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Daigle’s Deep Sleepers - Rotoworld
Corey Clement, RB, Eagles. Miles Sanders’ and Boston Scott’s lower body injuries have reportedly pushed Clement into first-string reps at practice. Relegated to special teams behind Jordan Howard and Darren Sproles last year, Clement is only one season removed from corralling 90 touches under coach Doug Pederson as an entrusted committee back. Scott, who Clement would seemingly be replacing if the former’s week-to-week injury lingers, saw six targets in all three games behind Sanders in Weeks 14-16, additionally handling nine touches on 28% of Philadelphia’s offensive snaps in its Wild Card deficit to Seattle. [BLG Note: Clement’s had a nice camp.]

Eagles 53-man roster projection after 10 days of training camp practice - BGN
Seven wide receivers?! Yep, they’re all deserving of making the team. Jackson looks as good as ever. Reagor is going to contribute from the jump. JJAW looks improved heading into Year 2 and could split time at X with Reagor. Some have suggested Ward isn’t a lock to make the team but I can’t agree; he’s taken almost all of the first team slot reps. Hightower seems to have a well-rounded game and is making highlight catches in practice; perhaps he could have a bigger role than expected. Watkins has flashed with his deep speed and could be the kick returner. Burnett regularly stands out in practice; there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s earned a spot on the Eagles’ roster. Marcus Green and Travis Fulgham have both made plays in camp so I have them on the practice squad.

Eye On the Enemy #29: Jason Peters Wants More $$$ + Power Rankings - BGN Radio
John Stolnis was given a lot to talk about by the NFC East this week.. some the of the topics covered. Jason Peters needs tackle money, not guard money. ESPN NFL Power Rankings. Washington in hot water AGAIN. AND MUCH MORE! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Offensive line now the Eagles’ biggest concern heading into 2020 regular season - PhillyVoice
Still, the level of concern at the position is easily the highest it has been since the start of the Doug Pederson era. To begin, the offensive linemen on the Eagles’ roster after the starting five — a collection that includes Mailata, Herbig, Jack Driscoll, Prince Tega Wanogho, Luke Juriga, Sua Opeta, and Julian Good-Jones — have a combined grand total of three offensive NFL snaps played. That’s particularly troubling when you consider that Peters (38 years, 220 days), Kelce (32 years, 298 days), and Johnson (30 years, 113 days) are all a year older, thus more prone to injury and/or decline in quality of play. It should also maybe be noted here that Johnson hasn’t been seen in a week at training camp after he was labeled as “day to day” with a “lower body injury.”

Matt Pryor or Jordan Mailata could complicate the Eagles’ decision on moving Jason Peters back to left tackle - Inquirer
“It’s my third year in the league, and I’m feeling very confident this year in my playbook, my skills, and my ability. So I feel I am very prepared to take on the task ahead,” he said. Pryor, meanwhile, is the only reserve lineman on the team who has played in an NFL game. He notched 79 snaps last season and another 69 as the starting right guard in the playoff loss to Seattle, after Brooks suffered a shoulder injury in the regular-season finale at the Giants. The team had a chance to make Pryor the 2020 starter at right guard when Brooks tore his left Achilles, and it reached for Peters instead. Now the coaches would rather see Pryor at left tackle than Peters? Seems unlikely. “Right now, they haven’t really made a decision” on who will play left tackle, Pryor said. “I’m comfortable wherever the coaches put me.”

NFL Power Rankings: Ranking every division in the NFL ahead of the 2020 season - PFF
8th) NFC East. This once again figures to be a two-team race at the top of the division between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles. The conversation between those two teams is closely tied to their quarterbacks — Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott — who have each been the quarterback held in higher esteem at various points in their career. A lot of that has had to do with the supporting casts. Wentz’s near-MVP season in 2017 came with Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor playing well alongside Zach Ertz and a strong offensive line, while Prescott’s spike in 2019 came in his first full season with both Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup together. After adding CeeDee Lamb in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cowboys project to have one of the most talented offenses in the NFL again this season. And that gives them the edge as division favorites heading into the season; they’re projected to come away with one more win than the Eagles in 2020.

