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Healed from knee injury, Corey Clement looks like himself again - NBCSP
Corey Clement looks like himself again. If you didn’t know the third-year running back tore up his knee last December, watching practice on Monday against the Ravens, you certainly wouldn’t have been able to tell. Getting first-team reps for the first time this summer, the 23-year-old running back looked strong, explosive, smooth. Clement looked way less like a guy coming off knee rehab and way more like the guy who carved out a relatively significant offensive role as a rookie in 2017. He’s not even wearing that bulky brace anymore. “I’m out here naked,” said a smiling Clement, looking down at his bare right knee. “I’m fine.” And he’s pretty happy to be done with that brace.

Eagles Practice Notes: Carson Wentz and Josh McCown turn in good showings against Ravens defense - BGN
CARSON WENTZ UPDATE: The Ravens’ defense made life tough on Wentz yesterday but today it was Wentz who excelled. Wentz dropped a dime to Alshon Jefery in the back right corner of the end zone during 7-on-7 for a touchdown. Wentz made a nice downfield throw to a leaping Joshua Perkins in 11-on-11 but the tight end lost control while going to the ground. Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride deep down the field but the ball bounced off the receiver’s hands. It’s too bad Wentz’s targets couldn’t live up to their end of the bargain. Wentz hit DeSean Jackson — who actually caught the ball — on a comeback for a 20-yard gain. Wentz hasn’t made a habit of taking off running during practice sessions but he did do it once against the Ravens today.

Eagles training camp practice notes, Day 18: The final media-attended practice of 2019 - PhillyVoice
In OL-DL drills, we really only got a look at the Eagles’ OL vs. the Ravens’ DL, as the Eagles’ DL vs. the Ravens’ OL was way down at the other end of the field. As usual, Andre Dillard stood out. He looked good anchoring vs. a bull rush by Pernell McPhee, and also stoned Aaron Adeoye. He did kinda-sorta get beaten inside once by Tim Williams. Stefen Wisniewski got beaten badly by Willie Henry Jr. I don’t know anything about Henry Jr., but Wis couldn’t handle his quickness. If I’m the Eagles, Wis wouldn’t be on my 53-man roster. The most noteworthy moment in 1-on-1’s, or actually in this case 2-on-2’s, was that Brandon Brooks took a rep. He tossed McPhee like a rag doll on a stunt. Impressive.

Ravens vs Eagles, Day 2 - Iggles Blitz
The biggest news on Tuesday was OG Brandon Brooks taking part in 1-on-1 drills. Brooks doesn’t get the attention of Jason Peters or Lane Johnson. He doesn’t get the notoriety of Jason Kelce. He doesn’t get the scrutiny of Isaac Seumalo. Brooks quietly does his job at a high level and he’s a key piece up front. Getting him on the field for these drills is a big step in the right direction. Oh yeah, and he looked good in the drills. The key to the 2019 season is Carson Wentz. The key to Wentz is him staying healthy and the key to that is the guys up front playing at a high level. If Brooks can get ready for the opener, that would be great news.

Lawlor: Roster puzzle starting to come together - PE.com
I try to focus on traits and skills rather than just results. Daeshon Hall has ideal length for a pass rusher. He is 6-5 and has 35-inch arms. He has shown a good burst off the ball. He has really worked on his dip, so that he can stay under the pads of the blocker and get by him. The low man wins in the NFL. Hall also mixes in power moves. He’ll extend one of those long arms right into the chest of the offensive tackle. Hall then uses his strength to drive the tackle backward. Hall used inside moves effectively a couple of times in Jacksonville. He looks like a young player who is finally coming into his own. He is only 24 years old.

Top-five offensive linemen through first two weeks of the 2019 NFL preseason - PFF
5. Andre Dillard, Philadelphia Eagles. 83.8 Overall Grade. The lone rookie to make the list, Dillard is making Howie Roseman look like a genius for jumping the tackle-needy Texans to get their guy back in April. They’ve given him an extended run in both of their games, playing 33 snaps against the Titans and 37 against the Jaguars. In both, he’s been lights out in pass protection. Dillard hasn’t allowed a single pressure this preseason and has earned an 84.8 run-blocking grade, to boot.

