Halftime heroes: Five Eagles who stepped up to the plate in opening two quarters vs Jets


The Eagles enter halftime of their final preseason game with a 10 point deficit, but as you know by now, score doesn’t matter. What does however is who can make the most of what may be one last shot at making an impact before the front office and coaching staff make some incredibly tough decisions.


Dexter McDougle:
The newest cornerback to the nest has had an impressive debut so far. McDougle has seen a bulk of playing time against his former team and found himself constantly in the mix during the first half. He may only have one tackle to his name, but Jim Schwartz has wasted no time in experimenting with his new toy.


This bodes well for a corner who only has one real shot to prove himself worthy of a spot on the final 53.


Elijah Qualls:
This year’s sixth round pick has been dominant this far. The Jets rolled out their starters to begin with but it didn’t stop the former Washington standout from consistently forcing his way into the backfield and stealing the spotlight. Credited with two tackles so far, Qualls has certainly made his presence felt during the early stages of the game.


Jaylen Watkins:
After parting ways with Terrence Brooks, it’s safe to say the chances of making the cut improved for Jaylen Watkins, but he’s still not taking the fourth game lightly. Seeing time at cornerback against the likes of Chad Hansen and the first team receivers early on, Watkins leads the team in tackles at halftime and has made some impressive plays throughout the first two quarters of play. Watkins needed a big night to solidify his future tonight. So far, so good.


Bryce Treggs:
One former undrafted receiver who is also shining during the seventeenth consecutive preseason meeting against the Jets is Bryce Treggs. He may not have been fired out of a cannon, but if it weren’t for a poor McGloin throw to his back-shoulder, he may well have been Treggs has 3 receptions for 22 yards at halftime and while players such as Marcus Johnson struggle to find a rhythm, the former Cal speedster is only heating up.


Corey Clement:
The former Wisconsin Badger’s future is uncertain but his production is not. Clement entered the game early and hit the ground running, racking up 16 yards on 4 carries. He may not see a lot of time in the second half, but by this point we should have seen more than enough to be convinced that Clement has an extremely high ceiling as a downhill runner.


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