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Fletcher Cox calls lack of national recognition ‘disrespectful’ - ESPN
Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox called a lack of national recognition for his level of play “disrespectful” and said he is using it for fuel as he pursues Defensive Player of the Year honors this season. ”Very motivating. I promise you it is,” he said after practice Thursday. Cox has come out of the gates on fire this season. He has 2 1/2 sacks, 14 quarterback hits/hurries (six more than the next-closest Eagles player, Chris Long) and four tackles for loss through two games, according to stats kept by the team.
The top graded players on the defensive interior so far this season. pic.twitter.com/PoIrZUJhmP— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 20, 2018
Eagles vs. Colts Game Preview: Five questions and answers with the enemy - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts are set to play each other this Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. In order to preview the Eagles’ Week 3 game, I reached out to our associates over at Stampede Blue. The cunning Chris Blystone (@chrisblystone) took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming tilt. Let’s take a look at his answers.
Safety Blitz with Malcolm Jenkins: ‘We don’t have a Super Bowl hangover’ - PhillyVoice
“We don’t have a Super Bowl hangover. For me, personally, there is nothing to do with a Super Bowl hangover. We just made bad mistakes. That one loss doesn’t change who we are and where we’re going. We’ve been here before. Last year against Kansas City, we got beat up and made it look close at the end — but moved on and learned. This isn’t any different.”
Eagle Eye: The Frank Reich Effect - PE.com
From a philosophical standpoint, this is a team that wants to get the ball out quickly. The Colts will take their shots downfield (and I expect that they will in this game) but that’s not really their identity right now, even with an explosive guy like T.Y. Hilton at wide receiver. Reich wants to give Luck as much information as possible before the snap so that when he drops back he can get rid of the ball at the top of his drop and move the chains. The Colts will mix up their use of personnel (they love lining up in 12 personnel packages), formations (they work in a lot of empty looks with five eligible receivers spread out across the width of the field), and pace (they’ll mix in some hurry-up modes here and there). They made a killing the last two weeks in attacking the flats with short, quick passes, and I think they’ll go that route again on Sunday.
From 13 to 2: The inside story of how the Eagles moved up twice to draft Carson Wentz - The Athletic
The Eagles spent some time with Wentz at the Senior Bowl, with DeFilippo testing his knowledge of football concepts on a white board. The early returns were, frankly, too good. As Wentz impressed, Roseman’s job got harder. “I think after the Senior Bowl, it was pretty clear to us that it wasn’t realistic to think, ‘Hey, we’ll just sit at 13,’” Roseman says. “Hope is not a strategy. And so, let’s figure out a way to go get the pick and then at that point, do more research. We felt good about where we were in that point in the process. We didn’t feel good about where we were from a draft-selection standpoint.”
Eagles’ Nick Foles prepared to take move from Super Bowl MVP to backup quarterback with grace - Inquirer
”Even if you know something is coming, once you’re in it, there is an adjustment,” Foles said Thursday by his locker — a different setting than the starting quarterback’s news conference. “But realizing it is about the team, it’s not about the individual. Carson being healthy, and me going to a different role, helping the scout team, doing what I can to help the team, but from a different role. Focus on that, sort of embrace that day to day.” Foles said the biggest adjustment will be to keep his mind from wandering to other possibilities. He knows his role. He must help Wentz during the week and on the sideline. He must run the scout-team offense to help the defense prepare. He must be ready to enter the game in an emergency, but if the Eagles have their way, Wentz will be the starter for the rest of the season – and the rest of the decade.
NFL Week 3 FOX Colts @ Eagles Preview - PFF
In 2017, the Eagles’ defense sent six or more pass-rushers after the quarterback 65 times, which tied for the most in the league.
Jordan Matthews explains criticism of former Eagles’ training staff - NBCSP
On Wednesday, after his first practice with the Eagles, Matthews said he felt articles about those comments misconstrued his meaning, and he said he called former Eagles trainer Chris Peduzzi — who stepped down in February — to explain them. “When you get misdiagnosed, nobody does that on purpose, and I didn’t like how that was kind of worded,” he said. “It was a mistake, that’s why it’s called a misdiagnosis. I didn’t say they lied. Things get seen wrong. Someone may look at an MRI and miss something and something was missed, that’s all that happened, so when I went to Buffalo, they had doctors who saw it. I’m just not the type to go tweet about junk or anything like that. Once the story ran I called Peduzzi myself and let him know, ‘OK, look, I was not trying to make it seem like you guys did that on purpose.’ It was an honest mistake. It was just what happened, it was unfortunate, but it was life.”
More than a year later, Jordan Matthews returns to Philadelphia Eagles with new perspective - PennLive
“I really realized now I took some of that stuff for granted,” Matthews said. “And so just the humility aspect of it, taking every single day, being thankful for it. Then, from a guy at the very bottom of the roster to the guy at the top, understand like, man, I could be either one. I could be that guy one day, I could be that guy one day, so just honestly working with that attitude every single day, so it’s been a real blessing for me.”
Injury Report: Colts missing several key players as matchup with the Eagles looms - Stampede Blue
More concerning however, is the potential loss of someone like Jack Doyle. While the tight end group is a strength, this is the toughest defensive line the Colts have faced yet, and Doyle played a big role in the blocking help that made last week’s victory possible. His loss in both blocking and the passing game are tough to replace. Anthony Castonzo also appears to be likely to miss more time, having aggravated his hamstring injury. Based on the way he was moving against Washington, Marlon Mack might have done the same. Neither of these guys are a huge concern, Castonzo because it is not entirely a surprise and the offensive line has done really well against quality defenses so far. Mack because Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines have been valuable contributors to this point already. Regardless, the Colts facing perhaps the toughest opponent on their schedule without a bunch of their key players is definitely less than ideal.
Hue Jackson scoffs at notion of stolen Philly Special - PFT
“We did not steal that from them,” Jackson told reporters after the victory. “Please. I know everybody wants to think that. We have had that in our back pocket for a while. Go check my tricks from before, and go check [offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s] tricks from before. We all have them. It is just when you pull them out and use them. That is what that is.”
Browns fans finally open those Bud Light fridges to celebrate a win - SB Nation
Free beer is free beer, and Clevelanders earned this one.
I mention this largely because the next week is gonna feature a bunch of takes about how great the Browns rebuild was, how loaded they are, and how smart they were. But the Eagles rebuilt at the same time and already won a Super Bowl and drafted their franchise 2 years earlier.— Noah Becker (@Noah_Becker) September 21, 2018
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