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Rueben Randle gives embarrassing effort in Eagles' first preseason game - PhillyVoice
In re-watching the Philadelphia Eagles' first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, one of the things that was very obvious was the lack of separation -- and therefore production -- from the Eagles' wide receivers. Several Eagles had dropped passes, Josh Huff fumbled, and most couldn't get open. There was no bigger offender, however, than free agent wide receiver Rueben Randle, whose effort Thursday night was nothing short of pathetic. Randle barely ran routes, he didn't block, he dropped an easy pass, he made a bonehead play that resulted in a penalty, and even when he caught a pass he was basically jogging. If Randle's performance is indicative of the way he plays the game, you won't find a quarterback anywhere that would ever want him on the field.

Other Than That - Iggles Blitz
Some are debating whether Wentz should have even been on the field when he did get hurt (next to last play for him). The O-line was struggling in a major way so leaving him out there meant Doug Pederson was taking a chance with a valuable asset. It is absolutely fair to question the wisdom of that move. At the same time, preseason snaps can be invaluable for someone like Wentz. Practice is important, but actual game reps are critical. Hitting is live and that makes a difference for offensive players, since practices have limited contact. The speed of the game also goes up a notch when you face an actual opponent and not your own defense. The best education for Wentz is lots of game time. Ironically, getting him extra snaps on Thursday will cost him a couple of games.

Fipp, Eagles' kickers experimenting with kickoffs - Daily News
THE FIRST TWO kickoffs in the Eagles' 17-9 win over the Buccaneers on Thursday landed a few blades of grass shy of the goal line. On the first, Kenny Bell fumbled Caleb Sturgis' kick at the 16-yard line. On the second, Donteea Dye returned Cody Parkey's kick to the 25-yard line. All that mattered to special teams coach Dave Fipp was getting Tampa Bay's returners out of the end zone. In the offseason, the NFL changed the way it handles touchbacks on kickoffs. Instead of a touchback bringing the ball to the 20-yard line, the offense starts at its own 25-yard line, a 25 percent increase in field position. Just five years after the league moved the kickoff to the 35-yard line to cut down on returns and injuries during those manic maelstroms, the shift to the 25-yard touchback would seem to make it once again more enticing for teams to draw kick returners out of the end zone. Yet, as with all new rule changes, teams are treating it as a work in progress.

Eagles 53-man roster: Who is safe, who isn't after first preseason game? -
The Eagles have had 13 practices since opening training camp, and now, one preseason game. The team got their first look at what their roster could do against another team, and although the result was a win, it certainly wasn't a pretty one. Issues were clear at key positions, including offensive line, wide receiver and cornerback. The depth the mean might have been hoping would appear hasn't yet. The poor play overall puts some roster spots into question, as soon the Eagles will have to ask themselves if they want to stay with the players on they have, or start to look elsewhere for help. Who is in danger? Here is a look at where each player on the Eagles' roster stands after one preseason game.

Once banned for PEDs, Allen Barbre knows where Lane Johnson is coming from with supplement questions - CSN Philly
In the spring of 2012, Barbre – then with the Seattle Seahawks – was suspended by the league for four games. Barbre said offensive linemen need supplements but acknowledged they are a "touchy deal" because the supplement industry is not regulated by the Federal Drug Administration, which means manufacturers can add substances to what they sell without listing them on the label. That’s why a player can take a supplement that is on the NFL’s approved list and still be suspended. Which is what Johnson is claiming happened to him. "It’s kind of a touchy deal," Barbre said. "You need your supplements to recover. You just got to be careful what you’re taking.

TB-PHI grades: Bucs rookie defenders star in debut - PFF
Offense: I know they trotted out a myriad of backup offensive linemen, but yikes, this was a rough performance. Rookies Isaac Seumalo, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, and Darrell Greene all took in on the chin for most of the game, while free-agent acquisition Stefen Wisniewski was equally ugly. The closest thing to a standout was running back Kenjon Barner, who made Kwon Alexander miss on a flat route for a first down and had multiple nice cuts in the run game.

Reich, Offense Keep Pushing To Improve -
NFL coaches live in a different world, one that eliminates distractions and ignores the outside world. For a coach two weeks into the preseason, the focus is on the here and now, with an eye on September ...

The 9 NFL preseason games worth watching - FOX Sports
Eagles at Steelers: Aug. 18 - Eagles QB Sam Bradford will be the regular-season starter, but that doesn’t mean his job is completely safe. Chase Daniel and Carson Wentz, both of whom should play plenty in this Week 2 duel, could push Bradford for the starting gig if he struggles early in the season. The Steelers boast one of the league’s top offenses, and they’ll get to see what life without Le’Veon Bell – who’s facing a four-game suspension – will be like when he’s on the bench.

BGN Radio #179: Eagles vs Bucs Reaction Show  -
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Passing the Torch At Birds 24/7 - Birds 24/7
Congrats and best wishes to T-Mac.

Jared Goff debut was overshadowed by Dak Prescott - SB Nation
Welcome to the NFL, kid!

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