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Daeshon Hall is standing out on the Philadelphia Eagles’ edge rotation - PFF
His 95.4 grade is tops in the NFL among edge rushers in the preseason through Thursday’s slate of games, and his grade is a full 30 points higher than it was last season when he was cut by the Panthers. The former Aggie put up eight pressures last preseason too, but those pressures came on nearly 40 more pass-rushing attempts. He leads all edge rushers in overall pass-rushing grade and is tied with Malik Reed of Denver for the most total pressures through two games. Right now Hall has a significant lead on the pair of fourth-round picks that he’s competing with for the final spot in the Eagles’ rotation. Josh Sweat, the team’s 2017 fourth-round pick, and rookie fourth-rounder Shareef Miller have yet to record a pass-rushing grade of 70.0. If Hall is able to produce at even a fraction of this rate going forward, the rich will have gotten richer in Philadelphia.

Eagles 53-man roster prediction after two preseason games - BGN
Perhaps the concerns about the Eagles’ defensive end depth were overblown. Daeshon Hall has been an absolute beast in the preseason. He currently deserves to be the team’s fourth defensive end. Sweat hasn’t played quite as well as Hall but he’s clearly earned his spot on the roster. Miller has made some plays in the preseason and it’s not like the Eagles are cutting their 2019 fourth-round pick. So I guess that means keeping six.

The Kist & Solak Show #110: Eagles-Jaguars Preseason Recap - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak recap the Eagles’ second preseason game against the Jaguars! PLUS talk about Nick Foles’ outlook in Jacksonville, winners, losers, and Nugget! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles 53-man roster projection after the second preseason game - PhillyVoice
Marken Michel and Greg Ward have had better training camps and preseason contributions than Mack Hollins, but I don’t think the Eagles are close to giving up on Hollins yet to make room for either guy, and I don’t think there’s enough room on the roster for 6 wide receivers, unless they are “must-haves.” Michel and Ward have had their moments, but they’re not that.

Another OL to the Mix - Iggles Blitz
Hall was good enough to be a third round pick out of Texas A&M. He had great length and good athleticism. For whatever reason, things didn’t click for Hall when he was with the Panthers. Thankfully they cut him and he came to Philly. The Eagles had him bulk up and he’s spent a lot of time working on his technique. Hall is on his way to making the Eagles roster and becoming part of the DL rotation. I know the coaches say good things about Josh Sweat, but I can’t imagine they have him graded higher than Hall right now.

Daeshon Hall part of promising start for young DE core - PE.com
“I’m comfortable (in the scheme) and I’ve just been practicing real hard and taking my practice habits to the field,” Hall said. “Coach Phil (defensive line coach Phillip Daniels) and all the old guys have been working on my fundamentals and I’m doing it on the field. I feel like this is my best football since I’ve been in the NFL. My body is good, my weight is where I want it, and my strength is good. I worked a lot on that in the offseason and it’s paying off. There is always room for improvement, and I feel like I can get more, so I’m going to get back to practice and work on doing that.”

Eagles preseason report: Andre Dillard speaks, Daeshon Hall stands out, updates on Nate Sudfeld & Fletcher Cox - The Athletic
“The whole offseason was important for him,” defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz said. “When he came to us, he was a 3-4 outside linebacker, and had worked, like, really hard to keep weight off. Then get him halfway through the season, and then he’s working to put weight on. It’s a tough situation. … Now he’s added some weight. You see a little bit bigger physical stature for him. Can do some things. I think you’re seeing a stronger, more physical player than when he got here last year.” Hall said he’s gained 30 pounds since arriving in Philadelphia, giving him the strength needed to fight off blocks. He believes this summer is the best he’s played since entering the NFL, and he didn’t let a shoulder injury last week impede his ascent on the depth chart. There’s still two weeks remaining in the preseason, but if what the Eagles have seen in practices and games matters most, Hall should be on the roster. “That boy, whatever you throw at him, whatever you teach him, he works at it in practice, and things are starting to work for him,” defensive end Brandon Graham said. “He’s done a good job proving that he’s got something to help this team.”

Fantasy football ‘Do Not Draft’ list: Why Patrick Mahomes is on it - ESPN In$ider
Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Ertz is healthy and productive but here is a reminder: You are not drafting last season’s numbers. Ertz averaged 75 catches for 831 yards and 4.7 touchdowns the prior three seasons. He was terrific, and a borderline top-five tight end, and fun to invest in, but not a third-round pick. He is currently going 25th overall. Nope. The Eagles have myriad weapons, more than last season. DeSean Jackson is back to stretch the field. A hotshot rookie running back arrived and he will catch passes. Tight end Dallas Goedert is back for Year 2 with a similar skill set to Ertz’s, but more blocking ability. More than 100 catches for Ertz is simply not happening again.

NFL Runway with Vinny and Dave: NFC East - Football Outsiders
Vince: The Eagles have really cool helmets. They should go back to kelly green -- the midnight green they use is too dark, especially when they break out black jerseys and it’s hard to tell where one color ends and the other begins. Otherwise I don’t have a lot to say here. There’s nothing earth-shattering or special about the design of the Eagles’ uniforms, but there’s nothing offensive about them either, and they’re immediately recognizable when they pop up in highlights at halftime. That’s really all I ask for.

Eagles stock up, stock down after preseason win over Jaguars - NBCSP
Stefen Wisniewski: I don’t know what’s going on with Wiz, but he just can’t seem to snap the football right now. It’s really strange that an NFL veteran — a guy who has been a starter in this league at center — keeps having these wild snaps, but they’ve happened all training camp and now in the first two preseason games. Really, I think the Eagles’ backup center is Isaac Seumalo, but the Eagles have always liked Wiz’s versatility. That doesn’t mean much if he’s a liability at center.

The Cowboys’ 2019 Hopes Lie in the Hands of the NFL’s Youngest Play-caller - The Ringer
Kellen Moore has just one year of coaching experience under his belt. This season, he’s tasked with getting Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to justify their looming mega-extensions.

Who will be the NFL’s highest-paid player in 2023? - SB Nation
It seems unlikely the Chiefs would allow Mahomes to play a snap in ‘21 without a new contract. Most high-level young quarterbacks get new contracts before free agency can even appear on the horizon. The Eagles did so this spring when they signed Carson Wentz to a four-year, $128 million extension. Andrew Luck had his fifth-year option exercised by the Colts, but came to terms on a five-year, $123 million extension in 2016 before the regular season could begin. Each was locked in to his team with a full season before he could even test the open market. We’re pushing toward an NFL where Mahomes will almost certainly be its highest-paid player, but that contract is likely to come in 2021 or earlier. Will his future megadeal hold up as the league’s biggest heading into the 2023 season?

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