Eagles invited to White House in June

Eagles invited to White House in June

Updated: 5:44 p.m.

We now know when at least some of the Eagles might be visiting the White House. 

The Super Bowl champion Eagles have been invited to visit the White House on June 5, the team confirmed. 

“We are in the process of working through the logistics of a trip to Washington D.C., including a visit to the White House, on June 5th," a team spokeman said in a statement to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

WPVI first reported the date of the invite on Thursday morning. 

Last year, the Patriots visited the White House on April 19, 2017, so this trip will come considerably later. The real question becomes: How many Eagles will attend? 

Several key players like Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Long, Torrey Smith and Brandon Graham have already said they won’t. On Thursday afternoon, Jenkins said his stance hadn't changed. 

"We, as a team, are still kind of discussing what that looks like," Jenkins said to NBC Sports Philadelpia on Philly Sports Talk. "But visiting the White House is not something that I’m interested in doing at this time."

But based on the Eagles' statement, it seems like they might be planning more than just the customary photo op at the White House. Jenkins told NBC10 that he will be in Washington with his teammates but won't go to the White House. So it seems the Eagles might be planning something else as well. 

There are plenty of folks who think players should just go to the White House for the experience. Jenkins obviously doesn't think so. 

"At this point in time, there’s so much that’s been kind of swirling around that administration, I don’t see it as beneficial at this moment in time to visiting in a celebratory fashion," Jenkins said. "But I know for a fact that there are other guys who have dreamt of the opportunity to go to the White House and I think they should have that opportunity. I think as a team, we’re still discussing what exactly that looks like and we’ll see."  

Before Donald Trump became president, the White House visit was basically a nice photo opportunity that saw pretty good attendance. But for many Eagles, Trump represents a clashing of politics and ideology.  

Another slight hurdle is the June 5 date. The Eagles are in their last round of voluntary OTAs during that time. The final round of OTAs runs from June 4-7, leading into the mandatory minicamp in mid-June. It’s possible the Eagles could have practice in the morning and get to Washington in the afternoon, or vice versa. 

Back on April 23, the Eagles released the following statement, saying they were working on the logistics of a visit: 

“We have been in contact with White House representatives and are currently discussing the logistics of an upcoming visit to Washington. We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field achievements, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country."

Now we know when (at least some of those Eagles) might go. 

Some thoughts on the latest anonymously sourced report about Eagles’ offense

Some thoughts on the latest anonymously sourced report about Eagles’ offense

A day after ESPN’s Josina Anderson quoted an anonymous Eagles player upset the team didn’t land cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Anderson is now reporting on some frustration brewing about the offense. 

Here’s what Anderson said on NFL Live on Thursday afternoon: 

“With the team being 3-3, obviously, an Eagles source also talked to me about how they feel like that offense is functioning. One of the things that they said is, ‘We need to make bleep simpler. Sometimes we just need to handle what is manageable.’ They said, ‘Even Peyton Manning knew when to check it down.’ Carson Wentz right now is 38 percent on passes that travel 15 air yards, has three interceptions on passes like that, which is tied for most in the league. He also has 148 passes on those that are 10 yards or fewer. Right now, he has nine touchdowns and zero interceptions on passes like that. So I do think it is an apt point.” 

While the specific criticism doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, I suppose it is newsworthy that there’s criticism of Carson Wentz and maybe (?) Doug Pederson at all. 

But the whole thing seems a little strange. Here are some thoughts on the report, its contents and what it means:

1. The actual criticism doesn’t make much sense to me. Who has watched this team over the past month and thought, ‘Hey, they really ought to check down more!’? The biggest problem with this offense since DeSean Jackson has been missing is the lack of a downfield passing game. And this source wants Wentz to check down more? It doesn’t add up. The stats are also kind of weird. Of course more interceptions happen on passes with lower probability rates. 

2. And … “Even Peyton Manning knew when to check down.” Even the most cerebral quarterback in NFL history knew what to do? Is that what we’re saying here? I guess maybe this means that even the best quarterbacks don’t take deep shots all the time, but Wentz really hasn’t done that this year. In fact, he’s 10th in the league in air yards per attempt. 

3. While the exact criticism seems strange, it is still probably noteworthy that there’s any criticism or frustration at all, and that someone felt strongly enough to leak those thoughts to a reporter. It’s not the first time we’ve seen anonymous source(s) speak critically of Wentz and/or the offense. 

4. And this isn’t the first time Anderson has reported on frustration within the Eagles locker room. Last year, there was a report that one player thought Wentz was “over-targeting Zach Ertz.” 

It would be speculation to assume this is the same player, but it seems like Anderson has become a sounding board of sorts for frustrations about the offense. 

5. Source-guessing isn’t worth it. I’m sure everyone has their hunches on who said what and I’m sure the Eagles and Wentz would like to know, but it’s a pointless exercise. 

6. The only thing more pointless than source-guessing is going back to the Wentz vs. Foles debate. Nick Foles is gone. The Eagles are Wentz’s team. 

7. If this is supposed to be a criticism of Wentz, I don’t really understand it. Could he play better? Sure. But he’s so far down on the list of Eagles’ problems this season. He hasn’t been the one dropping passes or fumbling the ball or getting burnt by deep passes. In fact, he’s played pretty well, considering all that. I also give him credit for how well he’s handled these anonymous criticisms in the past. He’ll probably handle this one the same way.

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Eagles Injury Update: Nigel Bradham misses practice again ahead of Cowboys game

Eagles Injury Update: Nigel Bradham misses practice again ahead of Cowboys game

Nigel Bradham on Thursday missed his second straight practice because of an ankle injury, which is not a good sign for his possible availability Sunday night in Dallas. 

Bradham injured his ankle in the loss to Minnesota. On Wednesday, he limped through the locker room with his left ankle wrapped. 

If Bradham doesn’t play this weekend and without Zach Brown, who was cut on Monday, the Eagles’ top linebackers are likely to be Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nathan Gerry and undrafted rookie T.J. Edwards. The Eagles also have Duke Riley and recently called up Alex Singleton. 

DeSean Jackson (abdomen) wasn’t practicing either. It’s looking like a long shot that he’ll be able to play against Dallas. 

Here's the official injury report: 

Cox (illness) returned after missing Wednesday. He’ll be good to go this weekend. 

Darby (hamstring) was a limited participant to start the week, but he was able to practice again on Thursday, again as a limited participant. 

Mills (foot) is not active yet, but there’s an open roster spot waiting for him if he’s able to return this week. Since he’s not on the 53-man roster, he’s not required to be on the injury report. It’s a good sign that he was practicing again today. 

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