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PFF’s NFL Team of the Week: 2019 NFL Preseason Week 1 - PFF
Edge Daeshon Hall, Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles already have the best pass-rush in the NFL according to our grades, and Daeshon Hall showed the potential to add even more depth to that this week. From 19 pass-rushing snaps, Hall registered a sack, three hits, a hurry and forced a fumble. He also registered four tackles, all resulting in a defensive stop. [...] ST Treyvon Hester, Philadelphia Eagles. Hester only saw three special teams snaps this week, all on the field goal/extra point block team, but he came away with a blocked extra point, and that’s good enough for us.

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Not Carson Wentz’s sharpest day - BGN
Josh Sweat had an active practice. The second-year defensive end disrupted a Sanders run attempt that allowed Timmy Jernigan to swallow up the running back. Sweat also did a nice job of driving Dillard back with power towards the quarterback. Jernigan, by the way, has had a very strong offseason. He looks like he’s back in early 2017 season form. The Eagles’ talent and depth at defensive tackle is pretty impressive. Jim Schwartz’s defense is going to generate a lot of interior disruption in 2019.

The BLG-Thorson Throw-Off Challenge - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton & Benjamin Solak continue to recap the Eagles first preseason game against the Titans, and update you, gentle listener, on the Eagles Saturday practice, PLUS BLG challenges Clayton Thorson to a throw-off! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles training camp practice notes, Day 13: A lot of Jason Peters vs. Josh Sweat - PhillyVoice
I watched a lot of Josh Sweat vs. Jason Peters today. Sweat beat Peters for a sack on an inside move early in practice, which seemed to wake Peters up. From there on out, Peters was motivated and he looked a lot like his old dominant self. [...] I’ll also note that Peters looked agile pulling to the right on a run play. A season ago, Peters was still recovering from his ACL tear. The bet here is that he’s (a) more durable this season, and (b) better than he was in 2018.

Tweaking - Iggles Blitz
L.J. Fort’s athleticism really stood out to me on Thursday night. Fran has some great clips there where you can see Fort’s burst and change-of-direction ability. If he can move like that, you want him on the field in games. Nate Gerry couldn’t do that when he was a DB. You do sacrifice some size, but I’ll take those movement skills in today’s NFL.

Sense Has To Prevail in Antonio Brown’s Unsafe Helmet Gripe. Right? - FMIA
I think I had this opinion as I left Eagles’ camp: Nate Sudfeld is one of the 10 most important players on a very strong roster. So that was a very bad thing that happened in the preseason opener, Sudfeld breaking his left wrist and being lost for part of the regular season. Now the Eagles will have to hope Cody Kessler, who was imported as insurance/third-QB purposes only, can hold the fort till Sudfeld gets back. Luckily for them, Sudfeld should be back by late September. For those who think it’s silly that a backup quarterback is one of the 10 most important people on the roster, just remember the last two mid-Decembers, when Carson Wentz was lost for the season. The backup quarterback has been vital two straight years for Philadelphia. Maybe the backup quarterback won’t matter to the Eagles this year, but you can’t count on that.

Antonio Brown’s Helmet Drama Is Exactly What Jon Gruden and the Raiders Bargained For - MMQB
I’m in Richmond now, and we’ll have more this week on the Redskins’ quarterback competition. But I can say now that coach Jay Gruden told me he wants this resolved after the team’s third preseason game, which is just 10 days away. “I think it’ll come probably sooner than later, because you’d like to get that guy ready to go,” he said. “I’d like to hopefully make that decision after the third preseason game, so we can get two weeks to get ready for Philadelphia with the starter.” For now, first-round pick Dwayne Haskins is still chasing Case Keenum and Colt McCoy. The question, then, is whether Haskins can close the gap quickly enough to fit Gruden’s timeline. “I’d say the vets probably have a little bit of a leg up on him, just because they’re vets and they’ve played,” the coach said. “Case has played a lot of football, of course he’s new to the system. Colt’s an experienced guy in the system, he’s coming off that injury, we just have to see how he is running around. He got a little nicked today on it, from a confidence standpoint, from a stability standpoint. But they have a little bit of a leg up on [Haskins], just because of their knowledge of third down and red zone concepts. There’s a lot Dwayne still has to learn, but he can get there.

