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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/8/19.

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The Eagles listen when Jason Peters talks - Inquirer
No one with the Eagles knows how much Jason Peters actually weighs. While other players must weigh-in countless times during the year, often before and after practice, Peters has managed to avoid the scale at the NovaCare Complex. “It’s the big mystery,” defensive end Brandon Graham said. “As long as I’ve been here, they don’t know. For every era, don’t matter the coach, he don’t weigh-in.” Peters has gotten away with more than his share over the years. When you’ve been to nine Pro Bowls and are a likely Hall of Famer, the powers-that-be are more willing to look the other way. But the metaphorical weight that the veteran left tackle carries in the building has as much to do with his general Jason Peters-ness than anything. “Just by the way he walks around you can feel his presence, kind of like he owns the place,” rookie tackle Andre Dillard said. “He’s seen the beginning and end of a lot of people’s careers. He’s just that big man on campus. He’s not a man of too many words, but when he needs to, he’ll speak up.

Eagles Film Review: Zach Ertz, Washington Wizard - BGN
Ertz has never had as high of expectations coming into a season with the Eagles, nor has he had as much competition for touches in the passing game. After setting a single-season record for receptions by a tight end (116), expect a regression to the mean from Ertz — but that doesn’t necessarily mean a regression in quality of play. At the prime of his game, most safeties and linebackers — let alone the members of the struggling Washington roster — will fail to cover Ertz for four quarters. He just seems to get up for these Washington games.

What’s Up, Philly? - The Players’ Tribune
So what I want you to know about me is that you have a player here who loves this game as much as you love your Eagles. Somebody who’s going to ball out and put his heart and soul into every game, every run, every snap. A Pennsylvania kid who’s blessed to still be home, reppin’ PA. I feel like I have a whole state behind me, supporting me. I don’t take that lightly. And I can’t imagine being in a better place. But there’s gonna be no more comparisons. No more “next this,” or “next that.” Because the Eagles didn’t draft me to be the next anything. They drafted me to be Miles Sanders. Boobie. And I’m gonna work my tail off to make sure you remember the name.

Five over/unders for Eagles’ season opener vs. Redskins - PhillyVoice
Eagles takeaways: 1.5 — In 2017, when they won the Super Bowl, the Eagles defense averaged nearly two forced turnovers per game. Last year, that number was essentially cut in half. And that’s not going to get the job done in 2019. The offense can certainly help with that, by getting out to some leads and forcing opponents into passing situations or more risky play calls to try to catch up. While I don’t see that happening on Sunday — we’ve already talked about a potential slow start for the offense — I do see the Eagles defensive front wreaking havoc on Case Keenum without Trent Williams there to protect his blind side. There will be at least one strip sack in this game, and one Keenum pass that floats in the breeze after he was hit on throw and gets picked off a la Chris Long and Patrick Robinson in the NFC Championship Game. Jim Schwartz’s defense needs to get off to a good start in 2019, and I think they do that on Sunday. OVER.

Game Preview – WAS at PHI - Iggles Blitz
This is a game the Eagles should win. This is a game they need to win. If recent years hold true, the Eagles should prevail. Doug Pederson is 3-0 in season openers. The Eagles have won four straight games against Washington. That doesn’t guarantee you anything of course, but those are good trends.

10 things to keep an eye on in this 2019 opener - PE.com
2. Take shots down the field. Yes, that means Jackson. The Eagles are a tough matchup for any secondary with the weapons they have, and they’re going to have some favorable matchups. If Josh Norman is assigned to Alshon Jeffery, as the Eagles expect, then Jackson and Nelson Agholor will have some chances to win one-on-one battles. Now, Washington isn’t going to be dumb here. They will shade Jackson over the top. And he may not run free all day. But the Eagles could use a “chunk” play or three to really get the Redskins on their heels defensively.

Love, Hate and what’s really important - ESPN
Quarterbacks I love in Week 1 — Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles, vs. Redskins (ESPN projection: 19.3 points): You’ll call me a homer and you’d be right, but the Redskins’ defense is going to be good this season. Unfortunately, the offense won’t be, especially on the road against the Eagles with Case Keenum under center and no Trent Williams protecting his blind side. Expect a turnover or two, giving a short field to Wentz, who since the start of 2017 is the fifth-best QB in fantasy, which includes multiple touchdown passes in each of his past three games against Washington. Wentz is healthy and surrounded by the best supporting cast of his career, including a #revengegame narrative for DeSean Jackson. More on him later, but suffice it to say that last season the Redskins gave up multiple touchdown passes in nine games and Sunday, it will happen again.

Eagles vs. Redskins Betting Preview: Odds, Predictions, and Picks - Crossing Broad
They are better: The Eagles have the better coach, the better quarterback, the better offense, and the better defense. They’re also at home and should be supremely motivated to start fast with Wentz back. Recent domination: After struggling for years with Washington, the Eagles have won four straight meetings between these two teams by double digit margins (15.5 points per game). Good starts: Doug Pederson’s Eagles are 3-0 ATS in Week 1 games. A small, but encouraging sample: Pederson’s Eagles are 3-1 ATS at home when favored by seven or more points and are 2-1 ATS when favored by nine or more points.

