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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/11/18.

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Eagles vs. Steelers Final Score: 11 takeaways from Philadelphia’s first preseason game - BGN
With Donnel Pumphrey and Matt Jones missing the first preseason game due to injury, Thursday night was an opportunity for Wendell Smallwood and undrafted rookie Josh Adams to shine. Smallwood didn’t really stand out in a good way. He only averaged 3.5 yards per carry. His three passing targets resulted in two receptions for two yards. Adams showed a little more juice than his running mate (pun intended). The Bucks County native had six attempts for 30 yards (5.0 average) along with two receptions for 11 yards. Adams even drew praise from Doug Pederson after the game. “I thought Josh did a nice job with the amount of play time that he got,” Pederson said. “All the running backs were going to get some time outside of Sproles. So, it increases Josh’s reps just a little bit. And I thought Josh did a nice job. He did a really good job in protection, number one, catching the ball out of back field, and some of the runs, you can see how big and powerful he is when he hits the edge.”

Eagles stock up, stock down from 1st preseason game - NBCSP
I want to see more of Josh Adams. The undrafted rookie from Notre Dame got six carries for 30 yards and showed some explosiveness. He also caught two balls for 11 yards. Wendell Smallwood got in the game before Adams, but I want that flipped next week. I want to see Adams at least go up against second-team players. I wouldn’t rule him out of a roster spot just yet.

Eagles’ starting defense dominant in first preseason game, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
The Steelers were playing without Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown, so you don’t want to make too much of the Eagles’ starters’ defensive performance, but it was certainly a good sign for a unit whose last impression was not a great one.

Jordan Mailata learns valuable lesson in NFL debut: ‘Breathe’ - ESPN
“Everyone was telling me, ‘Just breathe.’ It was hard to breathe, especially with the pads on,” Mailata said with a laugh. “I guess after that first snap and getting the nerves out of the way, I really set my mind and tried to focus on the next play. That’s all I could do.”

Eagle Eye: Who Was The Best Player On Thursday? It’s Not Who You Think - PE.com
Cornerback Sidney Jones had a bit of an injury scare during the game, but before that he flashed. The second-year corner has made plays on the ball all summer long in coverage, and on Thursday he showed off his competitiveness and physicality on contact. Jones is quick, instinctive, and tough, a skill set that will serve him well in Jim Schwartz’s scheme.

Eagles’ Dave Fipp encouraged, patient with new kickoff rules - Daily News
A day later, Dave Fipp was not lamenting his plight, or rending his garments. “To be honest with you, I thought it was fun,” the Eagles’ special teams coordinator said Friday, after experiencing the NFL’s new kickoff rules in action during Thursday night’s 31-14 preseason-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. “A little bit different play, not a whole lot different. I thought both teams handled it well. I think it’s going to be a fun play. I’m encouraged by the changes the league’s made. I think, overall, it’s going to trend in the right direction. I think the play’s still going to be exciting. I think it’s definitely going to be safer.”

Chiefs offensive lineman Dillon Gordon out for the season - Arrowhead Pride
The Eagles released Gordon in early December and the Chiefs signed him to their practice squad four days later. The Chiefs signed Gordon to a reserve/futures contract in early January.

UPDATE: Derrius Guice tore ACL, out for the season - Hogs Haven
The Redskins had big expectations for Guice in their offense this year, and he has impressed coaches, players, and fans since joining the team. Any injury hurts his development with the team, and now he waits another year to make his debut in the NFL.

NFL previously cleared the Steelers of another Deflategate-like case - PFT
During the 2016 season, the Giants complained that they tested two Steelers footballs after turnovers, and found that both of them were inflated below the league minimum level. But the NFL quickly released a statement saying there was no issue. This morning, the NFL did it again, quickly releasing a statement saying that a football used by the Steelers last night came defective from the manufacturer, Wilson, rather than being tampered with by the Steelers.

Jets Win Preseason Opener - Instant Takeaways - Gang Green Nation
[BLG Note: The Giants might really regret passing over Sam Darnold.]

Who is the greatest video game NFL player of all time? - SB Nation
Bo Jackson’s tenure as a pro athlete was brief. The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner was both an MLB All-Star and NFL Pro Bowler, but his football career lasted just 38 games before a bum hip took him from the gridiron and seriously impacted his abilities on the base paths. Jackson’s candle burned bright, but was ultimately snuffed out before he could capitalize on his potential as an all-time great. But his legend will live on forever, thanks in part to Tecmo.

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