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Donnel Pumphrey was having a great camp, but roster spot now in jeopardy - NBCSP
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson gave little clarity to Pumphrey’s injury Saturday when asked how big a blow missing the preseason opener was to Pumphrey, but he did say this quite ominously: “It’s hard,” he said. “It’s hard for young players, quite honestly in this league, to make rosters.” OK then. Pumphrey, a record-setting back at San Diego State University and a fourth-round pick last year, was already in a roster battle before he got hurt, but he was making plays and looked worlds better than during his lost rookie year. Pederson didn’t set any timetable for Pumphrey to return, but he didn’t sound very optimistic. ”Obviously, it’s hard,” Pederson said Saturday before open practice at the Linc. “Any time it’s a lower body (injury), it takes time, and we just got to make sure he’s 100 percent.”

Eagles 53-man roster projection after two weeks of training camp and one preseason game - BGN
Ajayi was fighting through contact against the Steelers as if he was playing in the Super Bowl. The Jay Train is motivated to have a big season as he’s heading into a contract year. Sproles is still very much the player you’d expect him to be based on what we’ve seen in practice. Clement’s improvement during the 2017 season was remarkable. He looks like he’s even better this year. He’s going to get playing time in this offense. The fourth running back spot is still up for grabs. I was previously giving Donnel Pumphrey the edge but his stock is dropping as he misses time due to injury. Same goes for Matt Jones. Wendell Smallwood hasn’t been impressive and he fumbled against Pittsburgh. Smallwood HAS been getting public praise from coaches for his work as a coverage guy on special teams, which might be something. It’s clear that Adams has limitations when it comes to change of direction but he showed some positive flashes as well.

From Pumphrey to Douglas, 10 thoughts on the Eagles’ roster - The Athletic
Pumphrey has been on the roster bubble and is fighting for a fourth running back spot. The preseason was going to be big for him. But he missed Thursday night’s game against the Steelers, and it’s unclear when he’ll return. There’s still time to prove himself, but at this point it seems unlikely that Pumphrey will make the 53-man roster.

Eagles injury round up: Dallas Goedert hurt Saturday, Alshon Jeffery update and more - PhillyVoice
“[Alshon] is doing a great job with his rehab,” Pederson said. “He is in I would say more the strength phase with the weights and that part. He’s still doing his lower body conditioning with running and doing some things that way with his legs, making sure his cardiovascular is good. ”He can’t do a ton of stuff yet necessarily on the field because of the motion of the arm swing, but we can get him in the tanks, the pools, the Alter Gs, things like that, and get his cardio up. But kind of in the strength phase right now and really doing a nice job.”

Seth & Clyde to be Honored - Iggles Blitz
Clyde Simmons was “the other guy”. That’s what happens when you’re the RDE and the LDE is some guy named Reggie White. Clyde wasn’t just some good complementary piece. He was a terrific pass-rusher who racked up 121.5 career sacks. To put that in perspective, you could combine the sacks from Hugh Douglas and Brandon Graham and you’d come up short of Clyde. Dude could get to the QB. Clyde didn’t just ride on Reggie’s coattails. He had 7 or more sacks in a season for four teams (PHI, ARZ, JAX, CHI).

After solid rookie season, Derek Barnett is in a rush for a second move at defensive end - Inquirer
Derek Barnett heard it from his coaches, teammates and strength trainers. Friends and family occasionally chimed in. Outsiders, too. The only time it wasn’t mentioned, it seemed, was when he faced opposing offensive linemen. The Eagles defensive end needed to further develop a second pass-rush move. “A lot of people know I like to run the edge. Can’t do that every play. Last year, I was pressing a little too much,” Barnett said recently. “Coaches, my teammates – everybody – they’ve been on me. But just got to learn from it. I just got to do a better job.”

Press Pass: Jordan Hicks - PE.com
Linebacker Jordan Hicks meets with the Philadelphia media following open practice at Lincoln Financial Field.

Zach and Julie Ertz: Sports most formidable power couple - ESPN
She is the reigning U.S. soccer player of the year and a World Cup champion. He just helped the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl with two huge catches in the fourth quarter. They are both next-level stars on the sports landscape -- and they are in love. Technically, the honeymoon is over -- because Zach and Julie Ertz have been married since March 2017 -- but if you added up all the days they’ve spent together, they might still qualify as newlyweds.

Mason Rudolph tells his side of the ‘Deflategate’ story from Thursday night - Behind The Steel Curtain
As if Mason Rudolph didn’t have enough on his mind heading into Thursday night when the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 of the NFL Preseason, the last thing he probably expected was to be accused of deflating footballs. That is exactly what happened when a second half pass sailed out of bounds, and a sideline reporter picked up the football and described it as feeling like a “marshmallow”. This ignited a slew of rumors surrounding the Steelers equipment staff, and Rudolph, but the NFL would later say all proper procedures were followed and it was nothing more than a defective football.

Redskins place Derrius Guice on IR, sign 3 players - Hogs Haven
The biggest move is obviously Derrius Guice going to IR after tearing his ACL in the 1st quarter on a beautiful run. Guice’s loss is a body blow to the Redskins and the fans who had sky-high hopes for the rookie RB this year. The Redskins could now be looking at a RB by committee situaion with Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson, and Byron Marshall/Kapri Bibbs according to Jay Gruden.

‘Madden 19’ review: The newest edition is worth your money - SB Nation
Madden NFL 19, the latest edition of EA Sports’ popular football franchise, is here and after spending around 30 hours in the game, I’m ready to make a judgment on its quality. Each year, the big question is always one of value: are there enough improvements to justify another $60 purchase right out the gate? For the first time in a long time, I think so. I’m going to go over everything you need to know about the latest football game. For the purposes of this review, I have played only on PC, and can only attest to the performance of that version, though it sounds like the game features similar technical improvements on console versions.

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