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Eagles News: Philadelphia should run the ball a lot again this week

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 10/1/17.

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Lawlor: Eagles Must Stay Grounded, Both Physically And Mentally, To Beat Chargers - PE.com
The Eagles ran for 193 yards and beat the Giants 27-24 last Sunday. The Eagles didn't win just because they ran the ball. You'll hear people rattle off stats that some team has a record of 16-2 when they run the ball 25 times or more. That sounds great, but there is no context. If all you had to do was run a certain amount of times, teams would follow that script without hesitation. That kind of stat is misleading because it doesn't tell the whole story. How many of those carries came in the fourth quarter when the team was trying to protect the lead and work the clock? The Eagles don't win last week without Carson Wentz hitting Alshon Jeffery late in the game for a gain of 19 yards. That set up Jake Elliott's amazing field goal. There were two huge pass interference penalties in the game. Each one helped the Eagles score a touchdown.

Watch Carson Wentz mic’d up in the Eagles-Giants game - BGN
It’s always fun to see players mic’d up. In this case, you can see why the Eagles really value Wentz’s leadership.

Chargers Preview - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles need to run the ball. That’s not just me trying to be old school. The Chargers struggle at stopping the run. They have outstanding pass rushers. This is a team you want to pound on. Move the ball and wear down their pass rushers. Melvin Ingram is one of those pass rushers. He’s off to a kinda decent start.

Brandon Brooks: NFL protests were never meant to disrespect the flag - PhillyVoice
I think what’s probably on everybody’s mind. Obviously, the [President Donald] Trump comments and how he attacked us as a league and different things like that. I guess what is interesting to me is, first and foremost, Colin Kaepernick taking a knee was never meant to disrespect the flag. I thought he made that clear originally from the beginning. It was really to protest inequalities and injustice to minorities and police brutality that’s going on for people of color. From there, it seems like once Trump came out with these comments, all of a sudden everybody wants to band together and take a knee and think the protest is about the disrespect of the flag. That just was never the case. That’s what’s on my mind. Trump calling us sons of bitches and things like that; saying they should be firing people who kneel for the flag. That’s one of our amendment rights. You have to be able to protest and speak freely in a nonviolent manner.

Roob's 25 Random Points: Cory Undlin, Mike Golic and access to the zoo - CSN Philly
Undlin deserves a big ol' boatload of credit for his ability to teach the Eagles' young cornerbacks and get them ready to play. We've spoken a lot about how far Jalen Mills has come and how comfortable rookie Rasul Douglas looks, but behind their development is a very tough, very involved and very detail-oriented position coach who gets the most out of what he has. Watching Undlin at training camp is always a trip. He is so engaged in what he's doing, and he's got this perfect combination of being a hard-ass and a tough, demanding coach. He's also funny as heck and able to keep his guys loose and having fun. And he spends so much time and energy on every guy on the roster. A special teamer like Chris Maragos, who had only played one snap on defense since opening day 2016, was forced to play the entire game at safety, but he was ready. Factor in a born leader like Malcolm Jenkins, a Pro Bowler with a Super Bowl ring, and Brian Dawkins, who's around the team a lot, this is a very healthy environment for young defensive backs. I can't wait to see what the future holds for this group.

What protesting NFL players like me want to do next (by Malcolm Jenkins) - Washington Post
A year ago, I was one of several NFL players who began demonstrating in the hope of sparking conversation about injustice in our country. That effort has now grown to include players and teams across the league, as we proclaim together that we believe in equality and justice for everyone. We understand that these conversations are often uncomfortable, but they are important for progress. Our demonstrations have never been about the symbols and traditions we use to honor America. They have been about us as citizens making sure we hold America to the ideals and promises that make this country great. We believe our country can do better — can be better. In the past year, more than 40 NFL players have joined Anquan Boldin, who retired this summer after 14 seasons, and me to form a Players Coalition dedicated to improving our criminal-justice system.

Eagles Mailbag: CBs switching sides, and finding an astronaut - The Athletic
According to Pro Football Focus’ charting, Mills was targeted 18 times against the Giants and allowed 12 receptions in total. But the game plan, according to Schwartz and for all who could see, was to offer Eli Manning quick, short completions in lieu of surrendering anything downfield. Aside from the first of the two Beckham touchdowns and Malcolm Jenkins’ intentional pass interference, Mills did his job in that aspect. Mills also leads all NFL cornerbacks with 39 targets on the season, again according to Pro Football Focus.

Carson Wentz helping to build sports complex in Haiti - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is helping to build a sports complex in Haiti after a mission trip there this offseason, highlighting a busy couple weeks when it comes to charitable efforts. The Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation recently announced that it has granted funds to Mission of Hope, Haiti (MOH) to help launch a sports initiative that will aid in building a multipurpose sports complex and education center on its campus. The sports programs and facilities will give children access to educational tutoring while providing meals and vitamins to support nutrition.

Jake Elliott's road to the Eagles' record book started at a high school pep rally - Inquirer
Jake Elliott sat in the bleachers at a pep rally as a freshman at Lyons Township High School in suburban Chicago in 2009. He didn’t play on the football team, so he wasn’t a notable attraction that day. In an effort to generate student participation, random students were picked from the crowd to attempt field goals. Elliott was one of them. Elliott was a tennis player at the time, never once playing organized football. He didn’t consider himself a passionate football fan, either. He watched the Bears on television and played football with his friends in the schoolyard. But Elliott couldn’t discuss technique with the school’s kicker. An all-around athlete, Elliott knew he wouldn’t embarrass himself attempting a field goal. But he also didn’t think that moment would lead to a career. The ball was placed about 30 yards from the goalpost. Elliott went to kick, and Kurt Weinberg heard a boom.

Chargers vs. Eagles: 5 Questions with the Enemy - Bolts From The Blue
The Chargers don’t get to play the Eagles very often, so it was especially nice to get to ask Brandon Lee Gowton a few questions about them this week. Thanks to Brandon for taking the time to educate us about the Eagles.

NFL protests 2017: What's happening during Week 4? - SB Nation
Last week, we saw hundreds of players across the league make statements. Here’s what’s going on this week.

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