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How Jaylen Watkins Has Made Schwartz ‘Very Proud' - Birds 24/7
"He’s worked very hard and the coaches worked very hard with him to address that. And you’re seeing the results of that," Jim Schwartz said. "I’m very proud of him. He’s done a really good job. It’s easy to work on your strengths. He’s really shown that he’s willing to work on his weaknesses and it’s shown on the field." Watkins also attributes much of his success during training camp and the preseason to Jenkins, who knows what it’s like to be switched from corner to safety. But Watkins also thinks he fits much better as a safety this year in Schwartz’s scheme than he would’ve last year in Billy Davis’ system. According to Watkins, safeties are in coverage more under Schwartz — which is one of Watkins’ strengths — and the pass rush is much better in this new "attack" scheme.

Eagles-Colts preseason game preview - BGN Radio
Listen to the latest episode right here.

Eagles will sorely lack offensive line continuity heading into regular season - PhillyVoice
With the Philadelphia Eagles likely to lose Lane Johnson for the first 10 games of the season, they won't just lose a good player. They'll lose almost all continuity along their offensive line. To account for Johnson's loss, the Eagles are kicking LG Allen Barbre out to RT and seemingly filling in either rookie Isaac Seumalo or free agent Stefen Wisniewski at LG. Under the new alignment, no Eagles offensive lineman will have any real game experience playing next the teammate immediately to their left or right.

Expectations down, but Sam Bradford in a better place this time - ESPN
The knee is better, and Bradford is more familiar with his teammates and the Philadelphia environment. There is still the issue of learning a new system again, however. The Eagles' first-team offense hasn't dazzled through the first two exhibition games. For his part, Bradford is 15-of-20 for 118 yards but has yet to find the end zone. He knows better than to get caught up in preseason numbers, but he would like to see his unit get going Saturday at the Indianapolis Colts.

Gridiron to hardwood: Eagles pick their starting fives from roster - CSN Philly
The best part was watching them look up and down the locker room, scanning the nameplates above, for a little extra help. This was a common practice when I asked several basketball-minded Eagles to put together their starting five from their current teammates. It’s sounds relatively easy, but some guys took a while to put theirs together. The idea arose when Jordan Matthews reported to training camp earlier this summer. Matthews was talking about his team-building trip to San Diego, when he started talking about playing basketball with some other Eagles. "I didn’t know Carson (Wentz) had a jump shot," he said.

Seth Williams' Eagles passes part of a team policy for 'public officials' - Philly.com
Among all of the $160,050 in gifts that District Attorney Seth Williams has reported receiving since 2010 - the visits to upscale horse ranches, flights to Key West, a new roof - just one item was judged to have "no face value." That was a pair of all-access sideline passes to five years of Eagles games at Lincoln Financial Field. The passes had no face value, Williams stated, because they didn't come with seats. Eagles representatives say the same. Still, watching an Eagles game from the sidelines is an experience most fans can only dream of - some of the best non-seats in the house.

Nigel Bradham is drawn to aggression of Jim Schwartz's defense - EaglesWire
The aggressive nature of Schwartz’s offense allows Bradham to get into position to make a lot of plays as a linebacker. "It’s more so just being in a great scheme," Bradham said earlier this week before practice. "Coach Schwartz knows what kind of guys he wants in his scheme. He has put me in a lot of positions. He will use my blitzing ability, hitting, coverage. I’ll be in a position to make a lot of plays. I am looking forward to the season."

Doug Pederson responds to Josh Norman, calls Sam Bradford 'Great quarterback' - NJ.com
"Listen, I don't get into that," Pederson said Wednesday when asked about Norman's comments. "I'm not going to get into it. I'm not going to comment on it. I think Sam Bradford is a great quarterback. He's doing everything we've asked him to do, and I'll just leave it at that."

Eagles Insider: Jon Dorenbos - PE.com
Ahead of his next appearance on America's Got Talent, we chat with Jon Dorenbos about the role magic played in his life and speak with his aunt/mom Susan Hindman, who took Jon in after the death of his mother.

The preseason still means something for the Giants-Jets rivalry - SB Nation
Exhibition or not, there's plenty on the line in Saturday's Giants-Jets game.

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