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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/27/17.

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Former Eagles All-Pro Jon Runyan explains why he’s an Uber driver – and what happens when fans recognize him - PhillyVoice
The next time you request a ride from Uber, there could be a familiar face looking back at you from the rearview mirror once you hop in the backseat. It just might be a little tough to recognize him without the helmet and shoulder pads on. That's because Jon Runyan – yes, that Jon Runyan, the one who spent nine of his 14 seasons in the NFL with the Eagles – has actually been driving for Uber for almost nine months now. And before you ask, he isn't broke.

Colin Kaepernick might actually make sense for the Eagles - BGN
It might make sense for Kaepernick to keep waiting until a team is desperate enough for an emergency starter. The Teddy Bridgewater injury last year, for example. Or how the Dolphins recently signed Jay Cutler out of retirement to replace Ryan Tannehill. Maybe the Jacksonville Jaguars get fed up with trotting Blake Bortles (who they announced as their Week 1 starter) and Chad Henne out at quarterback. The Eagles might not be Kaepernick’s best option. But Kaepernick might be the Eagles’ best option if Foles is going to prove to be unreliable.

Goff, Wentz, Dak: What each QB worked on to thrive in Year 2 - ESPN
"Yeah, it was definitely tough in OTAs and in training camp," Wentz recalled. "I was walking a fine line a lot, you know, when I was with the [third team] -- kind of had to know when to make my comments and different things. So that was definitely hard, I'm not going to lie. But then, once I was the starter, there was no looking back. And I think, in that time, even though maybe I wasn't asserting myself as a leader vocally as much, you can still go out and work your tail off, show everybody how you care about people and just how you approach the game. I think that builds a lot of respect among your teammates."

Allen's Return Bolsters Impressive Depth -
In an under-the-radar bit of news that is going to mean something down the line in this long season, the Eagles placed defensive tackle Beau Allen on the 90-man active roster, meaning he is immediately eligible to practice and play in Thursday’s preseason game, if he is ready. Allen’s return to the defense after missing all of the spring and summer practices, workouts, Training Camp, and preseason games gives the defensive line another explosive body and remarkable depth ..

Wentz's preseason reinforced how hard he is to rattle - Daily News
We’ve seen all we’re going to see of the Eagles’ first team offense this preseason, and it wasn’t a lot, but Carson Wentz’s performance was reassuring. When I think about Wentz (16 for 23 for 241 yards, three touchdowns, one blocked-pass interception, three sacks, 125.2 passer rating) this preseason, I don’t so much think about mechanics or better weapons, I think about how well he performed under pass-rush pressure. The signature play of the preseason, that 38-yard catch-and-run touchdown to Mack Hollins, was possible only because Wentz somehow shucked Green Bay’s six-time Pro Bowl linebacker, Clay Matthews, stepped up, and delivered a strike down the middle. Wentz made it look easy, but the guess here is that it was not. Sometimes when Clay Matthews is chasing you, there are consequences. Just ask Kevin Kolb.

Better depth will make decisions difficult for Eagles - Bucks County Courier Times
Friday came and went and Mychal Kendricks was still on the Eagles’ roster. It wouldn’t have been a surprise had he been traded, and he still might be. The linebacker is having a standout preseason with three interceptions, a sack and an all-around nonstop motor. But he doesn’t compute in the scheme of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. It was also a Friday when they traded Jordan Matthews after getting an in-game look at their receiver depth in the preseason opener against the Packers. The Birds have gotten some nice looks at their linebacker depth in Najee Goode, Joe Walker and Don Cherry, and those three certainly looked capable of being on the final roster after not only solid games against the Dolphins but good a training camp as well. Kendricks is still here, though, and so are many players who won’t be after this week is out.

Budding stars, promising young cores give Philly fans hope - CSN Philly
We don’t yet know what lies ahead for the Eagles this season. There certainly is reason for optimism and the large majority of that hope is centered around the quarterback. Carson Wentz heads a growing list of young players with star potential who could lead the Philadelphia sports scene out of the depths of despair. The fruits of the laborious losing could finally be paying off. Wentz appears to have the physical tools, work ethic and the desire to lead that translates into greatness and winning. The Eagles will need to continue to surround him with the right parts and coaching, but Howie Roseman’s vision and bold move up to get the QB could be a franchise-changer. In the NFL, more than any other sport, one position dictates winning. With Wentz at the helm, the Birds could finally halt their Super Bowl futility.

Colin Kaepernick rally in New York shows NFL can't hide from this movement - SB Nation
Four days before an evening filled with protest, when 1,000 people gathered in front of NFL headquarters in New York City to show their support for Colin Kaepernick, their voices rising over the screams of “commies” coming from counter-protestors, one man, just 20 miles south, wanted to deliver a message from God. As Pastor Stephen Green addressed his congregation in tiny Roselle, N.J., on Sunday, he traded his typical religious garments for a scarlet No. 7 jersey. In speaking about Kaepernick, whose protest, which began a year ago, has led to the quarterback being exiled from the NFL, Green read from the Book of Luke.


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