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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/26/17.

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Wake-Up Call: Adam Schefter Picks The Eagles To Win The NFC East -
"I really believe, I don't mean to raise the hopes of the Eagles, I believe the Eagles might just be the favorite in that division," Schefter said. "I'm going to pick them because of the ascending quarterback, because they get back Lane Johnson, and the offensive line is so good." Schefter acknowledges that each of the four teams has a legitimate chance.

Winners and losers from the Eagles-Dolphins preseason game - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #254). In this episode, we recap the Eagles' preseason game against the Dolphins, talk about the players who really helped and hurt their stock, express concern about the offensive line and the running back position, and much more.

Could UDFA Corey Clement steal roster spot from FBS’ all-time leading rusher? - PhillyVoice
But Pumphrey, the guy with the most career rushing yards in FBS history, was supposed to make this team as a running back, not as a punt returner. So why are we even worried about that, especially when Sproles is going to resume that role once the games actually matter? Because, through the first three preseason games, he hasn’t done anything on the ground to separate himself from the other running backs. Following his most productive game of the preseason in which he ran 12 times for 37 yards (3.1 per carry), Pumphrey’s up to 19 carries for 39 yards (2.1 per carry). So, yeah, not great.

Nick Foles' elbow cause of concern for Eagles - ESPN
Following a two-week absence from practice, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles told reporters upon his return that he believed his sore elbow was a thing of the past. “The big thing now is I feel it’s 100 percent healed,” he said. “I think beforehand there were things that lingered and it [was] not getting better.” That was August 14. He began ramping up his activity from there, and was full-go by Monday's joint practice with the Miami Dolphins. On Tuesday, he was on the sidelines again as a result of elbow inflammation. Foles sat out Thursday's game against the Dolphins, as well. He has yet to play in the preseason.

A Beau-tiful Move - Iggles Blitz
Allen will practice on Sunday so it will be interesting to hear how he does. It would be great for him to look okay so that he can get on the field on Thursday and get a bit of game action. He doesn’t have anything to prove, but it is good for players to shake off some rust before playing in a real game. Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan are the starters. The Eagles are set there. Allen would be the #3 DT and Destiny Vaeao playing alongside him as #4. Vaeao has had a good preseason and looks like a solid rotational player. Allen played better last year than I anticipated and there was talk of the Eagles wanting to give him an extension. He is important because he can start if needed. While Vaeao has looked solid this summer, I don’t think you want him playing 50 snaps against Dallas. Will the Eagles keep 5 DTs?

For Eagles, axing Donnel Pumphrey would be a really unusual move - Daily News
It’s true that Pumphrey, 5-9, 176, has failed to electrify the fan base the way some observers predicted, after he set the all-time FBS rushing record with 6,405 yards at San Diego State. At this point, it’ll be a surprise if he emerges as a significant contributor as a rookie. But cut a fourth-round draft choice out of his first training camp? The Eagles haven’t done that in 20 years, since safety Damien Robinson in 1997.

Eagles' offensive line makes progress vs. Dolphins: 'Good, but sloppy' - CSN Philly
"It was a little bit better today," Eagles center Jason Kelce said. "Still could've been better. It's just a little bit sloppy, it's a little bit not being on the same page." The lack of cohesion is understandable, to a degree. Thursday marked the first time the Eagles had all five starting offensive linemen this preseason. Last week, left tackle Jason Peters was out for personal reasons, and right guard Brandon Brooks missed the opener with an injury. "Now that we have all five offensive linemen here, everybody's out there, we can really start building that chemistry, building the camaraderie of the offensive line," Kelce said.

Dolphins DeVante Parker, Jay Cutler discuss 72-yard pass against Eagles - The Phinsider
Last week, Cutler described Parker as a “faster Alshon Jeffery,” the Eagles wide receiver with whom Cutler played in Chicago from 2012 to 2016. Jeffery caught two passes for 35 yards and a touchdown on Thursday against the Dolphins, and Parker was asked about Cutler’s comparison of the two receivers after the game. “I feel good about it,” Miami’s receiver explained. “He is a good receiver and he makes plays. He is a great receiver and I like that comparison from him.”

LeSean McCoy apparently forgets the Mike Vick era in Philly - PFT
Bills running back LeSean McCoy made some waves on Thursday by offering up an opinion on Colin Kaepernick that usually flows not from NFL players — the notion that Kaepernick’s talent doesn’t outweigh the distractions. Setting aside whether Kaepernick should be regarded as a bundle of actual distractions (and ignoring the question of whether any of these supposed “distractions” actually affect football players who face the ultimate distraction every Sunday during the season, when someone physically tries to stop them from executing their assignment with thousands watching in person and millions watching at home), McCoy’s comments were curious, for one specific reason.

Julian Edelman and Spencer Ware's injuries show how dangerous the preseason can be - SB Nation
The Patriots and Chiefs both have some readjusting to do after losing key offensive weapons to serious injury Friday night.


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