Linebacker heartbreak & 4 other takeaways from Eagles preseason finale

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Well, the Eagles were shutout in the preseason finale and judgement day is now upon us. The roster will soon be trimmed from 90 down to 53. But who did enough to make some waves on Thursday night?

Linebackers will break my heart

Alex Singleton: 15 tackles and a fumble recovery
T.J Edwards: 10 tackles and a TFL

You’ll struggle to find two men who played harder than this pairing of linebackers on Thursday night. The duo flew around the field like they were possessed, making plays at a ridiculous rate. The truth of the matter is, it’s likely only one makes the roster…and that in itself is heartbreaking.

I think Edwards has the higher upside, but Singleton has proven his special teams value over and over again. Both of these standouts deserve to make the roster and it’s highly unlikely whichever one doesn’t will pass through waivers unclaimed. I would hate to be Howie Roseman right now…but what a performance from both linebackers who truly left it all out on the field this week, just as they have all preseason.

Josh Adams will also break my heart

Knowing fully well he won’t make the roster as a running back, Josh Adams, who led the team in rushing last year, lined up at nickel corner and linebacker. WITHOUT TRAINING. HE JUST DID IT. That’s how badly he wants to make the team and frankly, that willingness to get out there and try something totally alien just to improve your chances of staying on the roster, deserves the utmost respect…even if it doesn’t change much in the bigger picture.

That motive defined preseason week 4 for me. It’s truly all or nothing.

Daeshon Hall deserves the DE4 role

Another preseason game, another Daeshon Hall masterclass. By this point, it shouldn’t come as a surprise and it’s safe to say he’s earned the DE4 role. Yes, ahead of Josh Sweat, yes, ahead of Shareef Miller. The former third-round pick has been outstanding and there’s no doubt in my mind that EDGE4 belongs to him.

The Clayton Thorson experiment is probably over

Well, we all kind of knew it was coming…but Clayton Thorson crash-landed back to Earth, completing just 12/26 passes. There were some flashes and his receivers didn’t always give him the easiest opportunities, but alas, it was bad and Thorson will likely be headed to waivers after all, although don’t be surprised if he ends up back on the practice squad.

Alex Ellis makes his statement

Odell Beckham Jr WHO?! Alex Ellis lept up to snag a wildly overthrown pass from Clayton Thorson and surely made the Browns wideout raise an eyebrow. Ellis has popped in back-to-back weeks while Joshua Perkins has seemingly made little in the way of progress. His 2 receptions for 19-yards actually ranked second on the team tonight and may, just may, propel him to a roster spot.

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