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Eagles News: Football Team clears Alex Smith to return

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/16/20.

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Washington removes QB Alex Smith from PUP list on Sunday - DraftKings Nation
As Smith returns to practice, he joins a depth chart that includes Haskins, former Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen, and undrafted free agent addition Steven Montez. Haskins is expected to start, but Smith will get a chance to compete in practice these next three weeks as the team figures out its depth chart the coming season. Odds seem decent they keep both Allen and Smith behind Haskins. [BLG Note: I’m guessing the Eagles will be facing Haskins in Week 1 but there’s now a non-zero chance it’s Smith.]

Eagles 2020 Opponent Preview: New Orleans Saints - BGN
So, there’s a part of me that hesitates to dub the Saints as the Eagles’ biggest non-division rival. But then I think about how Sean Payton had the Saints’ team bus driver do laps around Lincoln Financial Field after they beat the Eagles. I think about how Alvin Kamara said the Saints would have “beat the shit out of” the Eagles in the 2018 NFC Championship Game if they didn’t embarrassingly choke against the Minnesota Vikings. I think about how Kamara and Mark Ingram (now with the Baltimore Ravens) mocked the Eagles’ ski masks and referred to the Eagles as “fraudulents.” I think about how Sean Payton was so willing to boast to Peter King about how the Saints viewed Carson Wentz and Sidney Jones as the Eagles’ weak points in 2019. I think about how the Saints played the anthem of the Eagles’ 2017 Super Bowl season — Meek Mill’s Dreams And Nightmares — in the locker room after beating Philly in the 2019 divisional round. The Saints have made it personal.

The Camp Is Here! - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton talk about the players they’re excited to see in training camp, takeaways from Matt Burke & Aaron Moorehead’s pressers, and so much more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

25 things to watch at 2020 Eagles training camp - PhillyVoice
1) This is the first offseason since 2017 that Carson Wentz isn’t recovering from a serious bodily injury. In 2018, he was recovering from his torn ACL, and in 2019 he was recovering from his back injury. And so, when we first got a glimpse of Wentz on video reporting to the NovaCare Complex a couple weeks ago, he looked a little more beefed up than normal. Wentz explained that he hit the weights harder this offseason because, well, he was able to. Wentz already got a high percentage of reps in camp, but they’re highly likely to increase even more, given that the team’s limited amount of time will lead the coaching staff to prioritize getting the starters ready for the regular season over younger player evaluation. In that sense, it’s ideal that this is probably the best Wentz has felt since 2017.

Howard Mudd’s star-laden Eagles legacy lives on with Jason Peters and Jason Kelce - Inquirer
It was the summer of 2011, after Andy Reid had lured Mudd out of retirement, after the NFL lockout had ended, and after one of the Eagles’ first training camp practices at Lehigh. “Peters didn’t like something Howard was saying in a meeting,” Mathis recalled, “and J.P. said ‘Man, F--- you.’ Howard instantly replied, ‘F--- me? F--- you! And if you don’t like it you can go talk to Andy.’

Ranking every coach in the Andy Reid coaching tree, from 1 to 10 - NBCSP
2. Doug Pederson. Accomplishments: Won Super Bowl in second season and has had Eagle in playoffs in each of last three seasons. Won NFC East in 2017 and 2019. His .594 career winning percentage is highest in franchise history, just ahead of Greasy Neale’s .590 and Reid’s .583. Interesting Andy Reid connection: Pederson this year hired Marty Mornhinweg, who coached under Reid from 2003 to 2012 with the Eagles Where is he now? Beginning 5th year as head coach of the Eagles.

George Kittle and Travis Kelce Just Shattered the Ceiling for Tight End Salaries - The Ringer
Between Kelce and Kittle’s deals, the two players have given a sorely needed update to premium tight end compensation. Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz, who has two years left on his deal and is the next tight end in line for a big raise, makes less money than teammate Alshon Jeffery. Before Kelce’s raise, he made roughly half of what teammate Tyreek Hill earns ($18 million on average). NFL negotiations often rely on precedent at the position, but tight ends don’t have much earning power. The franchise tag, which averages the top five salaries at the position, is $18.5 million for wide receivers this year, while the tight end price tag is $11 million. (Jimmy Graham once tried to fight this but lost in arbitration.) Lesser receivers have long made more money than top tight ends because of their job titles. What makes Kelce and Kittle so valuable on the field—versatility at the tight end position—also made them underpaid.

Cowboys training camp 2020: Three things we learned from the first practice - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys took a gamble in signing pass rusher Aldon Smith. Not only were they betting on him keeping at bay the issues that got him suspended indefinitely, with some help from the evolving NFL view of those things, they were wagering he still had enough in the tank and his now 30-year-old body to make a real contribution to the team. There was an expectation that he would need some time to get back into football shape after his years off. That was seen as one of the motivations to get the deal with Everson Griffen done, although Griffen is certainly a good enough talent to make acquiring him a smart move in any case. It was only one practice with no hitting, but all reports are that Smith looks good. VERY good. Like, ready to go out there in the first game of the season and terrorize a quarterback good.

Portrait of a coach: Giants’ Joe Judge — organized, structured, obviously in charge - Big Blue View
After talking with New York Giants players and assistant coaches over the past week, a portrait of what Joe Judge is and will be as a head coach has begun to emerge. Organized. Prepared. Detail-oriented. Knowledgeable. Articulate. These are some of the words you hear over and over when you ask people about him. Let’s delve deeper into what the Giants have in their rookie head coach, why many who have worked with him now want to work for him, and why those who hadn’t worked with him previously are impressed by him.

Colts sign Tremon Smith - PFT
Smith was a 2018 sixth-round pick by the Chiefs and he spent time with the Packers last season before ending the year on the Eagles practice squad. He remained with the Eagles until being cut in July.

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