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Eagles considering their options with Nate Sudfeld injury news -
Howie Roseman and his staff have an emergency list of players that they are always considering, so you wonder who is on the list of veteran quarterbacks who could come in and quickly knock off the rust. You know the names. It’s not necessary to throw out speculative names here because, well, that’s just too much of a guessing game. I don’t know who is on the list. I don’t know what Roseman is thinking. But I do know that the Eagles have done their research and they prepare for everything and, well, this is a situation that could very well warrant the signing of a veteran quarterback. Maybe. Maybe not. I just know that it’s an option to consider, and the Eagles are going to consider everything at this point.

Eagles vs. Titans: 12 Winners, Losers, and I Dunnos - BGN
Daeshon Hall: After losing Joe Ostman to injury in the open LFF practice last week, Eagles fans did not have to wait long for their next crush off the edge. Daeshon Hall, the 2017 3rd-round selection of the Carolina Panthers known most famously for being the dude opposite Myles Garrett, looks like a strong candidate for EDGE4. He was regularly disruptive off the edge, winning with both hand usage and power. He’s clearly above Shareef Miller right now.

The Kist & Solak Show #109: Eagles-Titans Preseason Recap - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak recap the Eagles’ first preseason game against the Titans! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Titans preseason game - PhillyVoice
The bad news about the Eagles’ ugly loss to the Titans, Sudfeld’s injury aside? The Birds’ third stringers looked bad. The good news? Almost none of their good players played, and the ones who did -- guys like Dallas Goedert and Avonte Maddox, for example -- looked good. It’s important to remember that most of the players you watched Thursday night won’t be on the team in September.

Bad and Worse - Iggles Blitz
Nate Sudfeld – I was impressed. He moved around well and showed the ability to avoid the rush. He put good touch on his downfield passes. Accuracy was a bit inconsistent, but he made some impressive throws. Hit Michel for a 75-yard TD. That was a quality throw. Good velocity on intermediate passes. Did a good job of using his big targets wisely (Goedert, JJAW). Put the ball in a spot where they could go get it.

Eagles report card: That’s a wrap on Week 1 of the preseason - NBCSP
Monster game for Daeshon Hall, who was around the ball and quarterback all night — it finally paid off with a strip sack in the third quarter. Give Josh Sweat the assist with a hurry on the play, and an active night overall (3 tackles). Notably not a lot of pressure coming from anybody else though.

Nate Sudfeld’s broken wrist in preseason opener leaves Eagles’ backup quarterback situation in flux - The Athletic
“You look back, and hindsight is 20-20,” Pederson said about Sudfeld suffering the injury before halftime. “You never second guess. It’s just a part of football. It happens. It’s unfortunate for Nate that it happened right before halftime. But it could have happened in the first quarter. It’s just the way it is.” That might well be his final play of the preseason. This was supposed to be the summer of Sudfeld. Now, it’s a summer of uncertainty at backup quarterback.

NFL preseason Week 1 takeaways: Baker Mayfield, Browns off to picture-perfect start - ESPN
The injury to Nate Sudfeld’s non-throwing wrist puts the Eagles quarterback situation behind Carson Wentz in a state of flux. Sudfeld, the former sixth-round pick out of Indiana, was in line to replace Nick Foles as the No. 2 QB, but he left the field wearing an air cast. That backup post has proved vital for Philly over the past two years and remains important given Wentz’s injury history. If Sudfeld is sidelined for an extended period of time, look for the Eagles to add competition to a quarterback room that also includes Cody Kessler and rookie Clayton Thorson.

96 stats -- 3 fantasy football stats for every NFL team for 2019 - PFF
2. Over the past two seasons, among all quarterbacks to play in at least 18 games, Carson Wentz ranks behind only Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson in fantasy points per game (19.8). 3A. DeSean Jackson has averaged a 1.82 yards per route run or more with nine different quarterbacks. (1.82 yards per route run would have ranked 30th of 96 wide receivers last year.)3B. The only quarterback he hasn’t? Jameis Winston (1.53). 3C. Jackson totals 4,657 yards from deep passes across the last 10 years, which is 1,259 (31%) more than the next-closest receiver (Calvin Johnson, who saw only three fewer deep targets).3D. Over the past two seasons, Wentz ranks seventh-best of 26 qualifying quarterbacks in deep ball accuracy percentage. Winston ranks fifth-worst. 3E. Jackson ranked ninth-best in yards per route run (2.27) last year and 18th at the position in PFF grade (81.1) over the past two seasons.

