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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/14/17.

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Not sticking to sports, Charlottesville native Chris Long feels responsibility to speak out - CSN Philly
On Saturday, the 32-year-old spoke out publicly, via Twitter, against the white nationalists holding the rally and President Donald Trump's response, which condemned "violence on many sides." "Some people are tired of hearing me tweet because they want me to stick to football but I like to use social media like I was a regular guy because I think I am," Long said Sunday. "I don't tell people to stick to their job when they want to talk politics. And this isn't political. That's the thing. Everybody is trying to turn this political. This isn't a political issue. This is right or wrong. I believe you're on one side or the other. For me, being from Charlottesville, no one wants to see you sit idly by and watch that stuff happen and not say anything. And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn't."

Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Ronald Darby makes good first impression - BGN
It didn’t take long for the Eagles to line up Ronald Darby with the first team defense at left cornerback. He took reps there in group install and then in team drills. Overall, I thought Darby had a nice first practice. He generally had good coverage and didn’t get beat. I only noticed two noteworthy catches that he allowed: 1) a good strike from Carson Wentz to Nelson Agholor over the middle. Agholor made the catch as he went to the ground. Darby was right there. Just a better throw and catch. Darby gave up a deep reception as he had tight coverage on Jeffery but Alshon may have gotten away with offensive pass interference on a push-off.

Eagles may have long-term stability at cornerback, at a high cost - PhillyVoice
"It's kind of a unique opportunity to have a bunch of young corners at that position," said Howie Roseman, shortly after the Eagles announced the trade on Friday. "When you look around the league, it is a corner-deficient league. It's hard to find those guys. It's hard to find guys who have been solid starters in this league, who can play at a high level. Teams that have them aren't really ready to move them. When you get them, you need a bunch of them. It's something that we felt, as well as the quarterback position, offensive line, defensive line, you can never have enough of those guys."

Game Review – PS #1 – PHI at GB – Defense - Iggles Blitz
Derek Barnett – Terrific game. Backup at RDE. Had 2 sacks. First came when he got into the LT and then cut inside. That was against the starting LT. Loved the way he used his hands to get free. Showed good closing speed on the play and then got the QB down. The ability to finish is underrated skill for pass rushers. 2nd sack wasn’t as impressive. GB tried to run screen. Barnett got back there too fast and tripped the QB. Used good get-off to push TE back and blow up 3rd Qtr run, creating TFL for Brooks. Beat LT with speed/dip to hit QB on screen in mid-3rd. Dropped into coverage on 3rd down zone blitz play when Grymes got his sack. Barnett covered WR on crossing route. Barnett showed physical ability and positional ability. He is going to contribute this season. He will push Curry for the starting role if he continues to play like this.

Jordan Hicks is still rock-solid, still flying under the radar - Inquirer
Hicks is also one of the unquestioned leaders on defense. It comes with the territory. He’s Schwartz’s mouthpiece on the field and he must align the front seven. But the players listen to Hicks beyond the calls because his football IQ is off the charts. “That’s why the best middle backers are usually smart guys,” center Jason Kelce said. Fellow linebacker Nigel Bradham said that Hicks’ confidence in calling the defense, after a year of learning Schwartz’s system, has only grown. It’s a part of the job that is unheralded — like Hicks, who enters the pivotal third season that often decides if the Eagles will offer one of their draft picks a long-term extension.

Jim Schwartz Is 'Excited' To Have Ronald Darby - PE.com
"I think it does elevate the level of competition. I think that obviously, it adds talent to the defense. But how it all works out, it's going to be our job over the next three weeks," Schwartz said. "Just like today, it's not a finished product. Obviously, it's his first day, but he's got some catching up to do in our scheme. But it's exciting to have him."

CB Ronald Darby jumps to top of Eagles' depth chart - ESPN
New Eagles safety Corey Graham, who played the last two seasons with Darby in Buffalo, helped to solve at least part of that riddle: Darby is a cornerback who thrives in man coverage, and the Bills are switching to a zone-heavy scheme under new head coach Sean McDermott. "In Buffalo, it's Cover 3, man. You can put anybody out there -- stay over the top. That's all you're doing. You're really not doing anything," said Graham. "So do you really want to have guys like Darby and Stephon Gilmore out there, paying them all this type of money, when you can put a safety out there and just say, 'Stay high'? So it's a different scheme. I'm pretty sure he can do anything -- if you ask him to play zone or whatever it is -- but he's a man guy, so you want to play a system where you can do what you do."

Bills training camp 8/13: Peterman moving up, Matthews with the first team - Buffalo Rumblings
Though he finished practice, new wide receiver Jordan Matthews was being evaluated for a chest injury following practice, which cause him to miss his scheduled media session.

DVOA by Routes: Quarterbacks - Football Outsiders
Carson Wentz ranked sixth best at dig routes.

The Rams’ long-term plan is to find out if Jared Goff is good - SB Nation
Having a good quarterback can fix a lot of problems. The Rams don’t have much cap space to work with, but have many of the pieces to be a strong team if Goff comes around. If he doesn’t, the team has to start over. So the top priority for the Rams is providing Goff with as much help as they can, as soon as possible. Watkins, Woods and Whitworth are all part of that plan.

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