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Player-By-Player Spotlight

FOXBOROUGH, Mass  -- Two games down, two to go in this 2012 preseason schedule. The 53-man roster is far from complete, but the separation is well under way. Here is a look at some of the players who stood out in one way or another in Monday night's 27-17 win over the Patriots.

  • Brandon Boykin, CB: Has Boykin replaced Joselio Hanson as the team's nickel cornerback? It appeared that way midway through the second quarter of Monday's game. Hanson was blocked early on a screen pass to Julian Edelman that gained 16 yards and then had Edelman on a crossing route that picked up  8 yards. Hanson came back with the starters in the second half. We'll see what means in the coming days. Boykin didn't distinguish himself in coverage, but he had a big play in punt coverage and helped force a turnover that led to an Eagles touchdown.
  • Mychal Kendricks, LB: He was all over the field in his second preseason game. Yeah, Kendricks was in coverage on a touchdown pass to tight end Alex Silvestro and he needs to be better there, but that's about the only thing Kendricks did wrong all night. The guy was a beast on the field, recording 6 total tackles.
  • Stanley Havili, FB: A nifty 14-yard run to the 1-yard line set up LeSean McCoy's touchdown run and sealed, if there was any question, a roster spot for Havili. His athletic ability allows Havili to be a threat with the football. This is something the Eagles haven't had at the fullback position in a long time.
  • Phillip Hunt, DE: What can you say about Hunt, who followed up his outstanding game against Pittsburgh with another dominating outing. He forced a fumble that Darryl Tapp recovered, a takeaway that led to a touchdown. Hunt has been extremely quick off the edge and has enough strength to gain inside leverage to offer an array of pass-rush moves.
  • Cedric Thornton, DT: How in the world can the Eagles think about not having Thornton as part of the defensive tackle rotation? Thornton has been really good in the preseason and he was strong again on Monday night. If Mike Patterson returns to practice before the regular season, the Eagles are going to have an enviable numbers problem at defensive tackle, but whatever happens, Thornton has to stay. He is a player on a rise.
  • Nate Allen, S: Allen was aggressive and physical at the line of scrimmage and he had a nice pass deflection deep down the field. It was Allen's first action of the preseason and he looked much better than he did all of last year.
  • Mat McBriar, P: The battle for the punting job continues, and McBriar had a strong game on Monday. He averaged 49.8 yards on four punts in the first half with great hang time and direction. To be fair, Chas Henry dumped both of his punts inside the 10-yard line and showed great touch.
  • Clay Harbor, TE: The coaches have raved about Harbor throughout the summer and the third-year tight end showed up with a big game against New England with a couple of touchdown catches in the red zone. Harbor touched down both feet on a corner catch for a score and then ran away from coverage for his second touchdown. If the Eagles want to use some two tight end sets, they have reason to feel confident about Harbor chipping in.
  • Nick Foles, QB: The rookie quarterback stepped in for an injured Michael Vick and played a whale of a game with a couple of touchdown passes and constant pressure on New England's defense. He made some mistakes, like the interception he threw late in the first half in the red zone, but Foles showed composure, toughness, touch and accuracy. He rolled right and threw a beauty of a pass to Harbor for a touchdown in the corner of the end zone and displayed precision and touch in the red zone later in the game. Foles has now had two very strong outings.
  • King Dunlap, LT: The King played with the first team and was outstanding. He was penalized for a false start that he didn't commit, and otherwise was outstanding blocking first-round draft pick Chandler Jones. Dunlap deserves to remain the starting left tackle.
  • Curtis Marsh, CB: Three times the Eagles left Marsh alone with Donte Stallworth on the sidelines and three times Marsh came up with good coverage and incompletions. Marsh used his long arms and some good change of direction to make plays in his second strong outing.
  • Bryce Brown, RB:The seventh-round draft pick had 9 carries for 51 yards and a couple of catches for 18 more yards. Brown showed speed to the outside and some power. He had a nice 27-yard gain and had another 10-yarder wiped out because of a holding penalty.
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