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Eagles News: Nick Foles explains why he left No. 9 in Philly

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/15/19.

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Exclusive interview with Derrick Gunn: Nick Foles may be in Jacksonville, but he’s still the same guy - NBCSP
“No. 9 stays in Philadelphia. That numbers means a lot to me and it pertains to that city. No. 7 was always my childhood number. It was always a number that I loved. I wore it in high school. I wore it in middle school. I always wanted to get it back. And unfortunately when I played at college and I played in the NFL, like, the number was never available. So this was the first time where the number was available. Everyone thought I was going to go back to my No. 9 but it was a great opportunity for me to wear a number that meant a lot to me and leave another number that means a lot to me in the city that I love.”

16 most important players to watch during the Eagles’ second preseason game - BGN
Mack Hollins - #16. I’m not sure if Hollins will be playing but he has been practicing in 11-on-11 so it seems like there’s a chance he’ll suit up. If he does, it’ll be Hollins’ first real action since the Eagles’ first preseason game against the Steelers last summer (August 9, 2018). Hollins hasn’t logged an actual game reception since the Eagles’ Divisional Round win over the Falcons (January 13, 2018). As it currently stands, I don’t think Hollins is in much danger of getting cut. It’d still be good for him to eliminate that doubt by making some plays — whether on offense or special teams — and staying healthy.

Eagles-Jaguars Preseason Preview - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton & John Stolnis preview the week 2 preseason tilt between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

5 questions with Bleeding Green Nation: Preseason Week 2 - Big Cat Country
It’s Week 2 of the preseason, which means we are one step closer to regular season football! The Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles square off on Thursday night at TIAA Bank Field for a (meaningless) contest. Nick Foles is unlikely to play against his former team, but many of this week’s storylines have revolved around Foles’ relationship with the franchise he helped win a Lombardi Trophy, and a city that will forever love him. For more on the Eagles, I reconnected with Brandon Lee Gowton, managing editor of Bleeding Green Nation — SB Nation’s source for all things Philadelphia Eagles

Eagles appear to be shutting down Carson Wentz for their preseason games, as they should - PhillyVoice
Cons of sitting out the preseason: A season ago, the Los Angeles Rams opted to sit a healthy Jared Goff for the entirety of the preseason. In a piece for the LA Times, Sam Farmer spoke with a number of ex-quarterbacks and coaches about that decision. The common theme was that practice settings can’t simulate the speed of the game in the preseason. (The Rams started 8-0 in 2018, and scored at least 33 points in each of their first five games.)

PS Game 2 Preview - Iggles Blitz
QBs – Cody Kessler certainly ain’t Dan Marino, but it sure would be nice if he could play at a functional level. Last week wasn’t good. Nate Sudfeld’s injury gave Kessler a lot more reps in practice so that should help him to be better prepared this time out. Kessler has to show the Eagles something. Anything. If not, they have to start thinking about bringing in a QB.

‘He was a good barista’: Nick Foles’ little-known legacy with the Eagles? Coffee. - The Athletic
“I miss all the coffee he made us,” Carson Wentz said in the spring. “He was a good barista.” Foles’ devotion to coffee, and specifically Bulletproof coffee, has become legendary in the Eagles’ building. He was almost evangelical about it, brewing coffee for teammates and coaches and sharing the health benefits. (Foles officially partnered with Bulletproof 360 Inc. in July.) Mike Groh used to find it waiting on his desk in the morning. Brandon Brooks had a care package sent to him after Foles left for Florida. “There’s definitely a lot of coffee around the room that Nick played a big part in,” quarterbacks coach Press Taylor said. These weren’t coffee runs on the way to work. Rather, Foles took to making the coffee himself. There’s a station in the quarterback meeting rooms with the supplies Foles needed for the task. He would brew about eight ounces of coffee, add a tablespoon of unsalted butter, a tablespoon of brain octane MCT oil and collagen protein, and blend it all, according to Nate Sudfeld. Zach Ertz called it a “full-on process,” joking that he didn’t know how much film they were able to watch while crafting the coffee.

