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3 Things to Watch in Eagles' Preseason Finale

Devon Platana
Three things to watch for in the Philadelphia Eagles' preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday.
Three things to watch for in the Philadelphia Eagles' preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday. / AP Photos/Mark LoMoglio

The Philadelphia Eagles have had their ups and downs this NFL preseason, sitting at 1-1 after two weeks. They hope to enter the regular season on a high note, which can only be possible if they defeat the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

As with other teams around the league, the Eagles have several intriguing storylines heading into the weekend. With veterans and rookies fighting for roster spots and everything else in between, there are more than enough things to add extra excitement to this exhibition matchup.

Here are three things to watch for in the Eagles' preseason finale against the Dolphins.

Philadelphia Eagles Preseason

1. Quez Watkins vs. Zach Pascal

One of the battles to keep an eye out for is one regarding the slot receiver position between Quez Watkins and Zach Pascal. Both men have impressed in the role throughout training camp, however, neither has pulled away as the clear-cut favorite. Their preseason numbers are similar as they've both seen five targets, with Watkins recording 51 yards on four receptions while Pascal turned three catches into 56 yards. While Pascal has 41 games more of NFL experience than Watkins, the latter's 647 receiving yards as a sophomore in 2021 are more than the former has ever recorded. The Eagles have two good options to be their top slot receiver and watching the duo duke it out for the job on Saturday should be fun.

2. Can Davion Taylor Prove His Worth?

The Eagles once had high hopes for Davion Taylor, a former 2020 third-round pick. Unfortunately, the third-year linebacker hasn't looked good at all to start his NFL career. After missing a putrid 16.3% of tackles last year, Taylor has had trouble staying locked onto his targets this preseason. He had several missed tackles against the Cleveland Browns last week and just looks lost on the field at times. Eventually, the Eagles must cut their losses if Taylor can be the guy that they thought he could become. If he doesn't have a standout performance against the Dolphins, his future in the 'City of Brotherly Love' could come to an end sooner than later.

3. Can Jalen Hurts End the Preseason on a High Note?

After sitting out of last week's preseason game, Jalen Hurts had a week to forget at training camp. His worst performance came on Thursday when Philadelphia's starting quarterback threw two interceptions on 15 passing attempts and nearly recorded a third had Watkins not re-directed a pass by accident. There were already questions heading into the preseason about Hurts' ability to lead the team and practice performances like that only amplify those doubts. The good news is that Hurts did go 6-of-6 on passing attempts for 80 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' first preseason game. That's the type of performance he must replicate to give his squad some extra confidence heading into Week 1 of the regular season.

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