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On the Beat | Dawkins Delivers Message of Character, Accountability - Sixers.com
An amateur boxer wrongly convicted of murder. A world renowned astrophysicist turned renowned podcaster. The Round Mound of Rebound. During Brett Brown’s tenure with the 76ers, numerous guests with powerful backstories and messages have been invited to address the team. Tuesday, one of the most iconic, beloved figures in Philadelphia sports history joined the list, as former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins met with the club for about half an hour prior to its final practice ahead of Wednesday’s pre-season opener.

Eagles Game Preview: Scouting the Arizona Cardinals - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #266). In this episode, we preview the Eagles vs. Cardinals game in Week 5, talk about how the Cardinals are struggling, analyze key matchups to watch, and much more.

How Much Did That 61 Yarder Change Elliott's Career? - BGNRadio.com
Vince Quinn takes you through the things you might have missed during the Chargers game, recaps a little of the MNF game that lead tot he Eagles being alone and on top of the NFC East and goes over how one kick might have changed Jake Elliott's career.

Evaluating Eagles' Carson Wentz at the 20-game mark - ESPN
The Eagles are 3-1 thanks in large part because of Wentz, who appears to have the makings of a franchise quarterback. The ability is obvious, the leadership skills are there, and his pre-snap command shows both his understanding of the game's complexities as well as the work ethic he applies to try and solve them. He still has plenty of growing to do, but has the tools to be a top-tier quarterback over time.

Thursday Notebook - Iggles Blitz
The Cardinals have given up the most sacks in the NFL. This is a week where the pass rush must make an impact. Will Derek Barnett finally get his first sack? You know it has to be driving him crazy to be getting pressure, but not finishing. One of Barnett’s big strengths at Tennessee was his ability to finish. He’ll break through one of these weeks and get that sack.

Kudos To Some Under-The-Radar Eagles - PE.com
Who in the world would have expected anything from Corey Clement, signed after the draft and a long shot from the very start to even make the 53-man roster? Well, Clement has done more than just make the team. Clement has 16 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown, and while those numbers aren’t especially eye-popping, his role in the offense is growing. The Eagles have a lot of trust in Clement as a ball carrier – he ran for three first downs on the final clock-eating drive in Los Angeles on Sunday – and as a pass protector and receiver. Also, Clement has delivered with two tackles on special teams, been used as the upback on punts, and is working his way into Dave Fipp’s plans as a core member of the third phase.

Report card: Grading the Eagles' offense after the first quarter of the season - The Athletic
So why not an A here? Wentz needs to work on his deep ball accuracy (36.4 percent, 22nd). He's had opportunities for big chunk plays down the field and has missed too often. He's also taking sacks at a higher rate than last year. Athletic quarterbacks always have to find that line between when to scramble/improvise and when to throw the ball away. Wentz needs to avoid big hits and pick his spots more wisely. Wentz looks like he's taken a significant leap from last year. If he can build better chemistry with some of the team's new receivers, his numbers should continue to improve.

Eagles' Alshon Jeffery has yet to reel in many 'jump ball' receptions - Inquirer
They’re called “50-50” balls, but in truth wide receivers rarely catch half of the passes that are considered toss-ups. “You call it a ‘50-50’ ball because you have a chance at it,” Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith said Thursday. “Best-case scenario you catch it. Worst case it’s incomplete.” Well, an interception would be much worse than an incomplete pass. The Eagles haven’t yet had one of those on a toss-up. But they have completed far less than 50 percent of Carson Wentz’s attempts that could subjectively be deemed 50-50 balls this season. And while that isn’t necessarily a cause for concern considering the typical catch rate, and the early small sample, the Eagles were expected to see an uptick in 50-50 completions after Smith and especially Alshon Jeffery were signed this offseason.

