Subject: Eagles-Jets PFF Grades: A few interesting names appear in Philadelphia
Pro Football Focus releases the top five graded players from each team after every single NFL game. Here’s what PFF had to say about the Philadelphia Eagles following their preseason game against the New York Jets.
G Dallas Thomas, 86.6 overall grade
CB C.J. Smith, 85.1 overall grade
LB Joe Walker, 84.6 overall grade
DI Elijah Qualls, 84.0 overall grade
G Tyler Orlosky, 81.6 overall grade
Thomas is a player I probably should have included on my 53-man roster prediction. I think the Eagles will keep Chance Warmack due to Jeff Stoutland’s bias, but then again he’s one making the cuts (Howie Roseman is). Earlier this offseason, Adam Caplan noted Thomas is a player the Eagles like.
Risky, as Barbre carries very manageable salary ($2.05m). But Eagles want to go younger. Dallas Thomas figures to get a shot as 6th OL. https://t.co/wcnfeLRpnh— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 4, 2017
Unlike Warmack, Thomas has experience at both guard and tackle. The 2013 third-round pick also has 37 career starts to his name.
Thomas made his case with a strong performance against New York.
The highest-graded player in the game did not allow a pressure over 29 pass blocking snaps. Thomas was dominant in the run game as well (86.5 run block grade).
Smith had an up and down preseason overall. At one point, before the Ronald Darby trade, it looked like he might push for a starting job. He’s since fallen down the depth chart a little. He played a lot of snaps against the Jets, which signals the Eagles weren’t too concerned about risking injury. I think Smith ends up on the practice squad.
As I mentioned last night, Walker helped his stock with a good showing against the Jets. Here’s what PFF had to say about him.
Walker played a team-high 52 defensive snaps and affected every facet of the game. He had two run stops and led Eagles linebackers with a 9.1 run stop percentage. He also only allowed four receiving yards on two targets.
Walker could fit in as the main backup to Jordan Hicks, although the Eagles have suggested they might just put Nigel Bradham on the inside with Mychal Kendricks at Bradham’s spot if Hicks is out. Either way, Walker could be a key special teams contributor in addition to being an important backup linebacker. He certainly hasn’t shown a lack of physicality.
Qualls had a rough start to camp but rebounded quickly. He’s really shined in the preseason games. The Eagles’ sixth round rookie consistently showed a great first step. He was bursting into the backfield all night long.
A constant disruption in the New York backfield, Qualls was excellent as his 84.0 grade indidcates. On 44 total snaps, he collected four run stops (18.2 run stop percentage) and a sack and hurry when rushing the passer.
Qualls finished the preseason with 11 combined tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and two quarterback hits.
It feels safe to say Qualls is a lock to make this roster. The Eagles can’t risk making him available on waivers.
The Eagles’ top undrafted free agent signing has had a quiet summer. The Eagles moved Orlosky from center to guard during the middle of camp. That might not be a good sign for him because it means he’s the fourth center on the depth chart (behind 2016 practice squad member Aaron Neary). But maybe the Eagles wanted to “hide” him by sticking him at a different position.
In any case, Orlosky graded out well against the Jets. I’m not sure he makes the main roster, though. I’d think the Eagles will try to keep him on their practice squad.
Subject: The Eagles
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Subject: NFL Waiver Wire: How it works, rules, interesting claim targets, order, more
Who will be claimed?
The Philadelphia Eagles trimmed their roster down to the 53-man limit on Saturday but that doesn’t mean they are done with cuts just yet. The Eagles could very well make some more moves tomorrow after waiver claims are revealed after 12:00 PM on Sunday, September 3.
How it works
When a team releases a player with less than four years of service, they are subject to the waiver process. Normally when a player is released, waivers runs the next day. For roster cuts, all players run through waivers on Sunday, whether they were released on Friday or Saturday.
The process involves a priority list ranking teams for claiming players. From the first day of the league year until the conclusion of Week 3 of the 2017 regular season, the priority is based on draft order. This means that the Cleveland Browns are the No. 1 team on the waiver priority list, while the Eagles are No. 12. This means that if the Eagles want to take a shot on a young player, they have to put a claim in on him, and then cross their fingers and hope that the 11 teams ahead of them do not put in a claim.
You might be used to the waiver process in your fantasy football league. The NFL waiver process is different in that the No. 1 team can claim as many players from waivers as they want, and they retain priority. The Browns essentially get first dibs on every player. They will stay in that position through Week 3 of the regular season.
