In the closing moments of Thursday night's preseason loss to the Colts, wide receiver Brandon Gibson stated his latest argument for a spot on the 53-man roster.
The sixth-round draft pick out of Washington State ran a post corner route into the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown from quarterback Adam DiMichele.
"It was a cloud coverage on my side," said Gibson who finished with four catches for 49 yards. "Corner kind of jumped outside to get an inside release. Adam put it up there so I could make a play and I came down with it."
The 6-foot-1, 206-pound receiver has six catches for 69 yards in the two preseason games. But as good as those numbers are, Gibson feels that he needs to excel in other areas to make the final 53-man roster.
""Special teams is where I've got to make a big contribution. I did OK on a few of my special teams plays (against the Colts)," Gibson said. "I want to keep being consistent in everything I do."
Gibson was targeted six times on Thursday night. The first two balls were thrown to him by A.J. Feeley. One pass was too far and another hit him in the hands on a slant route, but Gibson couldn't come up with it. With DiMichele, however, they connected on all four attempts.
Whether Gibson has made any ground in his hopes for a roster spot, the fans have been very supportive in his efforts. A number of them want to see the Eagles take a chance with the young Gibson, who plays physical and has a good upside.
"Thank you for all of the support and all of the love that you show," Gibson said. "All I can do is take care of my opportunities."
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 5:13 p.m., August 21