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Eagles rookie DE Milton Williams could contribute immediately, with gifs and stuff - PhillyVoice
From what I’ve seen through the first two weeks of training camp, Williams doesn’t appear to be the savviest pass rusher, and he’ll have to work on developing a repertoire of pass rush moves. But for now, he’s already so strong and explosive that he can come in for a handful of plays at a time and be a disruptive spark plug.

Eagles rookie report: DeVonta Smith waits, Milton Williams impresses - ESPN
Williams has been a standout at camp even as he cross-trains to play both defensive end and defensive tackle. He’s got a quick get-off, strong hands and can be disruptive in the backfield, as he showed against the Steelers. He’s making a push to be part of the defensive line rotation that already features Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, Ryan Kerrigan, Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave. “Milton has been good. He’s been getting better every day,” said Cox. “Playing multiple positions can be really hard, especially for a young guy. “When you see a young guy like that, it makes you want to make them better. ... I’ve helped him on a few things. He’s taken it, taken to coaching and he’s been really good for us here early in camp, and he’s going to be really good for us this year.”

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: DeVonta Smith closer to returning and other injury news - BGN
EAGLES INJURY UPDATES: Prior to practice, Nick Sirianni revealed that DeVonta Smith (knee) has been upgraded from ‘week-to-week’ to ‘day-to-day’. Smith did some running and cutting on a side field, which is progress from when we saw him lightly jogging around last week. Based on Smith’s original reported recovery timeline, he should be back within the next nine days or so. Good to see he’s progressing.

Eagles training camp Day 12 recap + takeaways from Eagles-Steelers! - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski discuss what stood out on both Thursday night and Saturday morning. From DeVonta Smith injury news to evaluating Jalen Hurts to identifying a summer standout that hasn’t been getting enough love, the guys cover a lot in this full-length episode.

Is Eagles’ running back depth chart changing? - NBCSP
It may be time to start rethinking everything we thought about the Eagles’ running back hierarchy. Because with Miles Sanders held out Thursday night, the starter wasn’t Boston Scott or Kenny Gainwell or Kerryon Johnson. It was Jordan Howard, the veteran who was released in November by the Dolphins, couldn’t find a spot on anybody’s 53-man roster, resurfaced on the Eagles’ practice squad, averaged 18 inches per carry for the season, rejoined the Eagles in April after fearing his career was over and was widely believed to be a roster longshot coming into training camp. That Jordan Howard.

Joe Banner: Eagles are threading the needle between contending and rebuilding - Inquirer
EJ: Quez Watkins has outplayed Jalen Reagor this training camp and may be deserving of a starting spot over him. How much will draft status affect that potential decision? ... JB: Unfortunately it shouldn’t be the case, but the fact that Reagor was drafted where he was will give him some extra opportunities, or he’ll be given more room to make mistakes and grow. I think the Eagles have always been very good at this. Not just because you just got paid or just because you just got drafted high, when it comes right down to it, there will still be a little bit of benefit to being paid more or drafted higher, but I felt like they’ve always done a very good job where you had to make the decision, putting that aside and giving them the chance to win. If that dynamic continues between those two players, I don’t think they’ll feel like they have to play Reagor just because he was drafted high. If it’s a close call and say one’s a B and one’s a B-minus and Reagor’s the B-minus, you may see them giving them a little more time to develop thinking he may have more upside, but if there’s any consequential gap, I don’t think they’ll be afraid to make the right move and play the better player.

Tyree Jackson makes the move from QB to TE - PE.com
This is the story of a project, a 6-foot-7, 239-pound young man who loves the game of football so much he’ll transform himself into whatever he needs to be to get on the field and stay there. Once upon a time, Tyree Jackson was a darn good quarterback at the University of Buffalo, who threw for 6,999 yards and 49 touchdowns by the time his career ended in 2018. Now he’s trying to be a darn good tight end with the Eagles, who signed him over the winter and moved him to this new, very foreign position. Two-plus weeks into Training Camp, Jackson is making progress. “Every day is a day to learn. I’ve got great guys in the (tight ends) room in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, Richard Rodgers, veteran guys I’m learning from every day,” Jackson said. “Every day it’s something new to learn. When you make a switch, it’s all new, but having those guys around who have done it at a high level for a long time has helped me a lot. I’m just out there, and whatever play is called, that’s what I run. I have the privilege to play with really good quarterbacks. Those guys are really good and make the correct reads and get the ball to open players. It’s been really fun.”

Bears sign offensive lineman Jason Peters - Windy City Gridiron
Head coach Matt Nagy just said in his press conference that Peters is signing to compete to start at left tackle. Peters will also buy the team some time to get rookie Teven Jenkins back from his back injury and allow them to take their time with his rehab. Peters also has the ability to play on the right side or guard, so he could add some nice value to a unit that has had several injuries. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler Tweeted that Peters’ deal is for one-year and him getting a chance to reunite with Bears o-line coach Juan Castillo, who he worked with in Philly, was a big reason he chose Chicago.

Former Seahawks LB Mychal Kendricks signs with the 49ers - Niners Nation
Per Ian Rapoport, Kendricks signed with the 49ers.

Report: Cowboys defensive tackle Neville Gallimore expected to miss 4-6 weeks with dislocated elbow - Blogging The Boys
This is one of those good news, bad news situations for the Dallas Cowboys. Defensive tackle Neville Gallimore went down with injury in Friday night’s preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals. Replays showed his elbow being bent in an unnatural direction and he was writhing in pain soon after. He obviously missed the rest of the game but the concern soon became about just how serious the injury would turn out to be. Today, we learned that Gallimore will be out 4-6 weeks.

5 ‘things I think’ after the Giants lose preseason opener to Jets - Big Blue View
So, the first ‘thing I think’ is about a guy who didn’t even play in the game. Joe Judge wouldn’t disclose what injury Kadarius Toney has been dealing with, only saying on Saturday night that he has had the injury “for a little bit” and aggravated it this week in practice. Toney’s incredibly light practice workload since returning from the Reserve/COVID-19 list now makes sense. Sadly, this is yet another development that makes me wonder how much the Giants are going to get from their first-round pick as a rookie.

Can the WFT do better than Dustin Hopkins? - Hogs Haven
During Thursday’s first preseason game against the Patriots, much of Washington’s roster looked comfortable and like it was on track for the slow progression of development through the preseason. One aspect of the team’s play that did not meet that threshold, however, was the kicking game. Tress Way was just “fine,” and not playing at his usual “top 3 punter in the league” level, and kicker Dustin Hopkins missed two field goals, one from just 40 yards out.

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