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Will Alshon Jeffery Make His Debut Against The Bills? - PE.com
“I feel pretty good. I mean just getting back into the swing of things, but I feel pretty good,” Jeffery said. The outstanding pass-catcher has been tending to a shoulder injury for the past two weeks which has limited him from participating in the majority of team drills. His absence during the drills are precautionary, but his availability for Thursday’s matchup remains tentative. “We’ll see. I mean talk to Coach Doug (Pederson) and the trainers,” Jeffery said. “I would like to, but at the same time we’ll see.”

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Nelson Agholor and Malcolm Jenkins get chippy - BGN
Things got heated between Nelson Agholor and Malcolm Jenkins during a one-on-one session today. Jenkins typically used to go up against Jordan Matthews. The two players would have good battles. Today, Agholor easily got the best of Jenkins on two reps. He ran the same route both times and easily shook Jenkins off him. After the first rep, Jenkins and Agholor started chirping at each other. Then it got a little chippy on the second rep. The two players then faced each other a third time. It looked like Agholor might beat him again on a quick slant, but Jenkins got physical with Agholor and broke up the pass. Then Jenkins stared him down after the play. I’d say it’s a good thing to see Jenkins pushing Agholor like this. There’s pressure on Agholor to step up with JMatt gone. It’s time for him to step up.

The Eagles can replace Jordan Matthews in the slot by committee - PhillyVoice
Agholor has some shiftiness to his game, which should translate well to the slot. Route running and separation haven't been the problems. Can he catch the football consistently? So far throughout his career, the answer is no. To be determined if Agholor can put the drops and mental errors behind him and begin making positive contributions.

Slot Mania - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles made it clear through the offseason that they were interested in mixing other guys into the slot. They drafted Donnel Pumphrey in the 4th round and have lined him up in the slot since spring. The Eagles signed Greg Ward to try to develop as a slot receiver. The Eagles drafted Mack Hollins, who can give them a big body on the inside. They started playing Nelson Agholor in the slot a lot back in the spring. These guys are faster, quicker or simply more dynamic than Matthews. Matthews was 31st in the NFL in catches last year. He was 72nd in yards after the catch. Matthews is going to move the chains, but he’s limited as a playmaker. Jason Avant did a great job of that for the Eagles, but he was reasonably priced. Matthews isn’t the Eagles ideal slot guy so they weren’t going to pay him big money.

Monday Morning QB: Bucs GM Jason Licht ‘Owning Up’ to Roberto Aguayo Mistake - SI.com
Everyone would say Darby is a better corner than Gaines, and Watkins is a better wideout than Matthews. I don’t worry about the Darby deal for Buffalo, because he hadn’t bought into the new administration of Beane and head coach Sean McDermott, and because he wasn’t a great scheme fit for McDermott’s zone coverage. Buffalo did get a gutty, durable (Matthews played 46 of 48 games in three NFL seasons) possession receiver who will take Watkins’ spot in the Bills’ offense. The Watkins deal could hurt in the long run, for two reasons. He’s healthy this year after being plagued by a nagging foot injury. And the veterans on the Bills loved him, and won’t be happy with this deal. I can’t imagine LeSean McCoy singing kumbaya over this trade for the future. He wants to win now.

Howie Roseman goes inside the Jordan Matthews trade - PFT
The Eagles decided on Friday to deal receiver Jordan Matthews to the Bills. On Monday, the man who made the move for the Eagles joined PFT Live to discuss the process. It was a candid, nuts-and-bolts look from Eagles executive V.P. of football operations Howie Roseman at how deals get done, and the bottom line is that teams are always looking at all options throughout the league for improving the team — along with monitoring their own rosters for any surpluses that can be parlayed into potential improvements via trade.

Eagles rookie Derek Barnett shines in preseason debut - PFF
Barnett was very productive as a pass-rusher, racking up four total pressures, all from the right side. He beat Packers starting left tackle David Bakhtiari for one of those pressures and picked up two sacks and a hit on the quarterback against Jason Spriggs, the Packers 2016 second-round pick. Barnett finished the day with a pass-rush productivity of 21.9.

EAGLES NOTEBOOK: Derek Barnett: 'I’m not as dominant as I know I can be' - BCCT
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett had an impressive pro debut with two sacks against the Packers, but he's not satisfied.

Nick Foles hopes lessons learned from elbow injury lead to long-term health - CSN Philly
Foles said he's 100 percent healthy now but will ease back to full-go at practice. "It sort of catches you off guard at first and you think it's just something that's going to go away and then it gets worse and worse and worse and then you realize it's something [serious]," he said after practice. "I've been trying to treat it but it just never went away. There's days where it felt OK but never days where it felt great and then there were days where it felt horrible. So it's just one of those things, but it feels great now."

'That freaked me out': Eagles' Tre Sullivan moves on from hit that sent Packers WR to hospital - PennLive
But it's not simple. Though Sullivan earned a reputation as a big hitter at Shepherd and has been involved in plays that led to injuries, he never experienced anything like the pit in his stomach Thursday night when trainers rushed out to check on Dupre. "I've had situations where somebody got hurt or whatever, but nothing like that, where he isn't moving and they bring out the stretcher," Sullivan said. "So that freaked me out."

Rashard Davis, from Saturday in Charlottesville, to Monday at Eagles practice - Inquirer
When Rashard Davis went to work Saturday morning waiting tables at Rocksalt restaurant in Charlottesville, Va., just north of the University of Virginia campus and a little over a mile from Lee Park, there was already a police helicopter pinned low to the sky and a growl of trouble in the air. It wouldn’t have been in character for Davis to get much closer in any event. He would have avoided the area where demonstrators and counter-demonstrators clashed violently at a protest that centered on the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, but which spawned a larger battleground between white supremacists and those who opposed them.

Rewriting the NFL’s Positional Lexicon - Ringer
Positional distinctions are disappearing. Rushing yards are losing meaning. And offensive and defensive schemes are shifting from game to game — if not drive to drive. The most popular sport in America is changing faster than it ever has before — yet the way we talk about the game has largely stayed the same. It’s time for the conversation to catch up to the shifting concepts redefining front offices and gameplay nationwide. So welcome to The Ringer’s You Don’t Know Football Week, where we’ll explore and attempt to better understand the evolutions already occurring on the gridiron — and the reboots we’d like to see make their way to the game next.

DVOA by Routes: Defenses - Football Outsiders
The Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, and Eagles allowed a league-high three touchdowns on broken plays. The Browns, Cowboys, Texans, Dolphins, and Giants tied for the league lead with two interceptions on broken plays.

Colin Kaepernick’s film shows there is no excuse for him to be unemployed - SB Nation
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about Kaepernick’s play. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White sets the record straight.

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