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Doug Pederson addresses difficult task of reducing the roster

In the final preseason game of 2019, the Eagles were shutout by the Jets 6-0 at MetLife Stadium. After the matchup ended, head coach Doug Pederson went to the podium to address the media for the last time before the roster must be cut down to the 53-player limit by Saturday at 4 p.m.

"I just told the guys in the locker room that these next few days are the hardest few days we have," Pederson said. "You have 90 or so players and you have to get to 53 and then you build back your practice squad guys. It's a tough business. I just appreciate all the hard work these guys did through Training Camp, obviously through the offseason. They left it in our hands and it's our opportunity now to make some tough decisions in the next few days."

While the fourth preseason game is known for being a night off for the starters, it is still a chance for bubble players to showcase their abilities. A specific position group that caught the attention of the Pederson was the defensive ends. The defense as a whole recorded two sacks and two interceptions, while holding the Jets to just two field goals.

"I thought they played hard," Pederson said about the defensive ends. "We got after the quarterback. They closed on a couple tackles for losses. I thought they came ready to play. It was good to see in this last game that energy level they had, the effort level they gave. Obviously, we'll look at it more tomorrow when we check out the tape. I thought overall they played well."

With arguably the most difficult days of the season occurring within the next 72 hours, Pederson and his staff are ready to evaluate everyone on this team. Could there be a surprise player or two who makes the 2019 Eagles?

"It might be a surprise to you guys," Pederson said. "It might be a surprise to the fans, but to us it's no surprise based on how that player has worked. Guys make teams all the time because of their effort, their energy, their willingness to practice, and make an impact."

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