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Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills opens up about his foot injury, recovery and return - Inquirer
Mills has been on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list since the start of training camp in July and can’t return to practice until after Week 6 next month. But he said that a full recovery was near. “I’m close,” Mills said. “I’m cutting. I’m running. I’m sprinting. I’m close. I think it is a good thing that I am on PUP right now, because if I wasn’t, then it would have to be on the team to have to deactivate me, activate me before every game.” It’s been a difficult 10-plus months since the 25-year old left the Jacksonville game early. For the first month of Mills’ injury, Eagles coach Doug Pederson described the timetable for his return anywhere from “day-to-day” to “a little further away.” But on Dec. 8, several days after he was spotted in a walking boot, Mills was placed on injured reserve. He had been hard to miss during his first 2½ seasons in the NFL. With his trademark kelly green-dyed hair and extensive playing time as a rookie, Mills was ubiquitous on the field and off. But like many injured players, he has felt like a ghost at the NovaCare Complex.

Falcons writer gives three reasons why the Eagles will beat Atlanta on Sunday Night Football - BGN
The best thing that could possibly happen to the Falcons would be the Eagles attempting to run it up the middle all game long, but even then, the Philly offensive line is good enough to give this front seven fits. A vastly inferior Vikings OL did a fine job of getting Dalvin Cook into space a week ago, after all. I already know Wentz and company are going to have some success passing the football — possibly quite a lot of it — but I worry that a run defense that was exposed a week ago is once again going to struggle. If the Eagles can get the ground game going and Wentz is dealing, it’s going to be awfully hard for the Falcons to keep up, even with the strength of their offense.

The Kist & Solak Show #118: Trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick, Right Now - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak react to the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade rumors PLUS they hit part two of their Eagles-Falcons preview by highlighting the offensive side of the ball for the Eagles! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Sunday Night Football Preview: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Atlanta Falcons - PFF
Watching the Falcons and Vikings game from last weekend, it didn’t take long to realize that the Vikings’ edge rushers were more than the Falcons tackles could handle. Their pass-blocking grades reflected that. Jake Matthews came away from the contest with a pass-blocking grade of 47.0 which ranked second-to-last among 32 qualifying left tackles. He allowed five pressures in 52 pass-blocking snaps, including two sacks, but that doesn’t tell the story on just how overmatched he was. Matthews allowed two additional pressures on plays that ended up being nullified by penalties. Let me tell you, the fact that they didn’t end up counting doesn’t diminish just how bad Matthews looked on those plays. And if you don’t believe me, here is Everson Griffen taking Matthews’ soul with a spin-move sack that later came off the board thanks to an illegal hands to the face penalty.

3 keys to watch in the Falcons’ Week 2 matchup vs. the Eagles - The Falcoholic
No. 1: Winning the trenches. The trenches were a very big issue for the Falcons on both sides of the ball against the Vikings. The defense allowed 172 yards on the ground to Minnesota and 4.5 yards per carry. Most of the gashing by the Vikings came outside the tackle box as the Falcons defense was unable to consistently set an edge in the run game and gave up a number of chunk runs around the edge. On the other side, the offensive line gave up seven tackles for loss, seven quarterback hits and four sacks. It was a thorough dissection of the offensive and defensive lines for the Falcons. Which segues to the Eagles, a talented team that boasts some of the best offensive and defensive lines in all of football. In last year’s season opener against the Eagles, the Falcons allowed 113 rushing yards and two touchdowns while also giving up four sacks and 14 quarterback hits. The focus on the offseason for the Falcons was improving in the trenches and this is a matchup where that improvement must be seen in order to win.

8 key starts & 8 sits to consider for Week 2 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
DeSean Jackson, PHI (at ATL) - START. Jackson’s stats from last week’s game could fool you. In his first game back in Philadelphia, Jackson finished with 154 yards on eight receptions and two TDs. Great numbers, but more than 100 of those yards came on two deep passes from Carson Wentz. I’m not taking anything away from Jackson, don’t get me wrong, I’m just letting you know what you can get from him on a good day (as if you didn’t know already). Rostering someone like D-Jax is always a risk as he is the definition of boom-or-bust with his exclusive deep-threat profile, but he pencils in as Wentz’s go-to option on offense other than Zach Ertz, no matter the situation. Jackson was the most-targeted receiver of the day with a 25.6% share, way above that of Ertz (17.9% of targets) and Alshon Jeffery (15.4%). That role on the offense more than makes up for the risk of his style of play.

5 must starts in fantasy football for Week 2 - Fake Teams
RB Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons - 87.3% Owned. Sanders is one of those players that just passes the eyeball test and is in line for an expanded role in Week 2. The Falcons run defense was torn apart by the Vikings in Week 1 and facing the Eagles’ considerably better offensive line, Sanders can put his stamp on becoming the RB1 in what is a crowded Eagles backfield.

Week 2’s biggest fantasy football questions: 32 NFL reporters give advice - ESPN In$ider
Do you expect Miles Sanders to continue handling roughly half of the backfield snaps? Yes. He’ll continue to share the backfield with Jordan Howard, Darren Sproles and Corey Clement, but the Eagles are pleased with what they saw out of him Week 1 and want to utilize his talents. Not only did he impress on a couple of big runs (he had a TD called back due to a holding penalty), but he acquitted himself well in pass protection. Success in that area will be the key to earning an expanded role. He’s on track.

