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After 2 days of joint practices, Ravens understand hype around Eagles’ offense - NBCSP
There’s been a ton of buzz around Carson Wentz’s upcoming season. Plenty of national talking heads have even picked him as an MVP candidate. All-Pro safety Earl Thomas III understands the hype. After admitting it was tough to get a truly great read on Wentz after just two Eagles-Ravens joint practices this week, the 30-year-old six-time Pro Bowl safety offered this: “I would tell you, in this league there’s a small pool of guys that you would classify at an elite level,” Thomas said to NBC Sports Philadelphia. “And I think he’s definitely in that pool.”

Carson Wentz was burdened and in pain. Here’s how he left that behind - ESPN
And so, this offseason, the quarterback once described by a staffer as a “ghost” in the facility -- because he was always there but holed up grinding game tape -- has become more engaged. Veterans have noticed that he’s making an effort to establish a bond not only with the regular contributors on offense, but everyone on the Eagles’ depth chart. On the practice field during warm-ups, Wentz stops to chat up a couple of defensive backs at the bottom of the roster before jumping in line. He had groups of offensive and defensive players over to his house for a barbecue this summer. He took his offensive linemen out to dinner, knowing the best way to endear himself to the men up front. He brought his receivers out to his Texas home to bond and work out for the week. “We spent a lot of time back in the spring and obviously in the summertime just trying to get together, connect, working out and just bonding off the field,” receiver DeSean Jackson says. “We spend so much time here, but as long as you can get off the field sometimes and not have the playbook involved and just having conversations about life in general just to kind of build [that bond] -- he does that, too.”

9 players to watch during the Eagles’ third preseason game - BGN
Mack Hollins - #16. Hollins looked good on special teams last week but he didn’t do much on offense. Hollins then proceeded to drop two deep receptions in practice this week. Despite his struggles and previous health issues, I don’t get the sense Hollins is in serious jeopardy of getting cut. Special teams performance matters when you’re a fifth receiver and we know that’s one thing Hollins is good at. He can sure help his case by actually making a play or two on offense, though.

The Kist & Solak Show #111: Examining the Eagles’ Offense - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak take a deep dive into the Eagles offense by examining Carson Wentz’s sack analytics, RPOs, 12 personnel, DeSean’s ripple effect and much more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles stock up / stock down at the conclusion of training camp practices - PhillyVoice
RB Miles Sanders: Sanders is easily the mostly explosive running back on the team, but as an added bonus, he has quelled concerns about his ability in pass protection and as a receiver out of the backfield. He should be the starting running back Week 1. I can’t think of any reason why he won’t be, other than that he’s a rookie. In my view, who cares? In the last three years, four rookie running backs have finished in the top 2 in rushing yards. It’s not exactly a difficult position to step into immediately and play well.

PS Game Review – PHI 24, JAX 10 - Iggles Blitz
Daeshon Hall – Another really strong showing. Bit hard on fake and let QB get wide on bootleg. Gotta stay outside-in. Turned and hustled in pursuit so you do like the effort. Just blew by the RT and hit the QB, knocking the ball loose. Gerry recovered. Really good burst and dip. Used his hands to get by the blocker. Hit the ball with his helmet. Blew up run by using inside move to get by TE. Created TFL for LB. Timed his get-off really well. Consistently disruptive. Barely missed another sack. QB stepped up in pocket to avoid Hall. Jumped offside. Lined up at RDE late in the half and got a sack. Used get-off and hands to beat the LT. Spent too much time celebrating after that and almost got burned, but hustled back to the line once he realized it was a hurry-up situation.

2019 NFL Preseason Week 3 Preview: Players to watch in all 16 games - PFF
First-round offensive tackle Andre Dillard really couldn’t have had a better start to his NFL career. The Washington State product has earned an 83.8 overall grade and an even more impressive 89.0 pass-blocking grade across his 70 defensive snaps so far this preseason. And Daeshon Hall is on the same track. The 2017 third-rounder has recorded a 95.4 pass-rush grade across 30 pass-rush snaps, recording a whopping eight total pressures in the process.

