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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/26/18.

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More Roster Talk - Iggles Blitz
This dude looked completely lost against the Steelers. Two weeks later, he looks like a veteran OT. Watching him…the combination of size and athleticism…reminded me of Jason Peters. And I don’t say that lightly. Peters is a freak in his own right and has a shot to be in the Hall of Fame. Jordan Mailata has incredible potential. He just might be your starting LT in 2019. There won’t be any IR. The Eagles are going to have him on the roster this year. I will admit to wondering if the team was showing some hubris when they picked him. The Eagles just won the Super Bowl. Sometimes teams get arrogant and take chances on players in the draft that end up being a waste of time and resources. Well, there was no hubris. Mailata might not pan out, but his potential is so special that he was worth the risk. This was a calculated business decision, not a flyer on a big guy with some athleticism. I look forward to watching Mailata play a lot in the preseason finale.

Eagles 53-man roster projection after 3 preseason games - BGN
Ajayi, Sproles, and Clement should all be ready to go by Week 1. They’re likely the only three backs who will be active on game day. With that in mind, it’s kind of silly how there’s so much focus on the fourth running back spot. That being said, I think the Eagles should go with Josh Adams as their fourth guy. So why do I have Smallwood listed here instead? Well, I think the team will try to stash Adams on the injured reserve list. The undrafted rookie has been dealing with an injury issue. Smallwood showed some signs of life in the Cleveland game. Nothing overly impressive but generally solid, which is the perfect way to describe him at his best. I think Donnel Pumphrey gets stashed on the practice squad if no one claims him on waivers. It’s also possible the Eagles just go with three running backs and one guy on the practice squad. Multiple options here.

Eagles’ Week 1 game is kind of a big deal and they could really use Carson Wentz for it - PhillyVoice
As a result of Foles’ postseason success, a common thinking on local sports radio talk and the like is that the Eagles should just play Foles for, say, the first four games or so, go 3-1 or something, and then let Wentz take over from there. Personally, I don’t buy that line of thinking for a second. To begin, with the margin of error being as thin as it is already, the NFC in 2018 is widely regarded as being loaded, making it even harder to get one of those two first round byes. Jeffrey Lurie, for example, recently compared the NFC to the stacked Western Conference in the NBA.

Eagle Eye: Jim Schwartz Adds Some Wrinkles To The Blitz Package - PE.com
The Eagles finished a preseason game with a bad taste in their mouths for a third week in a row after a poor performance, particularly on offense. The offense was shut out by the Cleveland Browns in a game where they finished 3-of-12 on third down, turned the ball over four times (forcing just one on defense), and allowed seven sacks. The total of penalties dropped to just four after reaching double digits in each of the last two games, but sloppy play was prevalent throughout the night. This is by no means a reason for you to panic as an Eagles fan. This is the time of year to work through these kinds of things, particularly in today’s NFL. You’d much rather see a team operating at high efficiency on both sides of the ball. Let’s dive into the tape and see some of the bright spots from Thursday night as well as some of the areas where things didn’t go so well, starting on the defensive side of the ball.

Eagles’ Mills to adorn Gronk scar with Super Bowl tattoo - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills has a unique keepsake from Super Bowl LII: a surgical scar that runs from below his thumb to his wrist on his left hand. A torn tendon was the price of a winning effort against New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

The film shows Eagles’ Haloti Ngata still has something left after all - NBCSP
But after watching the last two preseason games, I think the big guy has something left in the tank. I’m not sure how much he’ll be able to play this season without getting worn out and I’m not even sure if he’ll be a starter because Destiny Vaeao has played well this summer too. But based on what I’ve seen against the Patriots and the Browns, Ngata can still play a little. That’s great news for the Eagles and their depth on the interior, one of the more troubling spots with depth on the team.

Andrew Luck and Ryan Tannehill haven’t given us many answers this preseason - SB Nation
But the arm still hasn’t been on display. Maybe that’s by design, or maybe there just haven’t been receivers open downfield. It can’t last forever, though. A reined back Colts offense with no deep threat will eventually become a problem, so the only good scenario for Indianapolis is that Luck’s arm is all the way back and we just haven’t seen it.

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