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Jon Dorenbos wows new Saints teammates with his magic skills - Canal Street Chronicles
If you’re a brand new player entering the New Orleans Saints organization, then what better way to win over your new teammates with a magic trick? That’s just what veteran long snapper Jon Dorenbos did in a card trick in the team’s locker room after practice.

Biggest Eagles takeaways from the 2017 preseason - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #255). In this episode, we say goodbye to Jon Dorenbos, talk about upcoming NFL roster cuts, preview the Eagles' preseason game against the New York Jets, and much more.

Eagles corner Patrick Robinson has rebounded from an awful start to camp - PhillyVoice
Although Robinson's starting job is gone, a new spot in the slot has opened up with 'starting' slot corner Ron Brooks sidelined with an injury. Since the Darby trade, Robinson has been working with the first team defense in the slot, a position that probably made more sense for him all along.

Lots of Roster Talk - Iggles Blitz
Lots to cover, but let’s start with Steven Means. This guy has been great both last summer and this summer. He plays a ton of snaps and goes all out. He is highly productive and disruptive. He’s the kind of guy you want to reward for what he’s done. There was no question in my mind that he was going to make the team. My only question was whether he would be active on gameday. With Graham, Curry, Barnett and Long, the Eagles already have a good 4-man rotation. Means will turn 27 this season so he’s not some young guy you’re developing for the future. He gives you depth at DE and even if he doesn’t play a ton of snaps, he has good value as a practice player.

Lawlor: Eagles Are A Much More Explosive Team This Summer -
Three of the four preseason games are in the books with the final one set for Thursday. One of the things that has stood out to me is that the Eagles are making a lot of big plays. The team played solid football, but there weren't enough explosive plays last year. The NFL is so close and so competitive these days that you must make impact plays to be a winning team. The Eagles are making those plays this summer. Carson Wentz hit Torrey Smith for a 50-yard touchdown against Miami. Mack Hollins turned a catch over the middle into a 38-yard touchdown in the opener. Bryce Treggs and Marcus Johnson also have 38-yard receptions this summer. Greg Ward caught a pass for a 29-yard gain against the Bills. These chunk plays are critical for the offense. It is incredibly hard to methodically drive the ball and score a touchdown time after time again. If you can get a long touchdown or have a big play put you in scoring position, that makes a big difference.

No longer stuck in cement, Tim Jernigan still adjusting to Eagles' scheme - CSN Philly
Both Jernigan and Schwartz said the only way to break the bad habits is to get more snaps in the system; change the muscle memory. "Naturally, this is a better fit," Jernigan said. "But I've always said that there were plenty of areas for me to improve. I never said I got it all figured out. That's not the case. Even to this day, I'm still figuring it out. And even at the end of the season, I'll still be figuring it out. You're never going to be where I guess people imagined me to be or anything like that. I'm just here to be the best I can be and do everything that I'm coached to do. If it works out, it works out. If I fall short, it is what it is."

Rookie Impact: NFC East - PFF
In three preseason games, Barnett has three sacks, two hits, and six hurries on just 52 pass-rushing snaps for a pass rushing productivity of 18.8. In his final season in college, Barnett was incredibly efficient producing 13 sacks, 25 hits and 41 hits with a pass-rushing productivity of 16.9. Barnett is able to win with a variety of moves and a deadly ability to bend the edge. Opposite arguably the most underrated edge-rusher in the game, Brandon Graham, Barnett will make opposing quarterbacks suffer this year.

Home-field advantage in NFL: Toughest places to play, more - ESPN
The NFC East doesn't appear to offer much home-field advantage. It's tempting (especially to NFC East fans) to wonder whether the relative difficulty and success of the division would make it less likely those teams play effectively on the road, but there's no relationship between strength of schedule and home-field advantage. The correlation coefficient between the two by my strength of schedule measure, which takes a team's schedule and calculates each opponent's average point differential in games not involving the team in question, is just 0.04.

Eagles mailbag: Joe Haden, running backs, Mychal Kendricks, and more - Inquirer
They shouldn’t be set at running back. I think the personnel is a problem at the position, and it pays to look to see what’s out there. I’m always in the camp that it’s hard to improve the top of your roster in September, but in this case, I think the Eagles would be well served to see if there’s a better solution than LeGarrette Blount. Who could it be? I don’t know who will be available. But here’s a name I’d at least consider: Washington’s Matt Jones. He’s fallen down the depth chart and his fumbles have been a problem (8 fumbles, 6 lost in 243 career carries), but he’s a 24-year-old, 239-pound rusher who averaged 4.6 yards per carry last season in seven starts.

Philadelphia Eagles' young players aim to 'stay sane' as roster cutdown day nears - PennLive
Overcome with worries and anticipation, Eagles offensive guard Darrell Greene went to a spa for a massage. It was around this time a year ago, and the Eagles had informed Greene hours earlier they were releasing him but would consider retaining him on the practice squad if he cleared waivers. Then an undrafted rookie, Greene faced more than 24 hours in which his career was in flux -- other teams could claim him or make offers once he came off the waiver wire, while the Eagles waited to see how the scenario unfolded.

Kelechi Osemele tossing a Cowboys rusher like a rag doll is the best of this week's most disrespectful blocks - SB Nation
And that’s just one of the most disrespectful blocks from the third week of the NFL preseason. Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz runs through the list.


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