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3 Eagles Fighting For Their Jobs in Thursday's Preseason Game

Devon Platana
Three Philadelphia Eagles who are fighting for their jobs in Thursday's preseason game against the New England Patriots.
Three Philadelphia Eagles who are fighting for their jobs in Thursday's preseason game against the New England Patriots. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

After cutting down their roster to 85 players earlier this week, the Philadelphia Eagles are turning their attention to a preseason clash with the New England Patriots on Thursday. The Eagles lost their preseason opener, 24-16, to the Pittsburgh Steelers, so Thursday's game will serve as their first opportunity to bounce back.

With another round of roster cuts coming in less than a week, tonight's game is the last chance for fringe players to make their case as to why they deserve to be on Philadelphia's 53-man roster. With that being said, here's a look at three Eagles who are fighting for their jobs in tonight's preseason game.

Philadelphia Eagles Players to Watch

1. Jordan Howard, Running Back

Sixth-year running back Jordan Howard was expected to be the Eagles No. 3 RB before training camp began. While he may have outlasted Kerryon Johnson for the role, 2021 fifth-round pick Kenneth Gainwell outperformed Howard in the Eagles' preseason opener. Considering how Gainwell appears to be the better pass-catcher out of the two, things aren't looking great for the veteran who recorded 57 total yards from scrimmage and 4 touchdowns in seven games last year. If Howard doesn't give the Eagles a reason to keep him around after tonight's game, there's a good chance that he could be unemployed next week.

2. Travis Fulgham, Wide Receiver

Third-year wideout Travis Fulgham looked promising at the start of the 2020 NFL season, kicking it off with 29 receptions for 435 yards and 4 touchdowns in his first four games. Well, things went downhill after that as he recorded just nine catches for 104 yards and no touchdowns in the subsequent eight games. Fast forward to this year and Fulgham hasn't impressed much under the new coaching staff, which includes how he didn't even see a target against the Steelers. Needless to say, things aren't looking great for him. Fulgham was expected to be one of Philadelphia's top wideouts this season, but that isn't saying much considering how they don't have the greatest depth at the position. He'll need a strong performance against the Patriots if he wants to secure his roster spot.

3. Hassan Ridgeway, Defensive Tackle

Defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway is set to enter his sixth NFL season, however, his roster spot is far from a guarantee. While he was set to assume another depth role with the Eagles in 2021, however, Philadelphia's drafting of rookie DTs Milton Williams and Marlon Tuipulotu has made the veteran expendable. It also doesn't help that Ridgeway has been outperformed by fellow veteran DT T.Y McGill throughout practice as of late and last week's preseason game. With time running out, Thursday's matchup against New England is Ridgeway's final chance to convince the Eagles to keep him around for the next round for roster cuts.

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