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4 Eagles players worth shopping ahead of cutdown weekend | Could Sidney Jones help solve OL depth issues? -
CB Sidney Jones. Based on his pedigree and versatility, Jones is probably the most valuable trade chip on the Eagles’ roster bubble. The cornerback hasn’t participated in team drills since the first week of padded practices due to a lower-body injury. According to The Athletic’s Joe Person, the Carolina Panthers are looking for secondary help, so perhaps Jones could fetch an offensive tackle like Greg Little or Dennis Delay in a player-for-player swap.

Who had the best training camp? Ranking the Eagles players 1-79 - The Athletic
78. Sidney Jones – Back on the coddling bad investments front, Jones is putting the “can’t make the club in the tub” axiom to the test. It’s hard to make a serious case that he’s done enough to earn a roster spot after missing most of camp and failing to impress when he was on the field. He offers no help on special teams, and the secondary already has enough “position-less” players so as to negate the importance of Jones’ versatility.

Impressions of every Eagle on defense after 2020 training camp - NBCSP
Sidney Jones, CB: What a disappointing camp for Jones, who came in with plenty of hype. We thought Jones was going to compete for a starting corner spot but instead began with the twos and then got hurt. He hasn’t done enough to earn a roster spot, so we’ll see what happens. [...] Craig James, CB: One of the hardest decisions the Eagles will have to make is with James. With Sidney Jones out, James got bumped up to second-team defense and played really well. Heck, he even got a few first-team reps. And he’s a huge special teams contributor, a fantastic gunner on the punt team.

Process of Elimination - Iggles Blitz
It sounds like Rasul Douglas will be the top backup on the outside. We thought Sidney Jones might have that role, but he’s been hurt and missed time. He also has failed to stand out. More than a couple of guys who have watched practice think Craig James should make the roster over Jones. James is good on STs and has played well this summer.

Vikings could release starting left tackle with connections to the Eagles - BGN
It’s not the craziest thought considering Reiff has some connections to the Eagles’ current coaching staff and front office. The Detroit Lions selected Reiff with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft when Jim Schwartz was still head coach there. Reiff logged 55 starts in 63 games played under former Lions offensive line coach and current Eagles director of player personnel/senior defensive assistant Jeremiah Washburn.

Report: Riley Reiff tells teammates that he expects to be released - Daily Norseman
It seems to be a bit of a strange move to let your team’s starting left tackle go less than two weeks before the regular season opener, particularly when a team with the pass rush ability of the Green Bay Packers is coming to town, but it appears that’s what the purple are on the verge of doing.

Quick Jam #8: Pennies From Heaven or Buyer Beware? - BGN Radio
Michael Kist has takes on the Eagles going after a pair of free agents PLUS a look on the bright side concerning Jalen Reagor’s injury! Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation.

Can the Eagles really afford not to accede to Jason Peters’ demand for more money to play left tackle? - Inquirer
The Eagles’ cheapest and most logical option is to figure things out with Peters, then look for some bargain-priced vet depth. Surely they’d just have to hike some Peters incentives or some such. It’s always possible that they will decline to do so, on grounds of principle. This was a bold request from Peters, who has made about $100 million as an Eagle since 2009. More money to play a higher profile position isn’t a precedent a team wants to set. But there is principle, and then there is the matter of what could happen to Carson Wentz against Washington — one of the top defensive front sevens in the league — with Pryor or Mailata defending his blindside. Making a smallish concession to Peters might be more prudent than standing on principle.

20 contenders for the 2020 NFL season, 20 big weaknesses: Ranking the Achilles’ heels - ESPN
17. Philadelphia Eagles. Achilles’ heel: left tackle. Expected starter: Jason Peters. This would have been Andre Dillard last week, but the 2019 first-round pick tore his biceps Thursday and will miss the rest of the season. Philly had already brought back longtime left tackle Jason Peters to fill in at right guard for Brandon Brooks, who is also out for the year, but the Dillard injury seemed to open up left tackle for the future Hall of Famer. Alas, Peters — who signed a one-year, $3 million deal this offseason — reportedly wants more money if the team wants him to play the more valuable position. Eagles fans will rightfully point out that Dillard didn’t look good last season and wasn’t wowing anybody in camp, but that ignores the bigger picture. Peters wasn’t his old self at left tackle in 2019 and has spent the last month preparing to play a new position. There’s little chance he will be better than he was in 2019, while it was extremely likely Dillard would have improved as he got more reps at left tackle. Now, Philadelphia will have gotten just three full starts out of Dillard before he enters his third season, one in which it would have expected him to be entrenched as a solution as opposed to a question mark.