2018 Slot vs. Wide: Quarterbacks - Football Outsiders
Wentz, at least, was better targeting the slot than wide in his first two seasons, so 2018 was a significant change in fortune. Unlike some of the other situations we’ve mentioned, this discrepancy can’t be explained by a major personnel change or injury among the slot receivers, either -- Zach Ertz and Nelson Agholor were Philadelphia’s top two slot targets in both 2017 and 2018; both saw their slot performance drop last season. Philadelphia really had too many options in the slot, adding Golden Tate midway through the season alongside Ertz, Agholor, and Jordan Matthews. They just lacked a real vertical presence to open the slot receivers up, as Wentz’s and Foles’ average depth of target on passes to wideouts dropped from 13.9 to 10.9 yards downfield. That meant that Wentz’s and Foles’ best option often became a shorter pass to a slot receiver in traffic, which led to lower success rates and DVOA. A healthy Wentz, along with the return of DeSean Jackson to provide a deep threat, should hopefully see Philadelphia’s slot DVOA bounce back in 2019.

The Eagles Preseason Is Upon Us! (PST Show #325) - Philadelphia Sports Table
The Philadelphia Eagles preseason is getting under way and there are a ton of storylines that have developed throughout training camp that we’re getting into this week on the Table! Joining us on the show is Alexis Chassen, writer and contributor at, who takes us through these storylines, on the field positions and Eagles talent we need to keep our eyes before the start of the regular season.

This Cowboys’ Roster Boasts Depth That the Team Hasn’t Seen Since the ’90s - MMQB
Roster depth is a good problem to have, according to Cowboys COO Stephen Jones. But the team feels the squeeze to capitalize now, before money becomes a limiting factor. Also, answering your questions on holdouts, the best rookies at training camp, top five AFC teams and more.

LeSean McCoy embraces having back against wall -
“I’m excited,” McCoy told me on Tuesday following the Bills’ final training camp practice at St. John Fisher College. “I’m a guy whose back’s against the wall -- how are you gonna respond? There’s only two ways: You can crumble, or come out fighting. It’s as simple as that.” If McCoy doesn’t separate himself from the competition during the preseason, there’s no guarantee he’ll end up on the Bills’ roster for the real games. With a base salary of $6.175 million for 2019, McCoy could be asked to take a pay cut, with an explicit threat of being released were he to balk. He could also be traded, or the team could choose to cut him outright, without offering a reduced salary.

Five bold Redskins predictions for 2019 NFL season: Washington bottoms out early but Haskins shows promise - CBS Sports
1. Washington will start 0-5. Yikes. This may sound harsh, but it would continue a downward spiral that began way back in November 2018. Gruden may have put a jolt in the locker room by injecting some youth into the QB room this offseason, but preseason is already underway, and right now, Colt McCoy and Case Keenum are the unofficial leaders in that competition. If that doesn’t spell trouble, then this should: A five-game opening slate against the Eagles, Cowboys, Bears, Giants and Patriots. It’d be an absolute stunner if Washington upsets a Carson Wentz-led Eagles team hungry to start another title run. Dallas has far too many play-makers on both sides of the ball to be upset in Landover, with the Cowboys 5-1 in their last six games at FedEx Field. The Bears should eat Washington’s offensive line alive. Maybe Gruden can out-scheme the G-Men. And the Patriots? Yeah, right.

The Phillie Phanatic could be a free agent. Here’s why - SB Nation
The fate of the Phillie Phanatic’s future hangs in the balance with a lawsuit that could determine whether the iconic mascot can enter free agency. The Philadelphia Phillies filed suit last week against Harrison/Erickson, Inc. (H/E) — the company which helped create the Phanatic in 1978 — claiming they planned to terminate a prior agreement which gave the team mascot rights. The Phillies are also arguing the company is seeking to “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless their rights agreement is renegotiated for “millions of dollars.”


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