Any player with at least four years of service that is released is not subject to the waiver process. They immediately become free agents and can sign with any team.
The Eagles used the waiver wire after final cuts last year. Philadelphia claimed Bryce Treggs, Terrence Brooks, and Kamu Grugier-Hill. KGH is still on the team. Treggs and Brooks were both seriously pushing for roster spots this summer.
If the Eagles are awarded any players from waivers, they’ll need to make more cuts from their current roster to make room for the new additions.
Eagles waiver wire targets
I’d think the Eagles will focus on running back and offensive line depth. Last year, two of the players the Eagles claimed were rookies. This is the chance for Philadelphia to get their hands on a player(s) that might have missed out on in the 2017 NFL Draft. The veteran player the Eagles claimed last year had an obvious connection to Joe Douglas. Something to keep in mind.
Subject: 7 thoughts on the Eagles
The Eagles aren’t done yet.
The Philadelphia Eagles made their roster cuts today. I have some thoughts about what they did. Let’s get right to it.
1 - Explaining every cut that was made
Let’s start with my thoughts on each individual cut.
DE Alex McCalister (waived/injured) - Reverts to the Eagles’ injured reserve list if he goes unclaimed. They could try to stash him there again this year.
S Tre Sullivan (waived/injured) - Same thing as McCalister for this rookie.
LB Nate Gerry - The most notable Eagles cut since he was a fifth round pick. I always thought it was going to take Gerry some time to transition from linebacker to safety. I think he’ll end up on the practice squad since he’s a developmental guy and not someone another team is going to be eager to scoop up as an immediate contributor on their 53-man roster.
TE Billy Brown - A little surprised he was cut. Intriguing size and athleticism. Might not make it through waivers. If he does, he’s a practice squad candidate.
WR Bryce Treggs - Unfortunate he couldn’t make the team. The injury he suffered in the first preseason game might have hurt him. Treggs had a good summer and will almost certainly be picked up on waivers.
WR Greg Ward - Perfect candidate for the Eagles practice squad. His background as a former quarterback gives Philadelphia an extra practice arm. Projects as a backup slot receiver.
CB C.J. Smith - It looked like he might push for a starting job at one point. Then he fell down the depth chart following the acquisitions of Ronald Darby and Dexter McDougle. Practice squad candidate.
OL Dillon Gordon - One of the Eagles’ more surprising cuts because the team liked him as a versatile fullback/blocking tight end/sixth offensive lineman. But Gordon really struggled near the end of the preseason and now he’s gone.
OG Darrell Greene - Greene bounced on and off the practice squad last year. I thought he showed some improvement this summer, but it wasn’t enough.
DT Justin Hamilton - Deserved to be on the roster but got cut up in a numbers crunch at defensive tackle. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get claimed.
CB Jomal Wiltz - Undrafted rookie corner was never seriously pushing for a roster spot.
C Aaron Neary - No need to keep three centers when Isaac Seumalo can also play there.
OG Dallas Thomas - Arguably played better than Chance Warmack. Has the versatility to play guard or tackle. Cut anyway.
OL Taylor Hart - Looked better at OT than DT, actually. Might be worth a practice squad spot if he was younger.
OL Josh Andrews - Nearly missed the entirety of the summer with a hand injury.
2 - Five running backs?!
Five. Five running backs.
Yes, I know the Eagles aren’t done making cuts. But really, five running backs?
None of the Eagles’ five running backs are ideal lead back types. The group as a whole is pretty uninspiring.
LeGarrette Blount had a strong year with the Patriots 2016 but didn’t look so great in the preseason. Wendell Smallwood has talent. It remains to be seen if he’s a full-time guy, though, and it’s hard to ignore his injury issues. Corey Clement is just a guy. He ran hard this summer, but he’s not much more than a third or fourth string running back. Donnel Pumphrey was simply not one of the best 53 players on the Eagles’ roster. He doesn’t look ready to contribute in the NFL right now.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Eagles do at this position. Maybe there’s someone on waivers (Matt Jones?) that they like. Maybe they trade or cut one of these players.
For now, five running backs seems weird and, quite frankly, wasteful.
Eagles have a RB situation that the Ravens were keeping an eye on. https://t.co/BOSjVnZYPN— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) September 2, 2017
3 - Shelton Gibson deserves some credit
Gibson rebounded after dropping a lot of passes early on in camp. He’s still had some drop issues, as seen in the final preseason game, but he wasn’t struggling as much by the end of the summer. I’d argue Treggs deserved to make the roster over him, but the Eagles are probably betting on his potential. I’m sure they also didn’t want to cut two fifth-round draft picks.
