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DeSean Jackson’s Stats Aren’t The Flashiest, But He Makes His Teams Better - FiveThirtyEight
It’s also possible that the effect Jackson seems to be creating for his team is really just a result of his own efficiency. After all, he’s averaged 9.7 yards on the 1,057 passes he’s been thrown in his career, counting incompletions. But last year, Jackson’s ability to threaten defenses deep did seem to significantly benefit his team’s primary receiver. Mike Evans averaged a career-best 11.0 yards every time a pass was thrown his way, a startling 2.4 yards greater than his prior season high (in 2014). And Evans was thrown the ball 138 times, nearly twice as frequently as Jackson (74 targets). For Washington, Jackson’s tight end teammate Vernon Davis (2016) boosted his yards per target by over 3.0 yards from the prior year. And another Washington tight end, Jordan Reed, averaged 7.8 yards per target with Jackson from 2014 to 2016 and since has dropped to just 6.5. During Jackson’s last stint in Philly, Riley Cooper averaged 9.9 yards per target, 10th-best in the league that year. But the next year, without Jackson, that collapsed to 6.1. Cooper has been out of the NFL since 2015.

Philadelphia Eagles 53-man roster projection: Final edition - BGN
WIDE RECEIVER: Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Mack Hollins. Jeffery, Jackson, and Agholor is a nice trio of starting receivers for Wentz to work with due to their varied skill sets. Arcega-Whiteside has proven he at least deserves some snaps as a role player. Hollins rounds out the Eagles’ receiving corps as a special teams ace. Greg Ward had a nice summer but he’s nothing special to where the Eagles MUST keep him. Look no further than how Ward spent the entire 2018 season as a free agent before signing with the AAF in January. Ward and/or Marken Michel could be kept on the practice squad. The 6-6, 220 pound Carlton Agudosi could also get a look there.

The Kist & Solak Show #113: Roster Predictions & Clowney Rumors - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak recap the week 4 preseason tilt between the Eagles and Jets, give roster predictions for bubble players, and dive in to the Jadeveon Clowney trade rumors! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Final 2019 Eagles 53-man roster projection - PhillyVoice
Linebacker (6): Nigel Bradham, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Zach Brown, Nate Gerry, L.J. Fort, T.J. Edwards. This is perhaps a mild surprise, but I have Edwards making the 53 as an undrafted rookie free agent. He showed enough in the last two games (18 tackles) to warrant a roster spot on a super-cheap contract.

Frustrating Finale - Iggles Blitz
Daeshon Hall had another strong game. He had a strip sack and was credited with three QB hits. He was regularly disruptive. Hall has absolutely earned the #4 DE spot this summer. Fellow DEs Josh Sweat and Shareef Miller played pretty well. Sweat had a big hit on one QB. I don’t know if Miller has done enough to make the team. He’s a complicated discussion. DT Hassan Ridgeway had a sack and played well. Treyvon Hester really stood out. He was in the backfield a lot. Hester flashed last year and looks to have gotten even better. Rookie Kevin Wilkins was credited with four TFLs. He looked good. He’s hoping for a practice squad spot. The team is too deep at DT to keep him. LBs T.J. Edwards and Alex Singleton both played well. They combined for 22 tackles. Both players helped their case for making the team. I like Edwards more, but Singleton has flashed on defense and STs.

10 late-round or undrafted prospects who could make an NFL roster - PFF
LB, TJ Edwards, Philadelphia Eagles. Preseason overall grade: 80.9. There is no doubt that Wisconsin-grad T.J. Edwards has left his mark on the Philadelphia defense this preseason. Although he’s played primarily in the box (110/121 defensive snaps), he has displayed his versatility to be able to be effective in both the pass and run game. Impressively enough, he’s been able to get to the running back quicker than most, as his 0.17 average depth of tackle ranks third among rookies with at least five tackles.

An inside look at the next few critical Eagles days -
The coaching staff and personnel department will go through the tape of Thursday’s game, which will reveal the true and accurate evaluation of what went down at MetLife Stadium against the Jets. The Eagles, collectively as the coaches offer their reports and the personnel staff does the same, will rate how the defensive end picture shakes out after a spring and summer of practices and the four preseason contests. Did Daeshon Hall do enough to win the fourth defensive end position? He was certainly the most productive end the Eagles put on the field, registering four quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles. Where do players like Josh Sweat and Shareef Miller fit into the picture? Who wins the fifth wide receiver position, should the Eagles keep five? Running back? Linebacker? It’s all going to be part of Friday’s evaluation of Thursday night’s game, as well as the entire body of work from the spring and summer. That’s Friday’s morning. It’s all in the details.

What it’s REALLY like to be cut in the NFL - ESPN
When “The Turk” comes to get you, it means only one thing. The script is largely the same: “Coach wants to see you ... bring your playbook.” For an NFL player, that means you won’t have a place on the roster. Turk is the unofficial title for the staffer whose job it is to collect players and take them to the general managers and coaches to be cut. Jets GM Joe Douglas even gained some notoriety early in his career as the Baltimore Ravens’ Turk in the inaugural season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

Inside Josh McCown’s retirement life, why he signed with the Eagles and how he’s still coaching high school football -
Oh, and he wanted to keep coaching, too, though that wasn’t necessarily a requirement to sign him. Anyway, he and the Eagles came to an understanding — McCown would be allowed to fly to Charlotte on Friday afternoon after practice, time permitting, and make it back in time to continue contributing as a coach for Myers Park on Friday nights. He’ll return promptly and won’t miss any team-required meetings, practices or any events. The Eagles “understand the family dynamic,” McCown told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday. “The proximity to Charlotte was a factor, and part of why it made sense to sign here.” That’s where McCown went after the preseason game against the Ravens last week, and it’ll continue this week after Thursday night’s game against the Jets, his old team. Myers Park is blessed with a unique circumstance — an active NFL quarterback will be coaching them this season.

