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Instant Replay: Packers 24, Eagles 9

Instant Replay: Packers 24, Eagles 9

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — First-round draft choice Derek Barnett logged two sacks, and fourth-round pick Mack Hollins reeled in a touchdown as the Eagles kicked off their preseason schedule in Green Bay with strong showings from their newcomers, but the Packers prevailed for the 24-9 victory.

Carson Wentz completed all four of his passes for 56 yards and the touchdown to Hollins, a 38-yard catch-and-run that gave the Eagles a 6-0 lead. The two-point conversion attempt bounced off Nelson Agholor’s hands, and the Packers scored the next 17 points of the contest.

Second-year return man Trevor Davis returned a punt 68 yards for a score for the Packers, and No. 2 quarterback Brett Hundley found Jeff Janis for 20-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter.

Bryce Treggs caught seven passes for 91 yards, all from No. 2 quarterback Matt McGloin.

Rookies shine
Hollins said earlier this week he had never even attended an NFL game before, but he found comfort early when he caught a ball over the middle from Wentz, shook three tacklers and tiptoed down the sideline for a 38-yard score midway through the first quarter.

Hollins shook off Packers’ defenders Kevin King, Quinten Rollins and Clay Matthews on the play – two former second-round picks and a first-rounder. Matthews and Rollins have been regular starters, and King was the Packers’ top choice in the 2017 draft.

Barnett broke Reggie White’s sack record at the University Tennessee and began his pro career fittingly wearing an Eagles jersey and playing at Lambeau Field. He recorded a sack in the second quarter that helped force a Packers’ field goal after Green Bay started a drive deep in Eagles territory and was credited with another later in the quarter that cost the Packers 12 yards.

Barnett also hurried quarterback Joe Callahan on a screen pass that went for no gain in the third quarter. He generated strong pressure all night.

Undrafted running back Corey Clement accounted for 40 yards on a drive that chewed up close to seven minutes in the third quarter, but he couldn’t corral a short pass on third and goal from the 7, and the drive ended in a Caleb Sturgis field goal.

Quarterback report
Wentz played one series plus one play, good enough for a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3.

Treggs appeared to have a good rapport with backup McGloin, catching five passes for 75 yards in the first half. With Marcus Johnson out of the game as he nursed a hamstring injury, Treggs made the most of his opportunity in the spotlight. The second-year player out of Cal caught just three passes for 80 yards last year in the regular season.

McGloin made a touchdown-saving tackle in the second quarter, but only after overthrowing a pass right to Packers linebacker Joe Thomas, who returned it 30 yards to the Eagles 17. It was one of three first-half turnovers for the Eagles offense.

McGloin finished 28 of 42 passing for 205 yards, with one interception.

Special teams issues
The Eagles own a reputation as boasting one of the NFL’s best special teams units, but it was a shaky night on that front. Not only did the Eagles permit a punt return for touchdown, but return man Donnel Pumphrey also muffed a punt deep in Green Bay territory, which he recovered. Before the half was over, Joe Walker committed a holding penalty that negated a strong return by Pumphrey.

Green Bay second-year return man Trevor Davis went untouched to the end zone at the 11:50 mark of the second quarter for that 68-yard punt return.

Sturgis attempted a 46-yard field goal to end the first half that clanged off the right goal post. Sturgis later cashed in a 25-yarder.

The wounded
Ron Brooks, who was the first man down the field on the punt that resulted in a Green Bay touchdown, limped off with a left hamstring injury and returned to the locker room. He did not return.

Tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai was helped off the field early in the third quarter with a left knee injury.

Running back Pumphrey wasn’t injured, but he took some big hits in the first half, when he posted four rushes for five yards and five catches for 12 yards.

Alshon Jeffery is past his recent shoulder injury but did not suit up, nor did guard Brandon Brooks (ankle), receiver Marcus Johnson (hamstring) or running back Wendell Smallwood (hamstring).

Scary moment
Undrafted rookie safety Tre Sullivan administered a vicious hit on Packers receiver Malachi Dupre, necessitating a lengthy delay and bringing the stretcher onto the field early in the fourth quarter. Dupre, a seventh-round draft pick out of LSU, gave a thumbs up the crowd as he was wheeled off the field. Dupre was taken to the hospital after the game, and initial reports indicated movement in all his extremities.

Sullivan forced a fumble on the play, marking the second takeaway for the Eagles in the game.

