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Ranking NFL teams by age after 53-man cutdowns: 2019 edition - PhillyVoice
To note, “old” doesn’t mean “bad,” especially for a team like the Patriots, who are Super Bowl contenders every year. But certainly, you don’t want to be old and bad, like some of the teams on the chart above. And obviously, teams that are both young and talented can feel pretty good about their long-term chances of being consistent contenders. [BLG Note: The Eagles are the NFL’s second oldest team. They are also a legit Super Bowl contender.]

Howie Roseman explains how the Eagles settled on their 53-man roster - BGN
“And then we are excited about our young group. If you were scouting and looking around and saying what young defensive end had the best preseason, I don’t know that there’s a better young defensive end in football than Daeshon Hall this preseason. He deserves a tremendous amount of credit. He went and worked on his body in the off-season. He came back 30 pounds heavier, and then he proved it on the field.”

Eagles 53-Man Roster Cut Down Reaction! - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Brandon Lee Gowton react to the Eagles 53-man roster cut down, plus thoughts on the Jadeveon Clowney trade and more breaking news happens during the recording! Brought to you by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Six things we learned about the Eagles after Saturday’s roster cutdowns - The Athletic
The Eagles deserve credit for not protecting draft picks at the expense of the overall roster, but there were always reasons to be skeptical of Thorson. His college statistics did not portend success, and the list of quarterbacks drafted in the fifth round or later who have turned into NFL contributors over the last 10 seasons is basically Tyrod Taylor and Trevor Siemian. For a team that had only six 2019 selections (including the seventh-round pick they surrendered for Hassan Ridgeway), that was a misallocation of resources, as was the way it misplayed the comp-pick game. For one of the oldest teams in the league, with 13 starters who will be 29 or older this season, the Eagles should have been more careful with their draft picks.

Eagles put ‘finishing’ touches on power-packed 53-player roster -
More than anything, the striking aspect of this roster is the depth at each position. When the Eagles, for example, signed Josh McCown a couple of weeks ago, the quarterback position became an enviable three-deep room with a franchise player leading the way (Carson Wentz), a 17-year NFL veteran on hand (McCown), and a young quarterback still developing whom the Eagles believe can win games if he plays (Nate Sudfeld). At running back, a position where as recently as mid-March (remember the mini-panic around the time of the NFL’s Annual Meeting?) the Eagles had questions, the trade for Jordan Howard, the drafting of Miles Sanders, the return of Darren Sproles, and the return to good health of Corey Clement have the Eagles in terrific shape there.

Eagles rookie Shareef Miller addresses gun violence and a call for peace - ESPN
“Here a 17-year-old was shot in his car around the corner from where we were practicing today. We’re around this stuff all the time,” Sytsma said. “This is a person who is our kids’ age and I have a feeling tomorrow, my guys are going to know the person, or even worse, it might be a student from our school.” This is where Philadelphia Eagles rookie defensive end Shareef Miller comes from. He grew up around this neighborhood and went to Frankford for three years. And like many of people here, he has been victimized by gun violence. His brother, Mikal, was shot and killed in 2015 right before Miller was set to leave for Penn State. It devastated Miller and nearly derailed him.

What we learned for fantasy football in the preseason: NFC edition - PFF
Carson Wentz hasn’t played a single snap this preseason and the rest of the starters have only seen minimal work, but Dallas Goedert and rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside are two players who have stood out. Goedert ranks as our highest-graded tight end on a small sample (12 snaps and five targets). Arcega-Whiteside – a personal favorite of mine – ranks sixth in PFF grade (of 53 qualifying wide receivers) after posting a 8-104-1 line (nine targets) in Week 3.

Report: Buffalo Bills release running back LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Rumblings
McCoy, who turned 31 in July, is coming off his worst year as a professional, having carried the ball 161 for 514 yards (a career-low 3.2 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. While improvements along the offensive line were expected to help McCoy bounce back this year, the Bills decided instead to move on.

Report: Chiefs signing running back LeSean McCoy - Arrowhead Pride
McCoy, 31, joins the head coach who drafted him in Philadelphia back in 2009: Andy Reid. And there is an added bonus for Chiefs fans, per Schefter—the Chiefs signed him away from the division-rival Los Angeles Chargers.

Report: 49ers release G Josh Garnett, Jordan Matthews - Niners Nation
Jordan Matthews was also released Saturday morning, per Mike Garofolo. This could be a sign that both Kendrick Bourne and Richie James made the roster. Matthews never really made his mark with the 49ers. He would splash here and there in practice but was never consistent.

Former Penn State lineman Ryan Bates, who opened training camp with Eagles, makes Bills’ initial 53-man roster - PennLive
He primarily worked as a third-team tackle and played 13 snaps in the preseason opener. The next day, the Eagles dealt him to the Bills in exchange for defensive end Eli Harold, who was released Friday. In Buffalo, Bates got an opportunity. He played 145 snaps in the final three preseason games, including all 58 in the finale after starting at center. Bates should be able to contribute across the line for the Bills in front of second-year quarterback Josh Allen.

Why NFL players love the dark visor — and why it could be on the verge of a comeback - SB Nation
About five minutes into the 2019 Pro Bowl, Ezekiel Elliott caught a short pass in the middle of the field. The Cowboys running back picked up 11 yards before he was gently tackled by Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley. It was a mostly inconsequential moment in a pointless game. There wasn’t much reason to think twice about it. Only the most eagle-eyed NFL fans would’ve noticed something a little different about the play: Both Elliott and Mosley had dark-tinted visors attached to their respective facemasks. It wasn’t just those two. For the Pro Bowl only, the NFL relaxed its strict uniform rules banning dark visors. Several players — even on a rainy day in Orlando — jumped at the chance to put them on.


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