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Eagles vs. Colts, Winners and Losers: Nelson Agholor looks legit

There was plenty to be excited about on Sunday.

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With the starting units only playing a couple drives (and with so many starters out of the game), Sunday's preseason opener against the Indianapolis Colts gave head coach Chip Kelly plenty of opportunities to scout the full 90-man roster. Several young players made the case for more playing time, while a handful of vets left us with more questions than answers.

With that, let's see who won and lost the week:


Nelson Agholor: The Eagles' first round pick made his presence felt early in the game. On the first catch of his NFL career, Agholor caught a horribly overthrown pass by Mark Sanchez (more on him later), evaded the would-be tackler, and sped into the end zone for the touchdown. While he did drop a pass later in the game, Agholor showed why the Eagles took him with the 20th selection in the draft. Eagles fans should be excited.

Bennie Logan: The Eagles' defense set the tone early, forcing pressure on Andrew Luck and stuffing the run. And Logan was at the center of it all - in only a few snaps, Logan finished the night with three tackles and looked plenty impressive doing it. As he said earlier in the summer, the only thing standing in the way of Bennie Logan is Bennie Logan.

Ed Reynolds II: Now that's how you make a statement. Playing most of the second half, Reynolds snagged two interceptions, including one where he showed nice anticipation by jumping his receiver's route. Reynolds missed OTAs last year, but with a full season under his belt, Reynolds is stating his case for inclusion on the final roster.

Kenjon Barner: Speaking of stating a case, Barner showed up in a big way with a 92-yard punt return touchdown at the end of the second quarter. Barner has been spending a lot of time learning from return man Darren Sproles, and it showed on this play.

Bryan Braman: Did you suplex an opposing quarterback? Congratulations, you're a winner!

Brad Jones: Linebacker depth has been tested over the past week, as DeMeco Ryans, Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso all missed the preseason opener. Jones led the team with six tackles, and figures to be a big part of the linebacker rotation moving forward.


Mark Sanchez: Not his best performance. Sanchez finished 2-of-7 for 52 yards. Several of his five incompletions were overthrows, including a terrible miss to a wide-open Jordan Matthews that would have resulted in a touchdown. While there really wasn't a quarterback competition to begin with, Sanchez certainly didn't help himself Sunday.

Cody Parkey: For what it's worth, Chip Kelly doesn't think anyone should be hitting the panic button on Parkey just yet. But it's not a great sign when your Pro Bowl kicker misses a 33-yard PAT or a 34-yard field goal in the first preseason game.

Earl Wolff: It feels harsh to put a player who didn't suit up on this list, but it also reflects the current reality of the former NC State safety. Wolff has been battling a knee injury that kept him out of Sunday's game and even made it difficult to walk. At this point the question seems to be less about whether he'll make the team and more about whether the team will cut ties sooner rather than later.

Jaylen Watkins: Sure, Watkins made some nice plays, but he also had an embarrassing tackle attempt that led to a nine yard touchdown. Watkins is in the mix for the slot cornerback job, so he'll need to shore up his tackling if he wants to win that gig.

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