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Paul Perkins runs with the ball Thursday night.
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Kyle Lauletta walks it off

The game-ending, game-winning 14-yard touchdown strike he threw to Alonzo Russell Thursday night was a first for second-year quarterback Kyle Lauletta.

“Never had a throw to end a game like that,” Lauletta said. “Never a walk-off, if you will.

“It’s great. It’s exciting just to see all of the people rush the field, all your teammates. I’m just happy that we made the play. It was a great game. Great game the whole way, and great drive to finish it off. … We’re trying to win every game. First and foremost, it’s a competitive sport. All of us are competitive as heck and we want to win the game. With an opportunity like that, you have a bunch of three’s (third-teamers) in there just licking their chops, wanting to go down and prove that we can do well as a unit and score touchdowns. That’s what we did, and I’m really proud of the guys.”

Now Lauletta has to wait to see if he has done enough to earn a roster. He went 22-of-40 for 247 yards and two scores Thursday. For the preseason, he completed 37-of-62 passes (59.7 percent) for 453 yards and four touchdowns.

“I don’t know,” he said of his chances to make the roster. “I feel like I put four solid games together. It wasn’t just that game. I felt like the three games previous to that, I played well and did what I needed to do. That’s all I was looking for. Like I said, I wasn’t worried about any of that stuff. I was just trying to go out there and win the game, and it’s fortunate that we did.”

Alonzo Russell punctuates roster bid

Hustle plays were Russell’s calling card throughout the preseason. Thursday night, with injuries to T.J. Jones and Brittan Golden, Russell put in an iron man effort. He played 77 offensive snaps and 13 on defense. He, of course, ended his night with a game-winning catch that set off a wild celebration.

Did his five-catch night, on top of the standout special teams plays he made throughout the preseason, earn him a roster spot? No matter what happens, the 26-year-old put his best foot forward.

“This game was very important for me to showcase what I can do for the last, final time before cuts are made. It’s just important for me to do my job. Whether it is going down as a gunner on kickoffs, catching balls, blocking for my running backs, whatever my job is it is important for me to do that.”

Who’s behind Saquon?

Thursday night might not have clarified who will back up Saquon Barkley. With Rod Smith (adductor) out, Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins did most of the work.

Perkins had 11 carries for 54 yards, including a 24-yarder. Gallman had seven carries for 29 yards, including a powerful 6-yard touchdown run, and three catches for 24 yards.

For Perkins, it was his best effort of the preseason.

“I feel like one game is not enough to show you belong on a team. You need to do that over a compilation of games,” said Perkins, who carried 24 times for 100 yards (4.2 yards per carry) in the preseason. “I feel like this was a good way to go out. A good team win and good team victory. It was just good to get another win.”

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