GREEN BAY – Morgan Burnett was just like the rest of the 74,330 in attendance at Lambeau Field Thursday night, watching intently as Marwin Evans sprinted across the field.
The Packers’ second-year safety, ranging in centerfield, was firing on all cylinders when he converged on a deep ball from Philadelphia quarterback Dane Evans intended for receiver Shelton Gibson.
Knowing the Eagles would be looking for a home-run play down by eight points with roughly three minutes remaining, Marwin Evans came across the field, played through the ball and wound up with his first NFL interception in the process.
It was the fourth and final turnover the Packers’ defense forced in Green Bay’s 24-9 preseason win over the Eagles. Burnett, watching from the sidelines since the first quarter, couldn’t have been more proud of his fellow safety.
“That was a great break, teaching tape really,” Burnett said. “You could put some music behind it and really get into the film room. He had a great break on the ball and you talk about finishing through a receiver to get to the ball, that’s textbook. He did a great job.”
Evans, a Milwaukee native who was one of five undrafted rookies to make the Packers’ opening 53-man roster last season, spent a majority of that first NFL season on special teams.
Given a shot at reps on the back end, the 5-foot-11, 211-pound safety didn’t want to disappoint. He initially planned to put a shoulder into Gibson to break up the pass.
Once he arrived, Evans realized the turnover was right in front of him.
“It definitely helps with more experience and becoming more knowledgeable with the game, studying the game and becoming more aware of what offenses want to do,” Evans said. “It’s fourth quarter with three minutes left, we knew they wanted to take a shot. They were down eight and needed a two-point conversion. Just knew they needed to take a shot.”
While Evans’ interception helped seal the Packers’ victory, it was cornerback LaDarius Gunter who helped swing momentum in the favor of Green Bay’s defense with his force and recovery of Eagles running back Donnel Pumphrey’s fumble in the second quarter.
Packers quarterback Brett Hundley used the field position to lead the offense into the end zone with a 20-yard touchdown pass Jeff Janis on the ensuing drive.
On the next defensive possession, Packers inside linebacker Joe Thomas picked off backup quarterback Matt McGloin, stiff-armed one would-be tackler and ended up returning the ball 30 yards before he was tackled by McGloin himself.
“It was a man-to-man, I was on the (running) back,” Thomas said. “I guess he got picked by his receiver or something like that. The quarterback didn’t see it, threw the ball and I caught it on my stick-ums and tried to make a play after that. Ended up getting tackled by the quarterback, which I’m not proud of.”
The Packers got their third turnover of the second quarter with a little more than a minute left in the half when inside linebacker Blake Martinez forced a fumble from Bill Brown.
The ball popped loose near the sideline before Packers defensive tackle Christian Ringo picked it up. It’s only preseason, but the players involved in those four plays will tell you there’s no bad time for a turnover.
“It starts somewhere, preseason or not,” Ringo said. “We have a chance to go against somebody else and were able to get turnovers. The opportunities were out there and we’re taking it. That’s a confidence-builder for our defense.”
Dupre update: Rookie receiver Malachi Dupre was taken off the field on a stretcher following a hit by Eagles safety Tre Sullivan at the start of the fourth quarter.
Dupre, a 2017 seventh-round pick out of LSU, had feeling and movement in all of his extremities, but was brought to a local hospital for further tests.
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound receiver took to Twitter on Thursday night to thank fans for their prayers and to let everyone know he was OK.
“You don’t want to see anybody go down like that,” Burnett said. “That’s very sad, but as a team, we’re going to pray for him, wish him the best and a speedy recovery.”
Through the air: Max McCaffrey could count on almost two hands how many snaps he took last preseason in Oakland.
On Thursday night, the first-year receiver played for three full quarters on his way to catching three passes for 60 yards, including a 34-yard completion from backup Joe Callahan.
McCaffrey, who has impressed with his quickness and route-running in the first two weeks of training camp, was one of 14 players who caught at least one pass against the Eagles.
“I love this organization,” McCaffrey said. “They let me and a bunch of the younger guys come out and play, which is good to get that kind of experience in a real game. It was awesome going out there and playing against some guys you don’t play against every day.”
Rookie fifth-round pick DeAngelo Yancey led the Packers with four catches for 67 yards, including a 46-yard reception from backup quarterback Taysom Hill in the final two-minute drill.
It was a meaningful play for Yancey, who had his eyes on a touchdown earlier in the fourth quarter until he appeared to get his arm held as the pass descended near the end zone.
“After that, it was like if anything is going in the air, I’m attacking it,” Yancey said. “I’m glad I got a chance to make up for it.”
Strong finish:** Yancey’s catch set the table for Hill’s 7-yard touchdown pass to rookie Michael Clark on a fade to the left side of the end zone with 12 seconds remaining.
Hill, an undrafted rookie out of BYU, completed 4-of-5 passes for 69 yards on the drive in addition to two scrambles for 14 yards.
“He brought back some memories,” said rookie running back Jamaal Williams, who was teammates with Hill at BYU. “I was on the sidelines thinking, ‘If he gets the chance (to scramble), he’s taking it. That’s my boy. I’m proud of the way he came out slinging it and doing everything he could.”