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2021 NFL preseason: Highest- and lowest-graded rookies for every NFL team - PFF
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. Highest: RB Kenneth Gainwell, 78.7. Lowest: DI Marlon Tuipulotu, 30.5. The fifth-round running back did more than enough this preseason to make veterans like Jordan Howard expendable. Gainwell impressed through the air, just as he did at Memphis, with nine catches for 66 yards on only 33 routes. He’s firmly a change-of-pace back from Miles Sanders.

RotoPat’s Final 2021 Fantasy Rankings - Rotoworld
20. Miles Sanders — Kenneth Gainwell has Sanders living dangerously as low-end RB2.

Matthew Berry’s 100 facts for the 2021 fantasy football season - ESPN
50. Last season, Miles Sanders had three runs of 70-plus yards. 51. Remove those runs and last season Sanders was 41st among running backs in fantasy points per touch. 52. Sanders has never had a game with more than 20 carries in his two-year career. 53. He did, however, have three games last season with 10 or fewer total touches. 54. To put that another way, Sanders played only 12 games last season. In 25% of them, he had 10 or fewer touches.

Report: Eagles discussed Dallas Goedert trade with Vikings - BGN
Despite being a constant subject of trade rumors in the offseason, it appears Zach Ertz will remain with the Philadelphia Eagles this year. The veteran tight end finally broke his silence on Wednesday and indicated the relationship between him and the organization has been mended. It still seems possible that Ertz could be moved before the NFL trade deadline on November 2, especially if the Eagles struggle and find themselves as ‘sellers.’ For now, though, Ertz is here. But are the Birds planning to trade another one of their tight ends? Former Eagles reporter Matt Lombardo had an interesting note in a recent FanSided column.

Checking in on the Colts and Dolphins - PhillyVoice
The Colts’ offensive line is very banged up: The Colts could be without LT Eric Fisher and LG Quenton Nelson to start the season. Fisher is still rehabbing an Achilles tear from last season, and now is also recovering from a positive COVID test. Nelson, meanwhile, like Wentz, has a foot issue and also may not be ready for Week 1. The Colts also lost Sam Tevi for the season with a torn ACL and MCL. Tevi is thought of by some as one of the Colts’ top offensive line reserves, though he had some rough moments in the Colts’ preseason games. Still, losing him for the season before it even begins is especially bad timing, and may have led to the Colts’ trade for Matt Pryor.

Practice Squad - Iggles Blitz
Depth is the most important part. Players can be ready to join the active roster when there is an injury. In recent years the league has changed the rules and allowed some veterans to be put on the PS. That’s been a good change. It helps to keep those players employed and it helps the team. Jordan Howard is a perfect example. He is a veteran role player. You aren’t developing him for the future. The Eagles will activate him when they need help at RB. Howard can step in and play right away. Player development is obviously more of a long term thing. The Eagles liked JaCoby Stevens enough to draft him. He got hurt this summer and wasn’t able to earn a roster spot. The Eagles saw flashes of ability from him, but Stevens needs practice to develop his game and adjust to the NFL. The PS is perfect for him. OL Kayode Awosika wasn’t drafted, but he’s got NFL ability. He needs time to hone his skills. I was worried some other team might claim him, but he made it through and now can develop his game.

Players tell all: Which Philadelphia Eagles are primed for a big season? - The Athletic
Fletcher Cox: There’s a couple, man. There’s two people. I’ll go with 1a and 1b. I’ve gotta say Quez (Watkins) because I’ve seen this guy work his balls off all camp. He just wanted to come out and show everybody what he’s capable of doing and I think he’s doing a good job of it. And Josh Sweat. I’ve seen this coming and Josh has been having a good camp. I expect a lot of good things from him this year.

Browns, Dolphins, and the Masters of Addition by Subtraction - Football Outsiders
Five other quarterbacks have attempted 100 passes in one preseason in this century: Joe Webb for the 2019 Texans (115 attempts), Joey Harrington for the 2002 Lions (112), Matt McGloin for the 2017 Eagles (109), Kevin Kolb for the 2007 Eagles (105), and Ryan Nassib for the 2017 Giants (103.)

