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‘Raw, funny, edgy, knowledgeable and authentic’: Chris Long is launching a digital media company - The Athletic
Long, who retired after winning two Super Bowl rings but has not ruled out a comeback with the Eagles, has spent in his own words seven figures to build Chalk into what is the latest iteration of an athlete-driven media company. It joins the likes of LeBron James’ Uninterrupted and Derek Jeter’s The Players’ Tribune as new media platforms designed by and for athletes. “You’re in the entertainment business now,” Teller tells Long in an episode to run later this year, a “Keep L.A. Clean” sign resting behind the actor. Already, Long has conducted up to 15 interviews with an eclectic mix of personalities, including Michael Strahan, NBA player Joe Harris, “Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin, Fanatics founder Michael Rubin and rapper Action Bronson. “I can’t watch it without cracking up the entire time while I’m doing the editing,” Long said of his Bronson interview. Even if Long switches gears temporarily and returns to the Eagles, Fishbowl has enough content to launch its first season.”
Doug Pederson says Eagles injuries forced him to cross out a lot of calls on his play sheet for the Falcons game - BGN
I don’t know about you but I still can’t get over how ridiculous it is that the Eagles essentially lost Jeffery, Jackson, and Goedert — a trio that combined for 15 receptions, 221 yards, and four touchdowns in Week 1 — in PREGAME WARMUPS. None of these guys were on the injury report leading up to Sunday night. And it’s not even like they got hurt over the course of the game, which is to be expected from such a dangerous sport. Three key offensive starters getting hurt while jogging around on the field before the game is an entirely new level of bad luck.
At the Podium: The Eagles’ Wild Ride in Atlanta - BGN Radio
Three fresh press conferences after the Eagles Week 2 loss to the Falcons (double Doug + Carson) plus an update on Timmy Jernigan! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Carson Wentz shows he’s up for any style of fight - ESPN
The image that will remain when the rest of the details from Sunday’s 24-20 loss against the Atlanta Falcons fade is of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz defiantly cocking to throw as Vic Beasley Jr., wrapped around his lower body like a boa constrictor, wrangles him to the ground. Falling forward and with his knee barely off the turf, Wentz somehow heaved it 17 yards downfield to Mack Hollins on third down to keep a fourth-quarter scoring drive alive. ”I don’t know how he gets that off. I’ll say 90% of quarterbacks just go down, don’t even try, and he’s over there putting his body on the line just to try and win the game,” tight end Zach Ertz said. “One of the best players in the league.”
‘He was a legend tonight’: Eagles applaud a demonstrative Carson Wentz’s effort, leadership despite falling short at Falcons - PennLive
“Honestly, Carson, what a game he had, to be honest with you, man,” Agholor said. “I think that was one of the best performances I’ve seen from our quarterback, man. He was very resilient, getting the ball to everybody, and he played very hard.”
With Carson Wentz leading, the Eagles will follow ... and fight - PE.com
Playing without tight end Dallas Goedert for the entire game and having wide receivers Alshon Jeffery (six snaps) and DeSean Jackson (11 snaps) only briefly, Wentz was severely hampered by a loss of key personnel. Much of the pre-game planning the Eagles practiced went out the window. With Zach Ertz as the lone tight end, the offense couldn’t use its dangerous 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends). And minus Jeffery and Jackson, two valuable, explosive weapons were diffused. Add to that the game-long struggles to establish the line of scrimmage and any kind of consistency in the running game, Wentz pretty much had to carry the offense on his back. After a poor first half in which the Eagles trailed 10-6 and through the first half of the third quarter when Atlanta tacked on a touchdown to go ahead 17-6, Wentz and the offense turned it on. It was vintage Wentz. And it was the kind of performance he’s going to have to have moving forward for the Eagles to get through this minefield of injuries.
The Starting 11: The Most Convincing—and Surprising—NFC Performances Through Week 2 - The Ringer
The Eagles’ 24-20 loss to Atlanta is likely a small speed bump in what will be a successful season, but some of the issues that affected the team on Sunday night could become problems down the road. Carson Wentz managed to bounce back from a brutal first half against the Falcons, but the Eagles’ other problems didn’t look so easily fixable. Philly’s secondary was probably the biggest question mark on the entire roster coming into the season, and Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones both had monster games (with 105 and 106 yards receiving, respectively), which included a handful of long receptions. The Eagles’ running game was also lacking against a Falcons defense that was steamrolled by the Vikings in Week 1. Miles Sanders finished with just 28 yards on 10 carries, and Jordan Howard was somehow even worse, totaling just 18 yards on eight rushes. Philly’s offensive line will likely be better in the run game as the season goes along, but the Eagles did a lot of work to reshape their running back group this offseason, and there just wasn’t much to show for it in Week 2.
