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DT Tim Jernigan shines as Eagles get physical at camp - ESPN
The defensive standout to this point in camp has been tackle Tim Jernigan. Acquired from the Baltimore Ravens in April, Jernigan routinely has made his presence felt since taking over the starting spot vacated by Bennie Logan, who left for the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency. Tuesday arguably was Jernigan's best day to date. He was particularly disruptive in the running game. After slicing through traffic to drop running back Corey Clement for a short gain, a spectator summed it up: "There's that man again.""He's a load, he's a load," Pederson said of the 6-foot-2, 295-pound Jernigan, who will be paired with Fletcher Cox inside. "When he's in that Wide-3 technique and splitting that B gap, he's coming full steam."
Eagles Training Camp Notes: Marcus Johnson and Wendell Smallwood step up as tackling begins - BGN
Wendell Smallwood really took advantage of the absences of Blount and Pumphrey. The 2016 fifth-round pick looked fast and ran hard. He was helped by good run blocking, of course, but he did his part as well. Smallwood picked up a big gain with a no-nonsense run that featured him trucking Terrence Brooks (who isn’t a lightweight by any means). Smallwood also looked good on a screen play drawn up for him. I feel like Corey Clement, who’s also looked good in camp, will have an uphill battle unseating Smallwood.
BGN Radio Daily #3: A new CB, Agholor & more - BGNRadio.com
BLG discusses his Eagles training camp observations: Carson Wentz and Nelson Agholor are looking good while the cornerbacks are not. Plus Q&A and more.
Let’s Get Physical - Iggles Blitz
No one disputes the fact that Bennie Logan was a good player for the Eagles. The problem is that he wasn’t as disruptive as Jim Schwartz wants a DT to be. Jernigan has that skill set and has shown it off this summer. The best part of Fran’s notes is that Jernigan was winning in different ways. He wasn’t beating a rookie in 1-on-1’s. He used quickness and strength. He split double teams a couple of times. That is a DT who can penetrate and make plays, just what the Eagles needed up front.
Doug Pederson responds to Mychal Kendricks' trade request revelation - PhillyVoice
"Listen, Mychal is on our football team," Pederson responded. "We're excited to have him. We understand, too, and he understands, that it's predicated by a lot of offensive personnel. You watch our offense, we're in a lot of that 11- or zebra- personnel. There's only two linebackers on the field. It's unfortunate. I'm excited to have Mychal. He's working hard and in a good position right now."
Trying To Get A Handle On Defense - PE.com
Here is the update: Cornerback is an unsettled position. That was the situation going into Training Camp and that’s where it stands one week later. Second-year man Jalen Mills, playing with confidence, is in line to be one starter. Robinson is taking reps with the first-team defense and hopeful to get into his comfort zone. Rookie Rasul Douglas shows flashes of progress, and he’s gotten his hands on the ball quite a bit in the camp already, but he’s also got a ways to go. A player to watch is second-year man C.J. Smith, who flies under the radar here. He’s getting second-team reps and he’s holding his own. He has come a long way from last season. Smith knows the defense and he has a lot of confidence after making the practice squad and then the active roster as an undrafted rookie in 2016.
Fantasy football team preview: Philadelphia Eagles - PFF
Carson Wentz enters his second professional season on the heels of a rookie campaign where he showed flashes of potential at times, but also exhibited many of the struggles of a first-year signal-caller. Wentz got off to a hot start to his pro career, tying for 12th among quarterbacks in fantasy scoring over his first four games. He cooled from there to finish 24th at the position for the season. Wentz attempted 607 passes – which is an extremely high number for a rookie – and completed a respectable 62.4 percent. With a full offseason under his belt and an upgraded set of weapons, Wentz is a strong candidate to take a step forward in Year 2. Consider him a QB2 option with upside.
Eagles' Wendell Smallwood admits he wasn't prepared as a rookie - Inquirer
Smallwood said the injuries and the fatigue he felt late in 2016 had nothing to do with not taking his job seriously enough. He said that he didn’t know what to expect. But he used the phrase slacking off once when describing his rookie season and conceded that he could have been in better physical shape. “I definitely think there was an element of that – not being in shape, not being able to stay in the game, not being able to focus,” Smallwood said. “I think when you get tired, you kind of lose focus and your mind gets everywhere. You miss assignments. Mental errors.”
Eagles camp notes, quotes and tidbits: Time for tackling; Wentz the rock star - CSN Philly
These days Carson Wentz is part football quarterback, part rock star in Philadelphia. At least it seemed that way at Sunday's open practice, when 23,000 people showed up to cheer on the franchise QB. "It was cool," Wentz said. "I was kind of blown away. ... You can just tell the atmosphere here, the passion here and just how excited everyone is for Eagles football this year. It was really cool being there and getting to see the fans for the first time in a while."
Adam Zaruba may be most intriguing Eagles project - Allentown Morning Call
When you haven’t played football since high school and then are suddenly thrust into an NFL training camp, as Zaruba was last week when he finally obtained a work visa, that sort of thing is inevitable. “I’m trying to just keep up,” he said Sunday, “trying to learn my job on certain plays, the technical aspects of it. It’s pretty complex. I’m working on it, and every day I’m making some progress and getting to react a little faster.
'It's hard to predict': Will Eagles have room for ex-PSU QB Matt McGloin on their roster? - PennLive
Eagles third-string quarterback Matt McGloin said Tuesday he isn't letting thoughts of looming roster determinations creep into his mind. "Never," the former Penn Star signal-caller insisted, "because it's not my decision."
Goodell doesn’t seem interested in more open-air, cold-weather Super Bowls - PFT
Three years ago, the NFL rolled the dice on a open-air, cold-weather Super Bowl, playing the game in New Jersey and narrowly avoiding a game-day winter storm. Plenty of other eastern cities aspiring to do the same, but Commissioner Roger Goodell seems skeptical about another championship game in a place where ice and/or snow could be a factor for the fans who plunk down thousands for the right to freeze their fannies off.
NFL willing to work with NFLPA on research about marijuana use for pain management - SB Nation
The National Football League has historically taken a tough stance on substance use. But now, the league says it is interested in working with the NFLPA to study the potential impact of marijuana for pain management, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. Under the current policy, any NFL player who tests positive for marijuana will be entered into the league’s intervention program. They’ll have to undergo random tests, and a failed test will result in an automatic suspension. A missed test counts as a failed test, which is why Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell served a three-game suspension at the start of the 2016 season.
Carson Wentz interview (click here or watch below)
CARSON WENTZ! Eagles QB speaking after practicePosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Merrill Reese interview (click here or watch below)
Merrill Reese says Carson is gonna be a Top 5 QB in 3 yearsPosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Derek Barnett interview (click here or watch below)
Derek Barnett: "I'm learning a lot going against [Jason Peters]. Every rep I go against him I can't take a play off. He's pushing me everyday..."Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Marcus Johnson interview (click here or watch below)
WR Marcus Johnson says it huge being able to take Alshon's reps at #EaglesCampPosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Eagles practices highlights (click here or watch below)
Highlights from practice today! #FlyEaglesFlyPosted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Tuesday, August 1, 2017
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