10 Eagles I'm excited to watch in 2019 training camp

10 Eagles I'm excited to watch in 2019 training camp

I try to watch all 90 players on the field at training camp, but that’s a little hard to do. 

So each year, I head to the practice fields with a list of guys in my head to whom I want to pay attention. For the sake of this piece, I’m not going to list Carson Wentz. I don’t think I need to. Nor will I list the group of players who were hurt last season and are coming back from injury — Derek Barnett, Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Corey Clement, Brandon Brooks, Fletcher Cox, Rodney McLeod. Heck, I could do a whole list of just them. 

So here are 10 other Eagles I’ll be watching extra closely over the next few weeks: 

RB Miles Sanders 

The second-round pick from Penn State missed all of OTAs and the mandatory minicamp with a lingering hamstring injury, so this will be our first chance to see Sanders with the rest of the team. Jordan Howard is probably ahead of him on the depth chart for now, but running backs can have an immediate impact in the NFL and there are high expectations for him this season. 

WR Mack Hollins 

Unlike the injured guys I mentioned in the intro, Hollins is definitely fighting for a roster spot. The 2017 fourth-round pick had a decent rookie season but missed his entire second season with groin injuries. It’s been so long since we’ve seen him be a full participant in practice. 

OT Jordan Mailata 

The obvious lineman to list here would be this year’s first-round pick Andre Dillard, but I’m honestly more intrigued to see how far Mailata has come. He made great strides last training camp but that was a year ago. Let’s see how many peanuts we’re up to now. 

TE Dallas Goedert

After a rookie season with 33 catches, 334 yards and four touchdowns, there are even higher expectations for Goedert in Year 2. He made plays every single day this spring, so I’m curious to see if he can keep it going when the pads come on. I tend to think he will. 

QB Nate Sudfeld

Nick Foles is gone, so if Wentz goes down this season, the team will be left in the hands of Sudfeld, who has thrown 25 career passes. The Eagles have thought a lot of Sudfeld since they brought him to Philly from Washington in 2017, but now he has a bigger role. There will be a lot of eyes on him this training camp and preseason to make sure he’s ready. 

DE Josh Sweat 

As a rookie in 2018, Sweat played just 68 total defensive snaps and his season ended early with an ankle injury, so this is his chance to earn more playing time. After Brandon Graham, Barnett and Vinny Curry, Sweat should be the team’s fourth DE. There’s plenty of buzz around the facility about Sweat, who certainly looks the part. 

DT Malik Jackson 

You could make the argument that Malik is the most important Jackson the Eagles added this offseason, which is really saying something. A former Pro Bowler who got benched last season in Jacksonville, how much does Jackson have left? If he gets back to that Pro Bowl form, lining him up next to Cox could be deadly. 

CB Sidney Jones 

This is Year 3 for Jones, who was once thought to be a first-round talent in 2017 before he tore his Achilles and fell to the Eagles at pick No. 43. Really, the entire competition at cornerback is one of the most intriguing things to watch this summer, but I’m especially interested to see what Jones can do. He’s supremely talented, but will that be enough to win a starting job? We’ll see. 

LB Zach Brown 

Since he was signed so late, Brown was still catching up in the playbook in the spring. The former Pro Bowl linebacker is with his fourth team in five years, so he does come here with questions. We’ll get a sense of how he fits into the Eagles’ defense very soon. 

DT Tim Jernigan 

Sure, Jernigan was able to come back last season, but he wasn’t anywhere near 100 percent. His career has been on a roller coaster over the last couple years and now he’s back with the Eagles at an extremely discounted rate with something to prove. With the addition of Jackson, Jernigan is likely going to be a rotational player. Jernigan is always a fun player to watch in practice and now he should have some extra motivation. 

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Good Eagles news for those who value sleep

Good Eagles news for those who value sleep

The Eagles-Seahawks game in two weeks at the Linc has been flexed out of its Sunday Night Football spot to an afternoon kickoff.

The Eagles will now host the Seahawks at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 on FOX in Week 12.

From the NFL:

- Eagles-Seahawks moves from 8:20 p.m. on NBC to 1 p.m. on FOX.

- Packers-49ers moves from 4:25 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. on NBC.

This is good news for anyone who hates those late-night starts and values sleep, but bad news if you’re living out of town and wanted to watch the Eagles on national TV.

Before this change, the Eagles weren’t scheduled to have any of their remaining four home games as 1 p.m. starts. This also means the Eagles have just one more primetime game scheduled — Monday Night Football at home against the Giants on Dec. 9.

