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Eagles Should Listen To Trade Offers For Carson Wentz - Fox Sports Radio
Brady Poppinga: “If I was in the Eagles organization, I wouldn’t say no to anybody coming and asking me about Carson Wentz. I just say what’s your price. I would be more than willing to part ways with Carson Wentz if somebody paid me the right price.”

Eagles-Falcons Game Preview: 5 questions and answers - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons are set to play each other this Thursday evening at Lincoln Financial Field. In order to preview the Eagles’ Week 1 game, I reached out to our associates over at The Falcoholic. The deferential Dave Choate (@WordsandBeer) kindly took the time to answer my questions about the upcoming contest. Let’s take a look at the answers.

SB Nation NFC East Supercast! - BGN Radio
Bleeding Green Nation has assembled the top writers from its’ rival NFC East teams for this SBNation NFC East Supercast! Get the State of the Union for each team as Michael Kist chats with RJ Ochoa from Blogging the Boys, Ed Valentine of Big Blue View, and Ken Meringolo from Hog Haven! Where do they predict their respective team will finish in the NFC East? Come find out on the first SBNation NFC East Supercast!

Eagles vs. Falcons: Five matchups to watch - PhillyVoice
Foles looked awful in some games last year, and outstanding in others. Thankfully for the city of Philadelphia, he was outstanding in the two most important ones. Still, he is capable of extreme performances, good or bad. Alshon Jeffery is going to be out. Mack Hollins hasn’t practiced. Nelson Agholor has been banged up and only recently returned to practice. Mike Wallace is new to the team. There could be rustiness and timing issues with the Eagles’ routes, particularly on RPO’s. That could affect Foles, who is at his best when he gets into a rhythm. The Eagles like to take shots early in games, but I imagine they’ll try to allow Foles and his receivers to get some easy completions early and gain confidence. But obviously, which Nick Foles shows up on Thursday will be kind of a big deal.

More Moves - Iggles Blitz
Howie Roseman said something very interesting on Saturday when talking about roster moves. He explained that the team viewed Jordan Mailata as a two-year project when they drafted him. They didn’t trade up in the seventh round for the heck of it. This was a player they believed in and were going to patiently work with. I loved this quote from Roseman. “We would rather see him fail in Philadelphia than succeed somewhere else.” That is frickin’ perfect. They embraced the risk of drafting a player with Mailata’s unique background. And it was a group move. Sometimes you have a split between the coaching staff and the personnel staff. There can be two different agendas. That wasn’t the case with Mailata. Doug Pederson, Jeff Stoutland, Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas were all on board. I assume Jeffrey Lurie as well.

Louder Than Words: The Jason Kelce Story - PE.com
Kelce’s passion is apparent to everyone. Johnson says he has a “crazy side to him” that gets the entire offensive line pumped up on gamedays. But more importantly, the work he puts in and the talent he has makes every player around him better. “He gives me a sense of calmness because he’s so smart on the field for us, knowing assignments, and putting everybody in the right positions,” Johnson says. “Just him doing his job so effectively makes it easier for me.”

The Biggest Winners of the NFL Preseason - The Ringer
LT Jordan Mailata, Eagles. The Eagles took a flier on the massive, 6-foot-8, 346-pound Australian Rugby League product with the 233rd pick of the draft, hoping to develop the 21-year-old into a quality football player. That might’ve felt like a long shot—most seventh-round picks are—but according to a few offensive line experts, Philly may have found themselves a gem. Former Steelers tackle Barrett Brooks called Mailata a “starter in the real, near future”; former lineman Brian Baldinger said, “he has everything it takes to be a dominant player”; and former NFL lineman Ross Tucker took it a step further. Mailata’s played just a few weeks of real American football. If he’s the diamond in the rough he’s appeared to be this preseason, it could pay huge dividends for the defending champs, who will need a replacement for the 36-year-old Jason Peters after Peters decides to retire.

Falcons vs. Eagles preview: 5 questions, 5 answers about Atlanta’s Week 1 opponent - The Falcoholic
We asked Brandon Gowton, the amiable Eagles fan and Bleeding Green Nation manager you all remember from his humble (and as it turns out, happily inaccurate for Philly fans) predictions for the Divisional Round game last year. In between celebrating a Super Bowl victory and gearing up for Thursday night’s game, Gowton was kind enough to share his thoughts on the game ahead with us.

Figuring out which Nick Foles will show up on Thursday night - NBCSP
Such a big part of Foles’ game is rhythm. He endlessly says how important it is to get a “feel” for the game. According to him, the more he plays, the better he is. Perhaps that’s why we saw him stink it up late in the regular season last year before going on a tear in the postseason. But what does that say about the start of this season? Does last year’s run carry over? It didn’t seem like it in the preseason. And up until this week of practice, he wasn’t even getting all the first-team reps because he was splitting them with Carson Wentz. Foles compared it to his days as a basketball player.

