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[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 11:00:04 EDT from rss

Subject: Brett Brown Could Unleash His Young Talent To Play at a Historic Pace

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There was a time when James Harden and Tony Wroten were statistical peers. During his second year with the Houston Rockets, Harden sported a usage rate of 27.6%, good for 22nd in the NBA. This was 2013-14, also the first season of The Process in Philly, which saw the 76ers’ 21-year-old Wroten finish fractionally behind…

[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 10:48:59 EDT from rss

Subject: Villanova to Play Penn in Jake Nevin Field House

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Villanova will play at least one game on campus this season. Except it won’t be at Finneran Pavilion. The Wildcats announced this morning they’ll play Penn at Jake Nevin Field House on November 29. Originally known as the Villanova Field House, the Wildcats last played at the venue back in January, 1986 against Marist, before…

[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 12:25:49 EDT from rss

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Without question, Eric Lindros’ career as a Philadelphia Flyer merits the retirement of his #88, which will happen this season. Even if he hadn’t been enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Lindros’ contributions to the Flyers were numerous and significant. Hopefully it will be the last bit of “healing” between Lindros and the club;…

[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 12:52:36 EDT from rss

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[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 14:45:50 EDT from rss

Subject: Can We All Speculate Why Joel Embiid Is Barefoot In This Photo?

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WHY MUST INJURED SIXERS CONTINUE WALKING AROUND WITHOUT SHOES? Our Kevin Love put this in our Slack chat last night– it’s a screenshot of a Snapchat – a Snapchat in the Slack chat! – from his friend. His (admittedly irrational) speculation: Peep the right foot. I may be looking to deep here, but Embiid has yet…

[#] Sat Sep 02 2017 09:45:32 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Roster Cuts Tracker 2017: News, trade rumors, live updates, and more

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Keep track of all the Eagles cuts and roster moves here. Check back often for the latest news and updates.

Roster cut down day is officially here. The Philadelphia Eagles need to trim down to the 53-man limit by 4:00 PM ET today, Saturday, September 2.

Stay tuned to this thread for lives updates on Eagles cuts, trades, rumors, and more. The Eagles might not officially confirm their roster moves until closer to the deadline but some of their moves will slowly leak out through media reports before then.


Saturday, September 2, 4:00 PM.: Roster needs to be cut down to 53 players

Sunday, September 3, 12:00 PM: NFL waiver wire claims will be revealed some point after noon

Sunday, September 3, 1:00 PM: Practice squads can start to be formed


[8:46 AM ET] - The Eagles’ roster currently stands at 70 players. 17 moves to come. While we wait for updates, give me your surprise cut and/or any trade predictions in the comments. Also: which running backs from the picture above this post make the team?

[8:45 AM ET] - Check out our latest 53-man roster predictions: BLG version | BGN Radio version. For a link back to yesterday’s updates, click here.


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[#] Sat Sep 02 2017 08:30:02 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Roster Cuts 2017: Deadline, rules, waiver wire, practice squad, and more

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Everything you need to know about the NFL cuts deadline.

The Philadelphia Eagles have officially announced the first wave of their 2017 NFL roster cuts yet and there are 70 players remaining. The Eagles will soon need to trim their roster down to 53 players in preparation for the 2017 NFL regular season.

Bleeding Green Nation's cut-down day coverage has already begun (follow along here). Here's some basic information on today's events.

When is the cut deadline?

All 32 NFL teams are required to be at the 53-man limit by 4:00 PM ET today, Saturday, September 2, 2017.

Will that Eagles’ original 53-man roster be the one we see next week against the Washington Redskins?

For the most part, yes, but not entirely. The Eagles still might continue to tweak the roster after the deadline depending on cuts around the league. The Eagles might claim a player on waivers, like they did with Bryce Treggs/Terrence Brooks/Kamu Grugier-Hill last year, and release players who originally made the team in order to make room for the waiver claims. You also can’t rule out the Eagles making a trade at any time when Howie Roseman is in charge.

What about the practice squad?

BGN will have much more detail on the practice squad later, but for now, know that the Eagles can sign up to 10 players to a practice squad that doesn't count against the 53-man roster. These 10 players are typically young NFL players with little experience. In order to get to the practice squad, a player must clear waivers. After he clears waivers, he becomes a free agent, and then can sign with the practice squad.

