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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/12/17.

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Ronald Darby brings 'rare speed' to Eagles' cornerback group - ESPN
In Darby, they get a young talent with upside who likely was available in part because of the scheme shift under new Bills head coach Sean McDermott. The former second-round pick out of Florida State finished second in voting for defensive rookie of the year in 2015 before taking a bit of a step back last season. Asked what he liked about Darby, Roseman pointed to his "rare speed" -- he ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine -- as well as his "production on the ball." He only has two career interceptions but has racked up 33 pass breakups in 29 games.

Eagles trading Jordan Matthews was the right move - BGN
The BGN Radio crew is pretty much in agreement that the Eagles made the right move by trading Jordan Matthews for Ronald Darby. Matthews wasn't going to be around after this year anyway and Darby is an immediate and long-term fix at the cornerback position. Matthews will be missed in some ways but the Eagles' receiving corps has looked good this offseason so it's not exactly like the cupboard is bare for Carson Wentz.

Doug Pederson may often go for two in non-traditional scenarios this season - PhillyVoice
If you believe that you can convert on two-point conversions at higher than a 50 percent clip, then it makes sense to go for two early in games, especially with the recent move of the PAT back to the 15 yard line, producing a slightly more difficult 33 yard attempt instead of a 20 yarder, which is a gimme. The reason teams don't go for it on fourth down or on two-point conversions more is because outside ignoramuses jump all over the opportunity to criticize low hanging fruit, such as failed two-point conversions or missed 4th down attempts, while ignoring the gambles that are successful.

Eagles Make a Big Trade - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles got better at CB on Friday. And we finally found out about Jordan Matthews’ future. It’s in Buffalo, at least for the next few months. Howie Roseman dealt Matthews and a 2018 3rd round pick to the Bills for CB Ronald Darby. There are a lot of angles to this deal. Let’s break them down. The most basic is that the Eagles are better at CB, which was the weakest position on the team. Darby instantly is the best CB on the Eagles. You might not love Darby. You might not love the compensation. But he does make the Eagles better.

Eagles' Roseman parts with a key contributor to fill a hole he couldn't ignore - Daily News
Roseman probably deserves credit for getting what would seem to be a decent corner at a time of year when that is next to impossible, but then there also is the fact that he bears much responsibility for the Eagles not having better corners in the first place. In fact, with this trade, the Eagles’ 2014 draft joins 2011 and 2015 as major talent dead zones, unless you include Darby as a draft asset, assuming he comes in and plays well.

Trading Matthews 'hard trigger to pull,' but Eagles desperate to stockpile corners - CSN Philly
Howie Roseman has spent a good portion of his two tenures as Eagles GM trying to find cornerbacks. He’s drafted guys. He’s signed guys. And now he’s traded for a guy. The morning after the Eagles’ preseason opener, Roseman executed a blockbuster trade, acquiring third-year pro Ronald Darby — a 23-year-old former second-round pick — from the Bills in exchange for free-agent-to-be Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick. "This was a hard trigger to pull, when you’re talking about Jordan and a premium pick," Roseman said. "But we’re just trying to figure out the best way to build this team and be competitive — not only during the regular season but hopefully one day to win playoff games and get even further than that. And when we look at this, the corner position is a huge priority for us and having the opportunity to get a young corner who can grow with our group, it was appealing."

Darby Another Young Piece Added To Core -
The acquisition of cornerback Ronald Darby in a trade that sent wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft pick to Buffalo on Friday was, in theory, in the works since the 2016 season as the Eagles watched an offense that lacked weapons around franchise quarterback Carson Wentz and a Jim Schwartz defense bogged down without reliable cornerbacks ...

POLL: Do you approve of the Buffalo Bills’ trades of Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby? - Buffalo Rumblings
Watkins had his injury troubles, but was a star when healthy and looked to be putting his woes behind him during the first preseason game of the year. Darby was nearly a Rookie of the Year, and while he took a step back as a sophomore, he didn’t seem to be struggling during training camp. Did the Bills get a fair value for these trades? What is your verdict?

Why Bills CB Ronald Darby is poised to be a breakout star in 2017 - BillsWire
[Written last month] Darby has great speed, plays with sound technique, possesses the instincts and ability to break on passes in a split second and is a reliable tackler – all of which are traits that a cornerback in McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s zone schemes must possess. In the diagram from shown below, Darby showcases each of these talents in a single play.

Mike McCarthy: Hits that concussed Dupre, Randall were illegal - PFT
Packers wide receiver Malachi Dupre was released from the hospital and back at the Packers facility on Friday after being taken for further observation on Thursday night. Dupre was put on a backboard and taken off the field on a stretcher after a hit from Eagles safety Tre Sullivan in the fourth quarter of Green Bay’s first preseason game. Dupre’s brother told that his brother “did not have any extensive injuries to his head and neck,” but he was diagnosed with a concussion.

WATCH: Derek Barnett registers two sacks in his NFL Preseason Debut - Rocky Top Talk
It was a simple inside move for Barnett, who won with a second effort and active hands to get home. He’s gotten pressure consistently all night, from what I’ve been able to see. I think Philly is going to love him, just like we did here.

The specific findings by the NFL that led to Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension - Blogging The Boys
The league details the specific reasons they thought that Ezekiel Elliott deserved a six-game suspension.

Why Your Team Sucks 2017: Philadelphia Eagles - Deadspin
Last season featured a five-game losing skid and all nine losses coming in the last 12 games. I promise you that will not stop these fans from thinking that they’re poised to go 14-2 this year and win every playoff game by 50 points. Philly fans talk a good hate game, but secretly they’re the most gullible marks in the world.

Attention Grabber - Inside Carolina
Perhaps many casual Carolina fans hadn’t heard of him—even though he was the special teams captain last season—until he caught a 33-yard touchdown in the season opening win against Liberty and followed that up with a 91-yard touchdown in the comeback win against San Diego State. The latter was the longest Tar Heel pass play ever in Kenan Stadium. But Hollins apparently can’t stay off of people’s radar for long, which is why he has gone from being a player that literally not a single college football team had interest in when he was a high school senior to thrilling a packed Kenan Stadium. Not that the journey was an easy one.

Redskins Injury Update: Trent Murphy has torn ACL/MCL, out for the season - Hogs Haven
The Redskins have reportedly lost OLB Trent Murphy for the season with a torn ACL. Murphy was injured in last night’s preseason loss to the Ravens when a Baltimore player rolled up on his leg. Murphy was already set to miss the first 4 games of the year due to a suspension for a PEDs violation. Now the Redskins will look to replace a player who had 9 sacks, 47 tackles, and 3 forced fumbles last season. Murphy is on the last year of his rookie contract with the Redskins.

The Bills traded Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby and are clearly rebuilding now - SB Nation
The coup for the Bills was a pair of draft picks which gives the team two first-, second-, and third-round picks in 2018.


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