Doug Pederson: ‘We’re moving full-steam ahead’ after Andre Dillard injury -
Matt Pryor: Another third-year player who had some game experience last season at right guard when Brooks was injured – Pryor started and played well in the postseason loss to Seattle – Pryor has taken reps this summer at right guard, right tackle, and left tackle. And now he’s in the mix to start somewhere – right guard if Peters goes to left tackle and even, as Pederson said on Saturday, left tackle itself. All of a sudden, Matt Pryor and his versatility is giving him a chance to be a full-time starter. “He’s had a consistent camp,” Pederson said or Pryor. “He’s another one that’s got game experience for us, so that goes a long way for him.”

Where are they now: 2017 Super Bowl Eagles - NBCSP
Of those 65 players who spent time on the Eagles’ 53-man roster during the 2017 season, 23 are no longer in the NFL. Of the 23 players who left the Eagles after either the 2017 or 2018 seasons and went to another team, only three are still with that team — Patrick Robinson with the Saints, Steven Means with the Falcons and Jordan Hicks with Arizona. Only Hicks has made a significant impact with his new team. There are 20 players on the Eagles’ roster who have been here since 2017. Seventeen of them played in the Super Bowl.

Falcons DE Steven Means placed on reserve/COVID-19 list - The Falcoholic
So far this offseason and preseason, we have seen a few Atlanta Falcons’ players placed on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Since then, they’ve all returned and the team’s precautions have caused the positive cases to remain low within the organization. Today, the Falcons announced that they’ve placed defensive end Steven Means on the reserve/COVID-19 list. This doesn’t necessarily mean Means has tested positive, as he could just be quarantined for possible contact with someone who may have the illness.

Trey Burton helped off after calf injury - PFT
Tight end Trey Burton was limited to eight games with the Bears last season and he may have to make it back from another injury with the Colts this season. According to multiple reports, Burton had to be helped off the field at Saturday’s practice. He appeared to injure his left leg or ankle and was not able to put weight on that side as he was helped to the sideline.

Stefen Wisniewski relegated to backup duties, ready to start if called upon - Behind The Steel Curtain
In free agency the Steelers added two-time Super Bowl champion Stefen Wisniewski to their roster. Wisniewski has the position flexibility to play all three interior line positions, and could be a starter if called upon. By now you know Mike Tomlin and company have decided to move Feiler to guard, and that seems to remain their main direction entering the 2020 regular season. When Wisniewski met with media via Zoom call on Friday, he admitted right now he is looking at a role which is strictly as a backup for Feiler, David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey.

Bears Training Camp Update 8/29: Nagy won’t name starter until Lions game as Fuller intercepts two - Windy City Gridiron
In news which you’ll see discussed at length in print, online, and social media, Nagy revealed that the decision on a starting quarterback “won’t be [publicly] happening before that day” of the Lions game.

The five most revealing developments in Cowboys training camp - Blogging The Boys
Do you remember when the Cowboys had a history of drafting All-Pros left and right in the first round of the draft? Well, you should because it’s been happening for the better part of the last decade as six different first-rounders have taken home that honor over the last ten years. That’s remarkable. What’s even more remarkable is that since 2014, the team has produced a rookie All-Pro every other. Following along that trajectory means they are due for another one in 2020, and they might have the right guy to pull it off. Since being selected as the 17th pick, the excitement has been sky high for CeeDee Lamb and what he could do for the Cowboys offense. And hearing that he is having such a fantastic camp bodes well for his chances to be an instant impact player. He looks so comfortable from the slot, shows great body control, and somehow manages to keep pulling off contested catches. With him being a rookie, it’s only natural for us to temper our expectations, but he is making it difficult.

The Ultimate Cheat Codes: How Does ‘Madden 21’ Lamar Jackson Compare to 2004 Michael Vick? - The Ringer
Is it cheating to use Lamar Jackson in Madden NFL 21? If gamers insist on being taken seriously when playing a combat or sports sim, there are a few “weapons” that are off-limits. Paradoxically, that list tends to include the very best playable characters and teams, lest a contest between friends become too “annoying” and, in rare cases, physical. For instance, Eddy Gordo’s incessantly flippy capoeira style may take the longest of any on Tekken to master, but his speed, reach, and fluidity meant that even someone brand new to the game could take Gordo and button-mash their way to victory against a more adept player. The same could go for any team featuring Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo during the last decade of FIFA—choosing them will win you nothing but accusations from your opponent, for you will have violated the sanctity of the contest. You get it: You’re not actually cheating, but you’re cheating if you choose them.


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