Player News - Eagles

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According to NJ.com's Matt Lombardo, LeGarrette Blount has dealt with "weight issues" at Eagles camp, and has "disappointed" in practice.

Both Lombardo and NFL insider Adam Caplan have suggested Blount might not make the Eagles. Signed to a mere one-year, $1.25 million deal with next to no guarantees, Blount has reportedly been outplayed by Wendell Smallwood, and looked lost running out of the shotgun in Philly's second preseason game.
Aug 21 - 5:18 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski suggests Wendell Smallwood could win the Eagles' starting running back job.

Kempski calls it a "surprise development," but perhaps one Smallwood has earned by being "the best back in camp by a significant margin." While Smallwood beating out LeGarrette Blount now looks like a serious possibility, regardless of who wins the "starting job," Darren Sproles is likely to lead the backfield in snaps played. Blount is now looking like a fantasy pick to avoid.
Aug 21 - 3:09 PM

Eagles WR Paul Turner will be sidelined at least the next three weeks with a fractured scapula.

He has been out since August 2. Turner got some run late last season, catching nine passes for 126 yards in four games, but he was always competing for one of the final rosters spots at receiver. This injury pretty much guarantees he will not win one, but it could allow the Eagles to stash him on injured reserve.
Source: CSN Philly
Aug 21 - 10:55 AM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski believes fourth-rounder Mack Hollins is "very clearly" the Eagles' No. 4 receiver.

Hollins was quiet this week, but he opened his career with four catches for 64 yards and an impressive catch-and-run touchdown in the first preseason game. That performance shows the kind of upside Hollins could provide if given the chance, and the three receivers ahead of him on the depth chart come with injury or performance question marks. Hollins is not worth drafting in redraft leagues at this point, but he is a name to watch and a great stash in Dynasty.
Aug 21 - 9:37 AM

According to Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media, "it wouldn't be surprising" if LeGarrette Blount is among the Eagles' cuts.

Lombardo also wonders if Wendell Smallwood's job is in jeopardy, hypothesizing that Smallwood may need to beat out UDFA Corey Clement. Blount has started both preseason games but has rushed for just 17 yards on nine carries. It's an admittedly small sample, though Blount hasn't shown much in camp and seems to be showing signs of fatigue after logging a career-high 299 carries last season. He's also not a great fit in Doug Pederson's offense, where backs are expected to play in the passing game. Blount may still have some value as a goal-line vulture if the Eagles keep him, but his fantasy arrow is pointing in the wrong direction.
Aug 20 - 9:37 AM

Eagles WRs coach Mike Groh belives Alshon Jeffery is "behind" mentally after missing time early in camp.

Groh came to this conclusion after Jeffery ran a bad route in Thursday's preseason game. The play was one the Eagles have run two different ways in practice and Jeffery seemed to be confused by it. "Anytime you miss the amount of time that he did, he's a little bit behind," said Groh. "Fortunately, we have time for him to catch up." Jeffery obviously isn't grasping the team's playbook as quickly as Groh had hoped, but he still has three weeks to cram before Week 1. At least Jeffery's shoulder, which had been bothering him at the start of camp, is no longer an issue.
Aug 20 - 9:06 AM

LeGarrette Blount rushed five times for eight yards in the Eagles' second preseason game Thursday night.

He also lost a fumble on one of his two catches. Blount's tenure with the Eagles has gotten off to a rough start. He's missed a number of practices for different reasons and hasn't performed when on the field. Through two preseason games, Blount has rushed nine times for 17 yards (1.89 YPC) with the lost fumble. He also hasn't stood out in practices. While Blount may seem like a value pick in mid-to-late rounds of drafts, it's critical to remember he's no longer in New England's offense, which is the only place he's had success. He's also in a timeshare.
Aug 18 - 10:09 AM

Coach Doug Pederson said first-round DE Derek Barnett will start getting more work with the starters after back-to-back impressive preseason performances.

"You could see how quick he is off the ball," Pederson said. "You could see how well he bends. There's just a relentless finish." Barnett has been one of the best players on both sides of the ball so far this exhibition season. According to Pro Football Focus, he has three sacks, a QB hit, and four hurries through two games. The Eagles have an ultra-deep defensive line.
Aug 18 - 9:01 AM

Alshon Jeffery caught 2-of-4 targets for 23 yards in the Eagles' second preseason game.

This was Jeffery's first time playing in a preseason game with the Eagles. His first two targets and only incompletions were bad overthrows by Wentz. Being targeted on nearly half of Wentz's pass attempts is a great sign for a player who has previously thrived off volume.
Aug 17 - 8:31 PM

Carson Wentz completed 6-of-9 passes for 56 yards in Thursday's preseason game.

After struggling on the first two drives, he proceeded to lead a 65-yard drive in a no-huddle offense which ended in a LeGarrette Blount fumble. Wentz calmed down after the first two drives, looking comfortable moving around the pocket and making plays in the face of pressure.
Aug 17 - 8:08 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski does not expect Eagles CB Patrick Robinson to make the final roster.

Robinson opened the offseason program as a starter, but he has unsurprisingly struggled in camp. After the Eagles traded for Ronald Darby, Robinson is at best competing for a backup job. Jalen Mills will start opposite Darby.
Aug 17 - 9:15 AM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski believes Eagles WR Marcus Johnson is a "near-lock" for the roster.

Johnson's path to the roster became easier when the Eagles traded away Jordan Matthews, but he was likely ticketed for a spot either way after a solid offseason and start to camp. With injury risks and question marks ahead of them on the depth chart, Johnson and fourth-rounder Mack Hollins could find their way into some targets this season.
Aug 17 - 9:11 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that LeGarrette Blount "hasn't exactly stood out" in Eagles camp.

Reporter Jeff McLane makes the smart observation that Blount's power game will never be particularly eye-catching in a practice setting, but couldn't help but notice the degree to which he hasn't stood out. For their part, the Eagles weren't alarmed enough to keep Ryan Mathews around. Blount is an RB2 as the Eagles' short-yardage back, but already a hit-or-miss player, he's going to be even more inconsistent outside of the Patriots' elite offense.
Aug 15 - 6:53 PM

Darren Sproles said the offense is built to get him the ball in space more often this season.

"That’s just our thing now," Sproles said. "Moreso than even last year. We’re trying to get mismatches." Sproles is not expected to play in the preseason, but the Eagles offered a glimpse by targeting Donnel Pumphrey six times in 26 snaps in the preseason opener. The rookie only managed 12 yards, but it is a good indication Sproles will be even more involved as a receiver this season.
Aug 15 - 10:53 AM

Eagles OC Frank Reich said the slot receiver position will be a "game-plan thing."

"Each and every week, when we put a play up, it’s what body type do we want in there for this play," Reich said. "So it will be by committee, by play, each and every week." Following the trade of Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor is the favorite for the role, but it sounds like he will have to share time with fourth-rounder Mack Hollins and TE Trey Burton among others. Even with Matthews gone, Agholor is nothing more than a flier in fantasy drafts.
Aug 15 - 9:53 AM


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