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Eagles vs. Jets, Winners and Losers: Raheem Mostert and Tim Tebow impress

Who played their way on to the Eagles' roster?

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Thursday's 24-18 loss to the Jets in the preseason finale was the last chance for many Eagles players to state their case for a roster spot. And while some players struggled to make a mark, others put on performances that could have earned them jobs in the NFL. Let's take a look at the winners and losers of the 2015 preseason finale:


Raheem Mostert: If Mostert doesn't end up on the Eagles' practice squad, it will be because another team signed him to their active roster. Mostert looked like the best player on the field all night, rushing 15 times for 69 yards and catching eight passes for 93 yards. It remains to be seen whether the Eagles will try to keep Mostert in Philadelphia, but the former Purdue Boilermaker likely earned himself a job in the NFL Thursday.

Tim Tebow: That's right, folks. Tim Tebow just played himself on to the Eagles' roster. His overall numbers - 11/17 for 189 yards, two touchdowns and an interception - were fine. But his two touchdowns were things of beauty. Tebow has a knack for showing up when it matters most, and Thursday was no exception.

Kiko Alonso: After more than a full season out of football, Alonso had to feel good getting back on the field. Alonso only played one series against fringe NFL players, but he was credited with two tackles and was around the ball on just about every play. Thursday night was more about knocking some rust off, so in that respect, Alonso comes out a winner.

Freddie Martino: The former Falcons wideout only had two catches for 54 yards in the game, but boy did he make them count. Both were touchdowns, including a simply incredible one-handed sideline grab. It's not likely that Martino makes the Eagles, but if it is the end of the road for him, what an end it was.

Eagles fans: The preseason is over! The Eagles' next opponent will be the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football.


Matt Barkley: In a game that could essentially mean the difference between playing in the NFL and being on the outside looking in, Barkley didn't do much. He finished the night 4/9 for 45 yards and an interception, including a pick on his first throw of the game. The Eagles have been looking to move on from Barkley for some time now, and it looks like they won't have to wait much longer.

Eagles run defense: It wasn't a banner day for the team's run defense. The Jets finished the game with 215 yards on the ground, including 72 yards and a touchdown by Chris Owusu. Granted, most of these players won't make any NFL roster, let alone the Eagles'. But it was still not the most inspired performance.

Eric Rowe: Don't panic, but Rowe had his worst outing as a professional on Thursday night. The caveat here is that it was only his fourth game in the NFL. Moving Rowe to corner was always going to take some time, and this game was a demonstration of why.

Rowe was beaten several times, and as analyst Mike Mayock pointed out during the broadcast, was unable to consistently stick with his man. It'll take time for Rowe to improve his game, though Thursday night wasn't what most fans wanted to see out of their second round pick.

Jaylen Watkins: Like Rowe, Watkins had an up-and-down outing. He gave up a long touchdown in the first quarter, and was generally inconsistent. Unlike Rowe, Watkins doesn't have the advantage of being an early-round draft pick. Watkins could still make the team, but the more likely outcome is either a spot on the practice squad--or off the squad entirely.

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