Call this week the final audition.
Final roster cuts are looming on Saturday and a number of players on the Philadelphia Eagles will be anxiously awaiting to see what will transpire.
One player in particular to watch will be safety Ed Reynolds, the Eagles’ fifth-round pick from Stanford.
Reynolds got a late start because he missed about a month following rookie camp in May in order to finish his classes at school.
The Eagles host the New York Jets in the fourth and final preseason game Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field. It will be a huge chance for Reynolds to prove his mettle to the coaching staff.
"I think the moment you feel comfortable in this league, you can get back-doored, and you're out of a job," Reynolds told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I went out and competed every day, had fun with it. Not many guys can say they play football for a living and get a paycheck for going out there and touching the field. I'm living the dream."
Still, adjusting to the NFL level has been an ongoing challenge.
"I think for certain things I've been really good at communicating, and other things I was hesitant," Reynolds told the Inquirer. "And you can't be hesitant back there."
Having Skype and an iPad isn’t the same as being in the film room and on the practice field with his new teammates.
But Reynolds has continued to learn at a rapid pace.
"I think he's done a great job of picking up the system and not having a lot of mental errors, which is really the tough part about not being here in the offseason," defensive coordinator Bill Davis told reporters