Open Thread: Eagles Make Cuts To Get To 75

Chris Givens. (Jeff Fusco)

Chris Givens. (Jeff Fusco)

6:20 — The Eagles officially announced they are cutting eight players, including veteran wide receivers Chris Givens and Rueben RandleAndrew GardnerMike MartinRandall EvansDenzel RiceNick Perry, and John DePalma were also waived.

Joe Walker and Alex McCalister were both placed on the Injured Reserve list. The roster currently stands at 73 players.

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Jenkins: D-Line Giving Eagles the ‘Boost It Needs’

Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

INDIANAPOLIS — Malcolm Jenkins is aware the Colts’ offensive line isn’t very good. He also recognizes how the Steelers started their third-string quarterback in Week 2 and sat their best wide receiver. But if you exclude a field goal allowed on a short field after a Sam Bradford interception, the Eagles’ first-team defense has given up zero points in their last two outings.

Even though it’s only the preseason, which features vanilla play calling and little game-planning, Jenkins notes there are several important takeaways to be drawn from their play thus far, which Doug Pederson agrees with.

“They are playing outstanding football,” Pederson said after the Eagles’ 33-23 win over the Colts. “I think that’s obviously the biggest bright spot for the training camp, and again tonight they came up with another big turnover there in the end zone. They’re playing aggressive, tenacious football and that’s Jim Schwartz’s style of ball. That’s what I wanted when I hired Jim Schwartz and that’s what you’re seeing. Our defensive line is putting pressure on the quarterback with just a four-man rush. So (I’m) very pleased with where they are. We just have to keep it rolling and carry it into the regular season.” Read more »

How Josh Huff’s Wife Helped Him To Prevent Drops

Josh Huff. (Jeff Fusco)

Josh Huff. (Jeff Fusco)

INDIANAPOLIS — Jerrica Huff didn’t like what she was seeing from her husband. She has watched him play football for six seasons now, from his time at Oregon to his career so far with the Eagles, but she had to talk to him about her concerns on Wednesday last week.

Her message? Since I began watching you play, I’ve never seen you this timid. Ever. 

Josh Huff took the conversation to heart, and he hauled in two passes for 60 yards in the Eagles’ 33-23 win over the Colts, adding a 9-yard touchdown run on the ground culminating in his best game of the preseason.

“She was right. I was playing timid. I wasn’t having fun. With her telling me that, I had to make some changes within myself, and I was able to come out here and have fun with my teammates,” Huff said. “I think that’s the biggest thing missing for me in the past: Just having fun. I was taking it too much as a business, and that took away from me having fun.

“A lot of (my improved play) goes to my wife. She saw that I wasn’t playing like myself and she was able to tell me. I just had her in the back of my head the whole game, and it was fun.” Read more »

Eagles’ Offense Encouraging, Wentz May Return

Dorial Green-Beckham. (USA Today Sports)

Dorial Green-Beckham. (USA Today Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS — In one play, Dorial Green-Beckham displayed why the Eagles traded for him. Using his five-inch height advantage over Colts cornerback Tay Glover-Wright on a fade route, Green-Beckham simply jumped up and lifted his hands a foot or two over Glover-Wright’s head to haul in a 4-yard touchdown catch.

Sam Bradford didn’t throw a perfect ball, but he didn’t need to as the Eagles’ extended their lead to 17-3 near the end of the first half. While Green-Beckham only caught one other pass for 11 yards in his team’s 33-23 win, how Doug Pederson hopes to use the young receiver is already clear.

“He is a big, physical receiver. He is kind of the receiver that comes to mind when you think of fades in the red zone,” Bradford said. “Any time that we can get him matched up one-on-one backside, we want to take advantage of that. It is huge for us. It just gives us another weapon, another play down there. Just trusting him to go make a play, it is nice to have someone like that down in the red zone.” Read more »

Open Thread: Eagles vs. Colts

Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook

Robert De Niro in a publicity photo for Silver Linings Playbook.

After a 2-0 start, the Eagles play their most important game of the preseason tonight against the Colts at 7. Jump into the comments below to join the conversation, and we’ll periodically update this thread. Read more »

How Jaylen Watkins Has Made Schwartz ‘Very Proud’

Ed Reynolds, Jaylen Watkins, and Nolan Carroll. (Jeff Fusco)

Ed Reynolds, Jaylen Watkins, and Nolan Carroll. (Jeff Fusco)

Jaylen Watkins was spending the afternoon on his birthday last year with his girlfriend watching football. He was on the practice squad in Buffalo — where he played with his brother, Sammy — at the time, and he was getting ready to go to Sammy’s house for their Thanksgiving meal.

But before he left, he watched as the Lions dominated the Eagles, and he witnessed Nolan Carroll’s season-ending injury in the second quarter. When Carroll went down, Watkins and his girlfriend wondered aloud whether the Eagles would bring him back. Just a couple of months earlier, the Eagles cut Watkins, whom they drafted in the fourth round in the previous year, leaving the cornerback not wanting to talk to anyone nor wanting to return home.

But the Eagles did bring Watkins back that day, and almost a year later, he has switched to safety and he has a much better chance of making the 53-man roster in a couple of weeks. Read more »

Farewell, Tim; And Welcome, Brandon

Left: The young gun with the best hair in Philadelphia, and Jalen Mills. Right: The Notorious BLG.

Left: The young gun with the best hair in Philly, and Jalen Mills (Jeff Fusco). Right: The Notorious BLG (Courtesy of CSN).

As Tim and I wondered around aimlessly in Arlington, Texas at 2 a.m. last year, we just wanted to find our rental car. It was hours after the Eagles topped the Cowboys in overtime in the beginning of November, and only lamp posts lit the dark, empty streets.

After a random man pulled up in a silver Chevy, rolled down his front passenger window and yelled at us (“I’m Uber, get in!”), we realized our car had probably been towed.

The only open business was Walmart, which we were unusually excited about because they had an ATM. We were somewhat worried the towing company would only accept cash, so I withdrew $200. (Fun fact: If you withdraw hundreds of dollars from an ATM 1,500 miles from your home after midnight, you set off all kinds of fraudulent alarms). Read more »

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