4 - The 2017 NFL Draft class is looking like a mixed bag
As for everyone else, we’ll see. Gibson doesn’t contribute on special teams so he’ll likely be inactive on game day. Pumphrey will be inactive. Gerry isn’t on the team. Rasul Douglas is probably best suited as a backup/role-player for now.
Sidney Jones is really the make-or-break factor for this draft class. We’ll get a better idea of his ability to contribute when he’s fully healthy next year.
5 - The Eagles seem to like their linebacker depth.
Some have considered linebacker depth to be a concern for the Eagles. Talk is cheap, but Howie Roseman praised the team’s linebackers on Saturday evening.
Well, I think it's a credit to the other guys at that position. When you look at the guys that we kept beyond the three starters, [LB] Joe Walker had a good preseason. He's another guy coming off a knee injury. We were really bummed when he got hurt last year. He's got physical traits. It's hard to find Mike linebackers who is have shock, and he's able to do that.
Then you look at [LB] Najee [Goode]. Najee has versatility. He can back up really both the outside positions and play inside, and [he is] really a huge part of our special teams. It's important for us to be good on special teams.
And then [LB] Kamu [Grugier-Hill], when we look at Kamu, we think he has a chance to be not only one of the better special teams players on our team, but in the league. That was a tough one. That was one of the last ones we did right there. We understand it's a transition for him and it's going to take some time. But it was just the nature of the numbers game.
That praise for Kamu is especially effusive.
It’s always possible the Eagles shake things up at this spot, but maybe they just really like their guys.
6 - The Eagles look light on the offensive line
The Eagles kept 11 offensive linemen last season. This year they kept ... eight. The tackle spot is especially concerning. Jason Peters turns 36 in January and Lane Johnson is one suspension away from being banned for two years. Halapoulivaati Vaitai is the only real backup tackle.
The Eagles have an offensive line target or two they like on the waiver wire. We’ll see if they end up getting their guy(s).
Speaking of waivers ...
7 - The Eagles will likely be active on the waiver wire tomorrow
Last year, the Eagles claimed three players on the waive wire: Bryce Treggs, Terrence Brooks, and Kamu Grugier-Hill. Treggs really pushed for a roster spot this year. Roseman said Brooks would have likely been on the team this year if they didn’t trade him for Dexter McDougle, who did make the team instead. Kamu is obviously still on the roster.
The point here is that, while the Eagles likely won’t find a superstar on waivers, they could still get some useful player(s).
One personnel director just predicted that he believes Sunday will see "a record amount of waiver claims." So final rosters are not final.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2017
Subject: Dexter McDougle, Eagles sign contract extension
Here to stay.
Howie Roseman is handing one-year contract extensions out like candy. After re-signing Steven Means earlier this week and Chance Warmack earlier today, the Philadelphia Eagles have officially signed cornerback Dexter McDougle to a one-year extension.
The Eagles traded Terrence Brooks to the New York Jets in exchange for McDougle six days ago. He made his Eagles debut against his former team in the fourth preseason game on Thursday evening. The newcomer didn’t look too bad.
With McDougle slotted to play at nickel cornerback, it’s possible he could get some playing time if/when Robinson struggles or gets hurt.
The 26-year-old was set to be an unrestricted free agent after this year. Now he’s under contract through the 2018 season.
For a complete breakdown of the Eagles’ 53-man depth chart, click here.
Subject: Philadelphia Eagles depth chart 2017: 53-man roster edition
Get a look at who’s in and who’s out.
The Philadelphia Eagles have made their roster cuts to get down to 53 players, shaking up the depth chart in the process. You can find an (unofficial) updated depth chart below. This list reflects the team’s latest cuts. Keep in mind the Eagles might not be done making moves over the next few days.
Quarterback — Carson Wentz, Nick Foles
Offensive tackle — Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Offensive guard — Isaac Seumalo, Brandon Brooks, Chance Warmack
Center — Jason Kelce, Stefen Wisniewski
Middle linebacker — Jordan Hicks, Joe Walker
Weakside linebacker — Mychal Kendricks, Kamu Grugier-Hill
Kicker — Caleb Sturgis
Punter — Donnie Jones
Long snapper — Rick Lovato
CB Sidney Jones
The Eagles can start signing players to their 10-man practice squad after 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, Sept. 3.
