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Preseason Week 4 Preview: Eagles at Jets

By PFF Analysis Team
Aug 31, 2017

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 24: Najee Goode #52 and Tim Jernigan #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles warm up prior to the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Lincoln Financial Field on August 24, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Dolphins 38-31. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The final week of the preseason continues with the Philadelphia Eagles at the New York Jets. This is the last chance for many players to make their case to be on the opening season roster, whether it be as a role player, as part of a position rotation, or as a special teams player. Our team of PFF analysts have all the most important position battles and players to watch for each team:

Coverage by: Mike Alessandrini

Position Battle: Najee Goode/Kamu Grugier-Hill/Joe Walker/Don Cherry, Reserve LB

  • Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham are the Eagles’ top two linebackers, while Mychal Kendricks (barring a late summer trade) and rookie Nathan Gerry (provided he is healthy) are also roster locks. Behind these four, there are only one or two backup spots remaining. Goode is the veteran of the group and started in place of an injured Hicks in Philadelphia’s matchup with the Dolphins last week. The linebacker has one stop and one missed tackle in run defense this preseason, while allowing two receptions for eight yards in coverage (0.29 yards per coverage snap).
  • Grugier-Hill played in 12 games for the Eagles in 2016, making his biggest impact on special teams. The sophomore leads this competition with 41 coverage snaps per reception and 0.15 yards per coverage snap in three games. Walker was a seventh-round selection in 2016, but missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. His 14.3 run stop percentage is the highest among competitors for backup linebacker spots. Cherry has also impressed this preseason, collecting one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one interception in 64 snaps. Opposing quarterbacks have a 57.3 passer rating when targeting the young linebacker during the preseason.

Players to Watch:

Coverage by: Cyrus Geller

Position Battle: Juston Burris/Marcus Williams, CB

Players to Watch:

 

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