrick Johnson

In many ways, Patrick Johnson is a lot like Shaun Bradley. Both have NFL talent, but the Birds may want to employ some patience while developing them. It will take time, but it may also be worth it if they decide to do so.

On Saturday night, Johnson had two noteworthy plays in succession. He got off of a block to contain a run to his side and followed that up by sacking Tua Tagovailoa on the next play, this following the Dolphins’ longest run of the preseason. He’s been impressive and deserves a spot on the roster.

Reed Blankenship, safety

There is no hesitation in making this statement. Reed Blakenship is the Philadelphia Eagles’ second-best safety. He also delivered one of the more memorable plays on defense and seemed to be comfortable out there.

Devon Allen, wide receiver/gunner?

That speed is coming in handy. After torching the Cleveland Browns’ secondary for a 55-yard touchdown in the second preseason game, Devon Allen showed tremendous value on special teams as a gunner during the finale. Perhaps we’re being emotional, but we’re placing him on our 53-man roster.

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