Philadelphia Eagles: 5 takeaways from preseason loss to Pittsburgh Steelers

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3. Gibson comes up big at receiver

One of the best parts about the preseason is keeping an eye on the position battles on both sides of the football, and when it comes to the Eagles, there’s an interesting battle going on for the No. 5 spot at wide receiver. Expectations were high for Shelton Gibson after Philadelphia used a fifth-round pick on the former West Virginia star during the 2017 NFL Draft, but unfortunately his rookie campaign was a disappointment for the most part.

Appearing in only five games as a rookie, Gibson caught just two passes for a total of 11 yards, making it easy to see why his first season was frustrating to watch. However, Gibson is one of those players looking to make an impact over the next couple of weeks for a roster spot, and the receiver couldn’t have asked for a better first preseason game against the Steelers.

Not only did Gibson come up big with a few solid returns, but his only catch of the game happened to be for a 63-yard score in the second quarter. Now, it’s up to Gibson to continue making an impact over these next three weeks to give him a better chance of securing one of those roster spots while hopefully making a surprise impact on offense in the process.