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Should the Eagles trade or keep Mychal Kendricks? - PhillyVoice
The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly almost traded Mychal Kendricks this offseason to the San Francisco 49ers, and according to a source, would still be willing to deal him for the right offer. Kendricks is not an ideal scheme fit, seeing as arguably his best attribute – blitzing the quarterback – was not often used by Jim Schwartz a season ago. Meanwhile, perhaps Kendricks' worst attribute – covering running backs and tight ends man to man – is a skill that Schwartz’s scheme prioritizes.

Eight Eagles roster battles that haven’t been decided yet - BGN
Eagles training camp is over and the 2017 NFL preseason is coming to an end. By 4:00 PM ET this Saturday, Sept. 2, all 32 teams will need to trim their rosters down to the 53-man regular season limit. But just because the deadline is close doesn’t mean everything is settled yet. In fact, there are some roster battles still up in the air. Doug Pederson highlighted four positions of interest in the Eagles’ final preseason game against the New York Jets.

This Week In Fantasy: Around The League In Minutes! -
James Seltzer returns with the first 2017 edition of TWIF. James helps prep people for their fantasy drafts by going through every single team in the league and giving fantasy advice/thoughts for each. Plus, James tells you what to expect from TWIF this season, why you should never have your fantasy draft early, and much more.

Dorenbos Disappears - Iggles Blitz
The scouts and coaches must feel his snaps are as good or better than Dorenbos’s. The Eagles would only make this move if they felt Lovato could be a good replacement. That’s not a sure thing, obviously. Any time there is change there is risk. Again, you have to keep in mind that this move was going to be made at some point. Father Time catches up to everyone. The Eagles were going to move on from either Dorenbos or Lovato this summer. After watching both men play and looking at the big picture, the team decided to go with the younger player. Maybe he can be a long term solution the way Dorenbos was, and Mike Bartrum before him.

Dorenbos Trade A 'Difficult' One For Team -
In the course of an Eagles career that started in 2006 and spanned 162 consecutive games until a wrist injury ended his 2016 season, Jon Dorenbos reinvented what a long snapper could be. He was more than that for the Eagles, as he established a nationally powerful personal brand and gave of himself to the organization in every way possible ...

Eagles' Carson Wentz should exceed fantasy expectations - ESPN has him 18th among quarterbacks in its recommended draft rankings, with Andy Dalton and Tyrod Taylor right above him. It's projecting 22 TDs and 12 INTs from Wentz this season, which would be a decent improvement from his rookie campaign. While those are fair numbers given his '16 stats and lack of a track record, I believe the pieces are in place for him to exceed fantasy expectations.

Eagles' Marcus Johnson focused on roster fight, but worried about Houston - Daily News
Marcus Johnson already had a lot on his plate this week, trying to nail down a roster spot in a crowded Eagles wide-receiving corps. Then Hurricane Harvey happened. Johnson grew up in League City, Texas, 28 miles southeast of Houston, and has many friends and relatives scattered around the greater Houston area. “My immediate family’s pretty well – my mom, dad, brother and sister,” Johnson said Monday. “I do have some family that their houses are flooded, my godmother, both of her homes flooded, and then I have other family in Dickinson [about 5 miles south of League City] that have flooding in their homes. It’s a tough situation, and not just [for] them. Houston and all the neighboring cities, it’s tough right now.”

Eagles To Practice At Mike Trout’s Home Baseball Stadium - CBS Philly
The Eagles have a practice scheduled for Monday, December 4th at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, according to’s Peter King. Angel Stadium is, of course, home of massive Birds fan Mike Trout.

Torrey Smith expects longtime friend McDougle to catch on quickly - CSN Philly
McDougle, a third-round pick of the Jets in 2014, has played in just 20 regular-season games with no starts. He played no defensive snaps in 2014, 50 in 2015 and six in 2016. "Yeah, he plays tough," defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said Monday. "He plays competitive. He can play the nickel. That adds to it. He's had some quality reps on special teams. Those are all things that we're looking for." Smith has known McDougle since they were kids.

What Keeps a Great QB Out of the Playoffs? - Football Outsiders
Randall Cunningham is also an interesting case just because of how often he was benched. He wasn't supposed to be the starter as a rookie in 1985, but briefly took over the job before giving it back to Ron Jaworski. The 1994 Eagles started 7-2, but a five-game losing streak led to Rich Kotite benching Cunningham for Bubby Brister. The Eagles lost two more games with Brister, finishing 7-9. After a 1-3 start in 1995, Cunningham was again benched for Rodney Peete, but the Eagles rebounded to make the playoffs. With the Vikings in 1999, a bad start led to Cunningham being benched for Jeff George, who led the team to the playoffs. Cunningham was also the only player studied to have two major injuries that were actually different injuries (Joe Montana's elbow in 1991 lingered into 1992). Cunningham tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 1991 season, and then broke his leg in Week 4 of the 1993 season. With all that drama and "what if?" potential, it is no surprise that Cunningham has not received much Hall of Fame consideration.

Saints deal 2019 7th Round pick for Eagles LS Jon Dorenbos - Canal Street Chronicles
Justin Drescher was the team’s long snapper after the Saints elected to release both Thomas Gafford and Chase Dominguez earlier this month.’s Josh Katzenstein reported that Drescher was talking to trainers on the sideline in Saturday’s game against the Houston Texans and was in a walking boot at practice on Monday. He appeared in 11 special teams snaps.

Colts Sign Free Agent Safety Earl Wolff IV - Stampede Blue
The Indianapolis Colts have signed free agent safety Earl Wolff IV. The 2013 fifth-round pick (5-11, 206, 27) was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles but hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2014 due to injury. The Colts are now his fourth team (Eagles 2013-’14, Jacksonville Jaguars 2015, Washington Redskins 2017).

Report: Matthew Stafford, Lions agree to five-year, $135 million deal, making him the highest paid QB of all time - Pride of Detroit
After months of waiting and weeks of silence, ESPN’s Adam Schefter announced on Monday that Detroit has finally locked up their franchise quarterback for the foreseeable future. Matthew Stafford has apparently agreed to a new five-year deal. Schefter is reporting that the deal will break Derek Carr’s record deal from earlier in the year that averaged $25 million a year over five years.

Art Briles not joining the CFL team that just announced his hiring, the league says - SB Nation
On Monday morning, the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced the hiring of former Houston and Baylor head coach Art Briles, who was fired in May 2016 amid the Bears’ program-wide sexual assault scandal, as an offensive assistant. But Briles won’t join Hamilton after all, according to the league. Its statement on Monday night.


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