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Eagles News: Carson Wentz compares Jalen Reagor to Julio Jones

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Eagles practice notes, Day 2: Jalen Reagor’s rare athleticism - PhillyVoice
Reagor’s impressive athleticism is obvious, even when he isn’t making catches. In addition to the incomplete go route noted above, Reagor went way up on a ball over the middle that was too high. Most receivers wouldn’t have even bothered jumping for it, but Reagor did, and his hops are something to behold. Reagor recorded a 42” vertical jump at the Combine, and he showed it on the field. After practice, in an interview session with reporters, Reagor said the feedback from Carson Wentz is that he can do things on the field athletically that other receivers simply can’t do. “We always watch a lot of clips with our routes and stuff like that. And he’s like, you’re explosive like Julio [Jones],” Reagor said. “You can run fast. You can jump high. So he compares me to a lot of receivers. And he’s just saying, there are certain routes that certain people can’t run, and he’s like, ‘You can run those routes.’ He’s putting me up there. He’s putting it all on me, so I’m willing every day to work at it.”

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Carson Wentz struggles, Jalen Hurts rules the red zone - BGN
Hard not to like what we’ve seen out of Jalen Hurts through two practices. He hasn’t been perfect, to be clear, but there are positive flashes. That’s more than what can be said for Nate Sudfeld, who hasn’t looked bad by any means but hasn’t done much to really stand out in a good way either. Hurts was very effective in the red zone. His speed is apparent when he takes off running, which has occurred fairly often. Hurts logged several red zone rushing touchdowns — including one where he juked the crap out of Marcus Epps on a read-option keeper — before rolling out to his right and throwing for another score. Quarterback controversy?!?! (Nah.) Hurts did get intercepted by K’Von Wallace (first time really noticing him) on a player where John Hightower slipped. Hurts overthrew Hightower on another rep and had another pass for Hightower deflected and nearly picked by Rasul Douglas. Hurts did loft a deep touchdown ball to Robert Davis during 1-on-1.

Training Camp Recap - Day 2 - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton recap the Eagles second day of practice in pads with media availability with thoughts on Carson Wentz’s shaky day and more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Training Camp Roundup – Day 2 - Iggles Blitz
Jalen Mills had a highlight play when he turned a Carson Wentz pass into a pick-six. Yesterday he made a highlight play when he fired into the backfield. Mills has the potential to be a good safety. He doesn’t need to live up to the Malcolm Jenkins standard. Mills has to be himself and make his share of plays. And he needs to keep talking. He did that after the pick-six. There is real value to a high-energy, loud player like Mills. He keeps the pot stirred and everyone awake. Football is an emotional sport. You need guys who can talk and bring energy to the field.

Have the Eagles already decided who starts at corner? - NBCSP
Jim Schwartz keeps insisting there’s open competition for the second cornerback spot opposite Darius Slay. “You’re going to see a lot of different players (competing),” Schwartz said Tuesday. So far, Avonte Maddox is the only one competing. If there really is an open competition between Maddox and former 2nd-round pick Sidney Jones for CB2, it hasn’t materialized. It’s only two days with pads, but when opening day is 26 days away and most of the offseason was wiped out, two days is a lot. Maybe Jones will start getting 1st-team reps on Wednesday, but judging by the first two practices, everything points to Maddox as the Eagles’ opening-day outside cornerback opposite Slay.

10 Eagles players in a critical place this Training Camp -
LT Andre Dillard — This is an obvious one: Andre Dillard was a first-round pick in 2019 and he showed real promise in his three starts at left tackle as a rookie. He’s now in position to take over the spot, not only for 2020 but for the next many seasons. Dillard has all the tools – great feet, athletic, big with improved strength. The Eagles are going to test him in every way in this camp. They’ve got to get him ready for Washington and that team’s outstanding defensive front. Dillard has the job protecting Carson Wentz’s blind side. There aren’t many more important jobs on the roster.

KUBIAK vs. ADP 2020: The Underrated - Football Outsiders
Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles — Never say never with the team’s recent history, but the Eagles are unlikely to be as injured at their skill positions in 2020 as they were in 2019. But a healthier roster doesn’t spell doom for second tight end Goedert’s chances for fantasy success. His development motivated the team’s shift to a heavy reliance on two-tight end personnel in 2019 even before they suffered their myriad receiver injuries. They’ve finished first in usage of that personnel group in each of the last two seasons. Meanwhile, Goedert can make a fair claim that he is a more efficient receiving option than presumed No. 1 option Zach Ertz, having edged the veteran with 0.3% versus -1.1% DVOA the last two seasons.

Fantasy football rankings: Eric Karabell’s running back tiers - ESPN+
Tier 3: Round 2. Nick Chubb, Browns ... Derrick Henry, Titans ... Aaron Jones, Packers ... Joe Mixon, Bengals ... Josh Jacobs, Raiders ... Miles Sanders, Eagles. Notes: Put simply, find a tier of running backs after the first one in which there are no questions. You can’t. Relative youth wins out in this tier, but there are multiple players here a bit too touchdown-dependent (Henry, Jones), and that can be a problem if they are not catching passes (Henry). Still — and I have tried mocks and real drafts this summer in which I went with two running backs in the first two rounds, and others with two wide receivers and a few with one of each — I like not being forced to go running back three tiers later. In fact, I don’t even rank a running back in Round 3. Huge drop-off!

The 49ers are working out S Johnathan Cyprien and C Hroniss Grasu - Niners Nation
Per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the San Francisco 49ers are working out safety Johnathan Cyprien, who appeared in five games last season with the Eagles and the Falcons before suffering a season-ending injury. Atlanta traded a draft pick for him, and one game later, Cyprien was lost for the season. Cyprien signed with the Eagles in August. Cyprien was known as a hard-hitting box safety who excelled against the run, but not much in coverage. He is very similar to Marcell Harris, which begs the question, why now? Is K’Waun Williams’ injury more serious than 2-3 weeks?

Report: Dallas Cowboys release DT Gerald McCoy via injury waiver - Blogging The Boys
If you had visions of Gerald McCoy roaming the Cowboys sidelines and coaching up the defensive linemen then you might want to pump the brakes a little bit. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday afternoon that the club released him with an injury waiver. The mothership’s Nick Eatman added that the Cowboys hope to re-sign him in the offseason when he’s healthy.

Flyers 2, Canadiens 0: Back on track - Broad Street Hockey
The good news is that the Flyers were able to keep the Habs pretty well contained, allowing only one shot on the power play, and their lead remained intact. The Flyers would get another power play not long after that kill, and this one, you guessed it, saw them generate a couple of looks, but didn’t find any finish on those chances. So it goes. The Habs made one last push with the goalie pulled, but the Flyers were able to shut them down pretty effectively. And Hart’s shutout held and the Flyers skated away with a 3-1 series lead. [BLG Note: Let’s go Flyers.]


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