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10 players to watch in Eagles’ preseason finale of 2019

10 players to watch in Eagles’ preseason finale of 2019

We have reached the dreaded fourth preseason game, where starters never played even before teams started to avoid playing their starters in most of the preseason games. 

As little as it seems like this game matters, it does matter to individual players who are making their last pushes to make a team or put out positive tape for the 31 other teams. 

Let’s get to some Eagles to watch against the Jets on Thursday night: 

RB Josh Adams 

It doesn’t seem like the Eagles’ leading rusher from a year ago is going to make the roster. With Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles as apparent locks and with Wendell Smallwood and Boston Scott still around, Adams should probably prepare himself to be waived. This preseason, Adams actually leads the Eagles with 15 rushing attempts but they’ve gone for just 28 yards (1.9 average). More surprisingly, he’s caught five passes for 55 yards and has looked better in that area. He caught just seven passes in 14 regular season games as a rookie. He might make somebody else’s roster. If he doesn’t, maybe he’s back on the practice squad. 

WR Carlton Agudosi 

No, he doesn’t have much of a chance to make this roster, but with his 6-6 frame, he’s still an intriguing prospect. He’s made a few big catches this summer and he can turn heads again against the Jets. Will he ever be an NFL player? I don’t know. But he has the type of body and skills that will always intrigue NFL coaches. 

LB T.J. Edwards 

He started out as a dark horse to make the roster, but the UDFA from Wisconsin has come on strong in recent weeks. And with the Eagles’ lack of depth at linebacker, Edwards definitely has a chance to make the roster. He’s one guy who could really help himself on Thursday. 

K Jake Elliott 

I’d like to see Elliott get a few mid-range field goal attempts in this game. He’s missed from 40 and 41 yards this preseason but has connected on two kicks from 50-plus. As even-keeled as he is, it wouldn’t be a bad thing for Elliott to get some confidence heading into the season. 

TE Alex Ellis

The Eagles didn’t add Ellis until Aug. 2, but he’s come here and played well in practice and in the games. He’s still a long shot to make the roster, but unlike many guys who will play on Thursday, his odds are non-zero. And he could stick around on the practice squad. 

S Rudy Ford

The Eagles picked up Ford in a trade a week ago, so he should play against the Jets. The 24-year-old was a sixth-round pick in 2017 and has played 455 special teams snaps in his two NFL seasons. Could he sneak on the roster? 

OL Nate Herbig 

Like Edwards, Herbig has become an interesting UDFA to watch. He’s the youngest player on the roster and the Eagles think enough of him that they’ve turned him into the second-team center despite having never played center before coming to the NFL. If he doesn’t make the team, he’d be an easy choice for the practice squad. 

WR Mack Hollins

I still think Hollins is going to be on this team, but I’d like to see him earn it a little more. Maybe he can make a big catch or a big special teams play to justify the Eagles’ likely decision to keep him around. And we might get a hint of his job security based on how much he plays. 

DE Shareef Miller

Doug Pederson acknowledged there’s a tough competition between Miller, Daeshon Hall, and Josh Sweat. Miller is the newcomer of the group, but the fourth-round pick from Penn State has come on strong. All along, he’s seemed like a candidate for a phantom IR trip, but maybe he could actually help this season. 

QB Clayton Thorson

Last week’s lightning delay meant just three snaps and one pass attempt for Thorson, who called it a “bummer.” Thursday will hopefully be the last time we see Thorson in a game for a long time.

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Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

Lane Johnson is a Pro Bowler after all.

Johnson, snubbed in the original Pro Bowl announcement, has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as an alternate, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio.

This is Johnson’s third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. There was no word on which offensive lineman dropped out of the game.

It was a little surprising that Johnson didn't make the team initially. He's considered one of the NFL's most dominating right tackles and was a first-team all-pro in 2017.

He didn't seem thrilled when the original team was announced a month ago:

Johnson missed the last three games of the regular season and the playoff loss to the Seahawks with a high ankle sprain, and it’s unknown whether he’ll be able to play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando.

But for the purposes of bonuses and status, he’s now officially a three-time Pro Bowler.

Johnson becomes the seventh offensive lineman in Eagles history selected to three or more Pro Bowls.

Jason Peters was picked to seven between the 2009 and 2016 seasons. Tra Thomas, Bob Brown, Bucko Kilroy, Jason Kelce, Jim Ringo and Brandon Brooks have all been picked to three.

The 29-year-old Johnson becomes the Eagles’ sixth Pro Bowler, joining Brooks, Kelce, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz and Rick Lovato.

Johnson, the fourth pick in the 2013 draft, recently signed a contract extension that runs through 2025.

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Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

On Monday night, the Dolphins announced their 2020 coaching staff and there was a notable omission.

No Jim Caldwell.

So now the 65-year-old former head coach, OC and quarterbacks coach has plenty of free time if the Eagles want to interview him for their offensive coordinator opening (if they haven’t already).

According to ESPN, Caldwell is interested in coaching after missing the 2019 season for health reasons.

Shortly after the Eagles fired Mike Groh earlier this month, ESPN’s Tim McManus mentioned Caldwell and Kevin O’Connell as candidates. O’Connell has since joined the Los Angeles Rams as their offensive coordinator, a position that is somewhat like the one in Philly because the head coach is the primary play-caller.

Earlier on Monday, we learned that USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who interviewed with the Eagles, is expected to return to Southern California for next season. So cross him off the list.

Caldwell is an intriguing name because of his history with quarterbacks. It would make sense for the next offensive coordinator to be someone who could have a positive influence on Carson Wentz as he enters what should be the prime of his career.

While candidates like Harrell and Chiefs offensive coordinator Mike Kafka are fast-risers in the coaching world, Caldwell has been coaching longer they’ve been alive. He has an impressive resume.

Caldwell has been an NFL head coach twice (Colts and Lions) and was the quarterbacks coach with the Colts from 2002-08. Peyton Manning went to nine straight Pro Bowls with Caldwell coaching him.

The Eagles are taking their time choosing a coach but their brass is in Mobile, Alabama, this week for the Senior Bowl and that can often be an opportunity to meet with several coaches within a few days. It would make plenty of sense if Caldwell is on their list; and now his schedule should be wide open.

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