5 Questions with Bleeding Green Nation - Hogs Haven
There’s a reason the Eagles are favored by double-digits in this game and I’m guessing it might have to do with Case Keenum. It’s safe to say he’s the worst starting quarterback in the NFL, right? That’s a big obstacle to overcome, especially playing on the road. Add in the fact he’s being “protected” by Donald Penn and Ereck Flowers on the left side of the offensive line and that creates even more concern. I think Washington has some nice pieces. Ryan Kerrigan is an absolute Eagles killer and now Montez Sweat could cause even more problems for Philly. Derrius Guice, if healthy, could be a beast. Josh Norman’s actually done a good job in his matchups with Alshon Jeffery since the former signed the Eagles. I think Jay Gruden isn’t a bad coach. With all that said, I think the Eagles are the superior team and they have home field advantage so I’m fully expecting them to win on Sunday. I’ll say the score is 28-17.

The 8-Point Lead: A better Alshon Jeffery, Fletcher Cox’s return, DeSean Jackson versus former teams and more - The Athletic
All eyes will be on No. 10 from the first play with the hope that the Eagles look deep. Washington will need to account for it, even if it’s no surprise — who didn’t expect Tampa Bay to go long to Jackson on the first play last season? Defenses have always known he’s a deep threat. He still has the most touchdowns of 60-plus yards in NFL history. “I’m sure they sit in the meetings, and they’re watching and they’re listening to their coaches, ‘Don’t let that little whatever beat you!’” Jackson said. “I’m sure they’re emphasizing, but at the end of the day, they’ve still got to stop it.”

Eagles release Charles Johnson from injured reserve - PFT
Another AAF standout is officially out of the NFL. The Eagles released receiver Charles Johnson from injured reserve on Saturday. He received an injury settlement from the team. On August 28, the Eagles placed Johnson on injured reserve, making him ineligible to return during the regular season.

Ranking the top 20 defenses for Week 1 fantasy football - DraftKings Nation
With prime matchups vs. non-threatening offenses, Baltimore and Philly sit atop the rankings to open the season. Here are the top 20 D/ST for Week 1.

2019 NFL Odds: Redskins’ Jay Gruden Favored To Be First Coach Fired, And More Prop Betting Lines - Forbes
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden unsurprisingly tops the chart after generally failing to impress or advance the program much during his five years at the helm. The 52-year-old has compiled a 35-44-1 record since taking over in 2014, making the playoffs just once—resulting in a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild Card Game—after a 9-7 run in 2015. Washington is coming off back-to-back 7-9 campaigns that likely have Gruden on thin ice and needing to display rapid improvement keep his job. ESPN noted that the coach was firmly on the hot seat, even if there hasn’t been an official mandate from Redskins brass to make the playoffs this year due to the importance of developing quarterback Dwayne Haskins, the No. 15 pick in April’s draft.

Son of former Philadelphia Eagles’ star, St. Joseph’s Prep LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr. commits to Clemson - PennLive
Jeremiah Trotter Jr. might be the best linebacker in Pennsylvania. And he’s planning on playing college football for the best program in the country. Trotter Jr. said Saturday he has committed to play for the defending national champion Clemson Tigers.

Ten people who will decide the fate of the 2019 Jets - Gang Green Nation
Joe Douglas: This isn’t really Douglas’ team. The Jets hired him only after allowing his predecessor to go on a historic free agent spending spree and run the 2019 Draft. Still Douglas will have a few opportunities to make his mark. He already has with the signing of Ryan Kalil at center. His most important early test will be making sure the team has an adequate kicker. Even consider Douglas’ late hiring, there is no excuse for him if the position is an issue at any point this season. There are always adequate kickers available. It is the rare position where supply is greater than demand. It will also be interesting to see whether Douglas can swing a trade in season for a problem position like cornerback. Sometimes it is easier to make a deal at the deadline after teams have fallen out of the race than it is before the season.

How did Jets’ Josh Adams cope with Eagles nosedive? By embracing Joe Douglas’ advice - NJ.com
But the man calling the shots for the Jets these days – general manager Joe Douglas – knows plenty about Adams and what he’s capable of. After all, he watched Adams’ rookie season up close last year, when he was still working in the Eagles’ front office under Howie Roseman. “He was actually the one who called me and told me Philly had a spot for me (in 2018),” Adams said. “He was fired up about it. Obviously, I was fired up because I felt like I had a lot to prove after going undrafted.”

How the NFL’s hash marks help defenses disguise pressure more than in college football - SB Nation
Hash marks are located differently on a college field than at the pro level. Retired lineman Geoff Schwartz breaks down how this affects the game.

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