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The Remarkable Jason Peters Is Back And Dominating - PE.com
Thursday night was a reminder of just how special left tackle Jason Peters is and that we follow in his path of greatness. The 36-year-old Peters, who was injured in Week 7 of the 2017 regular season and who did not play a snap in the preseason, went the distance against Atlanta (save for the final offensive snap, the two-point conversion) and dominated the line of scrimmage. Age 36. Year 15 in the NFL. First live action since October 2017. Domination.
Shot 2 - I was excited to watch Jason Peters' return to the field last Thursday night, and he didn't disappoint. Still playing at a high level for this talented #Eagles OLine pic.twitter.com/cxerUENJQo— Fran Duffy (@fduffy3) September 11, 2018
Fletcher Cox’s quest for hardware starts hot - BGN
Fletcher Cox’s quest for recognition started with a bang and we may be in for a monster season for the eighth-year pro. Debate surrounding the Defensive Player of the Year Award is months away, but he’s already building his resume for when the time comes. In the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles 18-12 win over the Atlanta Falcons, Cox showcased the quality of play that he’ll need to carry him to the award ceremony.
The Kist & Solak Show #8: Week 1 Film Deep Dive - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak have studied the film and come out the other end with fresh new takes on the Eagles offensive and defensive schemes, player performance (these DBs are balling out) and they also get you up-to-date with all the Eagles roster moves. Plus, the unfortunate injuries that are crushing the Falcons defense.
NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 2 edition - PhillyVoice
Are the Giants better than they were a year ago? Saquon Barkley has a chance to be great, and certainly, his 68-yard TD run was highly impressive. And then with Odell Beckham back, the Giants have themselves a big-time playmaker. OBJ didn’t have any big plays Week 1, but he did pile up 11 catches and 111 yards. So, sure. Barkley and Beckham make the Giants better than they were a year ago. It’s hard to get much worse. But... having a couple of good skill players means jack s*** when your quarterback is done, and your offensive line can’t block, as expected prior to Week 1, and confirmed on Sunday.
Wondering About Wentz - Iggles Blitz
I think Wentz will have a successful comeback and play at a high level. He plays for a smart coaching staff. You can see that they aren’t rushing him back. The coaches are trying to be smart. Remember RGIII and what happened with him late in 2012 and the playoff game? Mike Shanahan made some highly questionable decisions and they hurt Griffin’s career. Wentz has a strong O-line. Luck would have killed to play behind a line like this for his career. Instead, he’s had to deal with constant chaos in the backfield. You must protect the QB for him to be able to play well and to sustain that success.
NFL Africa Zone: The ‘Here we go again...’ edition - ESPN
The Lagos- born receiver brought his excellent form from last season into the 2018 season for the Super Bowl champion Eagles. In the Eagles’ win, ‘Swagholor’ lined up everywhere, from his preferred slot receiver position to playing on the outside, all the way to the backfield where he carried the ball and passed the ball. In the third quarter, with the Eagles dealing with a third and 5 from the Falcons 41 yard line, Agholor ran around on a reverse and threw a pass to QB Nick Foles for a 15-yard reception to extend the drive for the Eagles. Ajayi ran in the touchdown for the Eagles a few plays later. Agholor’s stats don’t tell the whole story, because despite catching 8 passes for just 33 yards, the receiver was heavily blanketed by opposing cornerbacks and had few opportunities to add yards after the catch (YAC)
Fletcher Cox, Jordan Hicks, Ronald Darby: Eagles’ red-zone defense | Film breakdown - Inquirer
The Eagles’ 18-12 win in the opener was won behind the strength of their defense’s performance inside the 20-yard line. The Falcons made five trips into the red zone against the Eagles and converted just one into a touchdown. They had four goal-to-go possessions and reached the end zone just once. Atlanta’s red zone struggles, dating to last season, have been well documented. But Jim Schwartz’s unit made life difficult for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Every team spends a great deal of time working on situational football, but several Eagles noted the extra time spent on the red zone this offseason.
