10 Eagles who improved their stock during Philly's 2nd preseason game versus Browns

A long night led to a lot of injuries, but there's a bright side. Several Eagles improved their stock during Philadelphia's second preseason game.
Nakobe Dean, Philadelphia Eagles
Nakobe Dean, Philadelphia Eagles / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages
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The Philadelphia Eagles give up just under 400 yards of offense to the Cleveland Browns but find out many of their guys have potential.

We wanted to see more of some of these new guys on defense (and some of the vets who have been here for a while), and after some extended looks, we feel a lot better today than we did last Saturday. It's going to be fun to watch Sean Desai's unit grow all season.

Nolan Smith was a joy to watch. Keep an eye on him all season as well as some of his defensive teammates. Here are a handful that did their teammates and themselves a few solids.

6. Nakobe Dean, linebacker

Nakobe Dean, Philadelphia Eagles
Nakobe Dean, Philadelphia Eagles / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages

We have been waiting on that 'splash play' from Nakobe Dean all summer, and on the 12th play of the Browns' first drive, he gave us one. With Cleveland looking to punch one in from Philly's one-yard line, Dean forced a fumble. Sadly, the Eagles gave up a safety and two points two plays later.

7. Zach Cunningham, linebacker

Tarron Jackson #75, Zach Cunningham #52, Philadelphia Eagles
Tarron Jackson #75, Zach Cunningham #52, Philadelphia Eagles / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages

Is it just us, or was Zach Cunningham Philly's best player on defense versus the Browns? In his first game with the Eagles, he looked like a guy who had just arrived at camp days earlier... because that's what he was.

He made plays during Philly's joint practices with the Browns and in the second preseason game, he played very well. He racked up seven stops including four solo stops and a tackle for loss.

8. Tarron Jackson, EDGE/defensive end

Tarron Jackson
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Don't close the book on Tarron Jackson yet. He has some work to do if he is going to make the roster, but a four-tackle performance where he notched a TFL and two quarterback hurries could place him in some of his coaches' conversations. He also led the Eagles with seven pressures during Philly's second preseason game.

9. Nicholas Morrow, linebacker

Nicholas Morrow, Philadelphia Eagles
Nicholas Morrow, Philadelphia Eagles / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages

Nicholas Morrow has been questioned, but it appears we can toss most of our initial concerns about him to the side. He has proven that he can hold down a starting role if one is earned. He racked up five stops including one solo tackle on Thursday, but he has a long way to go.

He appears to be looking up the depth chart at Christian Elliss, Nakobe Dean, and Zach Cunningham. Much will be determined about his future in the final preseason practices and in Philly's game versus the Indianapolis Colts.

Don't add him to the roster yet, but don't kick him off either.

10. Ben VanSumeren

Ben VanSumeren #57, Philadelphia Eagles
Ben VanSumeren #57, Philadelphia Eagles / Rob Carr/GettyImages

Ben VanSumeren led the Eagles with 24 special teams snaps. He missed a couple of tackle opportunities, but he racked five tackles, three of which were solo, and he broke up a pass. He may not make the team, but he could earn a spot on the practice squad.

Honorable mentions: Christian Elliss & Brian Johnson (Yes, coaches can improve their stock too).

It has only been two preseason games, but Brian Johnson is cooking. Expect big things from Philly's offense. We see no reason for worry.

Christian Elliss was believed to have leveled off following a solid training camp. He had a nice showing and should continue to rise.