Brandon Brooks: The offensive line takes pride in running the ball - PhillyVoice
We’re just out there grinding; everything was firing. We built up what was started in the Giants game. But we also took pride in running the ball. Actually, when it got down to that [final 6-minute, 44-second] drive at the end of the game, we really took it on ourselves that [head coach] Doug [Pederson] is really calling our number to keep running the ball and get a first down. He came back to it and kept running the ball every time. We felt like we couldn’t be stopped.

Lane Johnson: O-line is playing well because we all feel slighted - PennLive
"I'm pissed off," Johnson said. "I play angry. I feel misunderstood, because people really don't know what went on with all my events, and it's easy to see from the headlines: Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors." But Johnson pointed out Thursday that he isn't the only member of the Eagles' offensive line who's finding fuel in outside perceptions. And he thinks that doubters have helped each of his teammates up front improve their play in 2017, which has led to back-to-back impressive performances in the trenches.

Eagles' safety Malcolm Jenkins earns praise - BCCC
One noteworthy scratch from the list of players Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz needs to see more consistency from each week is safety Malcolm Jenkins. That’s because Jenkins has become the standard by which all others are judged. “With the 3-1 start and everything that’s going on, I think Malcolm’s play has sort of fallen below the radar,” Schwartz said Tuesday. “He doesn’t have interceptions or sacks and things like that, but he’s played consistent football. “... He’s also had to handle a lot of different situations. From losing his running mate (Rodney McLeod) at safety next to him, plugging another guy in, plugging another guy in, he’s taken a lot on himself to stay productive. He’s playing at a higher level than I’ve ever seen him play, and that says an awful lot, because he’s been a good player in this league for a long time.”

Why the smart money will be on the Eagles - New York Post
The Eagles won outright as a 2-point underdog in last week’s picks behind a newly found running game that collected 214 yards. They return home to take on a Cardinals squad that easily could be sitting at 0-4 this season (OT wins over the Colts and 49ers). With Arizona covering just three of its past 12 games overall and Philadelphia currently looking like one of the strongest teams in the NFC, the smart money will be on the home team in this one.

Haason Reddick expects a family affair in return to the Linc - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Haason Reddick doesn't know exactly how many family members and friends he'll have at the Linc on Sunday afternoon. All he knows is there will be a lot. "I got a whole city coming out," he said on a conference call with Philly reporters Wednesday. Sunday will be a homecoming for the Cardinals' rookie linebacker. Reddick is from Camden, New Jersey, and played high school ball at Haddon Heights HS before crossing the river to walk on at Temple, where he eventually became a star.

32 Observations, Week 4 - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: This past week running back LeGarrette Blount ran the ball 16 times for 136 yards with 128 of those yards coming after contact. It was just the sixth time in the last 12 years a back was able to maintain an 8.0 yards after contact per carry average over 16 or more attempts.

2017 ALEX: The Early Results - Football Outsiders
Carson Wentz finished 2016 ranked 27th in ALEX (0.0), but has certainly taken a more aggressive approach to this season. While he is barely completing 50 percent of his passes to new targets Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, Wentz has had a great start with tight end Zach Ertz and an improved connection with Nelson Agholor. Wentz currently ranks first in conversion rate (52.5 percent) and seventh in ALEX (+2.3). Dak Prescott was pretty middle-of-the-road in this category last season, ranked 17th in ALEX (+1.2) and 12th in conversion rate (43.7 percent). This year he has gone more conservative, ranked 27th in ALEX (-1.2), and it has only produced a conversion rate of 37.5 percent (ranked 21st).

Arizona Cardinals @ Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Questions with Bleeding Green Nation - Revenge Of The Birds
For Arizona Cardinals fans, it seems like forever since that fateful Sunday Night Football game where everything changed. The world was introduced to David Johnson, but the Cardinals lost their heart and soul on defense in their big win in Philly. It's a different Eagles team now, so we talked with Bleeding Green Nation's head man, Brandon Lee Gowton to get the lowdown on the Iggles.

Cam Newton apologizes for sexist comment to reporter, says he was ‘disrespectful to women’ - SB Nation
Newton posted a nearly 2-minute video expressing regret for his remark.

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