A six-pack of Eagles topics to be discussed -
1. Questions along the offensive line. The questions are legitimate with the absence of right guard Brandon Brooks (Achilles tendon) and left tackle Andre Dillard (biceps): Who is playing those two positions? The Eagles have Jason Peters, who seems to have acclimated nicely at right guard, but he’s also an option at left tackle should the Eagles go in that direction. Matt Pryor has taken the reps with the No. 1 unit the last couple of days of practice. On the right side, Lane Johnson remains day to day with a lower-body injury, so the Eagles are giving Jordan Mailata a lot of very valuable reps. Players like Nate Herbig and Jack Driscoll need to mature quickly and show they can be counted on for quality backup reps. This is a position the Eagles haven’t been in for many, many seasons – having an unsettled offensive line heading into the regular season. We’re going to find out right away how much the Eagles can survive without two projected starters, because Washington’s front seven is among the best in the NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles news: Team announces results of Red Cross blood drives, 2 potential options available and more - PennLive
Today’s Philadelphia Eagles news looks at some work in the community the team did amid the coronavirus pandemic, two solid NFL starters are suddenly available and more as the beginning of the regular season is now less than two weeks away. From April through August, the Eagles and the American Red Cross hosted five community blood drives at Lincoln Financial Field. On Monday, the team announced the effort screened 446 donors and collected 346 pints of blood, which has the potential to help up to 1,038 patients.

Logan Ryan signing: New York Giants agree to deal with veteran defensive back - Big Blue View
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Giants and the 29-year-old Ryan have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million deal. Ryan to the Giants has made sense since the offseason began. Since before DeAndre Baker got charged with a slew of felonies and landed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. Since before COVID-19 caused Sam Beal to opt out. Since before rookie safety Xavier McKinney, now shelved with a broken foot, was even drafted. Ryan is a seven-year veteran who spent the first four of those seasons with the New England Patriots, where Giants head coach Joe Judge was the special teams coach. Ryan is a Berlin, N.J. native, which also made the Giants attractive to him.

The Cowboys biggest Achilles heel identified for 2020 season - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys secondary has been considered a weakness for a while, mostly because they fail to create turnovers and they played more of a bend-don’t-break style. Then they lost their best player in the secondary during free agency in cornerback Byron Jones. So corner is an issue.

Miami Dolphins’ WR Mack Hollins: amazing hair, a hidden talent and he can play - Palm Beach Post
If and when receiver Mack Hollins makes the Dolphins roster on Saturday, it will likely be because he can do many things well on the field. And while this will not be a primary reason, one cannot help but notice that Hollins, 26, boasts a strong hair-care regimen, which has resulted in one of the most glorious, large Afros ever to fit inside a Miami helmet. “Elite,” Dolphins receivers coach Josh Grizzard said of Hollins’ coif. “I don’t want to categorize it into something – but it’s special. I don’t even know how he really puts the helmet on once we get out there. It’s like an added layer of cushion.”

6 potential landing spots for Leonard Fournette - SB Nation
No. 1: Kansas City Chiefs. The Super Bowl champs already boast the best offense in the NFL, but as it stands they’re putting a lot of faith in rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire to establish their running game. Edwards-Helaire is a vaunted prospect who will help a lot, but he’s a little in the mold of Brian Westbrook. A smaller, shifty back with home run potential whenever he touches the ball. Westbrook was part of a committee running back system for much of his time with Andy Reid’s Eagles, often splitting carries with the bigger, North-South style of Correll Buckhalter. The comparisons here are too obvious, and for this reason Fournette could be an excellent complimentary power back to help the Chiefs.


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