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Nick Foles: Shoulder “feels pretty good” - PFT
Eagles quarterback Nick Foles exited his team’s Week Two preseason game after taking a hit from Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn, one that prompted Foles to grab his arm faster than Rodney Dangerfield. So now the question becomes whether and to what extent Foles has an injury that could keep him from playing in two weeks and six days against the Falcons, if starter Carson Wentz isn’t ready to return from his torn ACL. “I was getting ready to throw a deep ball and it got grabbed as I was following on through, so it sort of got a little strained,” Foles told reporters after the game. “So, you know, I was with the trainers, I’ll go in tomorrow and get treatment on it and sort of go from there. But it feels all right, feels pretty good. Hopefully there’s no issues.”
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Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Patriots preseason game - PhillyVoice
Foles’ follow-up performance against the Patriots after his Super Bowl win wasn’t quite as impressive. On the night, he went 3/9 for 44 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, and a passer rating of 50.2. But really, who cares? More importantly, he injured his shoulder on this strip sack that was returned for a touchdown. You can see Foles immediately grab his shoulder after the hit. It turned out to just be a shoulder strain, which is ultimately a minor injury, on paper. There’s a pretty good bet you’ll see a heavy dose of Nate Sudfeld, Joe Callahan, and Christian Hackenberg in the last two preseason games.
Sudfeld Soars, But Eagles Crash - Iggles Blitz
So, that was one ugly game. Errant passes, bad drops, bad blocking, missed tackles, sloppy coverage, too many penalties and too many turnovers. Aside from that, it was a splendid evening in Foxboro. Nick Foles stunk. Good Nick can be really good. Bad Nick can really bad. History shows that he needs the right circumstances to succeed. Missing key receivers, having a vanilla gameplan and being rusty himself…that’s a formula for crappy play, which is what we saw. Foles got hurt and left the game with a shoulder injury.
What I Saw In Preseason Loss At Patriots - PE.com
Nick Foles completed just 3 of 9 passes before leaving the game with a shoulder strain. He wasn’t sharp and he wasn’t helped by some poor play up front. “We have to execute better. I have to execute better from the quarterback position,” Foles said. “We as a team have to execute better. But that’s where – I know all of us will look at the film, we’ll get back on the practice field and we’ll continue to improve. That’s the great thing about this sport is it’s not always going to be perfect. It’s the toughest part about this sport. You want to go out there, you want to play a clean game, you want to win the game, you want to put a lot of points up. But that’s where you really have to dig deep right now and just – we’re in preseason, we’re in Training Camp, we have to continue to grow as a team.” Foles missed receivers, including running back Wendell Smallwood on the team’s first offensive possession when Smallwood ran a wheel route down the left sideline and had a step on the defense. There was just no rhythm for Foles or the offense most of the night.
ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 2: New England Patriots 37, Philadelphia Eagles 20 - PFF
It was a forgettable performance by the first team offense but Nate Sudfeld did he best to impress. His box-score numbers (22-of-42, 312 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT) don’t highlight the fact that his offensive line did him no favors as he was under pressure on an incredible amount of time in this contest and his receivers dropped four passes. He put the ball where he wanted to and avoided putting it in harm’s way in this one, earning what should be a high overall game grade.
2017 DVOA by Routes: Receivers - Football Outsiders
For the second year in a row, the Eagles had the top DYAR gain (34) on a broken play. It was way back in Week 1 when Wentz extended the play on a third-and-12 to find Agholor open for a 58-yard touchdown. Unlike in 2016 when the Eagles faded after their September success, this was a precursor of what was to come throughout the season in Philadelphia with breakout years by Wentz and Agholor, and a dominant year on third-and-long.
Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins, De’Vante Bausby and Michael Bennett stay inside during national anthem - NBCSP
After raising his fist during the national anthem last week, Malcolm Jenkins stayed in the tunnel for Thursday night’s anthem. Jenkins was joined by De’Vante Bausby and Michael Bennett, who both also stayed inside during the anthem. Jenkins ran out with Bausby just after it ended and Bennett walked out a little later.
Mike Wallace opens up about his uneven career path to Philly - ESPN
He seems to like it in Philly. Wallace jumped right into the mix with receivers who like to bust each other’s chops (“And then you’ve got ugly teammates sometimes, like Kamar Aiken, that make it tough on you,” Wallace joked mid-interview as his old buddy from Baltimore strolled by), and appear to genuinely enjoy being around one another. And he notes the positive, workmanlike atmosphere inside an organization that has him optimistic about what’s in store.
The Andy Reid–Eagles Split Worked Out for Philly. Did It Work Out for Reid? - The Ringer
One of the most successful coaches of the century is still losing playoff games. How will the Eagles’ Super Bowl win affect their former coach’s legacy?
NFC East Divisional Digest – Eagles prepare to defend the belt - The Athletic
But it was all predicated on using 11 personnel and the run-pass option in such a way that made defenses pick their poison. League-wide, 11-Shotgun is a passing situation that will throw into passing defenses. The Eagles led the league – by a mile – on run plays out of 11-Shotgun. Over 201 runs from this set (in a league that averaged 102 last season) means they are running into a “lighter box” because if teams are in nickel or dime. They are taking run-stopping LBs off the field. When that happens, there is more space in the middle of the field for a running back to gash you for 5.12 yards per carry. Of course, if you want to stay in base defense against 11 personnel (nobody does), then there are then mismatches in the passing game. You pick your poison as a defense, and the Eagles will feed it to you.
Will we actually see an end to the Chargers’ kicker competition? - Bolts From The Blue
The Los Angeles Chargers have had a kicking problem for a while. It has gotten worse the last two seasons resulting in a head to head kicking battle in training camp this year between veteran kicker Caleb Sturgis, and already crowned “draft bust” Roberto Aguayo.
NFL preseason 2018: Highlights and results from Week 2 - SB Nation
Nick Foles had a forgettable night: Foles also visited the medical tent after he was hit by Adrian Clayborn and stripped of the ball. Ja’Whaun Bentley picked it up and took it 54 yards to put the Pats up 17-0. After that, Foles’ night was done. The Eagles announced that he was dealing with a shoulder strain.
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