The preseason is a time where players can really show what they can do. That’s exactly what Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Marken Michel did in the team’s first preseason game. Despite the Eagles 27-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Michel got a chance to showcase his talents catching a 75-yard touchdown pass.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder, displayed great speed in the open field after making big catch. Michel made the most exciting play of the game.

“It’s a blessing to say the least,” Michel said. “It’s something I’ve literally like, no lie, I’ve been dreaming about that since I signed with the Eagles. It’s a big blessing.”

Michel is hoping to land a spot on the Eagles’ 53-man roster. He played his college football for the University of Massachusetts. He had a nice college career with 92 receptions for 1,016 yards and six TDs.

After his playing days with the Minutemen, he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 as an undrafted free agent. He was later waived by the Vikings.

Then, he signed with the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders and played two seasons (2017-18) with the team. In 24 career games, he had 72 catches for 1,215 yards and eight TDs. He averaged 16.9 yards a catch. Michel’s exploits in the CFL allowed him to sign with the Eagles to a reserve/future contract. He seems to have made the transition from the CFL to the NFL.

“I feel like I never got out of that because while I was up in Canada, I wasn’t really doing much motion,” Michel said. “I was pretty much stationary. I was playing the outside. That’s something that I didn’t have to get used to, or readjust to NFL football. It was all the same.”

Michel is hoping to become part of the Eagles’ receiving corps.

“That’s definitely the ultimate goal,” Michel said. “But right now I’m focused on being a better me and being as good as I could possibly be to help this team win these next couple games that we have for the preseason. When the preseason is over, we’ll see what happens.”

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