‘This ain’t nothing’: Eagles veterans reflect on old-school training camp - Inquirer
DeSean Jackson, whose first year was 2008, said he almost didn’t even make it through the three-day rookie mini-camp. “I questioned myself, like, “Is this what I want to do for the rest of my career?’ ” he said. “I almost wanted to quit it was so hard.” Brandon Graham had to experience only one of Reid’s notorious camps. About a week-and-half in, he said, he and fellow rookie Nate Allen, as they sat in the hot tub, contemplated leaving Lehigh. They wouldn’t have been the first or last. A year later, defensive end Ricky Sapp up and left – and that was after the new CBA. Graham said that days would pass without Reid’s curtailing practice. “I was like, ‘Man, we had such a hard day yesterday, he got to back off today.’ I said that for about two weeks straight,” Graham said. “It was the same [practice] and Coach Reid’s [practices] would let you know if you wanted to play or not. “Like when we say, ‘Are you interested or are you committed?’ You just can’t fake that.”

The new normal: Practice tempo used as game reps -
Understand this about the way Eagles head coach Doug Pederson approaches practices, takes pride in the tempo, and the intensity each day at the NovaCare Complex, that there is a whole lot more going into the evaluation of players than the reps they get in the preseason games. The NFL is evolving, folks, and that includes the way the coaching staff wants to look at players. No longer is it a guarantee that the “starters play at least a half” in the third preseason game, as has kind of been an unwritten rule for many seasons. The trend across the league is that starters are playing fewer and fewer snaps in games and playing more snaps in the practices. “This is the thing, a game rep, yeah OK, but if you watched practice today, this is a game,” Pederson said on Saturday when asked a question about running back Miles Sanders. “We’re not tackling to the ground, but from a contact standpoint, from reading the hole, from burst, acceleration, these are game-like practices.”

‘It’s nice to feel wanted’: New Philadelphia Eagles DE Eli Harold ready for next chapter - PennLive
“Um, I really don’t like talking about the past, but I’ll touch on it a little bit,” Harold said. “Just the opportunity wasn’t there, I feel like. A guy had got hurt, and my playing time had went up, and then when I had my daughter — my daughter was born the fourth week, fifth week of the year — then after that, I feel like it just fell off. I was still doing everything I could. I was doing my best and I would talk to the coaches, and they would say that nothing was wrong and I was doing everything I was supposed to do, so I don’t know what happened. I guess they were telling me one thing, but saying another thing in meetings or whatever, but I went to work every day, tried to be better and that’s all I can do. It just didn’t work out.”

How Eagles rookie Ajene Harris played in a game two days after signing - NBCSP
Ajene Harris had a decision to make. As he boarded a five-hour red-eye flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to sign his first professional contract, he had two options. Harris could either sleep or study his months-old notes to get ready for a practice he might not even make. The answer was easy. “I’m like, ‘Man, I don’t have time to sleep!’” Harris said. While he was working out in Southern California last Monday, Harris got a call from the Eagles around 4 p.m. and was on a red-eye to Philly by 9. He landed at about 6 a.m. on Tuesday, passed his physical and got on the field at about 9:50 a.m. with practice already underway. He stretched quickly with an assistant coach and jumped right in for a few reps. Just two days later, the undrafted rookie cornerback from USC played 17 snaps in his first-ever NFL game. It was a crazy week.

Giants’ injury news: CB DeAndre Baker going for MRI on knee - Big Blue View
This “uh-oh” news about Baker, the team’s starting cornerback opposite veteran Janoris Jenkins, worsens an already tenuous situation at cornerback for the Giants. Grant Haley missed Thursday’s game with a shoulder and Sam Beal sat out with hamstring and groin issues. Beal did not practice on Sunday and Haley worked in limited fashion with a yellow non-contact jersey.

Early signs: Jets GM Joe Douglas has a plan, and Adam Gase likes it - ESPN
Joe and the volcano? Joe Douglas looked a bit lost on Thursday night. Surrounded by his front-office lieutenants, he walked into the wrong room in the bowels of MetLife Stadium as he made his way to the locker room after the Jets’ preseason opener. He quickly realized his mistake. Hey, it was new territory for him. In terms of performing the duties of general manager, Douglas seems to know exactly where he’s going. And this pleases coach Adam Gase, who, in case you haven’t heard, didn’t see eye-to-eye with the previous GM, Mike Maccagnan.

How you can make sense of the Antonio Brown helmet controversy - SB Nation
Well, you can’t say the NFL doesn’t provide unique stories to consume and discuss. Antonio Brown, new Raiders receiver, has been away from the team dealing with a foot issue. If you’ve seen the photos, you know it’s legit. The Raiders haven’t officially said what happened, but the team and Brown are dealing with what is reported to be frostbite. We knew this. And now we know so much more. On Friday, we got a glimpse into an odd issue that’s keeping Brown off the field. It started with Mike Silver’s tweet storm, followed up by his article and further reporting by Adam Schefter: Brown’s preferred helmet isn’t available anymore and he won’t play until he’s allowed to wear it.


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