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Brent Celek would rather retire than play for Cowboys - NBCSP
But appearing Friday on 97.5 The Fanatic, Celek did the one thing guaranteed to get you in any Eagles fan’s good graces — diss the Cowboys. ”Hell no. Do you think I would play for the Cowboys? Philly is my home,” Celek said. “If they offered me 10 million, I still wouldn’t go.” While Celek said back in March before being cut that he wasn’t planning to retire, it sounds like his mind has shifted. He has a hard time imagining himself playing anywhere besides Philadelphia. ”I think I’m leaning more toward retirement,” Celek said. “I’ve had a few offers, but none of them are worth leaving a city that I have been in for 11 years where I won the Super Bowl in my final year. It wouldn’t feel right to put another uniform on.”

12 things we learned from the Eagles’ second preseason game - BGN
Shelton Gibson is pushing for actual regular season playing time at this point. He’s proved to be a real tough cover due to the combination of his route-running and speed. And hey, he can even catch now! Through two preseason games, has caught seven of his nine targets for 167 yards (18.6 average) and two touchdowns. Gibby has come a long way from where he was at this time last year.

Next stop for Eagles’ RB Corey Clement: NFL stardom - PhillyVoice
“I still have a long way to go, and I have to get myself together and become a role player here,” Clement said, humbly. “You know me, I try to get in where I can fit in. We have a legend here who’s in the backfield, Darren Sproles, and that guy still deserves a lot of touches. I still hear in my head most of those things that I can’t do. I still have the attitude that I have to make it—and I do. My motivation comes within this room, and I mean the running back’s room. Everybody wants to be the best at what they do, and believe me, that pushes you. It motivates you. Everyone wants to be a starting-caliber running back each day, and there’s no hard feelings going around. But when someone is out there, you try and one-up them. They’re trying to one-up me. It’s good competition, and it’s friendly.”

Does It Matter? - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles were so dominant that summer that I bought in hook, line and sinker. The Eagles looked like a machine and it was hard not to get pulled in. But I didn’t account enough for the fact that preseason opponents weren’t gameplanning for Chip Kelly’s no-huddle attack. That offense got defenses off-balance and made them look silly. The regular season started and things were very different. Teams were ready for the no-huddle and the Eagles. Instead of going to the Super Bowl, the team went 7-9 and Chipster got fired.

Eagle Eye: Ronald Darby Continues Outstanding Summer - PE.com
After watching the film, I thought there were a few bright spots to walk away with against the Patriots. Nate Sudfeld looked very good against New England, who wasn’t bashful about throwing a variety of pressure looks at the young passer with both the first- and second-team units on the field. Sudfeld made some great throws in this game, most notably the ones down the field.

Fast-forward: Who’ll be NFL’s best quarterbacks in five years? - Houston Chronicle
Predicting the 10 best quarterbacks in the NFL in 2023: 1. Carson Wentz, Eagles – His body of work to date speaks for itself. He was on his way to a possible, even likely, MVP season in 2017 when he went down with a knee injury of his own.

Under-the-radar rookies to watch – NFC East - PFF
ED Josh Sweat: Sweat’s path to snaps might be difficult due to Philadelphia’s deep defensive line, but with an impressive camp he could be the next man up in Philly’s edge rotation. The rookie never quite lived up to his recruiting hype at Florida State. Over his three-year collegiate career, Sweat produced 96 total pressures and missed only five tackles. Sweat also offers balance at the position, which the Eagles covet, by stopping the run at an efficient rate. His 8.1 percent run stop rate ranked 20th among draft-eligible edge defenders. He has the opportunity to learn behind stars Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and Michael Bennett along the defensive line, so Sweat has elite-level talent around him to help push his game to new levels during his rookie campaign.

Las Vegas sports books take Eagles bets off the board after Nick Foles injury in preseason - CBS Sports
The backup quarterback has always been called the most popular guy in town, but in 2017, Nick Foles proved how truly important the position is in the modern NFL, catching fire and helping the Eagles to the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl win in the wake of Carson Wentz’s ACL injury. Foles’ importance is on display again this week, with the backup quarterback suffering a shoulder strain and Las Vegas pulling every single Eagles bet off the board almost immediately. The Las Vegas Westgate pulled the Eagles’ Week 1 game against the Falcons (Philly was -3.5) off, took the NFC East odds off the board for all the teams involved and also removed the Eagles’ win total from their mobile site.

Ranking the NFL’s most likely worst-to-first teams - ESPN In$ider
8th out of 8 teams: In 2017, the Eagles won the Super Bowl, while the Giants “won” the second pick in the draft. To win their division, then, the Giants will have to pass more than three teams -- they’ll need to leapfrog virtually the entire league. New York has just one winning season in the past five years and could use a major overhaul, but instead of drafting a new franchise quarterback, they went all in on one more season with Eli Manning, whose QBR has dropped in each of the past three seasons and who turned 37 in January. The defense will pair a front seven that must adjust to James Bettcher’s 3-4 scheme with a secondary that could rarely stay on the field in 2017. Their first seven opponents include five teams that made the playoffs last year, plus Dallas (which we project as a playoff contender in 2018) and Houston (our favorite to win the AFC South). An 0-7 start is not out of the question. The only good news is that the Giants would then be in a great position to land their next franchise quarterback in the 2019 draft.

Seahawks let go of Marcus Smith, sign running back Justin Stockton - Field Gulls
In a somewhat unexpected move, the Seattle Seahawks are moving on from Marcus Smith II. It was confirmed on Friday that the team has terminated Smith’s contract, which was a one-year, $1.425 million deal. Smith had been absent from recent practices while dealing with an unspecified personal issue. Smith had 2.5 sacks, two fumbles forced, and a pass defensed in what amounted to spot duty on the Seahawks’ defensive line rotation last season. When he was re-signed this offseason, it was expected that he’d be part of the Seahawks’ group of pass rushers, but that evidently is no longer the case for the former first-round draft pick.

Update: Byron Marshall expected to miss 2-4 weeks with ankle injury - Hogs Haven
The Redskins lost Samaje Perine earlier in the game with an ankle injury. He is questionable to return. Now Byron Marshall, who is fighting for the last spot at RB has left the game, and is being evaluated for a lower leg injury. And we all know that Derrius Guice was lost for the season a week ago with a torn ACL. The Redskins RBs are getting banged up early and often.

Report: DeMarco Murray to join FOX as college football analyst - PFT
Some team still may call DeMarco Murray to inquire about a return to the NFL, but the former running back has a new job. FOX soon will announce Murray has joined the network as a college football analyst, Barry Horn reports.

The 23 biggest injuries of the NFL offseason (so far) - SB Nation
17. Eagles LB Paul Worrilow. Worrilow suffered a season-ending ACL injury on the first day of Eagles OTA practices. It’s unfortunate for the former Lions and Falcons linebacker who just signed with Philadelphia this offseason.

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