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Rankings: The top-25 rookies through Week 3 of the 2019 NFL preseason - PFF
10. LB T.J. Edwards, Philadelphia Eagles – 84.6. Former Wisconsin Badger T.J. Edwards has been astounding against the run and in coverage for the Eagles. Four of his run tackles have been for a loss or no gain, and in total, Edwards has eight defensive stops. A 78.0 run-defense grade and 79.8 coverage grade should make Philadelphia excited about Edwards as a prospect.

Jim Schwartz says “nice try” when asked to name the Eagles’ second starting corner - BGN
He also talked about the silver lining to having so many injuries in the secondary last year, is that they had so many other players get playing time and experience. Schwartz said that it not only puts those players in a better position heading into 2019, but puts the whole defense in a better position, having more experienced players — like, Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones, and Avonte Maddox. When asked about who was getting the start opposite Ronald Darby, Schwartz joked, “nice try.” But then pointed out that they are still working and evaluating and they aren’t set in stone with any of it. Later on, Schwartz touted Avonte Maddox and his quick-learning versatility, noting that he can’t think of another player who started at three different positions in his rookie season. And not just start, but also to experience success at each of those positions.

Mailbag: An early look at the Eagles’ biggest draft needs in 2020, and more - PhillyVoice
2) Safety: This one is pretty straightforward. Rodney McLeod is a free agent in 2020, and Malcolm Jenkins is entering his 11th season in the NFL in 2019. Jenkins is under contract for the 2020 season, but he is obviously not happy with his deal, and certainly won’t be next year either if nothing gets done between now and next offseason. I would say that safety is potentially a more dire need than defensive end, but I’ll put defensive end first because of the importance of the position.

Lawlor: The need for speed - PE.com
Speed is a big part of success along the defensive line. Daeshon Hall and Josh Sweat were on the roster last year, but this time around they should be part of the defensive line rotation. Hall and Sweat are big, tall, long pass rushers and they boast tremendous speed. Hall has been terrific this summer. His speed shows up every week. There are the obvious plays when he just flies off the edge and gets back to the quarterback in the blink of an eye. I was really impressed with him on a zone blitz against Baltimore. Hall dropped into coverage and was on the tight end. The pass went to a wide receiver. Hall turned and flew out by the sideline to get in on the tackle. You don’t see a lot of defensive ends show that kind of speed out in space. The Eagles got faster at defensive tackle. That might sound hard to believe, but it is true. Malik Jackson moves really well for a big guy. There was a play last Thursday where the quarterback tried to buy time by getting out of the pocket. Jackson took off in pursuit and I was blown away. He ate up ground in a hurry and forced the ball to be thrown away. I’m only used to one Eagles big man being able to run like that, Fletcher Cox. Offenses are going to have their hands full with Jackson and Cox.

NFL playoff team tiers: Rating all 12 based on their chances to return - ESPN In$ider
They should be back — Philly’s offense is loaded, and allow me to join the chorus of those who believe that Carson Wentz should contend for the NFL’s MVP award. He’s back to full health with an offensive line that features incredible talent and unique depth (a rarity in the NFL), with a well-rounded and versatile group of pass-catchers. While Philly has dealt with a rash of injuries this preseason, most of them look to be ailments that might not cost key players any regular-season game action (notably, Lane Johnson should be good for Week 1). The challenge for Philadelphia is playing in a division that also includes a 2018 playoff team in Dallas, plus the overall strength of the NFC, with several non-playoff teams from last year set up for a better season. That being said, I expect Philadelphia to not only make the playoffs again but contend for the Super Bowl.

The strength of schedule for each NFL team based on opposing quarterback tiers, post-Luck edition - The Athletic
25th hardest) The Eagles’ NFC East opponents field some of the lower-rated quarterbacks on Philly’s schedule this season. Rodgers and Brady are well qualified to pick up any slack. The Eagles also draw Wilson, who has a 3-0 record against them, partly because Philadelphia has not scored more than 15 points in any of those games. Wilson has six touchdown passes and no picks against the Eagles in those games.

3 Philadelphia Eagles to be featured in NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ intro alongside Carrie Underwood - PennLive
The Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” three times this season, but the team’s fans will get the chance to see some of their favorite players all season long on Sunday nights. That’s because quarterback Carson Wentz, tight end Zach Ertz and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox will appear in the “Sunday Night Football” intro with Carrie Underwood, NBC Sports announced Monday.

Making cases for and against 12 Eagles on the roster bubble - NBCSP
The case against: The Eagles probably don’t need to keep six receivers and they’ve had no problem sneaking Greg Ward to the practice squad before. As well as Ward has performed this summer, Hollins was a draft pick and the Eagles seem to think he has more upside, especially when it comes to making big plays. Hollins is clearly the better special teamer.

Completely accurate wide receiver rankings for 2019 - Fake Teams
36. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles. I’m really excited about Jackson playing with Carson Wentz. Wentz has no fear throwing deep, and Jackson should give him plenty of chances to chuck it. [...] 42. Alshon Jeffery – Philadelphia Eagles. It feels a little odd to have so much distance between Jeffrey and the famously streaky DeSean Jackson, but I just can’t get Jeffrey any higher in my ranks.

Key position battles, bubble players, and story lines: What we’ve learned from the Redskins preseason - Hogs Haven
After drafting Dwayne Haskins earlier in the year, Jay Gruden ensured the media and Redskins fans that there would be a quarterback competition. Each of the three quarterbacks would have his opportunity to show he deserved the starting role through his performance and understanding of the offense. Obviously, for those reasons, Colt McCoy had the early lead in the competition only due to familiarity. However, a lingering injury knocked this competition down to a two-man race, leaving Haskins with a legitimate opportunity to win the starting job on the surface of things. The truth of the matter in this competition, though, is that nobody stood out from the beginning. During training camp, neither Colt McCoy nor Case Keenum separated themselves, and Dwayne Haskins early on showed he was not ready for the starting role. That was until the games started; after that, Haskins showed his quick development and understanding of the offense, all while getting adjusted to the speed of the game. His mental understanding and growth were impressive. He has not yet arrived in the sense of consistently throwing catch-able passes. Some sail on him; however, he deserved a better chance in his battle with Case. There is nothing at all wrong with Gruden’s decision to start Case though. Keenum did nothing wrong in the preseason, and his veteran presence will be beneficial to this offense as they try to establish cohesion. More patience is required with Haskins; it will pay off in the end.

Raiders hoping they found a steal in UDFA DT Anthony Rush - Silver And Black Pride
[BLG Note: The Eagles cut Rush to make room for Orlando Scandrick.]

The Ripple Effects of Andrew Luck’s Sudden NFL Retirement - The Ringer
Luck’s decision to retire just before the 2019 season impacts much more than the Colts—it changes the landscape of the league at large. What does this news mean for the division, the AFC, and the 2020 draft?

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