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Dorial Green-Beckham flashes promise in Eagles' win

INDIANAPOLIS -- Just about every time the Philadelphia Eagles got within striking distance, out trotted Dorial Green-Beckham.

And why not. Checking in at 6-foot-5 and 237 pounds, and loaded with athletic ability, the second-year receiver makes for a tantalizing red zone target.

QB Sam Bradford threw Green-Beckham's way twice in the opening half of the Eagles' 33-23 win at the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. On the first attempt, Green-Beckham appeared to turn a little early and backpedaled as Bradford's offering drifted over his head and rolled out of the back of the end zone. But the second time hit pay dirt. On first-and-goal from the 4-yard line late in the second quarter, Green-Beckham leaped above his defender on a fade and snatched the ball out of the air for six. He finished with two catches for 15 yards and the score.

As the Eagles continue to search for answers at the wide receiver position, Green-Beckham provides the greatest amount of intrigue. He was acquired recently from Tennessee for reserve offensive lineman Dennis Kelly, and Eagles coach Doug Pederson has been easing the former second-round pick in. Pederson added a little more to the receiver's plate this week, as promised, and Green-Beckham played the role well. He has much to prove before he can be looked at as a reliable option, but you would think the Eagles are excited to see more.

QB depth chart: It wasn't quite the 10-for-10, three-touchdown performance against the Green Bay Packers that Bradford posted this time last year, which helped spin expectations out of control, but he had a very strong outing nevertheless. He ended 17-of-20 for 167 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The lone blemish was a result of Nelson Agholor's drop, which landed in the hands of Darius Butler. Rookie QB Carson Wentz tested his injured ribs with an extended throwing session pregame. It was the most comfortable he's looked since suffering the injury in the preseason opener against the Bucs. The hope is to have him play in the preseason finale against the Jets.

Maybe that player could start: Wide receiver Josh Huff did get the start in Jordan Matthews' absence and put together an encouraging performance. He led all receivers with two catches for 60 yards and also ran twice for 10 yards and a score. Pederson called a couple jet sweeps and a quick slant to try to get the ball in Huff's hands and let him create. It worked.

Who got hurt? Defensive end Vinny Curry injured his knee late in the first half. He did not return, though the team noted he was not expected to play the second half anyway. Rookie running back Wendell Smallwood and tight end Chris Pantale both left to be evaluated for head injuries. Pantale returned. Taylor Hart sprained his knee in the second half.

A surprise player who impressed: Running back Kenjon Barner continues to have a strong summer. Showing good burst and vision, he broke off a 25-yard run off the left side and finished with six carries for 39 yards. Barner added a 35-yard kick return. He's pushing for a spot on the roster.

When it was starters vs. starters, the Eagles looked...: Pretty strong overall. The first-team offense put together three touchdown drives and finished with 24 points. The defense harassed Colts QB Andrew Luck, hitting him five times and sacking him twice more in the first half alone.

One reason to be concerned: Agholor is struggling. The former first-round pick out of USC had a Bradford pass deflect right off his hands on Butler's interception. He was not targeted again. The Eagles could use a leap forward out of Agholor this season, but he's shown few signs to date that he's ready to do so.

D-line dominance: The defensive line looks to be the Eagles' greatest strength. That was on display Saturday, with Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox and Curry leading the attack on Luck. And it wasn't just them. Connor Barwin, Beau Allen and Bennie Logan all registered sacks, and Hart made several plays. It's a deep group.

Not much love for Randle: The Eagles rotated plenty of receivers in during the first half as the evaluation process continues, but Rueben Randle saw very little action. He did play in the second half and ended with two catches for 13 yards, but his absence early was noticeable.