The final preseason game marks the end of training camp. For some players on the Eagles roster, it may mark the end of their careers or at least their stints in Philadelphia. With just a few spots up for grabs, 22 players will be given their walking papers. That said, some will be asked to return in a practice squad capacity. All of those decisions will be made by the performances of the players in the preseason.
Below are the 12 players that have the most to gain or lose with their performance in the fourth preseason game:
Matt Barkley: This could be his chance to prove that he is at least a backup somewhere else. There are quarterback-desperate teams out there and this is Barkley's chance to impress them. I do believe the Eagles would be open to moving him, but he has to show that he is worthy of being acquired. He needs to make accurate throws and move the ball.
Alex Henery: Regardless of what happens in this game, critics will still offer disdain for Henery. However, he may be able to keep his roster spot if he can makes a few field goals and have some quality kickoffs. It is make or break time (finally) for the most oddly-polarizing kicker since Mike Vanderjagt.
Ifeanyi Momah: The man that everyone wants to talk about is getting a final shot at cracking this roster. While the majority of writers (myself included) believe he is more like practice squad material, Momah has an opportunity to prove us wrong in two ways. The second-year receiver could play so well that he makes the team or he can play so poorly that the Eagles look elsewhere for their practice squad pass catchers.
Travis Long: Everyone's favorite darkhorse is going to get an opportunity to play everywhere on Thursday and could prove his worth with versatility. If he can prove that he can play inside, he may allow the Eagles to keep just DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Najee Goode in the middle with Long serving as emergency relief. Long needs to show he can be productive on special teams to be active for games.
Arrelious Benn: The veteran has had little opportunity to show his talent this preseason for several reasons. Thursday night is his time to shine. Benn at the very least needs to prove he can still play in the league so that he can get a job somewhere else. If he gets held without a catch again, things could look bleak.
Kenjon Barner: The trade acquisition may be a lock for the roster due to how he was acquired but he needs to prove that he should be active for games. He needs to excel as a returner and really show that he can be more than a "bounce outside" threat. Right now, (Oregon bias aside) I see him as the worst of a talented position group.
Henry Josey: The scat back is looking like a lock to make someone's roster, but he fits the Eagles offense so well. A lot of folks talk about getting a job, but being employed by the right team should be the goal. This is the right team for Josey and he needs to continue to show that he belongs.
Matthew Tucker: The big back has been solid throughout the off-season and likely would be considered a lock if the team didn't trade for Barner. That said, Tucker needs to separate himself from Barner and Josey in this game and show off his differing style. Special teams will be huge for him as well.
Kevin Graf: The rookie tackle is going to end up somewhere, but to be picked up on waivers, he needs to continue to play well with the third-string offense. He has good college tape and done some nice things so far, but he could really find a role with another team instead of a practice squad if he steps up in this final spotlight game.
Dennis Kelly: He has played over 700 snaps in the NFL, but for whatever reason, he is not a lock to make the roster. Kelly, like Graf, needs to show that he is worth a spot in the NFL and he has had a pretty good preseason. Kelly could make the roster but chances are that he will be caught in a numbers game.
Emmanuel Acho: Last year's training camp superstar hasn't been as spectacular this off-season but has still played well. He seems to be in the lead for the fourth inside linebacker spot, but as mentioned above, that position may not actually exist. Acho has to, like most of these guys, flash on special teams.
Damaris Johnson: He may be playing his final game in Philadelphia. That said, as a veteran he needs to show that he deserves to play elsewhere. Johnson has some marginal versatility which could somehow allow him to stay on the roster. His competition isn't that overwhelming.