Note that players on the practice squad can be signed by any other team at any time. The only catch is that the team that signs him will have to keep him on their active roster for at least three weeks.

Teams can start to form their practice squad after 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, Sept. 3.

What is the NFL waiver wire and how does it work?

In short, a player who gets cut and has less than four years of service time is placed on waivers. All 31 other teams can place a claim on the player and add him to their 53-man roster. If the player goes unclaimed through waivers, they are free to sign with any team as an unrestricted free agent. The waiver wire order is identical to the 2017 NFL Draft order, so the Eagles will have the 12th claim on any cuts that take place. Teams with the worse records own the highest waiver claim priority.

The waiver period for the weekend ends at 12:00 PM EST on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Where can I find full coverage of the Eagles cuts?

You can (CLICK HERE) for our entire cuts coverage. Also be on the lookout for our daily cut tracker posts.

[#] Sat Sep 02 2017 07:46:21 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Weyerbacher made a beer called

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 9/2/17.

Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...

Dallas Sucks - Weyerbacher
This one’s for the FANS! If there’s one thing that most of the NFC East can agree on, it’s that DALLAS SUCKS, so let us introduce you to the new unofficial beer of the 2017 season! Flavor forward, this brew was made for tailgating in parking lots, celebrating first downs and big hits, high-fiving friends and basking in the thrill of victory. This totally downable pale ale was brewed with our friends that bleed green at Jose Pistola’s!

Eagles Roster Projections: Predicting who makes the final cut - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #256). In this episode, we briefly recap the Eagles-Jets game, go over 53-man roster predictions, talk about NFL roster cuts, and more!

A doctor explains Nick Foles' injury - PhillyVoice
"It’s a strained flexor tendon," Foles said. "When you’re a throwing athlete, sometimes you have to deal with it, and a lot of throwing athletes have dealt with it." Indeed they have. We followed up with Dr. Mark Pollard, the Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Cooper University Hospital to gain more clarity on flexor tendon injuries.

Final Roster Prediction - Iggles Blitz
I’m not a big fan of keeping Clement. Solid young RB, but not compelling in any way. He would be perfect for the PS. I would prefer to find a RB cut by some other team and add that player. I’m sure someone will be available that I like more than Clement. Cutting Bryce Treggs would be hard for me. The Eagles can put Sproles in at WR. Ertz and Burton can play WR. That’s why I think they’ll go light at WR. I think Treggs has had a good summer and would hate to cut him, but there is a numbers crunch.

Eagles In Prime Spot After Preseason -
This is how it’s going to work for the Eagles in the next two days: They’re going to reduce the roster to 53 players, not exactly as simple a cut-and-paste operation as you might think it would be. They might try to keep five running backs, with rookies Corey Clement and Donnel Pumphrey joining veterans LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, and Wendell Smallwood (a young veteran, to be technical about it). Maybe they try to keep an extra tight end, understanding that Trey Burton can be an unrestricted free agent after the season and Brent Celek’s contract is up after 2018. They are going to go heavy where you don’t expect it, light where you thought of a heavy number, and they’re going to do trades. Oh boy, are they going to do trades, at least they’re going to be open to the very idea of doing them.

How garbage time affected RB/WR fantasy production - PFF
LeGarrette Blount is the only running back who made the leaderboard. A rusher needs to have a lot more CG time than garbage time to see this benefit, and that is really difficult to do. The Patriots did it last season, and recent history suggests they will likely do so again in 2017 to Mike Gillislee’s or Rex Burkhead’s benefit. Since 2009, pretty much all of their big backs have enjoyed some extra production because of the team’s high percentage of CG time — none more so than Blount — while their receiving backs have shown the opposite tendency.

Corey Clement awaits phone call after doing all he could to make Eagles - CSN Philly
Corey Clement walked off the MetLife field Thursday night knowing he did everything he could do to win a job. The rest is up to Howie Roseman. "It's like a re-draft," Clement said. "You either get a good phone call or a bad phone call. I've got a great head on my shoulders, and I don't think I'm looking forward to any bad news." Clement ran only four times for 16 yards in the Eagles' preseason finale against the Jets and finished the preseason with a modest 3.8 per-carry average. But over the last three games, he averaged 4.4 yards a pop and gradually was added to more and more special teams units, which is always a good sign for a young player.