NFL Preseason Power Rankings: Who’s on the hot seat entering 2019? - ESPN
5) Philadelphia Eagles - Who’s on the hot seat: Mike Groh, offensive coordinator. Why his seat is warm: The Eagles dipped from second in the NFL in points per game in 2017 (28.6) to 18th in 2018 (22.9) under Groh, who took over as offensive coordinator last season when Frank Reich departed to become the Colts’ coach. There were several reasons for the offensive regression, including quarterback Carson Wentz not being himself as he returned from ACL/LCL surgery and dealt with a bad back. But that doesn’t fully explain why Philly consistently had difficulty scoring early in games. This year, there’s no reason why the offense shouldn’t take flight now that Wentz is healthy and surrounded by playmakers.

Preseason Week 2 Notes and Usage - Rotoworld
The Eagles aren’t playing most of their starters, but we got another look at rookie Miles Sanders vs. Jordan Howard. Here are how snaps were divided up in the order of when they came into the game: Drive #1: Sanders (6), Howard (2). Drive #2: Howard (3). Drive #3: Sanders (2), Howard (7), Sanders (3). Total Week 2 First-Team Snaps: Howard (12), Sanders (11). Total Week 1 First-Team Snaps: Howard (9), Sanders (6).

2018 DVOA by Routes: Receivers - Football Outsiders
Dede Westbrook’s [screen] numbers are almost obscenely bad. He did generate four first downs in his 17 targets, but he fumbled on one of them, and his most successful play was listed with 5 air yards in what I suspect was more likely a charting error than a successful receiver screen -- and it only gained 15 yards in total, so it wasn’t one of those huge boom plays that make the screen enticing. Nelson Agholor was worse. His 11 screens produced just one first down, and that was thanks to an unnecessary roughness penalty rather than anything Agholor actually did. The Eagles only threw to him 11 times, or else he surely would have taken the bottom spot on this leaderboard.

How Cowboys’ Dak Prescott Can Benefit From Waiting to Negotiate His Contract - MMQB
If, however, Prescott were able to resist the instant gratification of signing a lucrative contract now, he would gain considerably more leverage in a few months, when he will either be a free agent, able to leverage negotiations among multiple bidders or, much more likely, given the Franchise Tag. At that time the “starting point” for Prescott’s negotiation will not be $2 million, as it is now, but rather $25 million! Once there, an offer of a $30 million bonus with several years of service attached to it will not be so enticing to Prescott. The question is, as it is for all young players in the NFL, can he wait? Prescott won’t get $40 million a year, and may not get $30 million a year (in true terms) in 2019. However, he can pass the $30 million a year threshold and approach the $40 million number if he simply waits until 2020. And, if he has true fortitude, he can even pass the $40 million threshold if he waits until 2021. The Cowboys will waive big upfront money in front of him and subtly—or not so subtly—instill the fear of injury in him. My sense is he will jump and sign and contract. But, to maximize his value, he shouldn’t.

Jerry Jones: I’ve earned the right to joke with Zeke. Let me be real clear about that. - Blogging The Boys
In the immediate aftermath of Jaylon Smith’s contract extension press conference, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke on matters not related to the team’s star linebacker. What other matters are there to talk about these days, though? It’s not like the Cowboys have any other major storylines going on, right? In all seriousness, the extension with Smith pointed to the fact that the Cowboys do not having extensions done with Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, or Ezekiel Elliott.

Jay Gruden Redskins Presser: “There’s no rush to name a starting QB right now” - Hogs Haven
[BLG Note: Case Keenum is the favorite to start Week 1 against the Eagles but we’re still waiting on Washington to officially name a starter.]

Baker Mayfield rips Giants’ selection of Daniel Jones - Big Blue View
Count Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield as a critic of the New York Giants’ decision to make Duke quarterback Daniel Jones the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. “I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones,” Mayfield says in an interview with GQ. “Blows my mind.”

The Great Tanking Debate: Which GM Did a Better Job, Sashi Brown or Sam Hinkie? - The Ringer
Hinkie pioneered the Process and revolutionized the NBA. Sashi shook the NFL and helped resurrect the Browns. Which cult hero’s effort was more impressive? Two writers have it out.

These 3 silly NFL stories make us want the new season to get here already - SB Nation
After Baker Mayfield’s quote about Daniel Jones, #HelmetGate, and “Zeke who,” retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz is counting down the days until kickoff.

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