Eagles partner with Audacy for Eagles Radiothon presented by Firstrust Bank and The Green Family Foundation - PE.com
The Philadelphia Eagles and Audacy are teaming up for the annual “Eagles Radiothon.” The multi-day auction, presented by Firstrust Bank and The Green Family Foundation, offers fans the opportunity to bid on exclusive sports and entertainment experiences, with all proceeds benefiting Eagles Autism Foundation’s commitment to raising funds for innovative autism research and care. The auction is now live online and will be broadcast on SportsRadio 94WIP (WIP-FM), the flagship station of the Eagles, on Tuesday, September 7 and Wednesday, September 8.

Could Deshaun Watson force a trade by telling the Texans he’s ready to play? - PFT
This isn’t a question of whether he truly wants to play for the Texans. It’s a question of whether he’ll tell the Texans he’s ready to play in order to force Houston’s hand. With Tyrod Taylor, Jeff Driskel, and Davis Mills on the roster, what happens if Watson says, “Put me in, Coach? I’m ready to play.” That could be the only way to get the Texans to trade Watson during the 2021 season.

Film review: Ben Bredeson, what can the Giants expect? - Big Blue View
The issues along the New York Giants’ offensive line have were discussed ad nauseam since Kevin Zeiter’s departure. New York had the coaching hubris to suggest there wasn’t an issue. Still, the preseason alluded to an unfortunate truth - all five of the projected starters are relatively unproven, and the depth poses concern. The retirements of Zach Fulton and Joe Looney made the problem worse. The Giants made a pair of trades with AFC North teams with less than two weeks to go before opening kick-off. They acquired 2018 first-round pick Billy Price from the Bengals for B.J. Hill and a seventh-round selection. The next day they traded a fourth-round pick for 2020-fourth round guard Ben Bredeson, a fifth-round pick, and a seventh-round selection. The acquisition of Bredeson was a necessary move to improve the immediate depth, and Bredeson has the upside to start on this line.

Predicting who will be the Cowboys biggest “X-Factor” this season - Blogging The Boys
My X factor is Keanu Neal. We are all excited about Micah Parsons, but his expected starting partner in the nickel defense has the potential to really harass and baffle offenses. He can line up at any level of the defense as required. He can rush the passer, stuff the run, or drop in coverage. Parsons has some of the same flexibility and more speed, but Neal has veteran savvy and should start the season as the best linebacker the Cowboys can put on the field. Other teams are likely to have their eyes on the rookie because of that disruptive speed, which will also put Neal in a position to make an impact. Parsons will surpass Neal, probably by midseason or so, but he still has a lot to learn about the NFL game. And Parsons needs someone beside him he can rely on and trust. I think Neal is that guy, and he will be a driver for the overall success of the defense.

Ron Rivera Presser: Our confidence is high in Curtis Samuel, but if he isn’t 100% we won’t play him - Hogs Haven
Ron Rivera opened his post-practice presser talking about WR Curtis Samuel who has been dealing with a groin injury for what seems like his entire time in Washington. Samuel will work back into practice with the team on Monday as the team works in pads. Rivera’s level of optimism is very high that Samuel will be ready for Week 1. He doesn’t feel that Samuel needs extra work with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, and he already knows the offense that OC Scott Turner runs. Rivera also said that Samuel won’t play if he’s not 100% game-ready. He won’t return before he’s ready for a full workload. Rivera said the faster guys take a little bit longer to return from groin injuries. You don’t want them to tweak the injury coming back too soon. Samuel’s speed and quickness are coming back, and he’s been getting his rhythm back catching balls on the side field.

Report: Colts Activate Ryan Kelly, Carson Wentz and Zach Pascal From Reserve/COVID-19 List - Stampede Blue
The Indianapolis Colts have activated center Ryan Kelly, quarterback Carson Wentz and wide receiver Zach Pascal from the Reserve/COVID-19 list, according to Zak Keefer, a writer for The Athletic. All three starters missed a total of five days after being considered “close contacts” with a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

The Look Ahead #52: Ten things we’re looking forward to this season - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and RJ Ochoa break down the biggest storyline of the week and tell you what you should be paying attention to this weekend (except for this week with no preseason games). Instead, here are ten things we’re looking forward to this season. The Bills taking control of the AFC from the Chiefs... if Josh Allen plays like he did last year. Justin Herbert winning the MVP. The Chiefs not getting back to the Super Bowl. Andy Dalton getting benched for Justin Fields. The Packers season ending in disappointment. Kyle Shanahan with no excuses to fall back on. The Cleveland Browns deal with success. Belichick proving he’s just as responsible for the Patriots’ success as Tom Brady. The Los Angeles Super Bowl. The Manning alternative Monday Night Football broadcast.

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