Chicago Bears release Victor Cruz - Windy City Gridiron
But in case you missed any of the bigger name cuts, the Bears have released veteran wide out Victor Cruz. The Bears brought the 30 year old Cruz in a few months ago to add his savvy to a young receiving corps, but he wasn’t able to show enough during training camp or preseason. Perhaps he lost a little juice after suffering a torn patellar tendon in 2014 and a calf injury in 2015.

J.J. Watt wanted to raise $200,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief. He's topped $15 million - SB Nation
J.J. Watt was quick in helping organize relief efforts for Houston after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area. He has now raised over $14 million to help the region recover. Initially, Watt tweeted a video where he discussed the storm and the tragic damage it had caused in the metropolitan Houston area.


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[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 19:48:51 EDT from rss

Subject: Explaining what the Eagles placing Sidney Jones on the reserve/NFI list means

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Answering a common question.

Lost in the news of the Eagles roster cuts announced on Friday evening is the fact rookie cornerback Sidney Jones was officially placed on the reserve/non-football injury list.

This news doesn’t come as a surprise, but since everyone isn’t necessarily familiar with the NFI list, here’s what you need to know.

First, let’s recall Jones suffered his Achilles injury during Washington’s pro day leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. The Eagles drafted him in the second round. Jones started training camp on the active/non-football injury list, which means he counted towards a roster spot but could have been taken off the list at any time.

Jones did not practice, though, since he obviously wasn’t healthy enough to do so. This means he was eligible for the reserve/non-football injury list, which he is currently on.

On this list, Jones does not count towards a roster spot. The trade off is that he has to miss at least the first six weeks of the 2017 regular season. Once Week 7 rolls around, the Eagles have six weeks to decide whether Jones is ready or not to start practice. If Jones is ready to practice and begins to participate, Philadelphia has 21 days to either activate him to the 53-man roster or shut him down for the season by keeping him on the reserve/non-football injury.

Neither the Eagles nor Jones have provided a real update on the rookie cornerback’s recovery progress. It’s anyone’s guess as to if/when Jones will play this season. We do know that Jones will start running in a week, which is positive news.

There’s an argument to be made the Eagles shouldn’t activate Jones at all this season. If Jones doesn’t play this year, he’d be a restricted free agent at the end of his contract as opposed to an unrestricted free agent. Of course, Jones (and his agent) probably wouldn’t like the Eagles keeping him out if he’s ready to play.

But even if Jones gets healthy enough to play this year, it’s hard to imagine him having a big role. He’s going to need time to get into game shape. He hasn’t had the benefit of a full offseason of practice reps. Not to mention corner isn’t a position where rookies typically step in and play very well right away. There’s no good reason to rush Jones on the field.

Eagles fans have ample reason to be excited about the 21-year-old Jones in the long-term picture. Many draft analysts thought he’d be a top 10 pick if he was healthy. Jones could pair up with the 23-year-old Ronald Darby to give the Eagles a starting cornerback duo that actually has the potential to be good. That’s something Philly hasn’t had in a very long time.

NOTE: For those wondering how NFI differs from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, it’s basically the same thing. The key difference is that teams have the right to not pay players their base salary if they’re on NFI. Don’t imagine that’ll be the case here, though.

Related reading: Sidney Jones forces turnovers like it’s his job, which it isEagles Rookie Profile: Strengths and weaknesses of Sidney Jones

[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 18:56:00 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL cuts tracker: Tracking Philadelphia Eagles roster cuts, trades, rumors, and more

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Keep track of Eagles roster cuts here.

Now that the preseason is officially over, the Philadelphia Eagles (and 31 other teams) are set to begin their 2017 NFL roster cuts. The Eagles have until 4:00 PM EST on Saturday, Sept. 2 to get their roster down to the 53-player limit.

Stay tuned to this thread for lives updates on Eagles cuts, trades, rumors, and more. The Eagles might not officially confirm their roster moves until Saturday but some of their moves will slowly leak out through media reports before then. Hence the need for this tracker.

Cuts and updates


[5:50 PM ET] - The Eagles OFFICIALLY announce 16 moves and the roster is now down to 70 players. The Eagles have 17 more moves to make in order to get down to the 53-man limit.

