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'It's frustrating': Eagles RBs coach says Wendell Smallwood's injury interrupted strong camp - PennLive
"It's frustrating," running backs coach Duce Staley said Saturday. "You want to be out there on the field. You want to go out there and show guys what you can do -- the front office, along with your teammates. But like I said, throughout OTAs and prior to the injury, Wendell was having the best camp, in my opinion."

Eagles-Bills PFF Grades: Derek Barnett among Philadelphia’s top five players - BGN
Once the starters came out, Derek Barnett came in. And he looked really good yet again. The 21-year-old rookie has logged three sacks, two hits, and four hurries in 42 pass rush snaps. That’s good for the second best pass rushing productivity score in the NFL this preseason. Barnett is really pushing for a starting job. Doug Pederson confirmed he’ll get a look with the first team defense in practice this week.

Ronald Darby impressive in Eagles debut (with gifs and stuff) - PhillyVoice
In his Philadelphia Eagles debut against the Buffalo Bills, his former team, Ronald Darby saw two passes come his way. He almost picked off the first target and returned it for a touchdown. The second time the Bills tested him, Darby made them pay with an interception and a long return.

Defense Looks Legit - Iggles Blitz
The addition of Darby gives this defense to really go up a notch. The defense now has playmakers at each position. Darby doesn’t have to turn into Troy Vincent, but he needs to give the Eagles someone they can have confidence in when facing top flight receivers. Darby showed against the Bills that he has big time speed and very good feet, key traits for a CB. As with the addition of Alshon Jeffery, there is a ripple effect with the presence of Darby. Jalen Mills remains a starter, but is now the #2 CB. Patrick Robinson can slide inside and play the slot, where he’s had success in the past. Players are now in roles that fit them better. That helps players to play with more confidence and gives them a better chance at doing a good job. The Eagles look better at each part of the defense.

Eagles WR coach: Alshon Jeffery is 'behind' - ESPN
"I think he's behind," said Groh. "Anytime you miss the amount of time that he did, he's a little bit behind. Fortunately we have time for him to catch up. I thought they got off to a great start the other night." Wentz and Jeffery failed to hook up on the first two tries Thursday. The original plan was to only play Wentz and company a series or two, but with the offense sputtering, head coach Doug Pederson decided they needed more field time. They finally got things going on the fourth drive, as Wentz connected with Jeffery for a 9-yard gain and then again on a slant that went 14 yards two plays later.

No running joke - Eagles' Staley and Stoutland say everything will fall into place - Daily News
“LeGarrette is working. Of course, coming from another system [New England], sometimes it takes a little time for you to kind of catch on to how we do things, but other than that, LeGarrette’s been fine. Of course, you want to do better, but once again, we’re not game-planning. We’re just lining up and running some plays we have for that week. Sometimes you go out there, you want every play to be a perfect play, but it’s not going to work that way. I think Doug [Pederson, the Eagles’ coach] hit on it – when you’re not game-planning, you’re just actually out there evaluating your guys.”

Mychal Kendricks Off To Great Start In Preseason - PE.com
Sure, it’s just the preseason and preseason performances tend to fade like summer memories when September rolls around. But linebacker Mychal Kendricks has been all over the football in the Eagles’ two preseason games and his work has been extremely encouraging. “I’m just trying to make some plays,” Kendricks said after Thursday’s 20-16 preseason win over Buffalo. “It’s only the preseason so they aren’t keeping stats, but it felt good to get out there and get my hands on the ball.” In the two preseason games, Kendricks has a pair of interceptions and a quarterback sack. He also displayed excellent discipline and precise tackling in the open field against Buffalo by blowing up a screen pass.

Please remember to keep Eagles' preseason in perspective - CSN Philly
A stroll through some names of training camps past is a stark reminder not to go overboard anointing these guys the next big thing. Here are some blasts from the past: Henry Josey, Jeremy Bloom, JaCorey Shepherd, Gizmo Williams, Billy Hess. Remember them? No points off if you don't, but they were thought to be the answers in years past.

NFL joint practices have been fight fests. Will Dolphins and Eagles brawl in Rocky’s hometown? - Miami Herald
Brawls aren’t just possible. They’re nearly inevitable. The Broncos and 49ers practiced together last week, and no fewer than three fights broke out on Thursday alone, according to the Denver Post. Up in Jacksonville, Jaguars wide receiver Arrelious Benn threw a punch at Buccaneers linebacker Adarius Glanton, one of several skirmishes between those teams in recent days.

The top moments and best highlights from Saturday’s NFL preseason action - SB Nation
For one last Saturday, preseason football takes center stage.

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