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Suh: A Lot Of Competition Out There -
We did a good job. Lot of competition out there. Obviously being able to go against an elite offensive line is great for our defensive line, especially for the young guys, and myself. Just get a good gauge for where we’re at right now.

20 observations from the final Eagles-Dolphins training camp practice - BGN
Rodney McLeod was all over the place today and made the best plays today in the secondary. Was reading and reacting really well no matter which Dolphins QB was throwing. Had a big pass break up where he leaped over DeVante Parker and knocked it out of the way. It was a very “not in my house” basketball swat and his teammates made sure he knew they appreciated it. Also was able to pick off some Jay Cutler mistakes today, good day for him.

Former teammate and coach say nice things about Alshon Jeffery - PhillyVoice
"You guys are worried about Alshon," Cutler joked after three out of the first five questioned he faced were from Philly media in regard to Jeffery. "He’s going to be fine. What’s going on? Is something going on that I don’t know about?" A reporter then explained that Jeffery missed some practice time. "With what," Cutler asked. A shoulder injury, a reporter explained. “Well, he had a shoulder injury," Cutler responded. "What do you want him to do?"

Eagles' 53-man roster projection: Rookie RB Donnel Pumphrey on the bubble? - ESPN
Running backs (4): LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement. It could come down to Donnel Pumphrey and fellow rookie Clement. We'll give the edge to Clement with the thought that the Eagles will successfully find a way to stash Pumphrey and give the 5-foot-9, 176-pound back a chance to bulk up a bit.

Still a lot of uncertainty at cornerback - Daily News
Patrick Robinson might be the Eagles’ season-opening nickel corner or he might be gone. Ron Brooks might be the nickel corner or he might be gone. The final two preseason games will decide the immediate futures of Aaron Grymes and C.J. Smith. One or both could make the team. One or both could be gone or start the season on the practice squad. The only corner beyond Darby and Mills who can breathe easy as far as cutdown day is concerned is rookie Rasul Douglas. But that’s largely because of his third-round pedigree. He’s a work in progress, and it remains to be seen how much he’ll play early on.

Trades Help Eagles Now And In The Future -

During a period of time when moving players is historically not active, the Eagles have been wheeling and dealing. They sent offensive lineman Allen Barbre to Denver for a conditional 2018 draft pick as Training Camp opened. They dealt wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft pick for cornerback Ronald Darby on August 11. On Monday, the Eagles ...

2017 Preseason Week 2 - Team of the Week - PFF
Edge: Steven Means, Philadelphia Eagles, 92.0 overall grade. Means nearly made the team last week, but there was no denying him this time after his play against the Bills. On 32 pass-rush snaps, he tallied two sacks, two hits, three hurries and a batted pass. Through two preseason games he’s amassed three sacks, 10 total pressures and two batted passes. Means finished Week 2 with the highest overall grade of any player at 92.0 overall.

'They don't count': Eagles' Torrey Smith unconcerned about lack of targets in preseason games - PennLive
"I'm not going to lie to you: This is my seventh preseason, and at the end of the day, it's definitely less than 15 [total catches]," Smith said. "They don't count. Honestly, I can go out there on Thursday, and they don't have to throw me the ball, and I will not be mad." So far, the Eagles haven't thrown Smith the ball. Quarterback Carson Wentz racked up 13 pass attempts in two preseason games, but none have gone to the veteran newcomer with a Pro Bowl nod and a Super Bowl ring on resume.

Dolphins' Nate Allen 'can only think of positives' of his time with Eagles - CSN Philly
For the first time since he left the Eagles after the 2014 season, Nate Allen found himself practicing at the NovaCare Complex Monday afternoon. Still wearing No. 29. Just a Dolphins' No. 29 these days. "It was different," he said. "When I got here, it felt like I was still living down the street. So many memories. All of them good. It brought back a lot of memories even when I pulled into downtown, just remembering (the city), staying down there near some places you used to eat. It was good. When I look back, it was just was a great experience for me.”

Aaron Grymes among the Eagles cornerbacks trending upward - Morning Call
But on the heels of Saturday’s comments by defensive backs coach Cory Undlin that Grymes in last last Thursday’s win over Buffalo played his best game as an Eagle since joining the team, it looks like he’s back and better than ever. Needless to say, it’s been an obstacle course for Grymes, who has placed himself in another great position this year as the final cut date looms on Sept. 2.

2017 KUBIAK vs. ADP: The Underrated - Football Outsiders
Fantasy defenses are very volatile and can change wildly from one year to the next, but this is still bizarre. The Eagles defense was sixth in fantasy scoring last year, so why would we expect them to suddenly fall so far and no longer be worthy of starting? They had three defensive touchdowns last year, an average amount and not a suggestion of future regression. The schedule offers plenty of matchups that could lead to big numbers, including games against the 49ers, Broncos, Bears, and Rams. One of their toughest matchups is Dallas, but their second game against the Cowboys is in Week 17, which means it probably doesn't matter if your league has playoffs that end in Week 16. However, do be aware that the Eagles have a Christmas night game against Oakland in Week 16, so you may have to stream a new defense for your fantasy championship.

Odell Beckham Jr.’s injury sucks, but the hit that did it was probably legal - SB Nation
There’s no foul in the NFL rulebook for “hitting a player in the knee with your helmet.” It’s a crummy thing, but for a hit like that on a receiver to be against the rules, it has to fall into one of several buckets as a personal foul. Here, those could be unnecessary roughness, unnecessary contact against a defenseless player, or contact with the crown of the helmet. But the hit Boddy-Calhoun put on Beckham arguably doesn’t meet any of those.


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