Zach Berman and Bo Wulf’s final 53-man roster predictions for the Eagles - The Athletic
As for a surprise cut, I don’t think there’s one that we haven’t sniffed out yet. I can’t see it being Shareef Miller. Maybe Josh Sweat, but I don’t anticipate them giving up on a 22-year-old pass rusher with his athletic profile. Maybe Jordan Mailata on injured reserve? That could buy them a roster spot. I don’t see a lock getting traded. It would need to be a relative blockbuster. A trade would more likely include a bubble player.

Final Eagles 53-man roster projection after last preseason game - NBCSP
TE (4): Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers, Josh Perkins. This is exactly what the Eagles did last year. They kept Rodgers and put him on IR. I think that happens again with his foot injury. You can debate whether or not that’s right, but the Eagles like Rodgers. They returned him from IR last year and then signed him to a new contract in the offseason. Either way, I think Perkins is TE3 to start the season.

Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams nearing their end with the Eagles following preseason finale - Inquirer
The Eagles haven’t kept five running backs for quite some time, and it looks like the first four are set.

2019 NFL playoff predictions -
NFC East champs — 1. Philadelphia Eagles (23 votes: Baldinger, Battista, Bergman, Bhanpuri, Carr, Casserly, Cersosimo, Chadiha, Dameshek, Filice, Gbajabiamila, Grant, Hanzus, Jones, Mariucci, O’Hara, Parr, Patra, Rank, Reece, Rosenthal, Schein, Sessler) 2. Dallas Cowboys (6 votes: Blair, Brandt, Hall, Jones-Drew, Thomas, Trotter). Why Steve Mariucci chose the Eagles: The Eagles return their key offensive pieces, including Carson Wentz, and added depth to the backfield with Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders, while the defense also returns plenty of starters. From top to bottom, Doug Pederson’s group is the best in the East.

Why Kyle Shanahan Doesn’t Think the NFL’s Offensive Revolution Is that Revolutionary - MMQB
I’ve also been told Seattle is open to the possibility of acquiring Clowney, which makes sense give their circumstances up front—Jarran Reed’s their best pressure player up front, and is out the first six games, and it’s tough to count on Ziggy Ansah holding up physically. The third team that’s been speculated on, the Eagles, also line up, given their depth on the offensive line, and Howie Roseman’s affinity for defensive line. I’m just not sure their interest has been that strong yet.

Where Tunsil/Clowney trade talks stand and what Miami wants - Miami-Herald
The Houston Texans have dangled a first-round draft choice and Pro Bowl edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney in a proposed trade for Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil, but the Dolphins have asked for more than that, according to two league sources. According to one person briefed on the discussions, the Dolphins have asked the Texans for another high draft pick in addition to Clowney and a first-round pick. Clowney has missed all of Houston’s training camp and preseason, and Texans coach Bill O’Brien is desperate to add a left tackle of Tunsil’s quality and might be amenable to including two high picks. Houston has been relentless in its pursuit of Tunsil and has been working to come up with something to the Dolphins’ liking, according to the source.

Eli Manning, Daniel Jones, and the New York Giants’ Own Season of ‘Succession’ - The Ringer
The Giants insist that their Super Bowl winner remains Plan A, but it’s impossible to ignore his replacement, a highly drafted Plan B in floppy-haired doppelgänger form. How long can the 38-year-old Manning really remain the QB1? And is anyone really ready for a new no. 1 boy in New York?

Play Like A Girl podcast: All the things to be excited about from the Ohio State season - Land-Grant Holy Land
It’s the debut episode of LGHL’s new ‘Play Like A Girl’ podcast! The show is hosted by Tia Williams, and Alexis Chassen, and this season they’ll be talking all things Ohio State football including interviews with the women who cover the team, and talk to and about other women in and around Ohio State Buckeyes athletics. [BLG Note: Check out this new pod hosted by BGN’s own Alexis and Eagles punter Cameron Johnston’s girlfriend: Tia!]

Déjà Bruin: UCLA Loses, 24-14, as DTR Commits Four Turnovers - Bruins Nation
[BLG Note: Chip Kelly is 11-33 as a head coach since 2015.]

Is the Ravens’ 4-year preseason winning streak as great as it sounds? - SB Nation
Only one team won all their preseason games in 2018: the Baltimore Ravens. They did it despite being in the Hall of Fame Game, forcing them to win five August contests instead of four. But nobody should’ve been surprised. Baltimore won all its preseason games in 2016 and 2017 too. After the Ravens beat Washington on Thursday, they also finished the 2019 preseason — you guessed it — 4-0. That makes four straight undefeated preseasons. That’s 17 straight wins in games that don’t actually matter at all. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh might disagree with that last part, though.


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