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Alshon Jeffery keeps championship expectations amid return to Philadelphia Eagles from injury - PennLive
Jeffery hasn’t changed his expectation, either. ”Sky’s the limit,” Jeffery said. “Like I said, just winning games. Another Super Bowl, that’s my expectation.” It’s a long road to Atlanta and Super Bowl LIII. The Eagles face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, and Jeffery will be watching from the sideline again. His return is in question, but his determination for another Super Bowl is not. ”I think it’s everyone’s expectation to do it again,” Jeffery said. “Why not?”
Eagles vs. Buccaneers Game Preview: 5 questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
Insight from a Bucs writer.
The Kist & Solak Show #11: Eagles D vs Bucs O Preview (Full Re-Post) - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak hit their last preview before the Eagles take on the Bucs in Week 2 action! This time they flip sides and preview the Bucs offense the Eagles defense. The Bucs have a new play-caller in town, so what’s the key to a reversal in Fitzpatrick’s play? How many sacks for the Eagles? Plus coverage matchups and much more! (Initial upload was cut short, this is the full show!)
Cris Collinsworth’s comments about Michael Bennett’s unhappiness in Philly are nonsense - PhillyVoice
Bennett was unavailable for comment, but according to a league source, he communicated to the Eagles that those comments came as a surprise to him, and that they were not true at all. Wherever Collinsworth is getting his “word” from, it isn’t from Bennett.
On The Way To Tampa Bay, By The Numbers - PE.com
The focus is on running back Jay Ajayi, who has put up some impressive numbers since 2016. Ajayi’s 2,207 rushing yards since then rank sixth in the NFL behind Ezekiel Elliott (2,683), Le’Veon Bell (2,559), Jordan Howard (2,517), LeSean McCoy (2,427), and Todd Gurley (2,298). I showed the list to Ajayi on Thursday at his locker at the NovaCare Complex. He shook his head. He studied the list. He shook his head again. “Yeah, it’s good, but I’ve got to be honest with you. I see people in front of me, names in front of me,” Ajayi said. “For me it’s always about trying to be better, trying to be the best. So until I’m the first player on that list, I’ve got to keep working. That’s how I look at it.”
Eagles vs. Bucs: Matchups, storylines and predictions - The Athletic
The Bucs have a mediocre offensive line. One way they compensate for that is by keeping extra players in to protect. Last week, on 17 of Fitzpatrick’s 28 throws, Tampa had at least one additional player (other than the five offensive linemen) in to pass protect. Ryan Fitzpatrick can be elusive and scramble, but the Eagles should be able to get to him often.
Records, surprises and streaks in Roob’s latest 10 Eagles observations - NBCSP
Gotta admit I wasn’t sure what to think when the Eagles signed Chris Long. He had just eight sacks over the 2014 through 2016 seasons with the Rams and Patriots, and the Eagles already had good pass rushers. What was he going to add at 32 years old? Turns out he added a ton. Leadership, veteran presence and a steady pass rush — 5.0 sacks as a rotational end. I mentioned to Long after the season how much he added and he told me he was really disappointed in his season, which I thought was interesting. He had won a Super Bowl, recorded his highest sack total since 2013, forced four fumbles. But that’s when I realized just how much he expects from himself. He came back this year in even better shape, and his game in the opener was the best I’ve seen him play as an Eagle. At 33, he’s showing no sign of slowing down.
Eagles-Buccaneers: Doug Pederson is fearless on fourth down. Will other coaches follow suit? - Tampa Bay Times
So why don’t they go for it more often? “We’ve studied the analytics on it and the problem with looking at it like that — those are all looking at all fourth downs over the course of the season,” Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. “You might get three in a row, but if I don’t get it in this particular game, we might be losing, and I might be out of here.”Fear. That’s why coaches don’t go for it. They know what they should do, but they fear a loss more than they value a gain, even when the gain is more likely. It’s irrational, but it’s also quintessentially human. And it’s why, despite the Eagles’ success, we probably won’t see a dramatic change in fourth-down strategy across the NFL.
Grady Jarrett fined for roughing Nick Foles - PFT
We saw several of those calls in the preseason and many more in the first week of the regular season. The first of them came on the first Thursday night of the year when Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett was penalized for landing on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles after hitting him in the midsection.
Eagles vs Buccaneers: Game Preview - Bucs Nation
The Bucs are 1-0 to start the season and now face the defending world champions in the Philadelphia Eagles. There were plenty of fireworks as Tampa Bay scored a franchise-high 48 points against the division rival Saints. Ryan Fitzpatrick had the best game of his career and sealed the deal with an impressive run on 3rd-and-11 in the fourth quarter. But things will be much tougher when the Eagles come to town. How will the Bucs fare on Sunday?
The NFL Watchability Rankings, Week 2: The World Needs a Brady-Bortles Rematch - The Ringer
Ryan Fitzpatrick torched the Saints defense last week to the tune of 417 yards and four touchdowns, and now the question is: Can that last? As much as I’d love to believe in Fitzmagic, we are talking about a 35-year-old who is a known commodity as a player—it’s highly unlikely he became a god-like passer overnight. Before Sunday, Fitzpatrick had seven total games in his career in which he threw for at least 350 yards. In the games immediately following those outings, his average statline is 187.9 passing yards, 0.7 touchdowns, and 1.3 interceptions. In other words: He usually comes crashing back to earth. Plus, the Eagles have one of the best defenses in football, so this game will present a serious challenge.
The Cowboys’ salary-cap mismanagement is wasting Dak Prescott - ESPN
Under Romo’s original extension, the Cowboys could have cut Romo and paid just $5 million in dead money. Because they repeatedly restructured Romo’s deal, though, they instead owed $19.6 million in accounting charges. Dallas used the post-June 1 exception to spread those charges over two years, paying $10.7 million in 2017 and $8.9 million this season. Romo has played four games over the past three seasons, and the Cowboys will have paid him more than $40 million in cap charges. If Prescott stays healthy this season, he’ll play 48 games over that same time frame and cost a fraction over $2 million.
How is Mychal Kendricks allowed to play for the Seahawks while he awaits sentencing for insider trading? - SB Nation
Seattle signed Mychal Kendricks to a one-year deal after he pleaded guilty to insider trading. A quick look at how this is possible.
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