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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/22/17.

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Byron Maxwell using trade from Eagles as motivation; Kiko Alonso not so much - CSN Philly
"Yeah, I would be lying if I told you I don't want to do better than the Eagles do," he said. "I do. I want to win more games than them. I want to prove them wrong." If he knows the Eagles traded him to get a franchise quarterback, how does he still use the trade as motivation? "That's just what I do," he said. "You can call it petty -- I don't know what it is. But that's just what I do, how I feel. That's just realistic. I know what it is but I still want to do better than my old team. I don't think no player wants the team to get rid of you and then they do better, to be honest with you."

Eagles-Dolphins Practice Notes: Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery get the best of Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso - BGN
It sounds like Carson Wentz had a pretty good practice. Same for Alshon Jeffery. The two combined to beat Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso a number of times. Beautiful, right?

Projecting roles in 2017 for each of the Eagles rookie draft picks - PhillyVoice
Additionally, Pumphrey has not stood out. For a player listed at 176 pounds to be an effective piece in the NFL, he better be ultra-explosive, or have some kind of elite skill set that sets him apart as a usable role player. I personally have not seen extreme explosiveness or any obvious elite traits. The Eagles are highly unlikely to release Pumphrey at 53-man cutdowns, but if they could find a way to put him on IR for the season, Pumphrey could develop some of his skills and perhaps put on additional muscle. But as we stand at the end of August, Pumphrey does not appear to be a player the Eagles are looking to get involved in the offense the way they were in July.

Carson Wentz heats back up in joint practice with Dolphins - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has had his ups and downs over the last week-plus after enjoying a smooth, consistent start to the summer. Maybe it had something to do with the trade of Jordan Matthews. Maybe his arm got a little tired in the dog days of camp. Whatever the case, Wentz regained his form Monday as the Eagles hosted the Miami Dolphins for the first of two joint practices in advance of Thursday's preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field.

Adam Gase offers opportunity to appraise Doug Pederson - Inquirer
Doug Pederson and Adam Gase met and spoke at the start of Eagles-Dolphins joint practice on Monday, but it would be the last time the head coaches crossed paths at the NovaCare Complex. As offensive play callers, Pederson and Gase worked on opposite fields against each team’s respective defense. While they may not have faced off against each other, per se, it was difficult to not look at the coaches, make comparisons, and wonder, What if? The Eagles interviewed Gase before the Dolphins, after all.

Updating the OL Situation - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles could also go with just 9 OL and then carry some of those guys on the practice squad. Dealing Tobin was smart. He was going to leave as a free agent after the season if he played here this year. You get something for him now from a team that was desperate for OL help. The Eagles have good starters and like several of their backups.

Healthy, RB Smallwood In Spotlight -
Wendell Smallwood was back on the practice field on Monday, cutting and slashing and bursting and feeling like the hamstring injury that kept him out of the first two preseason games is not even a distant memory ...

Philadelphia Eagles' Ron Brooks plans to continue protest during anthems, explains reasoning - PennLive
Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks told PennLive he planned to continue staging a pregame protest during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustices and said Monday several recent events are at the heart of his decision. Brooks took a knee while "The Star-Spangled Banner" played before the Birds squared off with the Bills on Thursday night. Further down the sideline, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins raised his right fist in the air as defensive end Chris Long wrapped his arm around Jenkins' back in show of support.

Seahawks trade for offensive lineman Matt Tobin - Field Gulls
In need of some offensive line help following the season-ending knee injury to starting left tackle George Fant, the Seattle Seahawks have made a trade for Matt Tobin, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles. If you’re like me and have no idea who Tobin is, the Seahawks provided some background, along with full details on the trade.

Injury Round-up: Giants Take A Beating In Cleveland - Big Blue View
Obviously the injury that has everyone’s attention. Beckham took a nasty-looking hit from Briean Boddy-Calhoun while making a reception on a deep play-action pass. Beckham quickly cleared the concussion protocol and X-Rays were negative. However, he has been (initially) diagnosed with a sprained ankle. There will be further tests tomorrow to determine the exact extent of the injury. He was later seen on the sidelines in street clothes and without a walking boot. Howard Cross has reported that it is a “slightly” sprained ankle.

Domestic violence expert shares details of NFL's Ezekiel Elliott investigation - SB Nation
The NFL’s investigation into domestic violence allegations against Ezekiel Elliott took more than a year to complete. During the investigation, four independent advisers were consulted to sift through the evidence and reports. All the advisers participated in a meeting with Elliott, and they shared their views on the matter with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before he handed Elliott a six-game suspension. Tonya Lovelace, the CEO of the Women of Color Network and an intimate partner violence expert and advocate, was one of them.


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