All-22: A closer look at the Eagles’ screen game - The Athletic
While the Eagles’ screen game was emphasized less last season due to the aforementioned personnel challenges, expect to see more of it in 2018. As the above clips showed, Clement and Ajayi got more comfortable with screen plays down the stretch, and return of Sproles will no doubt have an impact.

‘Stay ready’: Markus Wheaton heeds message from Philadelphia Eagles, returns days after release - PennLive
Wheaton wasn’t sure how much he’ll play or what he’ll do. Right now, the Eagles appear slated to start Mike Wallace, Nelson Agholor and Shelton Gibson, with DeAndre Carter and Wheaton providing support. ”I have no clue, to be honest with you,” Wheaton said. “I see a lot of opportunity with those guys being out, and that’s always exciting for receivers. But how they’re going to play us, how they’re going to rotate us, I’m not sure. I guess we’ll figure that out here soon.”

NFL Preview 2018 - ESPN
The Eagles believe they have the elixir to prevent a Super Bowl hangover: motivation from within. QB Carson Wentz, LT Jason Peters, RB Darren Sproles and LB Jordan Hicks are among the big-name players who were sidelined during the team’s postseason run because of injury. Leaders all, their determination to return to the big show should permeate through the team. Success in the quest to repeat will depend on the health of Wentz, who continues to work his way back from a knee injury. Can he recapture his MVP form? Luckily, the Eagles are blessed with a loaded 53-man roster and arguably have the best backup in the league in Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.

Scramble for the Ball: 2018 Awards and Stat Predictions - Football Outsiders
Bryan: Coach of the Year -- or, again, to give it it’s more accurate title, “most unexpected improvement of fortunes, preferably by a first-year coach.” Andrew: I guess part of that depends on whether the Eagles run the table prior to the return of Carson Wentz. If Philadelphia wins the East again, and Foles plays well again, and the transition back to Wentz is managed smoothly and effectively, Doug Pederson has a very good shot even if the Eagles aren’t objectively better than they were last year. I don’t foresee a similar circumstance for any of the favorites. I think there’s too much in the way of Chicago, and McVay’s team will find it almost impossible to improve sufficiently to allow him to retain the title. At risk of triggering your fanboy tendencies, the most appealing name near the top of the list is Kyle Shanahan. Rams aside, the rest of that division is falling apart. The 49ers appear to have their quarterback and an offense that works for him. Even a 9-7 season there would be enough, I think, to put a young up-and-comer like him in the conversation. That means I think Pederson is the most likely, as his circumstances lend themselves to it, but Shanahan is quite easily the better value.

PFF’s 2018 NFL All-Preseason Rookie Team - PFF
G Aaron Evans, Philadelphia Eagles. Preseason overall grade: 74.8. Evans earned an impressive 81.0 run-block grade while allowing just two pressures in 70 offensive snaps with the Philadelphia Eagles this preseason. The former UCF product went undrafted and was recently released by the Eagles, but he shouldn’t be overlooked much longer.

Report: Detroit Lions signing RB Donnel Pumphrey to practice squad - Pride of Detroit
As for Pumphrey, he set all sorts of records at San Diego State in his four-year career, including all-time rushing record among NCAA Division 1 schools. With the Eagles, however, he only lasted a season, and in his rookie year ended in September after tearing a hamstring and being placed on injured reserve.

How the Philadelphia Eagles Fumbled a ‘PHILLY SPECIAL’ Trademark Filing - Gerben Law
The “Philly Special” stands for more than just the name of a football play. To many Philadelphia Eagles fans it will be forever linked with the Eagles’ first Super Bowl title. Although the PHILLY SPECIAL was a flawlessly executed play, the same cannot be said for the Philadelphia Eagles’ handling of its trademark application for “Philly Special.” For starters, it took the organization 11 days to file for the trademark after the Super Bowl. In that time, there were over 10 other trademark filings for the phrase. Moreover, the application filed by the Eagles contains technical flaws which has jeopardized the validity of the application. The following is a summary and update (as of late August 2018) of the race to obtain a trademark registration for PHILLY SPECIAL.

Former NFL Today analyst Irv Cross has been diagnosed with mild cognitive dementia - Awful Announcing
Irv Cross was part of a different era of the NFL and in sports television. Cross was a cornerback with the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Rams back in the 1960s when getting a concussion meant going right back into the game. And when he was part of CBS from the 1970s through the early 1990s, The NFL Today was required viewing for NFL fans who wanted to know the weather, analysis and injury reports.

How badly an interception hurts a team. - NerdSports
Alex Smith was best in that category, which isn’t too surprising as he did have a great season last year. Brady finished number 2, and Rivers, Wentz, Wilson, Rodgers, Brees and Stafford all finished in the top 10 as you would expect. Maybe the biggest surprise is Jimmy Garappolo finishing 4th overall. And also, for our imaginary friends, Bortles has a higher added points per game average by 0.47. Looking through the chart above, there’s probably one spot that stands out among the rest. Nathan Peterman, who cost his team -0.84 points per game in his four games. As amazing as it is that he actually negatively impacted his team in 2017, Peterman still wasn’t the worst in this category.

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