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Eagles sign veteran receiver Markus Wheaton to 1-year deal

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Eagles sign veteran receiver Markus Wheaton to 1-year deal

The Eagles have added another veteran receiver to the team, signing 27-year-old Markus Wheaton to a one-year contract. 

After two disappointing seasons, Wheaton will try to re-find his form from his prime with the Steelers. 

Wheaton over the last two seasons caught just seven passes for 102 yards and one touchdowns in 14 games. His 2016 season, his last in Pittsburgh, ended on IR with a shoulder injury. And last year, he played in just 11 games for the Bears — he caught three passes for 51 yards — before getting cut in March. Wheaton’s short time in Chicago was hampered by injuries including a broken finger, groin tear and an appendectomy in the summer. 

The last two seasons have been a far cry from Wheaton’s 2015 season, when he set career highs in receiving yards and touchdowns. In 2015, his third year in the league, he had 44 catches for 749 yards and five touchdowns. In 2014, he had 53 catches for 644 yards and two touchdowns. In 2015, Wheaton averaged 17.0 yards per reception, also a career high. 

Wheaton was also a kick returner in Pittsburgh. 

Wheaton was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Oregon State. 

But that was a long time ago, so the Eagles are giving Wheaton a chance to make the team and then fight for playing time. 

Wheaton will join a receivers room with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mike Wallace, Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson, Bryce Treggs and Greg Ward. Wheaton should have a decent shot to make the roster as long as he performs well this summer. 

Eagles vs. Ravens 2019 preseason: Start time, TV schedule, live stream and storylines

Eagles vs. Ravens 2019 preseason: Start time, TV schedule, live stream and storylines

After facing the Ravens for two joint practices this week, the Eagles will host them in a preseason game tonight at the Linc.

Here’s everything you need to know:

6 p.m.: Quick Slants on NBCSP
6:30 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP
7:30 p.m.: Eagles vs. Ravens on NBC10
10:30 p.m.: Eagles Postgame Live on NBCSP

The television broadcasters will be Scott Graham (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (analyst) and Dave Spadaro (sideline).

Merrill Reese, Mike Quick and Howard Eskin will have the call on 94 WIP.

Dress rehearsal no more

This third preseason game used to be the one that most resembled real football. The starters used to play into the second half. But even Doug Pederson noted this week that the league is sort of trending away from that. Even if starters play in this game, don’t expect them to play a ton. I suspect we won’t see Carson Wentz at all this preseason.

But there are plenty of other reasons to watch this game. Check out this list of 10 players.

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The Eagles and Ravens had two joint practices against each other this week and Tuesday began to get a little chippy at the end. That should set up a fun matchup in this game. I know the Eagles game-planned a little bit for this week, so that means they game-planned for the preseason game too. From that perspective, we might be able to get a little more out of this game than others.

Quarterback shuffle

Josh McCown hasn’t been with the Eagles for long, but there’s a chance he plays against the Ravens. He looked pretty good for the two days we saw him this week and he’s been around long enough that throwing him into a preseason game early won’t be too much to handle. But after that, we’ll see Cody Kessler and Clayton Thorson. The Eagles should probably play Thorson ahead of Kessler this week because Kessler isn’t long for this roster and Thorson deserves reps with higher-string players.

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10 players to watch in Eagles’ third preseason game of 2019

10 players to watch in Eagles’ third preseason game of 2019

The Eagles will play their third preseason game tonight, which used to be the all-important dress rehearsal game. Things have changed.

After two joint practices this week and as the NFL (and the Eagles) continue to place more value on practice over preseason games, things have changed. Sure, some starters will play on Thursday night, but don’t expect to see Carson Wentz. If he does play, it would just be a cameo appearance.

With that in mind, here are 10 players I want to see against the Ravens:

Josh McCown

In his very first practice with the Eagles, McCown was already checking a play at the line of scrimmage. I think the 40-year-old vet will be fine to play in this game. After the injuries we’ve seen this preseason, maybe McCown shouldn’t play a lot, but I’d like to see him in there a little bit.

Clayton Thorson

After breaking out in last week’s game, the rookie quarterback had what was easily his best week of practice. He just looked way more confident than we had seen him before. It’ll be interesting to see if he can continue that in a live game. If Thorson finishes the preseason strong, he’s probably going to force the Eagles to keep him on their 53-man roster so he doesn’t get claimed off waivers.

Rodney McLeod/Corey Clement

I’m lumping these two together because they’re both coming off injury and I don’t know if they’re going to play. Both thought there was a chance they’d play but weren’t positive. We probably haven’t talked about McLeod enough, but he’s an important piece of this defense. While the team added Andrew Sendejo and Johnathan Cyprien, McLeod is really the only guy ideally suited to play that deep safety role when Malcolm Jenkins is up in the box.

Sidney Jones

This has been an encouraging summer for the supremely talented Jones. With Ronald Darby’s return, either Jones or Douglas are going to be heading to the bench and that’s going to be a tough decision. Despite what Douglas has done, I still think Jones is the more talented player with the higher ceiling. I’d like to see if he can flash in this game.

Daeshon Hall

This preseason, Hall leads the NFL in sacks (3), TFLs (4), QB hits (6) and forced fumbles (2). Let’s see if he can keep it going through the last two games. If Hall doesn’t make this roster, then we’ll know how little preseason games count in evaluations. But if Hall doesn’t make this roster, he’ll be on another 53-man somewhere.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

Brandon Brooks was cleared to participate in 1-on-1s this week and from what I saw looked good. But we’re nearing Week 1 and it’s not definite that he’ll be ready. If he’s not, then Big V will step in. Vaitai has looked solid this summer, but I’ll be closely watching him again against the Ravens.

Josh Perkins

With the injury to Richard Rodgers, Perkins is now in line to be the Eagles’ third-string TE to start the 2019 season. Perk has had a good summer and is far ahead of where he was this time last year. But I wonder if tight end is a position the Eagles would be interested in upgrading after final cuts.

Stefen Wisniewski

The guy who started at left guard in the Super Bowl might get cut. It’s been a tough summer for Wiz, who all of a sudden can’t seem to snap the ball. The Eagles have even replaced him at second-team center in recent practice days. With a good game on Thursday, Wiz could either help his cause to make the Eagles roster or perhaps raise his trade value.

Josh Sweat

While Hall and Shareef Miller have shined so far this preseason, it’s been a quiet two games for Sweat. And then he even missed a practice day this week with a knee injury, which is even more notable for Sweat. There was a lot of hype around the second-year DE coming into the summer and he started off practices strong, but let’s see it in game action.

Miles Sanders

While I have already seen enough to know Sanders should play a ton in his rookie season, I’d still like to see more. A few more runs and a few targets his way would show everyone what those of us at practice every day have seen. I think he’s the most talented running back on the roster.

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