Linebacker Mychal Kendricks was responsible for the Eagles’ other takeaway, picking off Packers quarterback Hundley and returning the ball six yards to the Packers 36. The play came one snap after Eagles tight end Billy Brown fumbled the ball away and review upheld the miscue.

Loose ends
Two tight ends were charged with fumbles in the first half.

Trey Burton showed some moves on a 10-yard completion in the second quarter but surrendered the football when LaDarius Gunter stripped it away and scooped it up for the Packers.

Brown caught a pass during a 2-minute drill in the final moments of the first half, but Green Bay’s Blake Martinez knocked it loose, and defensive tackle Christian Ringo scooped it up. The play was reviewed and upheld, though Brown’s left forearm looked very close to down.

Eagles LB Joe Walker named Ed Block Courage Award winner

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Eagles LB Joe Walker named Ed Block Courage Award winner

Eagles linebacker Joe Walker, who missed all of last year with a serious knee injury, has been voted by his teammates this year's Eagles recipient of the prestigious 2017 Ed Block Courage Award. 

Walker joins such hallowed names in Eagles history as Andre Waters, Kevin Turner, Correll Buckhalter, Chad Lewis and Jason Avant in receiving the award, given annually to a player on each team who shows a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage on and off the field.   

Walker, a seventh-round pick out of Oregon in 2016, suffered a knee injury the second week of training camp last summer but bounced back to make the 53-man roster this year and has played in all six games for the 5-1 Eagles.

With Jordan Hicks hurt in the second half Thursday night in Charlotte, Walker played a career-high 13 snaps on defense against the Panthers. He's played 53 special teams snaps this year.

Ed Block was the Colts’ trainer from 1954 through 1977 after earning a Purple Heart in the Army under General Patton in the tank corps in World War II.

The 32 Ed Block Courage Award winners will be honored at the annual Ed Block Courage banquet in Baltimore this spring.

For more information on the program, go to www.EdBlock.org.

Here is a list of all the Eagles’ Ed Block Courage Award winners since the inception of the program in 1984: 
 
2017     Joe Walker
2016     Nolan Carroll
2015     Fletcher Cox
2014     Jeremy Maclin
2013     Jason Kelce
2012     Colt Anderson
2011     Mike Patterson
2010     Jason Avant
2009     Michael Vick
2008     Jon Dorenbos
2007     Montae Reagor
2006     Jerome McDougle
2005     Chad Lewis
2004     Derrick Burgess
2003     Correll Buckhalter
2002     Shawn Barber
2001     Duce Staley & Tommy Brasher
2000     Cecil Martin
1999     Mike Mamula
1998     Bobby Taylor
1997     Rhett Hall
1996     Kevin Turner
1995     Charlie Garner
1994     Fred Barnett
1993     Andre Waters
1992     Jerome Brown
1991     David Alexander
1990     Ron Solt
1989     Mike Quick
1988     Wes Hopkins
1987     Gerry Feehery
1986     Jody Schultz
1985     Ron Jaworski
1984     John Spagnola

Despite raising bar in 2017, Philadelphia won't host 2018 NFL draft

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Despite raising bar in 2017, Philadelphia won't host 2018 NFL draft

The City of Philadelphia did an incredible job hosting the 2017 draft.

And it still wasn't enough to keep it. 

The NFL has announced the 2018 draft will be held in the Dallas Cowboys' home, AT&T Stadium. Dallas — or technically Arlington, Texas — will be the third city to host the draft in three years, following Chicago and Philly. 

It has been rumored for months that Jerry Jones had his city as the favorite to host the next draft. Turns out those rumors were right. 

Good luck topping what Philly did in 2017 though. 

“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.” 

The 2018 draft will begin on April 26. The NFL's release said the draft site will include the field, stands and outdoor plazas. 

According to the NFL, at the 2017 draft, a record 250,000 fans attended the three-day event along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The estimated economic impact for the city was $94.9 million. 

“The Draft was a family-friendly event for Philadelphians and visitors across the country,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “I thank all of our public and private partners, especially the City employees and first responders, who made this event a success and allowed Philly to shine in the national spotlight once again.”

Aside from the numbers, the draft in Philly was aesthetically pleasing. The television shots from the Parkway were gorgeous and the vibe around the entire event was special. 

Things went so well, NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O'Reilly said the draft in Philly was a "resounding success." 

It won't be coming back in 2018, but the next time it does, the city will be ready.