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Eagles News: At least one Philadelphia player will be surprised if Carson Wentz doesn’t start Week 1

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Lane Johnson would be surprised if Carson Wentz doesn’t start Week 1 - NBCSP
Doug Pederson, the Eagles’ coaches and their doctors are expected to make a decision Friday as to whether or not Carson Wentz will start Week 1 this coming Thursday night. Lane Johnson has his opinion. “[Wentz] looks ready to me,” Johnson said. “I saw him throw a ball a couple weeks ago about 65 yards, so he looks about as impressive as I’ve seen.” So … would he be surprised if Wentz isn’t the starter on Thursday night? “Kinda,” the right tackle said, “the way I’m feeling.”

Brent Celek retirement: Former Eagles tight end to retire Friday, per report - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles released veteran tight end Brent Celek following the team’s Super Bowl win after 11 seasons. He went unsigned in the months since, and it was reported that he intends on announcing his retirement as an Eagle on Friday.

The Kist & Solak Show #4: 53-Man Roster Projection - BGN Radio
Michael Kist rides solo after the Eagles-Jets game to bring you his 53-man roster projection! Does Josh Adams make the team? How does the WR group shape out? Bradham’s suspensions and some injuries could lead to open spots for guys that may have not made it otherwise, who are they? All the analysis you need as we grind closer to the cuts!

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Jets preseason game - PhillyVoice
I would like to reiterate my position that I think Wentz is starting Week 1.

Eagles Win!!! - Iggles Blitz
Donnel Pumphrey did have some good moments, but didn’t really stand out. He was 3-39 as a receiver, mainly catching dump-off throws late in the 1st half. He showed a bit of speed and burst, but didn’t blow you away. At the same time, Pumphrey sat a lot of the 2nd half. That’s a sign the Eagles didn’t want to risk him getting hurt. Is that because he’s bound for the practice squad or they feared having to work out an injury settlement if he did get banged up? I’m guessing PS.

Life on the bubble: Eagles hopefuls share NFL dream - ESPN
In the summer of 2013, his younger brother, Kaylan, went into cardiac arrest during a weightlifting session and fell into a coma. Kaylan, 17, was entering his senior season with the Enoch Eagles in Modesto, California. He was a standout running back and defensive back and aspired to play ball both in college and the NFL. But he had an undetected disease called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which can make it more difficult for the heart to pump blood. He remained in a coma for two months before he died. On his deathbed, DeAndre made a promise to his little brother and best friend that he would make it in the NFL in his honor. ”It was both of our dreams to play in the NFL and have successful careers,” he said. “I felt like I had a duty to do everything that he wanted to do that he never got an opportunity to.”

What Carries Over From This Preseason? -
The rookie class has a chance to make a pretty nice impact in 2018 and certainly in the years to come. Tight end Dallas Goedert is going to play and he’s going to contribute to the offense. You wonder just how much the Eagles will rely on two-tight end sets and creative mismatches with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery still a question mark. Jeffery will join the active roster, said head coach Doug Pederson after the game, but he may still be a week or two or three away from playing. So the Eagles are going to have to use their personnel in a variety of ways. That includes Goedert, who is ready to play. Cornerback Avonte Maddox has a chance to help on special teams and also might be the defense’s best matchup against smallish, quick slot receivers. Defensive end Josh Sweat is going to be a roster decision when the cut comes to 53 players, but he’s going to be hard to let go. You can see the ability there. Sixth-round draft pick Matt Pryor is also a tough decision as the cut comes. Seventh-round draft pick Jordan Mailata is not a difficult decision. He’s going to make the team after a tremendous spring and summer of growth. He’s still got a long way to go, but Mailata is oozing with talent. He could be, if he continues to work very, very hard, an outstanding left tackle.

Eagles’ Josh Adams is fighting for a roster spot. Did he do enough against Jets? | Jeff McLane - Inquirer
Adams had put up solid numbers in two of the three previous games. The Notre Dame product rushed six times for 30 yards and caught two passes for 11 yards against the Steelers, and after sitting out the Patriots game, he gained 33 yards on four carries at the Browns. Smallwood suited up Thursday night, but he never left the sideline. It would be misguided to interpret his night off as a sign that he’s on the team. The Eagles know what they have in the third-year tailback, and last week’s performance – 12 carries for 53 yards – only verified that appraisal. Smallwood is a serviceable reserve. He’ll pick up the yards and hit the holes that are available. He’ll run with effort. And he can return kicks, if necessary. But there isn’t much upside at this point in his career. Adams, on the other hand, has greater potential. He’s a novelty and he’s younger, but the natural tools are there. It wasn’t as evident against the Jets, but the Eagles’ blocking was inconsistent. He had little room to maneuver.

The Defining Traits of the Coaching Trees Taking Over the NFL - The Ringer
Other teams throttled defenses via ingenuity and collaboration. In Kansas City and Philadelphia, the coaching staffs studied college tendencies and developed in-house football laboratories that pushed them to the forefront of innovation. Doug Pederson’s embrace of an RPO-heavy offense lifted the Eagles all the way to a Super Bowl title, and his relentless effort to stay one step ahead turned him into a hero for risk takers everywhere. “Stay on the attack, without a doubt,” Vikings offensive coordinator and former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo says of the no. 1 lesson he learned from Pederson. “And a willingness to be open to new things and change.”

How to Work Out Like Super Bowl Champ Zach Ertz - MensHealth
Give the moves a try, but remember: You’re not a Pro Bowl tight end. If you need to scale down the reps or weight at any point, don’t hesitate. “Make sure you’re doing everything safe and controlled and focusing on the entire movement — not just how much weight you can put on the bar,” Ertz advised. “I make sure the body is moving correctly and I’m staying strong during the movement instead of just jerking the weights around to see how much I could lift.”

Nick Foles Reveals He Turned Down Big Volunteer Opportunities At Church To Remain With Eagles - The Onion
Revealing that after the Super Bowl he could have taken over several big-time bake sales, Nick Foles told reporters Thursday that he turned down significant volunteer opportunities at church to remain with the Philadelphia Eagles. “I had my fair share of great offers this offseason, but in the end, I decided I would rather stay with my teammates in Philly than chase a leadership role heading up food drives at St. Mary’s or Blessed Sacrament,” said Foles, admitting that he couldn’t leave the team he won a championship with even if he was offered something as prestigious as the youth pastor position.

Refocused, NFL Preseason Week 4: Philadelphia Eagles 10, New York Jets 9 - PFF
The Eagles defensive line was a force in this matchup. Steven Means and Josh Sweat were both effective rushing the passer, creating problems for the Jets in the second half. Interior defensive linemen Bruce Hector and Elijah Qualls did a great job stuffing the run all night. Defensive backs Jeremy Reaves and Chandon Sullivan made plays all over the field. Reaves and Sullivan each recorded pass breakups, while Sullivan added a nice interception on an underthrown go route.

Jets 2018 Roster Countdown: Number 23 Terrence Brooks - Gang Green Nation
Odds of making the roster: There aren’t many open safety spots, but Brooks has experience in the system and some level of adequate play so I will call him More Likely Than Not (50-75%).

The NFL was denied a summary judgment against Colin Kaepernick. Here’s what that means - SB Nation
Colin Kaepernick’s collusion lawsuit against the NFL can continue after overcoming a significant obstacle Thursday.


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