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Eagles’ Lane Johnson ready to face Patriots, stands by comments - ESPN
“Oh yeah. I hope so. I hope they raise hell,” Johnson said at the conclusion of training camp Tuesday. “They can cuss me, they can say whatever they want. At the end of the day, I’m not blocking them, I’m blocking guys on the edge, so it really doesn’t matter what they say. ”I know that I’m not going to be well-liked, this team is not going to be well-liked going there, so it’s going to basically bring out our best.”

13 observations from the final Eagles training camp practice of 2018 - BGN
Avonte Maddox took first team nickel cornerback reps for the THIRD day in a row. That brings the standings to six days of Sidney Jones, five days of De’Vante Bausby, three days of Maddox, and one day of Jalen Mills. The rookie corner is building some late momentum in this position battle. It looks like he might get the start against the Patriots.

Doug Pederson pours cold water on Alshon Jeffery - PUP report - PhillyVoice
“You know what, I’m not going to comment on that because we’re monitoring his progress, it’s day-to-day, we’re happy where he’s at, and we’ll continue to do that,” he said. “But I’m not sure where that came from.”

To Stash Or Not To Stash - Iggles Blitz
The problem with IR is that Mailata can’t practice. He can do all the classroom learning he wants, but he can’t get on the field and work on his game. And that’s what he needs more than anything…practice reps. The coaching staff would be focused on getting their linemen ready for Sunday’s game. Developing Mailata would be second to that and not even a close second. There just isn’t enough time for coaches to think much about projects during the season. Still, every practice rep would have value.

It’s Always Sunny in the Home of the Super Bowl Champs - The Ringer
Philly is still taking its victory lap after downing the Patriots to win last season’s title. Entering this fall, what more can Eagles fans ask of a team that just gave them everything they ever wanted?

The Training Camp Awards Section -
BEST PLAYER: It’s hard to pick out a single player in a camp in which there were only two days of “live” practice, but how about a vote here for wide receiver Nelson Agholor? He caught every pass that came his way, showed great quickness and burst in his routes, and was simply terrific before being sidelined with a lower-body injury. Agholor is going to be OK for the opener against Atlanta and he’s going to be a matchup nightmare for defenses. It’s amazing to think how far Agholor has come since the 2016 season. He’s a big-play machine.

Eagles training camp winners and losers - The Athletic
Donnel Pumphrey – I don’t want to pile on the guy, but he had a chance to make a move this camp and has been sidelined with an injury. It’s unclear when Pumphrey will return. Some have thought that he was having a great camp before the injury. I don’t fall into that category. I thought he was OK but was really going to need the preseason to solidify a roster spot. Now he might not get that opportunity. We’ll see what happens in the weeks ahead, but at this point, it looks like Pumphrey is going to have a difficult time making the team.

Eagles practice observations: Who’s trending up, most valuable performers and other training camp awards - Inquirer
1. Corey Nelson. Inked to a one-year deal in March, the former Bronco said he was told he would compete for the weak-side spot. One problem: Mychal Kendricks was still on the roster. Kendricks was released two months later, clearing a path for Nelson. But the fifth-year linebacker was quiet in camp and remains low on the depth chart.

Actual Opportunity -- Fantasy tight ends making the most of their chances - PFF
Zach Ertz ranked fourth in expected fantasy points per game after ranking third and sixth in the two seasons previous. In all three seasons he’s averaged between 12.0 and 12.6 expected fantasy points per game. The difference this season was improved efficiency – after posting a (slightly) negative differential in each of the previous two seasons, Ertz tied Gronkowski for the most fantasy points per game over expectation (2.5) last year. Although this might imply an impending regression, and we should be expecting as much from the passing game as a whole, I still feel comfortable taking Ertz as my No. 3 overall tight end. Ertz did benefit from improved efficiency from the entirety of the offense, but he also played much better in 2018, grading out fourth-best in PFF receiving grade after ranking 18th and 10th in the two seasons prior. He’s also the only tight end to rank top-six in expected fantasy points per game in each of the past three seasons.

Bill Belichick won’t respond to Lane Johnson’s comments - PFT
Belichick was asked about Johnson’s repeated shots at what the Eagles player has called a “fear-based organization.” Of course, the Patriots coach had little to say. “We’re focused on what we’re doing,” Belichick said. “We need to have a good practice today and try to improve our team today. That’s what we’re going to do.”

Examining the roster ties between Patriots, Eagles ahead of preseason Week 2 - Pats Pulpit
There’s no Dion Lewis, LeGarrette Blount or Danny Amendola to account for this time around. But the list of roster connections between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles remains a lengthy one heading into Thursday night’s preseason encounter at Gillette Stadium, now over six months removed from the Super Bowl LII meeting at U.S. Bank Stadium. As things stand, there’s five apiece.

Tom Brady expects to make preseason debut Thursday -
The quarterback told WEEI Radio on Tuesday morning he “absolutely” plans on playing in the New England Patriots’ second preseason tilt.

Can Panthers offense follow Eagles’ blueprint? -
That’s not the typical rah-rah stuff you hear this time of year. Smith’s point, though? The Eagles totaled just three 100-yard receiving games last year.“And we won the Super Bowl,” he said. “That tells you that there’s different guys contributing, everyone’s playing their part and no one cared. You saw how much fun we had up there celebrating. We were all on the same page, genuinely cared about each other and wanted success for each other.”

Former NFL trainer David Price, who saved Ryan O’Callaghan’s life, has died - Outsports
Dave Price, the trainer with the Kansas City Chiefs who helped steer Ryan O’Callaghan away from suicide, has died. He was 58. Price was a trainer in the NFL over the course of three decades for three teams: The Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. It was with the Chiefs that he met O’Callaghan, identified that he needed psychological help, and connected him with Dr. Susan Wilson, who guided him through a life-saving coming-out process.

NFL odds 2018: Preseason Week 2 includes Patriots favored hosting the Eagles - SB Nation
The Philadelphia Eagles are just 3-6 straight up and against the spread in their last nine games as a preseason underdog. The Eagles will find themselves in the underdog role this Thursday night when they visit their Super Bowl LII foes the New England Patriots.


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