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Mychal Kendricks helping his chances of getting traded with good preseason - PhillyVoice
This preseason, the Eagles have allowed Kendricks to attack, and he has shown his value. "He's been a pro's pro," said Doug Pederson. "He's a guy that's come in every day and it's his second year in the system, so he's really making a lot of strides right there. He's put himself in great positions. He's had a couple turnovers now in these first two games, or some takeaways. It's exciting to see. You know, he's a guy that's very athletic. You can see his athleticism on some of the tackles he makes in the open field. Obviously, you know, Jim used him in a little bit of a blitz package tonight. He can definitely put some pressure on the quarterback. It’s exciting to see where he's at. I’m very comfortable with that, and we've just got to keep them coming."So Schwartz blitzed Kendricks nine times all last season, and now he's dialing up blitzes left and right for him in the preseason? I wonder why that could be.

11 things we learned from the Eagles’ preseason win over the Bills - BGN
In the span of a week, the Eagles went from having no real inspiring players at cornerback to having a very inspiring player at cornerback. Darby looked very good in his Eagles but. He almost came up with a pick-six early in the game before notching an actual interception later in the first quarter. Darby didn’t exactly face the most challenging competition, but it was still a pretty encouraging performance by him. Couple it with the fact he’s looked good in practice since arriving in Philadelphia and there’s ample reason to feel good about Darby. Having a good cornerback improves the secondary, and when the secondary plays well (Jalen Mills looked solid again and Rodney McLeod tipped a pass that led to a pick) it buys more time for the Eagles’ defensive line. Speaking of …

Is the Mychal Kendricks revival for real, or just an August flash in the pan? - Inquirer
“This is all a [bleeping] experiment,” Kendricks said. “This is preseason, man. You can’t take anything too seriously. It’s [bleeping] preseason.” Well, yes. There is the predictable speculation that the Eagles are giving Kendricks a chance to shine only in order for other teams to take notice. He previously asked for a trade and is making a lot of money for a linebacker who was on the field for 27 percent of the defensive snaps last season.

Eagle Eye: From Starters To Backups, An Impressive Performance By The Defense -
Early in the second series, Darby lined up in off coverage against veteran receiver Anquan Boldin, who ran a speed out just short of the sticks. Darby read the route and drove on the throw, showing off the short-area burst that makes him such a threat to pick off passes in the quick passing game. He almost came away with one here in what surely would’ve been an easy interception for a touchdown. He didn't get the turnover, but he made thousands of fans in the stands extremely happy. Two drives later, he’d send them through the roof.

Eagles rookie Derek Barnett has been dominant so far this preseason - PFF
Barnett has rushed the passer 42 times in his 59 snaps across two preseason games, getting home three times for sacks, but also racking up an additional two hits and four hurries. He owns the league’s second-best pass rushing productivity score so far this preseason among 4-3 defensive ends. The Eagles own the top three scores as a team.

Once more, Eagles' defense looks like biggest strength - CSN Philly
Carson Wentz and the Eagles' offense gave up the football. And the defense got it right back. That was the theme of Thursday night. For as much as the Eagles' first-team offense struggled in the 20-16 preseason win over the Bills at the Linc, the Eagles' first-team defense was impenetrable. "I think, obviously, it's still early and it's hard to say," middle linebacker Jordan Hicks said. "But I think we're definitely further along than we were last year as a benchmark. Just the fact that it's Year 2 in this defense. We're learning the little things and figuring out how to do this thing well and play together and really be able to make plays in the scheme."

John Lynch regrets calling anthem protests “divisive” - PFT
“I’m glad you brought this up because I’m having, for the last couple of days, a lot of thought, a lot of waking up in the middle of the night thinking about what I said and how people perceive that,” Lynch said. “You know, when I saw that picture of Chris Long and Malcolm Jenkins, I think that’s exactly what I was speaking to and what I think is so great about football, of how I think our society can be and how it should be — of people coming together.”

Ezekiel Elliott's suspension and appeal, explained - SB Nation
On Aug. 11, the NFL finally announced a six-game suspension for Ezekiel Elliott to start this season, after an investigation spanning more than a year. The suspension stems from domestic violence allegations made against Elliott in July 2016. A woman who identified herself as Elliott’s ex-girlfriend filed a police report claiming Elliott had been abusive over the course of five days in July 2016. She filed two separate reports with the Columbus Police Department. Witnesses who claimed to have been present did not corroborate her statements, and police and prosecutors decided not to bring charges against Elliott.


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