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Eagle Eye: Daeshon Hall, Josh Sweat show plenty of promise for D-line -
The third rep happened in the third quarter. It’s third-and-4, and Sweat relied on a powerful long arm move to violently collapse the pocket before exploding into the quarterback just as he released the ball. Sweat flashed the use of this move in college, but not to this level, as he made mincemeat of tackle Austin Pasztor, a former starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The ball was nearly intercepted by Orlando Scandrick, but the tipped pass instead was caught for a first down. Later in the series, on third-and-12, Sweat busted out that long arm move again, forcing his way through Pasztor’s outside half to find the shortest path to the quarterback who had to step up in the pocket. This allowed Daeshon Hall, who used a combination of moves to beat the right tackle, to get home for a strip-sack. Throughout the course of the night, Sweat tried to work on stringing multiple moves together. He won high side (meaning on the offensive tackle’s outside shoulder) and low side (inside shoulder), impacted the run game, and showed off the motor and athleticism that made him one of the most intriguing defensive prospects in the 2018 NFL Draft. I love watching young players develop, and watching Sweat make these steps in the right direction is a lot of fun to see

5 quarterbacks the Eagles could consider signing with Nate Sudfeld injured - BGN
This is the most realistic option that makes sense for the Eagles. Johnson seems like he’d be willing to accept the role the Eagles need right now as a guy who could help fill preseason reps and compete with Kessler and Thorson. Johnson could reasonably be a backup to Wentz early in the season until Sudfeld is ready to return. Johnson is hardly an overly inspiring option when you look at his career stats: 1-7 as a starter, 55.2 completion percentage, 6.1 yards per attempt, eight touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 61.7 passer rating. I’ve always kind of liked Johnson relative to what he is, though. He offers the added bonus of mobility with 5.9 yards per rush attempt. And I thought he looked decent with Washington last year for what you could reasonably expect out of him only signing with the team in early December and playing with a terrible supporting cast. Johnson is definitely better than what Thorson offers right now and he might even be able to beat out Kessler.

The QB Scho Show #28: Eagles’ Week 1 Preseason “Quarterbacking” - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield review the performances from the three Eagles’ quarterbacks in week 1 of preseason action against the Titans, plus a discussion on the Nate Sudfeld injury and a suggestion for a possible replacement! POST-RECORDING UPDATE: It’s being reported that Nate Sudfeld will only miss six weeks, meaning two weeks of the regular season if that projection is accurate. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Nate Sudfeld Update - Iggles Blitz
There is no question that Josh Sweat has serious physical ability. His length and his power just jump off the screen when you watch him at his best. That’s why he can be so frustrating. A player with his ability should be blowing up plays left and right. If Sweat can build off the good plays, he can still become a key role player for this team. The potential is there. And I do think it is important to note that he got better as the game went along. I was very impressed with what I saw from Daeshon Hall vs the Titans. He is playing his way onto the roster and possibly into the rotation if he can keep that up. The young DTs looked good. The Eagles have serious depth on the inside of the defense.

PFF ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 1: Tennessee Titans 27, Philadelphia Eagles 10 - PFF
Daeshon Hall‘s strip-sack was his biggest highlight, but he wreaked havoc on the Titans’ offensive tackles all night in the passing game. Midway through the third, he found his way to knock down Woodside again after an ill-attempted cut block was pushed aside. Tight end Dallas Goedert and quarterback Nate Sudfeld showed a nice rapport early. They connected for three first downs in the first quarter, as Goedert kept finding a way to get open. Goedert also had a decent performance as a run blocker.

Five NFL trades we want to see before Week 1, like A.J. Green to 49ers and Eagles adding a QB - CBS Sports
Eagles get: QB Trevor SiemianJets get: 2020 fifth-round pick. A true Howie Roseman blockbuster would be assembling a package for a top pass rusher to rotate with Derek Barnett opposite Brandon Graham (like, say, Jerry Hughes, who plays for a team that might have use for a guy like Halapoulivaati Vaitai). But after Thursday night, priority No. 1 has suddenly become finding an experienced backup for Carson Wentz, who -- in case you forgot -- has been prone to miss games. Nate Sudfeld may very well be sidelined for much of the 2019 season after suffering a broken wrist in his preseason debut, and Siemian -- even more proven than Sudfeld -- would make for an instant upgrade over Cody Kessler. The Jets, of course, signed Siemian to be the No. 2 behind their own youngster, Sam Darnold. But they signed him months before new general manager Joe Douglas, a noted member of the Eagles’ title-winning front office, came over from Philly. That’s not to say Siemian’s unwanted, but is the drop-off from him to, say, free agent Josh Johnson so steep that Douglas would turn down a future pick for his Jets reconstruction? (Fun fact: Johnson once signed with the Bears back when Douglas was in Chicago’s front office, too.) Douglas could help his old friends out and gain some draft capital for a guy the Jets will likely replace after 2019 anyway.

Top 25 Prospects In Review: 2008 - Football Outsiders
13. Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles — Like most players on this list, Celek had to regroup before he made his big debut on the scene. 2008 was another year of low targets behind Smith -- he wound up with 298 yards on 64 targets and a -15.9% DVOA. Celek broke through the door in the 2008 playoffs, catching 10 balls against the Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game. From 2009 to 2012, Celek was the primary Eagles tight end, and his big 2009 (968 yards, eight touchdowns, 169 DYAR on 112 targets) was an indicator of the peak of his talent. If the Eagles hadn’t drafted Zach Ertz, Celek probably gets a few more years of solid statistical output. As it is, he ended up a Philly folk hero. A player in the line of Celek probably wouldn’t have the raw top-tier talent to get me excited about putting him at the top of a prospects list today, but he’d be such a safe bet that he’d be an easy bottom-15 placement.

Buffalo Bills trade Eli Harold for rookie OL Ryan Bates - Buffalo Rumblings
Harold, 25, had signed a one year, $895,000 contract with the Bills a few weeks before the 2019 NFL Draft. Once training camp sorted out the depth chart, it became increasingly clear that Harold wouldn’t be able to make the active roster. Behind the starting rotation of Jerry Hughes, Trent Murphy, and Shaq Lawson, the team had two promising youngsters in Mike Love and Darryl Johnson.

Detroit Lions working out 2 quarterbacks: Josh Johnson, Landry Jones - Pride Of Detroit
According to a report for NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Detroit Lions will work out two quarterbacks on Saturday. Former Buccaneers passer Josh Johnson and former Steelers draft pick Landry Jones will visit Allen Park in the hopes of landing on the Lions’ 90-man roster and potentially beyond.

Antonio Brown could quit over his helmet? Let us explain - ESPN
This can’t be real. Oh, but it is. Brown participated in a two-hour conference call on Friday, Schefter reported, as part of a grievance that he hopes will provide an exception to wear his old helmet. That model is a Schutt Air Advantage, according to a league source, and it was discontinued by the manufacturer earlier this decade.

3 ways the Cowboys could deal with their Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper contract situation - SB Nation
Jerry Jones has a problem on his hand. The blossoming stars of his offense are about to go from the league’s biggest bargains to some of the game’s highest-paid players. Quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are each entering the final years of their rookie contracts. Running back Ezekiel Elliott’s deal realistically won’t expire until after the 2020 season, but he’s threatening to skip the entire 2019 campaign if he doesn’t get a major pay raise after leading the league in rushing yards in two of his first three seasons.


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