The Philadelphia Eagles came narrowly close to ending the Ravens’ oddly long preseason winning streak, but a few players helped their cause in that game, plus the joint practices over the course of this week.

Leading up to the first home preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, here are three players whose stocks have been up since a week ago.


Tanner McKee

McKee was easily the best passer of the three Eagles quarterbacks who played in Baltimore on Saturday, and that includes Marcus Mariota.


His first pass of the day was a gorgeous back-shoulder deep ball down the left sideline to Tyrie Cleveland.


He was only 10 of 20 for 148 yards overall, but he made a few great throws and did not really look rattled in his first NFL action.

The same can not be said for Ian Book, who looked like a helpless disaster as practically every single play quickly turned into a chaotic scramble drill. McKee has firmly cemented his status as the QB3 for the Eagles this season.


Tyrie Cleveland

Joseph Ngata entered this game as the favorite to be the Eagles’ sixth receiver (if they elect to keep one), but it was Tyrie Cleveland who was the most active on Saturday, catching 5 balls for 68 yards on 10 targets. Outside of seasoned vet Greg Ward, no other Eagle had more than two receptions. Ngata only had one catch for four yards and committed offensive pass interference on what would have been a 31-yard catch.

I am not convinced the Eagles keep a sixth receiver, but Cleveland has definitely at least closed the gap between him and Ngata with still two preseason games to play.


Reed Blankenship

If there was ever any doubt before that Reed Blankenship would be a starting safety for the Eagles in Week 1, throw it out the window.

Blankenship sat out the preseason game in Baltimore along with the rest of the starters and then was on the field with them during joint practices with the Browns this week.


Blankenship picked off Deshaun Watson three times over two practice sessions and has been their most consistent safety all summer.


He has cemented himself as not only a starter but perhaps an important member of the secondary this season.


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