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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/15/16.

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Carson Wentz Hopes To Return During Preseason - Birds 24/7
“The goal is hopefully still in preseason, I’ll be ready to go, but you never know with these things, so we’ll have to see,” Wentz said. “I really hope (I’ll be back for the last preseason game). Heck, I would love to play tomorrow. That’s kind of how I am. We’ll have to wait and see and see what the doctors recommend.” According to Wentz, his contact will be limited for “a little bit,” but his ability to practice is entirely dependent on his pain tolerance. However, he’ll have to be cleared by doctors for live contact and game situations. Les Bowen of the Daily News tweeted Saturday that Wentz “can’t take contact” for two to four weeks.

Breaking down every throw and run from Carson Wentz's rookie debut - BGN
Wentz has talent but also needs to work on some things.

Eagle Eye: Schwartz's Scheme Comes To Life -
One thing that you can expect to see a lot of from opposing offenses this fall is the screen game. Teams will try to counter Schwartz’s attack scheme by burning it with slow-developing plays that allow the defensive line to get upfield and away from the action. The Eagles did allow some screen plays for significant yardage on Thursday, something I’m sure will be addressed in meetings and on the practice field this week. In the run game, the same concept can be used to take advantage of an aggressive line. First, you have draw plays, where the quarterback drops back looking like he’s going to pass to get the pass rush upfield before he hands it off to a running back. Next, you have trap or wham plays, where offensive linemen immediately leak up to the second level to the linebackers while a pulling lineman from the other side blocks a dangerous interior rusher. Fletcher Cox should expect to see lots of trap blocks this fall. The first one I noticed on Thursday didn’t target Cox though. It came against backup tackle Taylor Hart.

Eagles training camp notes, Day 16: A change at the corner spot - PhillyVoice
The most notable change in playing time tonight came at the corner spot. All throughout OTAs, minicamp, and the first three weeks of training camp, CB Ron Brooks was running with the first team in the base defense. When the Eagles went to a nickel look, another corner would come in (most often Nolan Carroll) and play on the outside, with Ron Brooks moving inside to cover the slot. Today, for the first time, Carroll got first team reps in the base defense, with Brooks coming in off the bench in nickel sets to play the slot.

Domo: Eagles' d-line could have 8-man rotation - Daily News
While Means has been impressing the coaches, Smith, who has played just 196 snaps the last two years, missed a week of camp and the Bucs game with a concussion. He finally returned to practice Saturday. Barwin said no one who was with the team last December and watched Means in practice is surprised by his impressive play this summer. "He started beating guys in one-on-one drills as soon as he got here," he said. "You recognized right away what he could do. So I don't think he's surprising anybody besides maybe the coaches that weren't here last year. But anybody who was here last year saw it."

On Camps, Preseason Games and a Linebacker by the Pool - The MMQB
I wouldn’t overreact to the Carson Wentz injury. The second pick in the draft suffered a cracked rib on a hard hit against Tampa Bay, which will set back his progress. I watched every throw he made, and the hit that hurt him, and it was encouraging to see his adjustment from FBS to the NFL, and there’s no way I’d tell him to change how he plays because it’s a preseason game. What got him drafted is his mobility, his smarts out of the pocket, his decision-making on the run. He’s got to play like that to be who he is.

Even with rough debut, rookie Isaac Seumalo already thrust into Eagles' starting OL rotation - CSN Philly
The timing was a little odd. Two days after a shaky performance in his NFL preseason debut, Isaac Seumalo got promoted into the Eagles’ starting lineup. Seumalo, a rookie third-round pick, admittedly was not very good in the Eagles’ preseason opener against the Buccaneers on Thursday night. “I’m a really harsh critic of myself and hold myself to a high standard and Thursday was not where I want to be,” Seumalo said after practice Saturday. “At the same time, I understand it’s preseason and it’s my first game, blah, blah, blah, this and that, but I can’t really think of that. I just try to think what can I do to get better, what can I work on, how do I mentally and physically prepare leading up to games. What can I just do to get better?”

What should Eagles do with Lane Johnson? -
It would be nice to be able to give Johnson the benefit of the doubt about his impending 10-game suspension for violation of the league's policy on PEDs. And it would be a lot easier if it was his first offense. But it isn't. This is the second time Johnson is going down for performance enhancing drugs, which is why the penalty is 10 games. It's also the second time in a span of three years. He gets caught again, and it's a two-year suspension.

The Rams are officially back in Los Angeles - SB Nation
The Rams have a new city. They don't necessarily have a new stadium yet — they're currently playing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — but fans in Los Angeles are excited nonetheless.

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