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Watch Jordan Hicks mic’d up - Youtube

There are some signs pointing to Carson Wentz returning for the Eagles’ Week 3 game - BGN
Nick Foles might be headed back to the bench soon.

The Kist & Solak Show #9: Trevor Sikkema of Pewter Report Talks Bucs - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Trevor Sikkema of Pewter Report, The Draft Network and Locked On NFL Draft to discuss all things Bucs. How, what, who is Ryan Fitzpatrick? What was the key to their play-calling in Week 1? Injury updates on DeSean Jackson, Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves plus much much more!

Eagles vs. Buccaneers: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
Jackson has killed the Eagles with big plays ever since Chip Kelly decided that his best receiver (by far) wasn’t worthy of a roster spot anymore. In 5 games against his former team, Jackson has 20 catches for 440 yards (22.0 YPC) and 2 TDs. In 2016, Jackson burned Schwartz’s defense (as noted above) with an 81-yard TD bomb. Jackson may not get a chance to burn the Birds once again on Sunday, as he suffered a concussion and a shoulder injury Week 1 against the Saints. Jackson’s absence would be a big break for the Eagles.

Foles vs Fitz - Iggles Blitz
The key for Foles and Fitzpatrick is that the players around them did their jobs so well. Fitzpatrick dropped back to pass more than 30 times and he wasn’t sacked once. His receivers made big plays for him. DeSean Jackson used his explosive speed to get open deep for several big gains. Mike Evans hauled in a 50-yard TD. The Bucs had 8 pass plays of 20 yards or more. They have 5 that went for at least 35 yards. That sounds like the 1999 Rams! This is proof that you don’t need a great QB if all the other pieces perform at a high level. Obviously that’s not sustainable for a long period of time so people go after great QBs. But you can have guys like Fitz and Foles who do amazing things here and there.

Eight years after triple bypass, Jeff Stoutland has found a ‘Super’ home with the Eagles - The Athletic
“You feel like he’s coming from a place of, honestly, love,” says Kelce. “He’s a guy who cares for each and every guy. I don’t know if he got that from coaching in college and recruiting kids and whatnot. But that’s something I don’t think is the norm in the NFL. You definitely feel that with Stout. At all times, he’s just trying to help you be the best player you can be.” The relationships go both ways. When Stoutland was coaching in college, he would always tell Jake about Jason Peters. He would use Peters’ film with the Eagles as teaching tape for his players. Over the years, Peters became a mythical figure to Jake. Then his dad finally got to coach Peters in 2013, and the two formed a strong bond. When Stoutland’s dog, Cornell, died two years ago, he was devastated. And his players could tell. So Peters decided to spring into action and get the family a new dog, OL-iver.

NFL Offensive Line Rankings – after Week 1 - PFF
It’s not an understatement to say that the quality in line play was the difference in last Thursday night’s game. The Eagles offensive line held up particularly well in pass protection against a formidable Falcons front thanks in large part to the return of Peters. The Eagles left tackle picked up where he left off before injury, not allowing a single pressure on 42 pass-blocking snaps.

Just a Number: How Some of the NFL’s Over-the-Hill Players Dominated Week 1 - The Ringer
In the Thursday night opener between the Falcons and Eagles, 35-year-old running back Darren Sproles got the start in the backfield. It was tough sledding for the veteran on the ground—he carried the ball just five times for 10 yards—but his talent as a pass catcher in the open field showed up when it mattered most. Sproles grabbed four passes for 22 yards, including this crucial third-down conversion in the fourth quarter, extending what would be the game-winning drive.

Buccaneers’ Ryan Fitzpatrick loves and hates Eagles’ defense - NBCSP
For swagger to show up on game film … that’s pretty incredible. The veteran quarterback, who will face the Eagles on Sunday in Tampa Bay, said this to a group of Philadelphia reporters in a conference call in advance of the game. This is Fitzpatrick’s 14th season in the NFL, so his being impressed by the Eagles’ defense is really saying something. It’s not hard to figure out where the Eagles’ defense gets its swagger from. Jim Schwartz is oozing with it. Everything about his being oozes confidence, from the sunglasses on his face to his sleek suits to his walk. His players have taken on that same personality. That’s why a former seventh-round pick like Jalen Mills has been confident enough to earn a starting gig, win a Super Bowl and keep getting better.

Ray Didinger: Ron Jaworski’s Victorious Debut Against The Bucs - PE.com
Ron Jaworski had concerns going into his first start for the Eagles. It was September 1977, and Jaworski was new to Philadelphia having just joined the team in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams. The regular-season opener was approaching and Jaworski was worried. Call it fear of the unknown. Jaworski didn’t know how he would be received by the Veterans Stadium crowd. He was in the Vet once before and it was a 1975 Monday night game when the Rams drubbed the Eagles, 42-3. That was the night the fans expressed their feelings about the Eagles by tossing a giant dog bone on the field.

Mike Smith spoke to the media ahead of Sunday’s matchup - Bucs Nation
While preparing for the Eagles, the Buccaneers have turned to Vinny Curry and Beau Allen for a little insight on their former team. “They are a great resource for us. They know a bunch of guys on that team,” Smith said. “They have been able to give us some information and we think that will help us going forward. It’s going to be an emotional game for those guys as well, and we want them to be even keeled as much as possible.” There is no secret that Doug Pederson is one of the more aggressive play callers in the entire NFL. We saw it all last season and once again in week one, when he called the “Philly Special.” When facing these types of teams, Smith emphasized the importance of being on top of your game.

NFL Panic Index 2018: Uh oh, the Saints defense is bad again - SB Nation
What the hell happened to the Saints’ defense? After a slow start to the 2017 season, the Saints’ defense caught its stride and finished the year 10th in points allowed. They have the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year in Marshon Lattimore and one of the NFL’s most destructive defensive linemen in Cameron Jordan. So what in the world led to the Ryan Fitzpatrick-led Buccaneers beating the brakes off the Saints Sunday? The 48 points Tampa Bay scored is the most the Saints have allowed since their bananas 52-49 shootout win against the Giants in the middle of 2015. Sometimes teams start slow, but this was a little extreme.

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