Here’s the Eagles’ updated remaining schedule as it stands now:

Week: 11: vs. NE on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:25 p.m.
Week 12: vs. SEA on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m.
Week 13: @ MIA on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m.
Week 14: vs. NYG on Monday, Dec. 9 at 8:15 p.m.
Week 15: @ WAS on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.
Week 16: vs. DAL on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4:25 p.m.
Week 17: @ NYG on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m.

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Do Tom Brady and Patriots have a Philly Special of their own planned this time around?

Do Tom Brady and Patriots have a Philly Special of their own planned this time around?

Tom Brady was asked this week how long it took him to get over the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles.
“You’re saying I’m over it? Come on now,” Brady said. “That’s a lot of mental scar tissue from that year.”
Brady will face the Eagles Sunday for the first time since Super Bowl LII, when the Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 in Minneapolis.
Brady has played in nine Super Bowls, winning six. He’s won three of his last four. But on Feb. 4, 2018, the Eagles toppled Brady and Bill Belichick, setting off the greatest celebration in Philadelphia history.
“That was a tough game,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI in Boston. “But you learn from that year, and we came back stronger the next year and won the Super Bowl. I think everything is a matter of perspective. When you play in that game and you play great teams you’re not going to win them all. This is not the Harlem Globetrotters against the Washington Generals. It’s all about tough competition against the best teams. They deserved it that year and now a couple years later we get a chance to play the organization again."
Brady was asked about the Philly Special, which gave the Eagles a 22-12 lead before halftime and has become not only the most iconic play in Philadelphia sports history but also one of the two or three most iconic plays in Super Bowl history.
“Tough play to stop,” Brady said. “They executed it well. Trick plays, when they run it as well as they did, they always seem to work and they give you a lot of momentum. They’re still talking about that play. That play will go down in history, just like a lot of those big plays in the Super Bowl have. So, good for them.”
The Patriots, of course, tried a trick play earlier in the second quarter, but Brady dropped a pass from Danny Amendola that would have given the Patriots a first down deep in Eagles territory.
Would the Patriots consider running the Philly Special Sunday against the Eagles at the Linc?
Don’t put it past them.
Mohamed Sanu has thrown four career touchdown passes, Julian Edelman is 3-for-3 passing in his career for 75 yards and Jakobi Meyers started his career at North Carolina State as a quarterback.
“There’s some good passers on our team,” Brady said. “We’ve got a lot of ex-quarterbacks. … They’ve all got good arms. These guys can throw the ball. You never know what we’ve got up our sleeve. Might have to go into our bag of trick plays and see what we come up with.”
The Eagles didn’t exactly shut Brady down that night 21 months ago at U.S. Bank Stadium. He threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns. 
In his career, Brady is 4-2 against the Eagles with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions, both in the 2015 game in Foxboro that the Eagles won three weeks before Chip Kelly was fired. Malcolm Jenkins got Brady for a 99-yard pick-six in that game, and Byron Maxwell had the Eagles’ other INT.
In two games at the Linc, wins in 2003 and 2011, Brady has six TD passes and no INTs.
Here’s a look at the highest passer ratings in Lincoln Financial Field history with a minimum of 50 attempts:
118.3 … Tom Brady
112.1 … Kirk Cousins
103.5 … Aaron Rodgers
100.0 … Carson Wentz
96.5 … Matt Schaub
96.4 … Cam Newton
96.0 … Jon Kitna
92.2 … Donovan McNabb
92.1 … Tony Romo
91.4 … Carson Palmer
The Patriots easily won both of Brady’s games at the Linc  — 31-10 in 2003 and 38-20 in 2011 (despite 400 passing yards from Vince Young).
The last time the Eagles beat the Patriots in Philadelphia was 1999. The Patriots’ head coach was Pete Carroll, their quarterback was Drew Bledsoe and the Eagles’ quarterback was Koy Detmer. His backup was Doug Pederson.
“Really tough environment,” Brady said of the Linc. “Should be a great Sunday afternoon for football. They’ve definitely got great loud fans. It’s a tough place to play. There’s a lot of loud places. Baltimore was loud, Buffalo’s loud. It gets to the point where you basically can’t hear.”
Brady has a 215-61 career record and an NFL-record 531 career touchdowns. 

He’s the greatest of all time, but he’s also dealing with a personal two-game losing streak against the Eagles, and the Eagles and their fans are going to do everything within their power Sunday to get that streak to three in a row.

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