Brown’s Week in Foxboro Isn’t Surprising, Stay Tuned to Ramsey’s Request, More Notes - MMQB
Jalen Ramsey’s trade request should hardly come as a surprise to anyone who’s followed his career since his first-team All-Pro season in 2017—he showed up to training camp in a Brink’s truck, for crying out loud. The next question becomes: Can the Jaguars can get proper value back for him?. He’s under contract through 2020, which is a plus (He’s making $3.6 million this year, and has an exercised fifth-year option at $13.7 million for next year). He’s made the Pro Bowl twice and, at his best, is among the very best at his position, a physical freak of a corner. The flip side is that he’s going to be expensive to keep long-term, and he’s got a well-established track record now of clashing with coaches. Stay tuned to this one—it certainly could get significantly uglier if he’s not traded right away, based on where we are right now.
Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey’s agent asks team for trade after Texans loss - Big Cat Country
Ramsey has started all 50 games in his career. He has nine interceptions and one forced fumble and he most recently limited All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to 27 yards on four catches. He is the most talented player the Jaguars currently have on their roster and he is easily the most nationally recognized talent they’ve had in franchise history.
Steelers trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick involves more than just a 2020 1st round pick - Behind The Steel Curtain
So the Steelers get Fitzpatrick, a 2020 4th round pick and a 2021 7th round pick, while the Dolphins get a 2020 1st and 5th, and a 2021 6th round selection. There is a large contingent of media who are chastising this trade considering where the Steelers might be drafting in 2020 based on Ben Roethlisberger’s season officially ending Monday due to elbow surgery. But this trade goes far beyond that. Fitzpatrick is a second year player who the Steelers will have on his rookie deal for at least 3 more seasons before he is considered a free agent.
There are injury questions surrounding two of next four quarterbacks that the Dallas Cowboys face - Blogging The Boys
Saints quarterback Drew Brees left the game with a right hand injury and was replaced by Teddy Bridgewater. It’s hard to know how long this could be an issue for the NFL’s all-time leading passer, but considering it’s his throwing hand this is obviously something that’s worth watching. Dallas will visit New Orleans in Week 4 of the season so they’ll see Brees relatively soon. While Week 4 is on our mind, two weeks after that isn’t far past it. The Cowboys will host the Dolphins, visit the Saints, and then host the Green Bay Packers, but after that they will visit the New York Jets. Obviously earlier this week it was reported that Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has mononucleosis, on Sunday morning there were reports that his return could come anywhere between three and seven weeks.
Pat Shurmur opens the door to a quarterback change - Big Blue View
New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur on Monday opened the door to a change at quarterback from veteran Eli Manning to rookie Daniel Jones. “Eli’s been our starter to this point,” Shurmur said, acknowledging that his words would cause speculation. “I’m not really ready to get into any of those conversations about any position.” So, since the Giants coach understands that his remark will lead to speculation, let’s oblige and speculate.
Looks Like Someone Has a Sixpack of the Mondays - Hogs Haven
I wish I had better things to write about after two weeks of professional football...but I don’t. The Washington Redskins are sporting a wretched 0-2 record, made all the more wretched by the fact that they are also 0-2 in the division and the conference. As sky-high as hopes can climb around the NFL prior to the season opener, fanbases like ours freefall back to earth with alarming speed. For the Redskins to have a successful 2019 campaign, certain things were going to have to go right for us out of the gate. The defense was going to have to dominate at the line of scrimmage. The offense was going to have to be able to move the ball, work the clock and capitalize in the red zone. The coaches were going to have to push the right roster buttons to ensure that any spark would be nurtured into a roaring flame. It kind of goes without saying that the Redskins, if they were going to present themselves as challengers come November, needed to perform at way better than league-worst levels in key areas of the game. Being 0-2 is bad, but there can be degrees of badness associated with 0-2. Redskins fans have been well-trained in splitting mouse-hairs when it comes to the varying forms of terribleness that are associated with these kinds of starts.
The Vikings are better when Kirk Cousins does less - SB Nation
Kirk Cousins made headlines when he signed a fully guaranteed $84 million contract with the Vikings last offseason, but there was disappointment in Minnesota when the quarterback failed to be the team’s savior. Now, two games into the 2019 season, it’s looking like more of the same. He was a bystander, seemingly by design, in a 28-12 Week 1 win and more of a hindrance in a 21-16 Week 2 loss. Cousins earned his contract when he put up respectable stats in his final three seasons with Washington, though the primary concern was that he was little more than a game manager. He went on to reinforce that reputation in his first season with the Vikings. His numbers were fine — he threw 30 touchdowns against 10 interceptions while completing 70.1 percent of his passes — but he only eclipsed 300 yards five times and didn’t get his team to the playoffs. Early this season, not much has changed. Cousins is better when he has to do a little instead of a lot.
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