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Eagle Eye Podcast: Easiest and hardest parts of the Eagles' schedule

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Easiest and hardest parts of the Eagles' schedule

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro take a look at the Eagles' 2019 schedule. What are the easiest and most difficult parts?

The guys give their prediction for each game. Also, Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas spoke in their pre-draft chat with the media. How important is this draft for the organization?

1:00 - First impressions of the 2019 schedule.
7:30 - Roob's and Dave's perfect predictions for all 16 games.
30:30 - Importance of this upcoming draft.
34:00 - Eagles really like Nate Sudfeld.

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Eagles' Tim Jernigan reportedly broke his foot vs. Falcons

Eagles' Tim Jernigan reportedly broke his foot vs. Falcons

Tim Jernigan is out for “roughly a month” with a broken foot, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The Eagles haven’t had any comment yet on the injury.

Jernigan played only 26 snaps before leaving the Eagles-Falcons game in Atlanta.

It’s the latest blow to the talented but oft-injured 26-year-old defensive tackle, who has played only seven games since the Super Bowl.

Jernigan is the second defensive tackle the Eagles have lost in two weeks, and a position of tremendous depth is now dangerously thin. Malik Jackson, who signed a three-year, $30 million contract, and was starting opposite Fletcher Cox, is out for the year, also with a foot injury. He went on Injured Reserve after the Redskins game.

The Eagles cut ties with Jernigan after last season by declining the option in his contract and then brought him back at a bargain-basement price of $1.25 million in an incentive-laden deal. Jernigan was originally scheduled to make $11 million this year, $12 million the next two years.

Jernigan missed most of the 2018 season with a mysterious back injury that he suffered during the offseason that neither he nor the team has explained.

Jernigan had one of the Eagles’ two sacks so far this year, against the Redskins.

With Jernigan and Jackson both out, the Eagles currently have just Fletcher Cox, who is playing but still working back from a foot injury from the Saints playoff game, and Hassan Ridgeway at defensive tackle, along with Akeem Spence, who just joined the team last week and played 21 snaps against the Falcons.

Bruce Hector, who played in eight games last year, is on the practice squad. Hector played 82 snaps on defense a year ago. He joined the Eagles last year as an undrafted free agent, was traded to the Cards for safety Rudy Ford last month, then signed to the Eagles’ practice squad on Sept. 1 after the Cards released him. Ford remains on the Eagles’ 53-man roster.

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Ronald Darby picking up the pieces after getting torched by Falcons

Ronald Darby picking up the pieces after getting torched by Falcons

ATLANTA — Maybe he came back too soon.

It’s been less than 10 months since Ronald Darby tore his ACL against the Cowboys last November, and on Sunday night he looked more like a guy who was still rehabbing than a guy who was healthy.

And the Falcons didn’t hesitate to take advantage.

Matt Ryan went right after Darby, and it wasn’t pretty. Darby spent much of Sunday night chasing after Calvin Ridley, who finished with five catches for 106 yards and a 34-yard touchdown that was on Darby. Julio Jones got him a couple times, too.

Darby could always run. He won a bronze medal in the 200-meter dash at the 2011 World Junior Track Championships in Villeneuve d’Ascq, France. That speed gave him the ability to make up for a lot of plays. When he was healthy.

He doesn't have that right now. And Ronald Darby without his wheels doesn't do the Eagles any good.

The Falcons knew from watching film that Darby isn't itself, and they made the Eagles pay.

“There is no excuses, I just made a few mistakes,” Darby said after the Eagles' 24-20 loss. “Come back better next week (and) make some plays. At the end of the day this game is in the past, I made some plays that hurt us but I will come back stronger.”

It’s kind of shocking to see that despite Darby’s struggles, he played dramatically more snaps in the Eagles’ 24-20 loss to the Falcons Sunday night than Sidney Jones (39) or Rasul Douglas (32).

But the Eagles are paying Darby $6 ½ million, Jones $1.02 million and Douglas $670,000.

So Darby plays and the two promising young corners rotate.

Darby did have one of the Eagles' three interceptions off Matt Ryan and a 13-yard return to set up Carson Wentz's third-quarter TD pass to Nelson Agholor.

So there's that.

But overall, he didn't look right.

“I’m good,” he said. “There are no excuses. If I didn’t think I was good enough I wouldn’t be out there. Just going to have to keep working, keep getting it right and come back stronger next week.”

I asked Darby if a healthy Ronald Darby makes some of the plays he didn’t make Sunday night.

“I understand,” he said. “It’s early. That’s in the past move on to next week.”

But the best option next week might be Jones and Douglas, two much less experienced but much healthier alternatives.

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