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NFL Preseason Week 2 Game Recap: New England Patriots 35, Philadelphia Eagles 0 - PFF
Joe Flacco wasn’t helped by his receivers (three drops), but that wasn’t the only thing holding him back. He took a pair of sacks and registered multiple turnover-worthy plays in a forgettable performance. Nick Mullens’ night wasn’t any better. He actually managed to average negative yards per pass play on his 13 dropbacks, thanks in large part to the three sacks he took. This performance comes just one week after he posted a 31.5 passing grade vs. the Steelers, as well. Mullens and Flacco combined to go 1-for-4 for 10 yards on passes thrown 10 or more yards downfield.

Eagles vs. Patriots: 14 winners, 15 losers, 1 IDK - BGN
The Birds have been outscored 52-0 in their last six quarters. Does this actually matter? It certainly doesn’t mean everything. They’re obviously not going to look as bad when they’re playing their starters and the coaching staff isn’t keeping things as vanilla as they are in the preseason. Still, not ideal that the Eagles’ depth players have struggled so much. You’d like to see some more competency than this.

Eagles-Patriots Preseason Instant Reaction Show - BGN Radio
mmediately following the Eagles Week 2 preseason loss 35-0 to the Patriots, Shamus Clancy and Jessica Towne Taylor share their genuine reactions when they found out that Jalen Hurts would not be playing and midway through the show provide updates to Jalen Hurts’ status. Subscribe to the BGN YouTube:

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Patriots preseason game - PhillyVoice
So, uhhhhhh, that’s weird. I have to admit, I couldn’t help remember that the Eagles announced that they had made an extremely controversial decision to sign Mike Vick during a preseason game, so I was on high alert for some Deshaun Watson news. Didn’t happen, obviously.

Miserable Night - Iggles Blitz
We did get to see Smith in action and he looked good overall. There were a couple of balls he failed to catch. You can argue whether they were drops or not, but I guarantee you DeVonta wasn’t happy with them. He did move well and ran really good routes. You can see where he is going to be really good this year. Smith knows how to get separation even on a short route. After the first couple of throws, he caught the ball well and looked comfortable. Flacco didn’t do him any favors with a couple of those passes.

DeVonta Smith reflects on debut in 35-0 loss to Patriots -
Smith caught two passes for 19 yards, but after the game, his focus was on the opportunities he missed rather than the plays he made. Smith was targeted five times and he said he had uncharacteristic lapses in focus on the three passes he didn’t bring in. “I know what I did wrong,” said Smith, serious and stone-faced in his postgame press conference. “I gotta focus on catching the ball. I mean, that’s all it is. Just taking my eyes away too early. I mean, there’s nothing else to it. Those are plays I’ve gotta make.” And he will. Smith’s pedigree is high based on his dominance at Alabama and the way he’s played through the spring and summer since the NFL Draft. Watching him on Thursday night, Smith’s release off the line of scrimmage was clean and he separated from coverage on nearly every route with his quick feet and his sharp breaks in and out of routes. It’s just that, on this night, Smith battled the football and wasn’t quite in sync with Flacco. At the end of the night, Smith blamed a lack of eye discipline.

2021 NFL preseason, Week 2: What we learned from Thursday’s Patriots win over Eagles -
DeVonta debuts. Shaking off an MCL sprain that sidelined him for the preseason opener, Eagles first-round pick DeVonta Smith saw his first game action on Thursday night. His first catch as a pro was a relatively modest 9-yard grab early in the second quarter, but it elicited a hearty cheer from the Philly faithful. Smith didn’t produce a spectacular first impression in his 25 snaps, hauling in two catches on four targets for 19 yards. He did, however, show off splendid separation and route running. And perhaps most importantly, the No. 10 overall pick was out there healthy and showing promise. That’s a reason for optimism for an offense long in need of a true No. 1 WR.

With Josh Allen Done, Here Are 10 More Offensive Players Looking for New Deals - The 33rd Team
Dallas Goedert. I do not think there is any doubt that Dallas Goedert is a good tight end and the future starter in Philadelphia. When do they do that deal? On one hand, I am a big believer that once you know a guy is part of your core, sign him sooner because it will only cost more to wait. Of course, their current situation complicates things some. Goedert is entering his final year, so if I had to guess, we will see the Eagles do a deal with him relatively soon. He is a guy that fits their history, even going back to when I was there, of rewarding their core players and getting them locked in early. I do not think he will reach the range of some of the tight ends we saw last year, who reached $15 million, but I think he will be close. We will see in the negotiations, but I would rather have him than Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, who both received $12.5 million annually from New England. I think he is a better talent than Smith, and Henry has serious injury concerns. [BLG Note: This post was written by former Eagles president Joe Banner.]

8 winners and 2 losers from the Patriots’ 35-0 preseason victory over the Eagles - Pats Pulpit
Winner: LB Matthew Judon. One of the Patriots’ big-money free agent acquisitions in the offseason was all over the field once again. On the opening series, Judon chased down Joe Flacco after a poor snap, knocked the ball loose, and Jalen Mills recovered the fumble which helped set up the Patriots’ opening score. Judon’s motor and energy has shined all tgrough training camp and the first two preseason games. He is quickly showing why he is the X-factor for a Patriots defense that looks to improve mightily in 2021.

Carl Lawson Done For Year With Achilles Injury - Gang Green Nation
The New York Jets had several players injured in today’s joint practice with the Green Bay Packers. The most devastating injury from the Jets’ standpoint was to defensive end Carl Lawson. Lawson was carted off the field with an apparent Achilles injury. Multiple reports are now saying that tests reveal a rupture of the Achilles tendon that will sideline Lawson for the entire 2021 season. [BLG Note: The Eagles won’t face off against Lawson in practice this coming week or when they play the Jets in the regular season in early December.]

NFL Daily Kickoff, Friday - New York Jets DL Carl Lawson out for year - The SB Nation NFL Show
Week 2 of the preseason is officially underway! Mac Jones and Cam Newton both had solid moments on Thursday, but the day was terrible for the New York Jets. Check out the latest NFL Daily Kickoff as we get you caught up on everything that you need to know.


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