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Eagles Rookie Report Card: Kevin Wilkins turned heads by wrecking the Jets

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It’s grading time.

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The last preseason game is always a bit of a snoozer and the Eagles’ 6-0 loss to the Jets was hardly different. Likely no player on the field for Philly last night will begin the season as a starter and naturally most of the players are on the fringe of the roster. So, like is the case with most preseason games, the eyes were on the rookies. The game did not feature any of the team’s first three picks, a good sign for their status as role players this year. However, later round picks and UDFAs got a good opportunity to show their stuff in a last bid to make the team.

Shareef Miller: C+

Last night was emblematic of Miller’s whole preseason. He was solid, yet unspectacular. He played hard every opportunity he had, but failed to make any big plays. I think Miller’s encouraging preseason has rightfully been overshadowed by Daeshon Hall’s emergence. It will be interesting to see if the team has seen enough of their fourth-round pick to keep him on the roster. He has a serious uphill climb with Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, and now Hall as absolute locks to make the roster … and if Jadaeveon Clowney somehow ends up on this team, his hopes are all but gone.

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Grade Shareef Miller’s performance

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  • 2%
    A
    (30 votes)
  • 23%
    B
    (337 votes)
  • 61%
    C
    (875 votes)
  • 10%
    D
    (151 votes)
  • 2%
    F
    (41 votes)
1434 votes total Vote Now

Clayton Thorson: Big Yikes

To be nice, Clayton Thorson has had a mercurial preseason. Thorson looked uncomfortable all night against the Jets third-stringers. He was erratic and his decisions were bad. With one good game to speak of and another bad game last night, Thorson might be on the outs. Carson Wentz and Josh McCown are squarely ahead of him, Thorson’s only hope is to stay on the roster as the third string while Nate Sudfeld recovers. Even then… Not looking good.

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Grade Clayton Thorson’s performance

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  • 0%
    A
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    B
    (17 votes)
  • 5%
    C
    (108 votes)
  • 39%
    D
    (743 votes)
  • 52%
    F
    (983 votes)
1860 votes total Vote Now

TJ Edwards: B+

TJ Edwards had another really solid game. He played confidently, came downhill quickly against the run and made some very nice stops. Edwards should make the team based on his performances this preseason. The linebacker depth is arguably the weakest point of the roster and Edwards has shown a lot of promise that he could play himself into the third linebacker spot by the end of the season.

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Grade TJ Edwards’ performance

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  • 30%
    A
    (463 votes)
  • 58%
    B
    (899 votes)
  • 9%
    C
    (143 votes)
  • 0%
    D
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (9 votes)
1527 votes total Vote Now

Kevin Wilkins: Yo what?! A+

The undrafted defensive tackle out of Rutgers and Jersey native had a fantastic performance near his hometown. Wilkins was monstrous against the run, absolutely wrecking the interior of the Jets offense. Wilkins faces a similar problem to Shareef Miller in that the defensive line is too deep. With Bruce Hector now on the Cardinals, Wilkins’ shot of making the team has certainly improved. However, with Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson, and Timmy Jernigan as locks to make the roster while Hassan Ridgeway has had a good preseason, it will be tough for Wilkins. The Eagles do usually carry more defensive linemen than the average team so stashing Wilkins on the roster may prove to be a good move.

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Grade Kevin Wilkins’ performance

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  • 54%
    A
    (864 votes)
  • 37%
    B
    (598 votes)
  • 6%
    C
    (99 votes)
  • 0%
    D
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    F
    (14 votes)
1581 votes total Vote Now