Week 1 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
How did Philadelphia end up so much higher than Atlanta when the Falcons gained more yards per play (4.6) than the Eagles (a miserable 3.6). The answer appears to be “third downs.” The Eagles went 8-for-16 on third downs, and converted another with a DPI penalty. The Falcons, on the other hand, converted just 4 of 15 third downs and failed to convert on their one fourth-down opportunity as well. In addition, while the Eagles weren’t moving forward as much as they wanted, they also weren’t moving backwards. Not including penalties -- so many penalties, sigh -- Philadelphia had only three plays all game that lost yardage. Atlanta had nine plays that lost yardage.
As Alshon Jeffery sits, Eagles grow desperate for wide receiver help - NBCSP
You can tell how concerned they are about wide receiver not by what they’re saying but what they’re doing. Re-signing Markus Wheaton, who they released two days earlier. Adding three receivers — including former Ohio State star Braxton Miller — to the practice squad. Reportedly working out former Ravens first-round pick Breshad Perriman on Monday and scheduling a workout Tuesday with former Browns first-round pick Corey Coleman, who reportedly wound up signing with the Patriots before the Eagles could look at him. If you’re an unemployed receiver, call the Eagles. They’re interested. While Doug Pederson may say the Eagles are happy with their current group of wide receivers, it’s clear from their actions that they recognize they need help. Which is understandable.
Q&A with Joe Banner: Lessons from Week 1 and a look back at DeSean Jackson - The Athletic
Well, listen, I think they’re right to be ultra-conservative. I mean, literally, you’re hoping for the next 12-13 years this guy is gonna be your quarterback. He has had a little bit of an injury history, so my understanding is everything’s fine and they’re just being really cautious and whether that’s one week or three weeks or four weeks, especially if they can sneak some wins out of that time, I don’t think matters that much. You know, if there’s something more in terms of the rehab not going as well as we’ve been led to believe, obviously that should concern everybody. But my understanding from talking to some people is that they’re just being really cautious and I think that makes sense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick turns in career performance, sets stage for hot Tampa Bay start in 2018 - PFF
The Buccaneers’ offensive line, which ranked eighth in pass-blocking efficiency in Week 1 (89.7), will face a much tougher test at home against the Philadelphia Eagles’ Fletcher Cox-led defensive line this Sunday. And Evans’ and Jackson’s road ahead doesn’t get easier with the Eagles’ talented boundary cornerbacks (Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby) on the loom. As such, a repeat performance from Fitzpatrick will be on him to deliver as much as it is on his teammates to do their respective jobs against a much, much better defense. Even a man of magic can’t have success on his own against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Panthers tight end Greg Olsen re-fractured his right foot - Cat Scratch Reader
The hits keep coming for the Panthers offense as they finally gave us an update on the status of Greg Olsen, who left the Dallas game with an injury. The star tight end has refracted his right foot and will be re-evaluated “monthly.” This is the same injury that took him out for most of the 2017 season. However, Olsen is attempting to treat this injury with rehab instead of surgery so we cannot predict how much time he might miss based on his recovery last season. At this time it is unclear if the Panthers intend to keep him on the roster or place him on injured reserve (IR). An IR designation would sideline him for at least 8 weeks before he would be eligible to return. [BLG Note: Eagles play the Panthers in Week 7.]
Patriots sign former Eagles, Panthers RB Kenjon Barner - Pats Pulpit
The New England Patriots will replace running back Jeremy Hill, who was placed on the injured reserve with a torn ACL, with veteran running back Kenjon Barner, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Sam Darnold Looks Like the Quarterback the Jets Have Been Searching For - The Ringer
[BLG Note: Lol Giants.]
Grading the NFL’s 7 new head coaches after they all lost in Week 1 - SB Nation
Listening to the home crowd chant “J-E-T-S, JETS!” by halftime isn’t the most rewarding start for a rookie head coach. Patricia is the first coach since Tom Cable with the Raiders in 2008 to lose his debut by 31 points or more. For a branch carefully pruned from the Belichick tree and replanted in the mineral-laden soil of Detroit, Patricia’s Lions looked like they were expecting a scrimmage session. Matthew Stafford threw four interceptions. His backup, Matt Cassel, threw one of his own. The running game, which got hyped all offseason as a much improved unit ready to do its part, somehow failed to reach the low bar set by its predecessors.
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