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NFL Network to air two Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl specials Wednesday night - PennLive
NFL Network will air a pair of specials on the 2017 Eagles on Wednesday night, the network announced Friday. The Eagles kick off the season Thursday night against the Atlanta Falcons. NFL Network will air a program called “Philly Special: Doug Pederson and the 2017 Eagles” at 8 p.m. According to a release, the special will feature interviews with coach Doug Pederson, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie. It will be narrated by Leslie Odom Jr.

Former NFL doctor says Carson Wentz is “still multiple weeks away” from returning - BGN
It’s been widely reported that the Philadelphia Eagles will start Nick Foles — not Carson Wentz — at quarterback when the reigning Super Bowl champions open the 2018 NFL season against the Atlanta Falcons this week. Wentz, as we know, is still making his way back from the ACL/LCL injury he suffered last December. So, if Wentz won’t be ready to play Week 1, when WILL he be back? Former NFL doctor David J. Chao (@ProFootballDoc) offered some thoughts on the matter in a recent post for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Spoiler: he doesn’t think Wentz is SUPER close to returning.

The Kist & Solak Show #5: Over/Unders & Roster Updates - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak get you up to date on all your Eagles news! Discussions around a trade, a waiver claim, and the practice squad and then a deep dive into the Over/Unders for the team and individuals as we draw ever so close to the 2018 NFL Season!

2018 NFL season predictions - PhillyVoice
The season hasn’t even begun yet, and the Eagles are already dealing with losses to key players. Their Week 1 matchup against Atlanta could end up having major playoff seeding implications.

On The Mack Mistake And Why Super Bowl 53 Will Be Rams-Patriots - FMIA
Coach: Doug Pederson, Philadelphia. The defending Super Bowl champ wouldn’t normally win this, but I’ve got the Eagles surviving the early questions at quarterback to go an NFL-best 13-3. The contenders: 2. Bill Belichick, New England. 3. Anthony Lynn, Chargers. 4. Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati. 5. Doug Marrone, Jacksonville.

On Khalil Mack, Aaron Donald and the Value of a Franchise Defensive Player - MMQB
As for where Wentz needs to be, I did talk to Rams team doctor/renowned knee surgeon Neal ElAttrache on Sunday. He’s close with Wentz’s surgeon, Jim Bradley, and says the Eagles and Bradley are doing everything by the book according to the science. What the Eagles are looking for now is that the protective mechanics are working in Wentz’s knee (basically ensuring everything is balanced and aligned between the quad, the hamstring and the glute, based on firing patterns) to mitigate any sort of risk of re-injury. The actual ACL graft won’t be at full strength until about 18 months post-surgery. The LCL, which supports rotation, is still mending. And protective mechanics ensure they’ll get the chance to get back to 100 percent through play. So yeah, for now, as to Wentz’s return, this is a whole bunch of “We’ll see.”

With Doug Pederson, there’s always a method to his madness - NBCSP
What about his growing frustration with the media? I keep getting asked on Twitter whether I’m concerned about his demeanor in press conferences. What does it mean? What does it say about him? And, you know what? I don’t worry about it. Because I know with Pederson there’s always a method to his madness. Now, Ray Rhodes used to blow up in pressers all the time when he was head coach of the Eagles, and with him, you worried because he was out of control. He was up there sweating and screaming and cursing, and you wondered if he would make it through the season. With Pederson? You don’t get that sense. It all seems calculated. It all seems reasoned out. He sounds pissed but he doesn’t seem pissed, if that makes sense. Everything Pederson does or says is carefully thought out and planned to try and achieve a specific result.

Offense Looks To Regain Its Identity - PE.com
They’ll have to do so knowing there are substantial challenges. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery is “day to day,” according to Pederson, following offseason surgery on a rotator cuff injury he played with in 2017. He’s practicing, but can he get back into game shape for Thursday? Left tackle Jason Peters and running back Darren Sproles, stars forever, will see their first game action since the ’17 campaign. Running back Jay Ajayi said on Sunday that he did not practice, but will return on Monday from a foot injury that he’s had to overcome and that it might take him some time to get right back into rhythm in the Eagles’ backfield.

Film and numbers: Ten thoughts on the Eagles-Falcons matchup - The Athletic
Foles is a high-variance quarterback. He can either look like he did in the Super Bowl or he can look how he has this preseason. In the Falcons game last year, it was actually a little bit of both. He was way off on a corner route to Trey Burton in the first half that could have been a big gain. And Foles had the pass just before halftime that should have been picked off by Neal. The Falcons’ safety jumped, his knee hit the ball, and it ended up landing in the hands of Torrey Smith for a 20-yard gain. It was probably the biggest break the Eagles got during their Super Bowl run. Overall, it was a sloppy first half in the divisional round game. The Eagles fumbled on their first three possessions, but recovered two of them. In the second half, Foles found a rhythm, specifically with the RPOs. He was excellent out of 11 personnel in that game: 16-for-20 for 194 yards. The Falcons even played nickel at times against two tight-end sets. Overall, when Atlanta was in nickel, Foles picked them apart to the tune of 20-for-23 for 211 yards. The Eagles’ most common personnel grouping in this game will likely be 11 with Mike Wallace, Mack Hollins and Nelson Agholor as the receivers. Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford are good outside corners. Brian Poole will line up in the slot.

It’s the Eagles’ time to do it all over again. Are the Super Bowl champions ready to return to the fray? - Daily News
So, after all the banner-hanging and related Super Bowl LII hoopla Thursday evening, will the Eagles really be ready to kick off the 2018 NFL season, against an Atlanta team considered a top NFC contender? ”We gonna see, ain’t we?” right tackle Lane Johnson said, with a forced laugh. “We had Nelson [Agholor] out there today. Alshon was out there running around [on his own]. We’re getting some guys that haven’t been in for a while, getting the reps. Doing the best we can with what we have. We kind of went this way last year with injuries. It’s tough to deal with, you wish you could have everybody, but we’ll make it do.”

Bengals signing QB Christian Hackenberg to the practice squad - Cincy Jungle
Hackenberg has been a bust to this point, but he’ll attempt to develop further in Cincinnati under new quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.

Colts trade TE Darrell Daniels to Seahawks in return for WR Marcus Johnson - Stampede Blue
Johnson was in Philadelphia last season with coach Frank Reich, and is a second-year undrafted talent as is Daniels. Johnson played in 10 games for the Eagles last season, was targeted 8 times, recording 5 receptions. Johnson was reportedly playing well for the Seahawks throughout the preseason, but ran into a crowded position.

UCLA Loses 26-17 to the Cincinnati Bearcats - Bruins Nation
Dorian Thompson-Robinson needs to start and take every single snap for the rest of the year. If we’re young, which we are, embrace the youngsters and let them learn on the job. Kazmeir Allen needs as many touches as he can get. Chip Kelly needs to dust off the rust as well, and hopefully this game will start that process, because Chip did not coach a good game today, and we did not bring Chip in to coach a game like that. Chip did not put DTR in quality positions to succeed, and granted, DTR did not play well, but it starts with the preparation and the play calls.

There’s a secret sauce to creating big plays - SB Nation
We asked Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and more of the NFL’s biggest playmakers how they get all that yardage.

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