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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/2/19.

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The 2019 NFL Honors Poll: Picks for MVP, Rookie of the Year, more - ESPN
2. Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles didn’t care about Wentz’s injury history when they gave him a monster contract extension, and we didn’t care about it when we cast these votes. Wentz was on an MVP-type track when he blew out a knee two seasons ago. If his body holds up, we know he is the kind of player who can win this award on the kind of team whose quarterbacks win it. [BLG Note: Hall of Fame Cowboys executive Gil Brandt also weighs in on Wentz below.]

Melvin Gordon is now following the Eagles on Instagram. OMG WHAT DOES IT MEAN? I don’t know, probably nothing. - BGN
UPDATE: Gordon is now following other NFL teams on Instagram as well. This clearly means he’s going to play for multiple squads this season.

At the Podium: Practice Squad Analysis & Howie Speaks - BGN Radio
The Philadelphia Eagles are nearly done making the bulk of their practice squad and waiver claim moves after Saturday’s 53-man roster cut down & Michael Kist is here to break down what happened PLUS a fresh presser from Howie Roseman after the roster cut down from Saturday! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Analysis of the Eagles’ very old roster - PhillyVoce
Ultimately, the Eagles’ roster construction remains sound. They prioritize quarterback, offensive tackle, the defensive line, and to a lesser degree, cornerback and wide receiver. All of those positions have been addressed early in the draft since Roseman reemerged from his basement hideout in 2016. Still, the team cannot continue to make a small number of draft picks anymore, or they run a serious risk of a major rebuild in a few years.

Practice Squad Mostly Set - Iggles Blitz
Lauletta is 6-3, 225. He is a good athlete with a solid arm. He isn’t as big as the QBs the Eagles seem to prefer, but he does have the mobility they like and his arm strength is okay. Accurate passer. Watch these passes. We didn’t see Thorson playing like this.

One-on-One: Howie Roseman | August 31, 2019 -
Howie Roseman sits down with Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro to talk in detail about the 2019 Eagles roster.

A look at the Eagles’ roster by the numbers! - NBCSP
The only players the Eagles have drafted over the last three years who are no longer here are 4th-round pick Donnel Pumphrey, 5th-round pick Shelton Gibson and 6th-round pick Elijah Qualls from 2017 and 2019 5th-round pick Clayton Thorson. Thorson is the Eagles’ first fifth-round pick to be released after his rookie training camp since safety C.J. Gaddis in 2007. The last quarterback the Eagles drafted that never played for them was 1995 fourth-round pick Dave Barr. Pumphrey is the Eagles’ first fourth-round pick to never play a snap in an Eagles uniform since Scott Peters, a center they drafted out of Arizona State in 2002. The last running back the Eagles took in the first five rounds that never played in a game for the Eagles was 1992 second-round pick Siran Stacy.

Kyle Lauletta to join the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad - Big Blue View
The Giants released Lauletta as a part of their final cut down from the 90-man roster to their initial 53-man roster. It was thought that Lauletta’s strong showing in the 2019 preseason, capped by a 40-pass game against the New England Patriots, could be enough to move him past Alex Tanney on the Giants’ depth chart. Lauletta may not pan out in Philly, but I like the move. He’s worth trying to develop. Josh McCown is likely here just for the year. Sudfeld is a free agent. The team will need someone to back up Wentz in the future. Take a look at Lauletta and see what you think.

Redskins claim former Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood - Hogs Haven
The Redskins have made their first move after yesterday’s roster cutdowns. They have claimed former Philadelphia Eagles RB Wendell Smallwood who was cut yesterday. Smallwood(5’10”, 210lbs) was a former 5th round pick in 2016. He has started 12 games in his three years with the Eagles. Smallwood has 211 carries for 850 yards(4 ypc) and 5 TDs. He also had 47 receptions for 388 yards and TDs.

Arizona Cardinals claim five off waivers according to reports - Revenge Of The Birds
Brett Toth, OT - Toth is an Army Second Lieutenant who spent camp with the Eagles as was a practice squad target after the cut. He can serve at Fort Huachuca.

Browns name nine members of practice squad - Dawgs By Nature
All of the players were on the Browns’ training camp roster except for WR Shelton Gibson, who was born in Cleveland, OH and was a 5th round pick by the Eagles in 2017. He has some kick return abilities.

Carolina Panthers release wide receiver Torrey Smith, per report - Cat Scratch Reader
This makes sense from a business standpoint because Smith’s salary is not guaranteed and carries no dead money against the salary cap. Smith had already agreed to take a pay cut from $5 million to $3 million for the 2019 season, but unfortunately for him the numbers just didn’t work out for him to remain on the roster in 2019. I’m sure there’s a team out there who can use the services of a veteran receiver with some tread still on the tires, so I’d imagine that Smith won’t be out of work for long. Best of luck to him in his future endeavors.

There are all sorts of reports on Ezekiel Elliott and it’s hard to know where things stand - Blogging The Boys
So we went from “it’s really heating up” to “we’re not close” with “everything” needing to be ironed out. Leslie is fair in suggesting that the interpretation from each side could be different, but could they really be that far apart? The only true resolution to all of this is Ezekiel Elliott having a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys. When will that happen? Will it happen at all? Could it happen before the regular season begins a week from now? The answer might be yes, no, or everything in between. We just don’t know.

Vikings release K/P Kaare Vedvik - Daily Norseman
The Minnesota Vikings have had kicking issues for about...carry the two...add five...about 77 years now, so three weeks ago they traded a fifth round pick to solve their kicking issues once and for all. They are cutting The Solution. I’m beginning to think this is a level of math that Einstein couldn’t figure out. Yes, yes, if you’re keeping score at home, the Minnesota Vikings no longer have a fifth round pick, nor do they have the kicker they used said fifth round pick on.

The Dolphins are making no attempt to hide that they’re tanking in 2019 - SB Nation
In January, Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero summarized the Dolphins’ plan for 2019 in one all-caps word: “TANKING.” In the months since his tweet, the Dolphins have proven him right in just about every way possible. The team isn’t going to be good in 2019, and — from the looks of it — that’s exactly the plan. [BLG Note: The Eagles play the Dolphins in Week 13.]


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