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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/1/17.

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During the Eagles-Jets broadcast last night, Mayock revealed that the Eagles’ 2017 second-round pick will begin running soon. Seems like a positive sign in his recovery.

Eagles vs. Jets Final Score: 10 things we learned from Philadelphia’s fourth preseason game - BGN
I just don’t see the appeal when it comes to Pumphrey. He’s not particularly fast, quick, explosive, elusive, agile, etc. I guess this shouldn’t come as a surprise considering he tested as one of the least athletic running backs in this year’s class. Pumphrey’s defenders have argued that his blocking hasn’t been great. That’s not necessarily untrue, but he’s run behind the same offensive line as Corey Clement and Byron Marshall. Both of those players have outperformed Pumphrey this summer.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Jets preseason game - PhillyVoice
The 109 passes that McGloin attempted were 109 more than Foles had this preseason. He missed the entirety of training camp with a "sore elbow." Not good. Foles' absence is a legitimate concern heading into the regular season.

Not So Pretty - Iggles Blitz
Donnel Pumphrey failed to take advantage of 237 touches. Or at least it seemed like that many. He ran 7 times for 10 yards. He caught 1 pass for 3 yards. He returned 5 punts for 48 yards and 3 kickoffs for 80 yards. That’s a lot of touches and he just wasn’t impressive. The biggest thing for me has nothing to do with size or skill. I just don’t see a good burst. I go back and forth on whether he makes the roster. He hasn’t earned it this summer, but the team liked him a lot based on what he did in college so they’re going to factor that in.

Eagles running back race coming down to the wire - ESPN
The Eagles haven't cut a fourth-round pick out of training camp since releasing safety Damien Robinson in 1997. History is on Donnel Pumphrey's side, then. Clement is an undrafted rookie but has had the better summer and is moving up the depth chart on special teams. The house is divided on this one. We'll give the edge to Clement with the thought that the Eagles will successfully find a way to stash Pumphrey.

Doug Pederson: Tough Decisions Await Eagles - PE.com
“The message here in the locker room tonight was I appreciate all their efforts throughout camp and really through OTAs. There were some great efforts. The effort tonight was there,” Pederson said. “I wanted them to make decisions tough on us and these battles that you guys are talking about we wanted to make it tough. Make these decisions hard. These next two days will be very important obviously for our football team and really the lives of some young men that we’re eventually going to have to let go.” The final decision at running back will be the one to keep an eye on heading into the weekend. When asked about whether he would consider keeping five running backs Pederson said it’s not out of the question.

Did on-the-bubble Eagles receivers do enough? - Inquirer
That left Marcus Johnson, Bryce Treggs, Shelton Gibson, Greg Ward and Rashad Davis to compete for one or two roster crumbs. Of the five, Johnson would appear to have the greatest odds of landing the fifth receiver spot. He tailed off after a strong summer start, but he maintained his spot on the second team even after a mid-camp hamstring injury. Treggs would seem to be the most likely sixth receiver, if the Eagles keep as many. Depth or a lack thereof at other positions could factor into his future. Gibson, despite his fifth-round pedigree, is likely destined for the practice squad.

Eagles backup QB Nick Foles 'feels great,' not worried about missing preseason - CSN Philly
Nick Foles was asked after the game whether he would need surgery on his elbow if this injury happened in the offseason. "No, no, no, no, no!" Can't be much clearer than that. Foles, who missed most of training camp with an elbow injury, didn't play Thursday night against the Jets at MetLife Stadium and wound up not getting into a game the entire preseason. But after the game, he said his elbow is 100 percent and he sat out only as a precaution. For the first time, he revealed that the injury is a strained flexor tendon.

FOX defends hiring Michael Vick amid animal rights protests - PFT
“Over the last 10 or 11 years, not only has he paid his debt to society, but he’s done everything a person who has made a terrible mistake like that can do. We felt it was the right person at the right time for us,” Shanks told USA Today. At the same time, Shanks acknowledged that some inside FOX discussed whether Vick deserves to work there.

NFLPA files petition to prevent potential Elliott ban - NFL.com
The NFLPA's request, which was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Texas, alleges the "imminent" arbitration ruling regarding Elliott's six-game suspension is based upon an appeal process that has "deprived the union and Elliott of fundamental fairness." If league-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson rules to uphold the suspension, the court could issue a stay as it reviews the case -- a move that would allow Elliott to avoid being suspended at the start of the season. Elliott was suspended six games by the NFL last month after a year-long investigation by the league into domestic violence accusations made against him by a woman claiming to be his former girlfriend. The three-day appeal hearing wrapped up Thursday and Henderson is expected to make a decision next week.

Previewing the 2017 Eagles - SB Nation
The Eagles were a little better in 2016 than most realize. The team is naturally bound to improve after suffering a lot of close losses last year. Carson Wentz figures to take a big leap, especially after the Eagles surrounded him with legitimate weapons to work with moving forward. Meanwhile, Jim Schwartz’s defense features one of the best lines in the league, one that should be able to get after quarterbacks with regularity.

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