Subject: NFL Roster Cuts: Eagles officially waive 17 players to get to 53-man limit
The Philadelphia Eagles officially released a big group of players on Saturday afternoon in order to cut down to the 53-man limit. Here's the entire list.
DE Alex McCalister (waived/injured)
S Tre Sullivan (waived/injured)
LB Nate Gerry
TE Billy Brown
WR Bryce Treggs
WR Greg Ward
CB C.J. Smith
CB Jomal Wiltz
OT Taylor Hart
OL Josh Andrews
A few quick thoughts:
• Both Donnel Pumphrey AND Corey Clement made the roster. That’s five running backs. Kind of ridiculous.
• Eagles fifth-round pick Nate Gerry did not make the cut. They’ll probably want him on the practice squad. Eagles fifth-round pick Shelton Gibson DID make the roster.
• Gordon, Brown, Treggs, and Smith are among the most notable cuts here. They were on the roster bubble, so it’s not a total shock, but I thought at least one of those guys would have made it.
• Just because the Eagles trimmed down to 53 doesn't mean the cuts are over yet. Expect Howie Roseman to continue to churn the bottom of the roster. The Eagles could be looking for more help at several positions, including running back, linebacker, and cornerback.
Subject: Donnel Pumphrey kept by Eagles on 53-man roster
Not a shock, but ...
Given that the Eagles traded up for Pumphrey in the fourth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft, this news isn’t surprising.
But there was still some question if Pumphrey would make it or not since he really struggled this offseason. Pumphrey completely failed to stand out in the preseason. He finished the summer with 26 carries for 49 yards (1.88 yards per carry) and two fumbles. As a receiver, Pumphrey had 13 receptions for 72 yards (5.5 yards per carry).
Pumphrey failed to show any kind of regular burst or explosion. His longest run went for five yards while his longest catch was 13 yards.
Pumphrey is only a rookie, so maybe he just needs some more time to develop. But he’s certainly not off to a good start in his career.
With news that the Eagles are going to also keep Corey Clement on the 53-man roster, it appears Philadelphia will keep five running backs. That’s a lot. And none of them are good as full-time lead backs.
But that could quickly change. The Eagles are bound to make more roster moves tomorrow. This original 53-man roster won’t be set in stone.
Subject: Corey Clement reportedly makes Eagles roster
There it is.
Clement was arguably the Eagles’ best running back this preseason (excluding Wendell Smallwood, who only had four carries). He led all runners in yards per carry with 3.8. The undrafted free agent from Wisconsin gained 105 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.
It remain to be seen what Clement’s inclusion means for Eagles rookie fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey. Many thought the Eagles were originally going to have to pick between the two players but it’s possible Philadelphia just keeps five or tries to put Pumphrey on injured reserve.
Note that just because Clement made the original 53-man roster doesn’t mean the Eagles won’t cut him tomorrow if they make a trade and/or claim a running back on waivers.
Clement, a Glassboro native, put forth a nice effort this summer. But he’s still JAG (just a guy). He hasn’t done anything exceptionally well to the point where he’s uncuttable.
Even if Clement does stick on the Eagles’ roster, he’ll likely just be a special teams contributor or inactive on game day.
Stay tuned for more updates. As of this publish time, the Eagles’ roster stands at 62 players with an hour to go before the deadline.
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Subject: Tuesday Morning Fly By: Hockey is near
Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...
*Over the weekend former Flyer Kimmo Timonen took a photo with a fan, it was kind of a big deal: [Instagram]
*How much of a chance does Nolan Patrick have at making the team? [Sons of Penn]
*Matt Read was once really good. He isn’t so good now. Can he regain his form again? [Inquirer]
*The Athletic Philly launches today, featuring Flyers coverage from former BSH writer Charlie O’Connor: [The Athletic]
*The CWHL announced that starting players will start being played for the 2017-18 season! [Sportsnet]
*Ryan Malone is attempting an NHL comeback. You might remember the time Scott Hartnell threw his glove at Malone while he was on a breakaway: [TSN]
*Former Hurricanes prospect David Gove passed away over the weekend after a battle with substance abuse: [Boston Globe]
*Finally, if you haven’t already, vote in our pre-season approval polls on Ron Hextall and Dave Hakstol: [BSH]
Subject: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup
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Subject: Settle Down About The Eagles Keeping Donnell Pumphrey