RB position may be most difficult to predict on 53-man roster - PE.com
Those are three running backs you’d generally think would make the roster, right? Well, the Eagles are going to have more than three backs on the 53-man roster, and that’s where this gets really interesting. Corey Clement looked great in the two practices against Baltimore and could be in line for some playing time against Baltimore to shed any rust after rehabbing from last season’s knee injury. Clement does it all for the Eagles, including playing a valuable role on special teams. Wendell Smallwood has had an under-the-radar solid summer after – did you know this? – leading the Eagles in cumulative rushing yards the last two seasons. Smallwood has proven he is good football player in this league.

West Point-made Brett Toth joins the Eagles and is ready to serve: ‘Everything that I do represents the Army’ - The Athletic
“Imagine the credibility he’s going to have with those young men and women in the ROTC program to know on Sunday afternoon, they’re going to watch him in an Eagles uniform, and on Monday morning, he’s going to be sitting in a classroom with them,” Monken said. “The credibility and the excitement they’ll have to learn from, and be trained from, an officer like Brett Toth, who is playing NFL football at the highest level with the best players in the world, and he’s … the person who trains them? Not only will it benefit those that are already in the program, but it also may inspire other students who didn’t consider ROTC.” That’s part of the reason Toth is in Philadelphia in the first place. If there’s someone who’s interested and qualified to attend West Point, but they also have ambitions to play professional sports, it does not need to be mutually exclusive. Toth believes the potential for a waiver, highlighted by his presence, “will draw more athletes (to the armed forces), for sure.” And he will bring more attention to West Point, as have other former cadets such as Steelers Pro Bowl offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva. Toth might be at the bottom of the Eagles’ roster right now — down the depth chart and dressing in a temporary locker stall — but he realizes the platform that awaits him and why his visibility matters.

What will the Ravens do at LG? - Baltimore Beatdown
Although the Ravens have exhausted all of their internal LG options, Eric DeCosta has considered looking externally for help at the position. Veterans Vladimir Ducasse and Evan Smith may be considered as viable plugs at for the Ravens. Additionally, the Ravens will keep an eye on a number of Philadelphia Eagles backup offensive linemen, Stefen Wisniewski in particular, as the roster trim-down from 90 to 53 nears.

Madness at 43 Yards: The Bears Kicker Competition Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It - MMQB
Obsession! Conspiracy theories! Questionable Math! Welcome to the Bears kicker competition. Seven months after the ‘double-doink’ sunk their Super Bowl hopes, Chicago is obsessed with finding the right foot as pressure builds toward their next big kick. An inside look at the wildest kicker search ever held, from those who lived it.

Browns sign wide receiver Braxton Miller - Dawgs By Nature
Miller was originally selected by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with the Texans, appearing in 21 games and catching 34 passes for 261 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Texans waived Miller prior to the 2018 season and he was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he spent the year on the practice squad. The Eagles released Miller over the weekend after he failed to make any kind of impact with the team.

Will Josh Doctson be Traded or Released Before the Season Starts? - Hogs Haven
Now, I know MANY Redskins fans wouldn’t be shocked if Doctson is traded before the season starts, but an outright cut? If this is indeed true (and it seems like it’s very possible), that Doctson is behind Richardson, Quinn, McLaurin, and even Sims on the depth chart, would it surprise you if the Redskins release him?

The so-bad-they’re-good new XFL team names, ranked - SB Nation
The XFL is back, baby! I don’t know how you should feel about it. Truth be told, I don’t even really know what to think about it. It’s 2019 and the XFL is coming back and we’re getting a new Matrix movie. Down is up, time is a flat circle, and everything is weird. More football is good though, because we have a never-ending, unquenchable thirst for large men moving an egg-shaped ball into designated scoring position. On Wednesday, the XFL unveiled its first eight teams, and now in the time-honored tradition of the internet we must judge these team names to determine which one reigns supreme.

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