Live from Atlanta, the Eagles need to start fast in Week 2 -
Offensively, the Eagles have some chances to attack an Atlanta defense that allowed 172 rushing yards against Minnesota last Sunday and one that expects teams to attack on the ground. ‘We’ve got to go back to work and address it if we want to have a good defense,’ defensive tackle Grady Jarrett said to Atlanta reporters during the week. ‘Teams are going to do that against us, they’re going to attack the edge.” Maybe. It seems too obvious to think that the Eagles are going to turn and hand the football off and run behind Jason Peters and Lane Johnson, but perhaps that’s what Doug Pederson has in mind. He wants to be balanced and unpredictable. He wants the offense to play in front of the chains. He wants to control the line of scrimmage. But Pederson also wants the explosive passing game to be on point from the first possession, so one of the early-game goals is to get quarterback Carson Wentz into a rhythm early.

The 8-Point Lead: Tim Jernigan’s pass-rushing opportunity, Miles Sanders’ blocking, Carson Wentz’s sneaking - The Athletic
Miles Sanders finished his NFL debut with 12 offensive touches for 27 yards, not including a 21-yard rushing touchdown that was nullified by a questionable penalty call. Ask Sanders what left him most proud about his performance, though, and it didn’t have anything to do with the times when he touched the ball. “I would say pass protection,” Sanders said. “Because stats don’t show how I did in the running game, but me picking up blitzes, being on my stuff and knowing where the blitz was coming, I was proud of myself.” The Eagles trusted Sanders on a few blitz pickups, and the early returns were positive. Sanders knows he’ll need to block if he’s going to play on third down. There are few questions about his ability when the ball is in his hands; Sanders doesn’t think there should be many questions about his blocking, either, and believes any concerns during draft season were unfounded. There are parts of his technique that can improve, Sanders said, especially in giving Carson Wentz space to operate. But the key is to know whom to block and to keep Wentz clean. Sanders showed he can do that Sunday. “Everybody’s technique isn’t perfect,” Sanders said, “but as long as you get the right guy and make sure he doesn’t get the sack (it works).”

Slow starts, backup quarterback and more in Roob’s random Eagles points - NBCSP
8. Carson Wentz can really shut a lot of people up Sunday if he can beat a good team on the road early in the season. Now, we don’t know if the Falcons will finish with a winning record, but Wentz is 4-10 in 14 career starts on the road against teams that had a winning record at the end of the season. Wentz is an elite quarterback no matter what happens in Atlanta, but a big-time performance would go a long way toward winning back some of the doubters.

‘Man, he can really rip it’: Falcons prepare to see Eagles’ Carson Wentz for first time since 2016 - PennLive
“You remember going back and preparing, his ability to rip it, and then when you see it come back … I think that was the thing that jumped out,” Quinn said on a teleconference Wednesday. “Man, he can really rip it.” [...] “I can remember when I first came into the league, I went up to visit with Joe Gibbs and we had talked about evaluating quarterbacks,” Quinn said. “He had won with different guys, and I asked him that question, and one of the parts he was talking about was toughness because you’re going to get hit. You’re gonna have to deliver and rip it. … When I think of Carson, those are two things that jump out to me. His toughness, one, and then his ability to connect on the deep balls, and I think no better example of that than last week’s game.”

All Eyes on Trubisky, the Trouble With Counting on Turnovers, What Is Philly’s Secondary? - MMQB
4. The Eagles came into this season with as few question marks as any team in football, but the one potential problem spot was the secondary. The thought was that the return of rangy free safety Rodney McLeod and cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Sidney Jones, combined with the valuable stretch-run and postseason snaps many of their young defensive backs got while filling in for injured starters, the Eagles defensive backfield could be an actual strength, turning this team into some kind of merciless, blood-thirsty juggernaut. But last week, they were torched pretty good by a Washington offense that is well-designed but operated by Case Keenum and a less-than-imposing receiving corps. Keenum threw for 380 yards, Terry McLaurin had five catches for 125, and they just missed an additional 73-yard TD on which McLaurin was five yards behind the defense and Keenum barely overthrew him. The Eagles go to Atlanta Sunday night to face a Falcons offense that is, despite a Week 1 de-pantsing in Minnesota, worlds more talented than Washington’s. Julio Jones is in line for a nice bounce-back game after being smothered by Xavier Rhodes, and Atlanta put up 30-plus points in five of their eight home games a year ago.

Fan confidence nosedives after Giants’ lopsided loss to Dallas Cowboys - Big Blue View
What can’t be considered surprising is that the confidence of our voters has basically fallen off the map after a one-sided season-opening loss to the defending NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys. Fan confidence in the direction of the franchise, as indicated by our FanPulse poll, plummeted all the way to 29 percent after Sunday’s loss. That’s a drop of 44 percent.

How Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew became the NFL’s most fascinating rookie - SB Nation
Nick Foles, who signed a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jags in March, is now on injured reserve and won’t be eligible to return until Week 11 at the earliest. So for now, Minshew is Jacksonville’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. While Minshew wasn’t projected to be a rookie starter in 2019, the guy who was almost named Beowulf made a name for himself during his college career. His journey to become a starting NFL quarterback has been unconventional — just like Minshew himself.

Oklahoma Stomps UCLA, 48-14 - Bruins Nation
The Bruins now sit at 0-3, with a matchup against the No. 20 Washington State Cougars looming. What else is there to say? The Bruins, instead of showcasing their talents against a premiere program in a nationally televised game, were thoroughly embarrassed. Chip Kelly, once college football’s most-coveted mind, is quickly turning into an afterthought. It’s too bad we have to watch.


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