[5:29 PM ET] - Adam Caplan says Dane Evans will be cut (no surprise). The Eagles are also reportedly cutting Aaron Grymes, per CSN Philly. Grymes had a good summer last year and a good spring this year but failed to stand out in the preseason. Down to 82.

[5:17 PM ET] - Philadelphia's top undrafted free agent signing, Tyler Orlosky, has reportedly been cut. Might be a practice squad guy. Down to 84.

[5:16 PM ET] - The Eagles reportedly cut Matt McGloin. Hallelujah. Down to 85.

[4:20 PM ET] - Today's been pretty boring, huh? Saving all the action for tomorrow, I guess? (Watch me jinx it.) In the meantime, here are some notable former Eagles who've been cut today: Matt Barkley, Thad Lewis, Rasheed Bailey. Oh, and much more notably, the Seahawks made a big trade by acquiring Sheldon Richardson from the Jets. The Eagles have to play Seattle on the road again this year. That matchup didn't get any easier with this deal. (Check out Richardson trade reaction from Field Gulls and Gang Green Nation.)

[11:50 AM ET] - The first cut is here and it's Paul Turner. The roster stands at 86 which means 33 more moves to go.

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[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 18:50:11 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Cuts 2017: Philadelphia officially makes 16 roster moves

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More cuts.

The Philadelphia Eagles made 16 roster moves on Friday evening, according to an official announcement from the team.

First, the team placed injured rookie cornerback Sidney Jones on the reserve/non-football injury list. That means he’ll miss at least the first six weeks of the 2017 season, as expected. He won’t count towards a roster spot, however.

The Eagles are waived two players with injury settlements: Paul Turner and Matt McGloin. Turner missed the entire preseason and McGloin was just bad.

In addition to these moves, the Eagles straight up cut 13 players. The roster now stands at 70, which means 17 more moves need to be made to get down to the 53-man limit by 4:00 PM ET tomorrow on Saturday, September 2.

Full list of cuts below with brief explanations.

LB Don Cherry - Depth linebacker who lacks raw talent. Strong practice squad candidate.

DT Winston Craig - Undrafted defensive tackle. The Eagles are already deep at DT.

WR Rashard Davis - The Eagles signed him late in camp. Just a body at receiver.

TE Anthony Denham - Had some nice moments in the spring but missed a lot of training camp with a calf injury. Got outplayed by Billy Brown.

QB Dane Evans - Undrafted rookie QB was just a camp arm. Maybe he’ll be back on the practice squad?

LB Carlos Fields - Eagles sign him earlier this week as a body for the fourth preseason game.

CB Aaron Grymes - One of the more notable cuts on this list, but not particularly surprising. Grymes had a good summer with the Eagles last offseason. He probably would have made the team if he didn’t get hurt. Grymes looked good in spring practices this year; he even received some first team reps in the slot. But the former CFL corner didn’t stand out in the preseason this year. So he’s gone.

DE Jake Metz - Eagles claimed Metz off waivers for an extra body in the fourth preseason game.

C Tyler Orlosky - Orlosky was Philadelphia’s top ranked undrafted free agent signing. Some draft experts thought he’d go as high as the third round. The Eagles were using Orlosky at guard instead of his usual starting position, center, by the end of camp. Maybe Orlosky ends up on the practice squad.

T Victor Salako - Eagles signed this UDFA after a tryout in rookie minicamp. Just an extra camp body at tackle.

LB Christian Tago - Same boat as Carlos Fields. To his credit, Tago did come up with the fumble recovery that almost allowed the Eagles to steal a meaningless win last night.

DT Gabe Wright - Might have been able to make the roster as a fifth defensive tackle if the Eagles didn’t already have so much depth there.

TE Adam Zaruba - The former rugby player gave it a good try. He showed some nice blocking skills.

[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 18:16:42 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Roster Cuts 2017: Matt McGloin is GONE

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It’s been a quiet day for the Philadelphia Eagles (so far), but the team has reportedly released another player. Matt McGloin has been cut by the Eagles, per

This cut comes as a huge surprise. Actually, just kidding, no it doesn’t. McGloin stunk it up in the preseason this year. He finished the summer with a 69.7% completion percentage and 5.3 yards per attempt. He threw one touchdown and three interceptions for a 74.0 passer rating.

