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Eagles News: Two Philadelphia rookies have really stood out in the preseason

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/30/17.

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Non-first round rookie review: Preseason Week 3 - PFF
Seeing action towards the end of the first quarter before then playing heavily throughout the rest of the game, Elijah Qualls ranked third among all defensive interior players this week in terms of overall grade; and he now ranks third among defensive interior players for the preseason with a cumulative 87.7 overall grade. Qualls earned grades north of 80.0 as both a pass-rusher and run defender this week, making it the second time in two games he’s done that.

NFL Trade Rumors: 5 players Eagles could still deal as final cuts deadline approaches - BGN
Steven Means has had a great preseason. He’s been one of -- if not THE — league’s best pass rushers this summer, according to Pro Football Focus. The Eagles could easily keep Means as their fifth defensive end. He’d give the team nice depth. But Means isn’t necessarily a big special teams contributor. And Philadelphia might want to keep Alex McCalister, a seventh-round pick from Roseman’s alma mater (Florida) in 2016, instead. McCalister (23) is three years younger than Means (26). He’s also under contract through 2019 while Means is a restricted free agent after this season.

Have your expectations changed for this Eagles team? -
Do you feel better, worse, or the same about the Eagles this year after watching them in preseason?

It sure sounds like Eagles QB Nick Foles is going to miss yet another preseason game - PhillyVoice
“Fine. Doing well,” Pederson said when asked about the status of Foles’ elbow following practice. “Day-to-day still. Getting better. We're just pushing towards the regular season.” And that last line – the part about “pushing towards the regular season” – is probably the most important. Because even though the second-year coach said the elbow was fine, it certainly sounds like he’s not expecting the 28-year-old to play at all this preseason.

How chess and Brandon Marshall prepped Jets' Dexter McDougle for possible breakout year -
For McDougle lately, this sure is, at long last. Gone are his dark days of rehabbing injuries and wallowing on the practice squad. Now, he is slimmer, faster, more confident. Entering his fourth NFL season, a contract year, the former third-round draft pick has renewed resolve. And his journey back here to fun football began with a chess board, of all things.

McDougle In Mix At Crucial Nickel CB Spot -
The concepts are similar, as least as far as Dexter McDougle knows, between the coverage scheme of the New York Jets, his team for the last three seasons, and the Eagles, his team for the last three days. So McDougle is going to head into Thursday’s preseason finale against – who else? – the Jets with a roster spot on the line ...

Eagles' Alshon Jeffery a risky fantasy pick with big upside - ESPN has him rated 15th in its projections among wide receivers and forecasts him to finish with 76 catches for over 1,000 yards with six touchdowns. Those seem like obtainable numbers. As pointed out by our fantasy staff, the 27-year-old Jeffery sits third in the entire NFL in end zone targets during the past four years (63). He's sure to get plenty of looks this season as well.

For Matt McGloin, the numbers don't add up - Daily News
With Foles out and the Eagles more concerned with keeping Wentz healthy than getting him – or most of their starters — a lot of preseason snaps, McGloin has played the lion’s share of snaps in the first three preseason games, and will get most of them against the Jets. He has played 26 possessions in the first three games. The Eagles have scored on just six of them (three touchdowns, three field goals). He’s completed 70.5 percent of his passes, but is averaging just 5.6 yards per attempt and has thrown just one touchdown pass and three interceptions in 88 attempts.

Several of his ex-teammates remember favorite Jon Dorenbos stories - CSN Philly
"He has emceed my foundation fundraiser the last two years. And this past year, his grand trick involved him pulling his pants down and literally pulling a card out of his ... tail. But it was cool, man. He obviously had a huge box of 200 decks of cards that's here all the time, he's practicing his tricks. I just think his positive attitude is something that's hard to find in a football locker room that's all year round. A guy that's constantly in a good mood, that's constantly joking around. He's just a good friend and obviously a guy that's going to be missed."

Eagles’ Dorenbos is gone, and guy he snapped ball to might be next - Delco Times
This isn’t a good time to grow old with the Eagles. Less than 24 hours after the Birds shipped 37-year-old long snapper Jon Dorenbos to the New Orleans Saints, 37-year-old punter Donnie Jones got a job alert from head coach Doug Pederson. The competition with Australian import Cameron Johnston, the rookie punter out of Ohio State, is real and spectacular.

Cleveland Browns release Ed Reynolds, Cam Johnson - Dawgs By Nature
Johnson logged 12 games with the browns last year, amassing 32 tackles and 3 sacks. Reynolds, a third year player out of Stanford, was waived with an injury designation. Last season, Reynolds racked up 40 tackles and 1 sack over 10 games. Entering the preseason, Ed was expected to compete for a starting role at Safety. However with his injury and the rising performance of rookie Jabrill Peppers, the Browns decided to move in another direction.

Buffalo Bills release six, including Bacarri Rambo - Buffalo Rumblings
Along with Rambo, the Bills released lineman Karim Barton, defensive end Jake Metz, running back Cedric O’Neal, cornerback Jumal Rolle, and kick returner Rashad Ross. None of those names are particularly surprising, but the listing of Rambo probably catches Bills fans off guard. Rambo stood out two years ago when he contributed 44 tackles and six pass breakups as a rotational safety in Buffalo’s defense. With weak perceived depth at the position, some believed he could immediately jump into the mix this summer.

A comprehensive timeline of Ezekiel Elliott's domestic violence case - SB Nation
Elliott was accused of, but never charged with, domestic violence. More than a year later, the NFL gave him a six-game suspension, which he is appealing.


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