Bradford, Birds Not Worried ‘At All’ About Offense

Sam Bradford. (USA Today Sports)

Sam Bradford. (USA Today Sports)

PITTSBURGH — After the Eagles ran just four offensive plays in the first quarter last night against the Steelers, Doug Pederson adjusted his plan and realized his unit needed to play for the entire second quarter. Pederson’s first-team offense was on the field for just three snaps last week due to a quick touchdown, and he needed to get a better glimpse at where his players are at right now.

In five first-half drives, the Eagles picked up just over 19 yards per series and never reached the red zone. Sam Bradford completed 14 of his 19 passes for 115 yards, but when he got into a rhythm in the second quarter, two penalties killed a promising drive.

“We really didn’t [struggle early on]. We moved the ball. The penalties were the biggest thing,” Pederson said after his 17-0 win. “Those were the things that killed us. Any time that those things happen, it makes it look like the offense is struggling. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Green-Beckham’s ‘Fresh Start’

Dorial Green-Beckham. (USA Today Sports)

Dorial Green-Beckham. (USA Today Sports)

PITTSBURGH — Dorial Green-Beckham doesn’t know why his time in Tennessee didn’t work out or why he was traded, and ultimately, he was surprised the Titans got rid of him just one year after selecting him with the 40th overall pick in the 2015 draft.

“Yeah, but you just got to stay positive. You got to keep a great mindset and still try to go out and compete. It’s not over, and you still got to do the little things right,” Green-Beckham said after the Eagles’ 17-0 win last night. “(Everything happened) fast, like a blink of a eye. Going from one offense to another offense, from playbook to playbook, home to home, you just got to pick up on it. You just got to take advantage of those opportunities.”

Titans head coach Mike Mularkey openly criticized Green-Beckham for his inconsistency, while reports out of Tennessee suggested the 23-year-old receiver wasn’t always giving complete effort, exemplified by him reporting to camp heavier than the coaches wanted him to be.

But according to Green-Beckham, that wasn’t the case. Read more »

Open Thread: Eagles vs. Steelers

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Philadelphia kicks off the second week of the preseason in Pittsburgh tonight at 7, as we get our first good look at Sam Bradford this year. We may also get a glimpse of Dorial Green-Beckham, while the starting offensive line will be shuffled and Jason Peters will make his first appearance in a game this year. Jump into the comments below and join the conversation.

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Shepherd, Smallwood Late Eagles Scratches

Wendell Smallwood. (USA Today Sports)

Wendell Smallwood. (USA Today Sports)

JaCorey Shepherd (hamstring) and Wendell Smallwood (quad) will no longer play in the Eagles’ second preseason game against the Steelers tonight. They join Mychal Kendricks, Mike Martin, Jordan MatthewsJalen MillsHunter Sharp and Carson Wentz as Philadelphia’s inactives. Read more »

Dawkins: ‘It Feels Wonderful’ Returning To Eagles

Brian Dawkins and Tra Thomas. (Jeff Fusco)

Brian Dawkins and Tra Thomas. (Jeff Fusco)

During Howie Roseman’s press conference discussing the Dorial Green-Beckham trade, he noted how the Eagles had just hired Brian Dawkins to work for the team full-time as a Football Operations Executive. Dawkins appeared on the Mike Missanelli show yesterday to expand on what he’ll do for the Birds and how his new gig came about.

“It feels wonderful, it really does. It’s been set in my heart for a while of how to go about doing it. But everything began to kind of fall in place and here I am,” Dawkins said. “It’s gonna be still learning about football operations and everything that goes with it. I’ll dabble in player development; I’ll dabble in player engagement; dabble in scouting and give my opinions in a lot of different areas. So it’s not just everything in one basket so to speak, I’m able to do a lot of things for this organization going forward.” Read more »

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