The Eagles signed McGloin in the spring to come in as a third string quarterback behind obvious starter Carson Wentz and veteran backup Nick Foles. Foles missed a lot of time this offseason due to injury so the Eagles got their money’s worth out of McGloin in practice.

Philadelphia cutting McGloin indicates the Eagles are comfortable with Foles’ health despite the fact Foles missed all four preseason games and over a month of practice.

The Eagles’ roster is now unofficially down to 85 players. Keep track of all the cuts by (clicking here) and checking BGN for more updates.

[#] Fri Sep 01 2017 13:19:38 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles-Jets PFF Grades: A few interesting names appear in Philadelphia

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Roster clues?

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

Dallas Thomas

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.

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).

C.J. Smith

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.

Joe Walker

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.

Elijah Qualls

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.

Tyler Orlosky

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.

[#] Sat Sep 02 2017 10:47:37 EDT from rss

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about player production/value and how it compares with fan perception of that player. To elaborate, I find it interesting when two players with similar outputs can be perceived so differently by fans and media types. I also don’t get out much and allow this sort of thing to occupy…

[#] Sat Sep 02 2017 16:11:53 EDT from rss

Subject: The Eagles

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The Eagles officially have their first 53-man roster after the cut deadline passed. Here are the players that were cut: QB: Dane Evans, Matt McGloin (thank you) RB: Byron Marshall WR: Rashard Davis, Bryce Treggs, Paul Turner, Greg Ward TE: Billy Brown, Anthony Denham, Adam Zaruba OL: Josh Andrews, Dillon Gordon, Darrell Greene, Taylor Hart, Aaron…

[#] Sat Sep 02 2017 20:17:55 EDT from rss

Subject: Pedro Florimon

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Florimon breaking his ankle is tough to watch — Kyle Scott (@CrossingBroad) September 2, 2017 “Mwooooooouuuughh” – My interpretation of Kyle watching the injury. That didn’t look good at all. I’m not so sure if him landing on his left ankle is bad, but that right ankle injury looks horrendous. That’s one of the…

[#] Sat Sep 02 2017 21:06:33 EDT from rss

Subject: NFL Waiver Wire: How it works, rules, interesting claim targets, order, more

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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.

Here are some names of interest: RB Matt Jones, RB Alex Collins, RB Jeremy McNichols, RB Kenjon Barner, C J.J. Dielman, CB Pierre Desir, OL T.J. Clemmings.

[#] Sat Sep 02 2017 20:05:20 EDT from rss

Subject: 7 thoughts on the Eagles

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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.

RB Byron Marshall - Looked better than Donnel Pumphrey (and arguably even Corey Clement) but still got cut.

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.

P Cameron Johnston - Hard to knock off the GOAT, Donnie Jones.

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.

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

Derek Barnett looks like a stud and he’s only 21. Mack Hollins showed he can play and be a special teams contirbutor. Elijah Qualls earned his spot on the roster.

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).

[#] Sat Sep 02 2017 17:35:58 EDT from rss

Subject: Dexter McDougle, Eagles sign contract extension

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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.

McDougle figures to be the Eagles’ fifth cornerback. For now, he’s stuck behind the likes of Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas, and Patrick Robinson on the depth chart.

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.

[#] Sat Sep 02 2017 17:21:10 EDT from rss

Subject: Philadelphia Eagles depth chart 2017: 53-man roster edition

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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

Running back — LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Donnel Pumphrey, Corey Clement

Wide receiver — Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, Marcus Johnson, Shelton Gibson

Tight end — Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Trey Burton

Offensive tackle — Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Halapoulivaati Vaitai

Offensive guard — Isaac Seumalo, Brandon Brooks, Chance Warmack

Center — Jason Kelce, Stefen Wisniewski


Defensive end — Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry, Derek Barnett, Chris Long, Steven Means

Defensive tackle — Fletcher Cox, Tim Jernigan, Beau Allen, Destiny Vaeao, Elijah Qualls

Middle linebacker — Jordan Hicks, Joe Walker

Strongside linebacker — Nigel Bradham, Najee Goode

Weakside linebacker — Mychal Kendricks, Kamu Grugier-Hill

Cornerback — Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, Rasul Douglas, Dexter McDougle

Safety — Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham, Chris Maragos, Jaylen Watkins


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.

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