Eagles’ Sidney Jones has health, swagger back entering Year 3 - ESPN
Sure enough, Payton dialed up a Mark Ingram run right at Jones on the Saints’ first offensive play. Ingram barreled through an attempted tackle by Jones and broke off a 38-yard run. Jones was playing in his first game following an extended absence because of the hamstring injury. Payton predicted Jones wouldn’t hold up, and he was right. Jones aggravated the injury and was knocked out of the game. Its secondary decimated, Philly was crushed 48-7 -- the worst defeat of a defending Super Bowl champion in NFL history. ”I didn’t use that as my motivation, but I’m glad you brought that up. That’s another thing [I can use],” Jones said after a training camp practice this summer. “For me, it’s all about personal growth right now. That’s the time of year I’m in right now. So I appreciate you bringing that up for me. But I mean, good game plan for them. They were smart about it.”

Long list of players to watch in preseason game No. 2 -
Johnathan Cyprien, S: Let’s see if Johnathan Cyprien continues to push for a roster spot. He did a good job last week after having been in, what, three practices? The Eagles love their depth at safety and Cyprien is part of that picture at the moment. He’ll get some reps in this game.

Andre Dillard’s pass-blocking prowess shined through in the Eagles’ first preseason game - PFF
His work as a run blocker was a little bit more up-and-down, producing a PFF run-blocking grade of 62.3. On 2nd-and-6 with 6:50 left in the second quarter, he didn’t get enough on Tennessee Titans linebacker Daren Bates initially, with the defender getting around him quickly but not finishing the play with a tackle. He had some nice moments in the running game too though, including working off of a double team and getting to linebacker Rashaan Evans at the second level on 1st-and-10 with 8:30 left in the first quarter. All things considered, it was a strong debut for the first-round draft pick and, while they will be hoping that they don’t need to rely on him to play too much as a rookie, his performance Thursday night should give them confidence that he could do a solid job if called upon in year one.

Amari Cooper dealing with ligament issue in foot, unlikely to participate in preseason - CBS Sports
The three-time Pro Bowler left practice early on Aug. 3 with what was described by the Dallas Cowboys as a heel bruise, and head coach Jason Garrett had hopes on Aug. 6 that Cooper would return to practice that afternoon. He’s since missed every practice and the preseason opener against the San Francisco 49ers, however, and new information points to an issue that may be more concerning than a simple bruised heel. The injury to Cooper is reportedly “more of a ligament thing,” team insider Mickey Spagnola told 105.3FM the Fan on Aug. 13, which would explain why extra rest is needed. A source with knowledge of the situation tells me it is indeed closer to what Spagnola suggests versus what the team originally stated it was, and although a formal diagnosis has not been revealed -- the situation does warrant a higher level of concern. With the season opener against the New York Giants still some weeks away, though, it’s not yet time to panic, either. As it stands, the situation sits somewhere in between those two points of emotion.

7 young quarterbacks who could threaten the NFL’s passing records one day - SB Nation
Carson Wentz has the talent, coaching, and front office support — he just needs to stay healthy. Over the past two seasons, he has missed eight games for the Philadelphia Eagles due to a torn ACL in 2017 and a back injury at the end of 2018. When he’s on the field, he plays like a top quarterback. Since 2017, he’s averaged 265.4 yards per game and has passed for 54 touchdowns. If those stats were extrapolated over 16 games, he’d be averaging 4,247 yards and 36 touchdowns per season. Those numbers are undoubtedly great, but Wentz hasn’t played a full season since his rookie year in 2016. He has yet to actually hit 4,000 yards in a season even though he’s more than capable of that. It’s impossible to predict how many games Wentz will play in the coming years. If he can stay on the field, his name should be near the top of NFL record books when it’s all said and done.


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