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NFL execs pick what all 32 teams should be worried about in 2018 - ESPN
Eagles — The worry: Staying on top will be harder than getting there, especially with these changes. Exec unfiltered: “I’m worried about a Super Bowl hangover. The defense got older, the quarterback has to prove he can be what he was, the dynamics in the locker room changed and then you always have guys who want to get paid after winning it all, and I’m talking about everybody in your building. They ran off some longtime Eagle guys like Brent [Celek], [Vinny] Curry and [Mychal] Kendricks, and added some guys from other teams with storied pasts.”

Sidney Jones is living up to the hype - BGN
Jones has a skill set that translates not just to the outside, but to the nickel, which has been the concern since the move inside began to unfold. The explosiveness in and out of his breaks, typewriter feet, sharp mental processing, ball skills and use of his hands all point to a package that can thrive in any scheme and from any alignment. If I had to put money on it, I would be that we were right in calling Sidney Jones the next big thing.

Coming and Going - Iggles Blitz
I think the Eagles would love to be able to deal Warmack. There isn’t a spot for him on the 53-man roster as of now. If they could deal him for anything, they’d be happy campers. Warmack is a mediocre player, but some teams are bad off enough that he would be an upgrade for them. Let’s hope some OL coach out there thinks he is the one who can finally get Warmack to play to his potential.

The Race To Win A Roster Spot On Thursday -
Who is the team’s fourth running back if the Eagles keep four? Will it be Wendell Smallwood, who had a big game with 53 rushing yards in Cleveland? Could it be Josh Adams, the undrafted rookie from Notre Dame who at 6-2 and 225 pounds runs upright, has some nimble feet, and burst and power. He’s looked good in the two preseason games Adams has played. You’d think the Eagles would give him a chance to show his skills on Thursday night against the Jets. The running back competition seems to be down to Smallwood and Adams, with Matt Jones and Donnel Pumphrey, ready to make his preseason debut, still hopeful.

Corey Clement, now securely on the Eagles’ roster, sees Josh Adams trying to follow his path - Inquirer
”He was here, just like everybody else trying to make the team,” Adams said. “And he worked his butt off and made it happen. It goes to show that everyone’s here the same. You have to work, you have to earn, to get what you want.” When Clement was trying to make the team, he wanted the coaches to notice his special-teams work and his blocking more than his rushing. Adams has been used on special teams this summer, too, and knows that will be a factor to make the team. He said that he has embraced his special-teams role and that he did the same when he arrived at Notre Dame. ”It’s football at the end of the day,” Adams said. “I’m having a lot of fun with it, trying to grow and improve as a player.”

Q&A with Joe Banner: On Wentz, Mailata and the state of the Eagles’ roster - The Athletic
The defensive backfield at the moment, we have to wait until we see them schemed against some good quarterbacks. But it looks to me like that area is in at least solid shape. But I said this all offseason, and I’m probably the only one, I still have some worries about the defensive line. They lost [Tim] Jernigan and [Vinny] Curry and Beau Allen. They lost those three guys, and I don’t think [Michael] Bennett is as good as he was, although he’s still solid. But he’s older so as the season goes on, he’ll be challenged. I think Bennett’s only played OK so far. And of course, Jernigan is just kind of a loss at the moment, compared to where they were last year.

How Eagles are replacing key players lost from Super Bowl roster - NBCSP
One of the biggest challenges for a Super Bowl champion is keeping the team together. Guys who had a big role in a championship invariably want more money, and Super Bowl champions — like the 2017 Eagles — invariably find themselves in cap trouble. So you just can’t keep everybody. The 2018 Eagles have nine of 11 starters back on offense and eight of 11 on defense from the Super Bowl. That’s pretty good. Returning 17 of 22 starters off a Super Bowl roster isn’t easy to do, but it’s a credit to Howie Roseman and a good bit of salary cap manipulation and roster management that the Eagles are in this position.

PFF’s Preseason Week 3 NFL Team of the Week - PFF
Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns – 92.6. Garrett looked every bit the level of a former No. 1 overall draft pick in the Browns 5-0 win over the Eagles this week. From 15 pass-rushing snaps, the former Texas A&M star racked up two sacks and three hurries, good for a pressure once every three pass-rushing snaps.

The Giants Are All in on Odell Beckham Jr., but Their Overall Strategy Raises Questions - The Ringer
Eli Manning will turn 38 in January, and the Giants just passed on what could be their best opportunity to replace him. With the no. 2 overall pick in the draft, the Giants had their choice of non–Baker Mayfield quarterbacks to serve as the heir to Manning. They also could have traded down (perhaps for the no. 6 pick and three second-round picks the Colts got for the third overall pick) and still draft an elite player (it turns out UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson were still on the board at no. 6). General manager Dave Gettleman took Barkley. As the second pick in the draft, Barkley already has the fourth-largest contract at his position because of a dying free-agent market for running backs that makes the pick seem even less valuable. Everything that we’ve learned about team-building since 2011, both from the economics of the CBA and the passing revolution around the league, suggests quarterbacks are the key ingredient to successful NFL longevity, and a passer on a rookie deal is the most valuable asset in the league. Now the Giants have eschewed that basic formula and are sticking with Manning, who will have an average cap hit of $22.7 million over the next two seasons.

Nike releases new NFL-themed Air Max Typha 2 shoe collection - SB Nation
Looking for a way to rep your favorite NFL team this season? Nike has a new shoe lineup for nearly half the league.


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