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Final Auditions For 53-Man Roster


The fourth preseason game is one that is vital for players who are on the bubble and unsure about their future in Philadelphia. In the team's 14-6 preseason win over the Jets on Thursday night, a number of Eagles put on performances to state their cases for making the 53-man roster.

WR Paul Turner

Wide receiver Paul Turner had a standout performance, catching six passes for 66 yards and taking back a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown. The rookie free agent is someone that his veteran teammates are pulling for as well.

"I don't like to get into (whether or not he should make the team), because then that goes into decisions that I can't make that are way over my level of expertise, but at the same time, I feel like I can say that I like him here," Jordan Matthews said. "I like having Paul in the receivers room. I love what he brings. He brings a confidence, but also a humility. He asks questions, but at the same time there are things that he just understands. … He's a great player and I know that he belongs in the NFL."

RB Byron Marshall

On Thursday night, Byron Marshall saw his most extensive action of the preseason. He finished the night with 11 carries for 22 yards and three receptions for 20 yards.

"I play hard on offense, try to remember my assignments and know the playbook and from there it's all in God's hands," Marshall said. "I know that I can look myself in the mirror at the end of the day, if I were to get cut, and be OK with myself knowing that this just wasn't the right fit. I just take it day by day, have fun with this whole process and we'll see what happens."

S Ed Reynolds

Another player to make a strong statement with his play on Thursday night was Ed Reynolds. He gave the Eagles their second touchdown of the night on a 90-yard interception return.

"Stepping on the field tonight was the only stuff I could control," Reynolds said following the game. "Everything else is out of my hands."

DE Marcus Smith

This Training Camp, Marcus Smith has been working to forget the past and look to the future. He's made the position switch from linebacker to defensive end, and isn't thinking about the ups and downs of his playing career to this point.

"I feel good about my status," Smith said. "I think I've done what I'm supposed to do. I'm not really worried about anything. I'm just ready to move forward to the next game."

CB Eric Rowe

Last season, Eric Rowe was a pleasant surprise when he took over the starting role after Nolan Carroll was injured on Thanksgiving Day. However, with a new defensive scheme, it was clear the second-year player needed to make some changes to his game. He feels he's done all he can to prove to the new coaches that he's improved.

"It's out of my control," Rowe said. "All I can do is just do my thing out in the game like I did today, so I can't really say yes or no to that one."

In their final preseason game, the Eagles faced off against the New York Jets at Lincoln Financial Field and took him the 14-6 win.

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