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Doug Pederson saw Jaguars play it safe vs. Patriots, vowed not to do the same - PFT
“I was there thinking, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me right now,’” Pederson writes, via Vito Stellino. “It made me mad because Jacksonville had New England right where they wanted them. I was screaming at the TV in my office. When they knelt right before halftime, inside I was like, ‘I’ll never do that.’ It fueled me. They could have least tried for a field goal. They took it out of their quarterback’s hands, and they didn’t give to their big back Leonard Fournette. I thought, ‘If they lose this game, this is why.’ Sure enough they would go on to lose the game.”

What we’ve learned about the Eagles through training camp and two preseason games - BGN
Due to all the crazy stuff that was going on with our site’s podcast situation, Bleeding Green Nation wasn’t able to put out any episodes during Eagles training camp this year. In order to make up for it, Benjamin Solak and I did a long BGN Radio podcast focusing on our big takeaways from camp and two preseason games so far. Ben and I both covered Eagles camp this year from the NovaCare Complex so we figured we should find a time to talk about what we saw.

How the Eagles will likely preserve a sixth-round pick by cutting Corey Nelson - PhillyVoice
With Aguayo winning that job, Sturgis would be cut, which would mean that he would no longer count toward the comp pick formula. He would drop down into the “non-qualifying UFAs lost” section of the chart above. That would mean that Nelson would instead cancel out the sixth-round pick the Eagles are in line to receive for losing Patrick Robinson. Unless, of course, they cut Nelson, which would eliminate him from the comp pick formula as well, thus preserving that sixth round pick for losing Robinson.

Situation Updates - Iggles Blitz
Patrick Robinson left for the Saints and that left a big hole in the Eagles defense. It is easy to talk about one of the CBs sliding inside and handling the job, but that’s easier said than done. At this point, I think both Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox have shown they could be effective in the role. The way I see it, Jones has the edge in experience and overall talent. Maddox has the advantage in the fact he’s a more natural fit on the inside. I lean towards Jones getting the first crack at the job, but he’ll have to play well if he’s going to keep it.

Monday Is A Fun Day At The NovaCare Complex -
Mayock loves what he’s seen from quarterback Nate Sudfeld, isn’t certain who wins the job at nickel cornerback – Sidney Jones and Avonte Maddox are the leading contenders, and has a high opinion of the progress made by rookie offensive linemen Matt Pryor and Jordan Mailata. Oh, and that second-round draft pick Dallas Goedert is the real deal and is going to team very nicely with Zach Ertz at tight end.

10 running backs to target if you go WR early in fantasy - PFF
Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (ADP: Round 10). Last year the Eagles ranked third in points scored, top-five in red-zone trips per game and converted 64.1 percent of their red-zone trips into touchdowns (second-highest). The latter statistic is the one I want to hone in on here, with LeGarrette Blount’s departure leaving potential goal-line work for Clement to capitalize on. Blount’s 10 carries inside the 5-yard line led the team (55.6 percent), with Clement second on the team with four. Jay Ajayi had zero. If the team’s not confident in Ajayi in these short-yardage situations, Clement could turn into a Latavius Murray-esque goal-line-stealing back with upside. Philadelphia has 190 unclaimed handoffs up for grab this year. If Ajayi were to miss any time due to injury, Clement could become an every-week fantasy starter.

Meet the NFL’s Next Premium Position: The Slot Cornerback - The Ringer
That shift on offense created a boom in the league-wide use of nickel- and dime-personnel. In 2017, teams ran with five-plus defensive backs on 65 percent of their snaps, up from 48 percent in 2010. On some teams, slot corners played even more than the top pass rushers. Veteran nickel-corner Patrick Robinson, for instance, logged 710 snaps last year for the Super Bowl champion Eagles, outpacing key rushers like Brandon Graham (663), Fletcher Cox (607), Vinny Curry (576), and Chris Long (496). Nickelbacks log fewer snaps than corners on the outside, but like many of the league’s top pass rushers, a rotational role doesn’t negate their on-field impact. Because in the modern game, slot corners increasingly face the brunt of NFL passing schemes.

Sheil Kapadia’s Eagles 53-man roster projection - The Athletic
Who’s going to back in to the No. 4 running back spot? The top three spots are accounted for. The final one will come down to Adams, Wendell Smallwood, Matt Jones and Donnel Pumphrey. Pumphrey is dealing with an injury and is expected to be sidelined for Thursday night’s game. He has not participated in any of the preseason games so far this summer and seems like a long shot to make the team. Jones, meanwhile, is one-dimensional and looked terrible as a pass-catcher last week. I think this is a two-man race between Smallwood and Adams. Adams didn’t play against the Patriots and sat out Monday’s practice. Smallwood is healthy but hasn’t shown any juice. The truth is the Eagles don’t need much of a contribution from their fourth running back. Perhaps they’ll try to pluck someone who gets cut from another team or even make a trade. But for now, let’s stick with Adams. He is young and at least has looked good when he’s been out there.

Tackling new helmet rule a challenge for Jim Schwartz, Eagles - NBCSP
Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz is concerned enough about the NFL’s new rule banning tacklers from lowering their head to initiate contact that he held a defensive meeting Monday specifically so his guys could study film of exactly how the league is calling the new rule. Through two preseason weekends, the Eagles have been cited a league-high five times for personal fouls for lowering the head. “The instructions we’ve given guys is, try not to lower your head and try to take your head out of it, and I think our guys are trying to do that,” Schwartz said.

NFL to make updated teaching video on new helmet-contact rule - ESPN
Amid confusion and angst about the new helmet-contact rule, the NFL is having daily dialogue about the application in preseason games, league sources told ESPN. The league will also assemble an updated video tutorial that will be distributed to game officials, coaches and players once the final preseason games are played and in time for teams preparing for their regular-season openers, according to sources.

Official: Redskins sign Adrian Peterson - Hogs Haven
The Redskins will sign Adrian Peterson today pending a physical per multiple sources. The Redskins have been linked to a handful of RBs since 3 more backs were injured against the Jets on Thursday night. Orleans Darkwa, Lenard Tillery, and Jamaal Charles were all expected to visit the Redskins. Adrian Peterson’s name was added late on Sunday, with a visit scheduled for today. He got a glowing recommendation from former Oklahoma teammate Trent Williams. Peterson texted Williams after Derrius Guice was injured and expressed intetest in the Redskins.

Roster Moves: Colts sign WR Cobi Hamilton, waive recently acquired RB Tion Green - Stampede Blue
At 6’2” and 201lbs and 27 years old, Hamilton has been a journeyman backup spending time with the Bengals, Eagles, Steelers, Texans, and very briefly the Cardinals. He played in 11 games and started 8 for the Steelers in 2016 before landing with the Texans and playing in 3 games with 1 start. While he may be thin on starting experience, he does offer four playoff appearances on his resume and has compiled 51 yards and a touchdown in that time.

John Elway’s reason for passing on Colin Kaepernick is disingenuous, at best - SB Nation
“Colin had his chance to be here,” Elway said. “We offered him a contract; he didn’t take it. As I said at my deposition, and I’m not sure if I’m legally able to say this, he’s had his chance to be here. He passed it.” Technically, Elway isn’t lying. Kaepernick did have a chance to join the Broncos and passed. But it’s not quite that simple.


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