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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/4/18.

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Players survey: Grugier-Hill, Clement, Goedert among Eagles picks to have big years - The Athletic
Brandon Graham: “If I had to pick one, [Corey] Cle-MENT, CLE-ment. I don’t want to say his name wrong [cackles]. He’s just shown me that he’s ready for year two, like he seems more confident than he was last year, even though he was confident then. But now he knows what to expect. I feel like there’s gonna be a lot of downhill running, a lot of big-yardage plays for him.” Rodney McLeod: “I’ll probably say Corey Clement. He’s been doing it all. Obviously he’s been hurt, but before that, running hard. It seems like he’s gained a step. Good hands out of the backfield. He’s been back there on special teams. He’s just a fighter, man, and a competitor and a warrior. Line him up anywhere. I’ve seen him out there dog tired with the ones, twos and threes. And he’s still running. So I’ve been impressed. Obviously he had a good rookie year, but I think he’ll have an even better year this season.”

Over/unders for the 2018 Eagles season - BGN
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Analyzing the Eagles’ practice squad - PhillyVoice
CB De’Vante Bausby: Jim Schwartz said that the team felt confident bringing Bausby up from the practice squad to play if multiple corners went down last year, but aside from Ronald Darby missing 10 games, the Eagles stayed relatively healthy there. Bausby provides the Eagles with some familiarity and versatility as a guy who plays inside and outside.

Looks Like Foles - Iggles Blitz
It would be naive to say there is no reason for concern. I said I expect Foles to play well, but there are no guarantees. We’ve seen Foles struggle even when he’s had the right circumstances. There are times when he just looks off. We could see that on Thursday. This is going to be a huge game for the Falcons and you can bet they’ll do everything they can to win. Foles will need to play at a high level.

Familiar Story: Eagles May Need Reserves To Step Up Big - PE.com
“Physically, I feel good,” Hollins insisted on Monday. “I feel good. I feel ready. Not having Alshon is obviously a shot to the offense, but it’s just an opportunity for us to step up and make plays and take care of business.” The Eagles are banking on having another couple of days of good practices to build some momentum heading into the Thursday game. The preseason was not productive for the offense, primarily because the Eagles just didn’t play a lot of their regulars and didn’t have time to build cohesiveness. “That’s the biggest thing,” Hollins said. “I think just having a real game where we can all be out there together, that’s what it’s going to take for our offense to come together. Until you play that full game together, you really can’t get that full jell. Practice can only get you so far. This first game is going to be an opportunity for us to really get together and mesh.”

Mike Clay’s 2018 NFL projections: Sleepers, unit grades, Super Bowl pick, more - ESPN In$ider
Hardest schedules: 1. New York Giants. The entire NFC East has a tough schedule, but the Giants moved to the top spot when the Bears acquired Khalil Mack. The Eagles are loaded, and Washington and Dallas are both underrated. Meanwhile, showdowns with the AFC South and NFC South will be a challenge. New York’s unique games are against the improved 49ers and Bears.

Falcons offense vs. the Eagles defense: How do they stack up? - The Falcoholic
The Eagles boast an impressive defensive front, led by the dominant Fletcher Cox. Brandon Graham is criminally underrated as a pass rusher. Derek Barnett will be in his second year and looks to take his game to the next level. When you throw Michael Bennett into the mix, this is a defensive line that should be considered one of the best in the league. Throw in a veteran like Haloti Ngata, and you have a line that can stop even the best offensive units. This is a hell of a matchup for the Falcons. The Falcons line is at its best when the play action is working, which means establishing the run early. That will be difficult to do against this tremendous defensive line. The edge has to go to the Eagles here.

Donnel Pumphrey, other RBs to work out with Detroit Lions - Pride of Detroit
Despite his elite production, his athletic profile didn’t suggest a player who could be successful at the NFL level, coming in seriously undersized and without the requisite explosion to take advantage of his superior long speed.

Solak’s 2019 Mock Draft 1.0 - The Draft Network
No. 32 – Philadelphia Eagles. Selection: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma.
I think it’s tough to convince the majority of analysts — not just this Eagles one here — that there’s a more well-rounded roster in the league than Philadelphia’s. But with a Carson Wentz extension looming, there are a few places where fat is likely to be trimmed. Offensive tackle is a big one — Jason Peters is coming off of a massive injury and is over 35 — but they have some in-house options they like. Cornerback could see Ronald Darby leave in free agency, and second-rounder Sidney Jones is still an unknown — but again, there’s youth there to watch play out. Running back, however, might see both Darren Sproles and Jay Ajayi leave in 2019 — one to retirement, the other to free agency, as teams are worried about Ajayi’s knee long-term.

KRAVITZ: Frank Reich is a rookie head coach, but it feels like he’s been here his entire career - WTHR
This entire preseason has been about Andrew Luck. Of course it’s been all about Luck, and it should be all about Luck, who is poised to return to a regular-season game for the first time since January 1, 2017 after the longest recovery from shoulder surgery in human history (this is not official). It’s almost been lost in the wash: Sunday’s home game against the Cincinnati Bengals will mark Frank Reich’s first game as a head coach – anywhere, at any level. Wait, the Colts have a new head coach?

NFL Preseason Power Rankings, Part I: Rookie Quarterbacks, Bad Defenses, and Gruden Grinders - The Ringer
Can the Cowboys return to 2016 form? Is Sam Darnold the prince the Jets were promised? And what is Jon Gruden doing in Oakland?

Colin Kaepernick is the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ campaign - SB Nation
Nike is making former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick the face of its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign.

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