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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/13/17.

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NFL could pursue further discipline vs. Zeke - Rotoworld
According to the Dallas Morning News, the NFL still "could" investigate suspended RB Ezekiel Elliott's involvement in a July 16 bar brawl and "pursue further action" against him.Elliott's current six-game ban was applied only because he violated the NFL's domestic violence policy. Elliott also violated the NFL's personal conduct policy by exposing a woman's breast on St. Patrick's Day, and the league's investigation into the July 16 bar brawl has yet to be resolved. It's a reminder that Elliott is far from out of the woods with multiple violations of multiple league polices and existing investigations still hanging over his head.

Eagles training camp practice notes: Jordan Hicks is a beast - BGN
Part of the reason Wentz didn’t look so great is because Jordan Hicks did. The third-year linebacker broke up a number of passes in practice today. He batted down a Wentz pass at the line of scrimmage that almost could have been a pick since he got both hands on it. Hicks also had a one-handed pick on a Matt McGloin throw into end zone. And he put a big hit on Hollins on a throw over the middle. Hollins was a little slow to get up and Lane Johnson picked him up off the ground.

Eagles 2017 training camp practice notes, Day 15 - PhillyVoice
It's clear that newcomer Corey Graham is going to have a legitimate role on the Eagles' defense this season. He played nickel corner with the first team defense today with Ron Brooks out. Graham made several plays, knifing through traffic and making tackles in the run game. He also timed out a blitz nicely and "sacked" Carson Wentz.

Who Steps Up To Fill Slot Receiver Role? -
Agholor isn’t the only candidate inside, but he’s got more experience working the crevices of the defense from the slot. Consistency is the goal for Agholor, who has struggled with that part of the game in his two NFL seasons. But he’s played well in the spring and summer, showing much more confidence and flat-out speed and quickness in the offense.

Ronald Darby is more than just speed ... but he is 'crazy' fast - CSN Philly
Two years ago, when he was a second-round pick of the Bills, Darby ran a 4.38-second time in the 40-yard dash at the combine. It was the second-fastest time for a defensive back that year. On Saturday afternoon, the day after the Eagles traded for him, the 23-year-old corner said he's even faster now. So what would his 40 time be today? "Right now in a 40?" he said. "I know for sure, low 4.3, high 4.2." Darby, aside from excelling in football, was a track star in high school. He was a member of the USA medley relay team that won a gold medal at the 2011 World Youth Championships in France. Darby took bronze in the 200-meter race with a time of 21.08. So Darby doesn't just have speed. He has world-class speed.

Tre Sullivan has to hit to make the Eagles, but he doesn't want to injure - Daily News
Tre Sullivan is in Eagles training camp as an undrafted rookie safety because he was a fierce hitter at 4,000-student Division II Shepherd University. So when Sullivan got a chance to blast Green Bay rookie receiver Malachi Dupre Thursday night, as Dupre churned upfield with a screen pass, that was what Sullivan did. “It was never my intention for the play to kind of happen how it did,” Sullivan, who stands 6 feet and 200 pounds, said Saturday. “Not to injure him, at all. I just look at myself as a physical player. That’s how I play. Of course, every play, when I want to make a tackle, I want to make a statement.

Don't expect as many touchdowns from these 16 players, including David Johnson and Antonio Brown - ESPN
LeGarrette Blount paced the NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns and 24 carries inside the 5-yard line last season. That, of course, came on a career-high 299 carries; he entered the year with 31 career rushing scores and 34 carries inside the 5. His OTD actually wasn't too far off his touchdown total and he'll remain the goal-line back in Philadelphia, but it's unreasonable to expect him to come close to matching his 2016 numbers in a lesser offense. As a nonfactor in the passing game, Blount's fantasy upside is capped, especially in PPR formats. 2017 Projection: 8 TD.

Eagles burning question: Will Carson Wentz be more Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde in 2017? - CBS Sports
The main issue with the Eagles' offense last year was that the weapons available to Wentz were among the worst in the league. Wentz had 38 passes dropped last season, more than any quarterback in the NFL. Those drops cost him 241 additional passing yards, according to PFF. Those drops alone were the difference between Wentz averaging a paltry 6.2 yards per attempt on the season and a more respectable 6.6 per attempt.

Bleeding Green Nation on new Buffalo Bills receiver Jordan Matthews - Buffalo Rumblings
After the initial shock of yesterday’s trades wore off, it was time to start finding out about the newest members of the Buffalo Bills. We reached out to Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Gowton for some insight into Jordan Matthews, the guy who will be taking Sammy Watkins’ place on the depth chart in 2017.

Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem in his first game out of retirement - SB Nation
Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat on a cooler next to the bench during the playing of the national anthem in the team’s preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals. Why Lynch chose to sit hasn’t yet been revealed, but it comes nearly one year after Colin Kaepernick began a protest of the oppression of people of color by sitting and kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 season. Lynch was retired last season, but appeared on Conan and spoke supportively of Kaepernick’s protest.


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