Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/28/18.
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Harrison Smith paces the NFL’s top 10 safeties heading into 2018 - PFF
10. Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia Eagles. The 14th overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, Jenkins performance improved dramatically when he joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014, with his ability to play safety and cover from the slot helping him to excel. His PFF grade in New Orleans didn’t rise above 78.0 from 2009 to 2013, but since joining the Eagles his grade is yet to dip below 80.8.
Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: 20 observations from Friday’s session - BGN
Daily Carson Wentz update: the Eagles’ franchise quarterback didn’t participate in 11-on-11 but he did take some first team reps in 7-on-7. Wentz made the most out of his opportunities with some real nice throws. He fired a laser in-between two defenders to Zach Ertz over the middle of the field. He followed that up by fitting a pass to a tightly covered Markus Wheaton along the sideline where only the receiver had a chance at making the play. He did the same thing on a throw to Greg Ward Jr., who almost made an incredible catch but only managed to get one foot in. Wentz was on fire and I continue to believe he’s going to be ready for Week 1.
Eagles media poll: Name a sleeper on offense and on defense who will make the team - PhillyVoice
Lots of love for Jeremy Reaves here.
Day 2 Notes Roundup - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are going to be smart with Wentz. Yesterday he did more. So today you rest him a bit. The Sports Science group understands the critical nature of proper recovery. You can’t just go, go and go some more. The body needs time to rest and recover so that it can heal properly. I wonder if Sports Science would have made a difference with someone like Correll Buckhalter, who kept suffering major injuries, or Brian Westbrook, who was constantly battling knee pain and issues.
Jay Ajayi thinks he’s the ‘forgotten’ running back in NFC East - Inquirer
“Obviously, those guys get a lot of the publicity,” Ajayi said. “I’m ready to showcase again to the world who I am as a running back. At the end of the day, I do feel like the world’s forgotten about the kind of player that I [am] when I’m playing at the best of my ability and the kind of things I can do on the football thing. I’m excited to go back out there and do that. Especially given the role that I should be in this year and what they’re saying.” Ajayi referred to the coaching staff’s declaration that Ajayi will be the Eagles’ lead running back this season. Coach Doug Pederson called Ajayi the “No. 1 guy,” and even if the team plans to use Corey Clement and Darren Sproles in a backfield rotation, Ajayi should get more than the 11.4 touches per game he averaged after the trade.
Offense’s Goal: ‘Score Every Time We Touch It’ - PE.com
Sure, the Eagles had offensive success last year, and a lot of that came on third down. How to improve? First and second down and consistency from start to finish. The pieces are in place.
NFL Training Camp ‘18: Q&A With Philadelphia Eagles DE Chris Long - Forbes
I’ve been lucky enough to win two. I won’t rank which one was better, but Super Bowl LII had a unique feel because of the way that the city was patiently waiting. I came to Philly not only because of the quality of the team and the organization, but also the fans, the passion -- it’s really palpable in that city. It’s funny, I actually played my first college game (with Virginia) at The Linc against Temple, and also my first pro game with St. Louis versus the Eagles. We got beat by maybe 36 points versus (Brian) Westbrook and Donovan McNabb. It was packed, it was rowdy, and I’ll never forget that day. It was kind of a dream to end up in Philly, because of the way their fans were from afar. Eventually to be a part of that team and to contribute in my own little way -- I think the Eagles could win another five, but we’ll always be the first.
Surviving Camp Part 1: This is all new for Jordan Mailata - NBC Sports Philadelphia
“I’m going to have jelly legs tomorrow,” he said. “If my legs feel like this today, I can only imagine what they’re going to feel like tomorrow.” Mailata realizes how difficult all of this is. Most of his teammates who are battling for the same roster spots as him have been playing football for most of their lives. He’s been doing it less than a year. Sometimes, he definitely thinks about his chances to make the team; it’s what motivates him. But at other times, he needs to push that to the back of his mind and focus on the little things that Stoutland wants him to focus on. If he doesn’t, Stout will let him know. It’s a long training camp and Mailata is just beginning.
Jason and Travis Kelce have very different taste in fashion - ESPN
Jason Kelce is a fan of his brother Travis Kelce wearing extravagant clothing, but it isn’t his style. Check out the full story on E:60 Sunday 9am ET on ESPN.
The 2014 NFL Draft class was one of the best ever -- and now teams are paying for it - SB Nation
Philadelphia bet on Marcus Smith’s ridiculous senior-year production at Louisville with the 26th pick, but the athletic defensive end never developed into a starter for either Chip Kelly or Doug Pederson and was released last summer. Fortunately for the Eagles, landing Carson Wentz at No. 2 in 2016 and some savvy free agent signings helped overcome the loss of production created by Smith’s career arc.
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