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Eagles vs. Ravens live: Highlights, analysis from NFL preseason game

Eagles vs. Ravens live: Highlights, analysis from NFL preseason game

10:40 p.m.: They've called it. The Eagles lose a lightning-shortened game, 26-15.

10:13 p.m.: We have a lightning delay. There's 11:43 left in this game. 

Oof. 

10:03 p.m.: With a minute left in the third quarter, Clayton Thorson is in the game. 

9:54 p.m.: The Eagles just scored their second touchdown of the game. McCown threw a 9-yard pass for a touchdown and then the Eagles scored on the two-point conversion on a Josh Adams run. We’ve got a game! 

Still in the 3rd: Ravens 26, Eagles 15 

Stat update: Rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside has eight catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. He caught a ball basically off the ground during the last drive. 

9:36 p.m.: Beautiful toss from Old Man McCown to hit JJ Arcega-Whiteside in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass. JJAW is having himself a day. He’s pretty good and he’s the Eagles’ fourth receiver. That speaks to their depth there. 

Still in the 3rd: Ravens 26, Eagles 7

9:08 p.m.: The Ravens just beat Jeremiah McKinnon for another touchdown. Rough game for him. Baltimore is up 26-0 and we have another half of this crap-fest. 

8:58 p.m.: Jake Elliott just missed a 41-yard field goal and this is something to keep an eye on. He’s now missed a 41-yarder and a 40-yarder this preseason, while he’s 2-for-2 on kicks of 50-plus. This is kind of what we’ve seen from Elliott during his career here. His short- and mid-range game isn’t always great, but he has the big leg for long kicks. 

8:40 p.m.: Trace McSorley just threw an absolute dime to Michael Floyd, who beat Jeremiah McKinnon on a 28-yard touchdown. Bad series for Josh Hawkins and McKinnon. At least the Eagles have enough CB depth without them this year. 

Still in 2nd quarter: Ravens 19, Eagles 0

Side note: John Harbaugh loves him some preseason. If the Ravens win tonight, it’ll be their 16th straight preseason win. OK, Harbs. 

8:33 p.m.: Josh McCown is still in the game but now he’s behind the second-team OL. Interesting note that Stefen Wisniewski is the second-team right guard and Nate Herbig is the second-team center. Wiz has really struggled with bad snaps this summer and it’s probably safer to have McCown out there with the youngest player on the team who hadn’t played center until this summer snapping him the ball instead of the seasoned veteran with a Super Bowl ring. 

8:29 p.m.: Daeshon Hall just drew a hold on a two-point conversion attempt. He keeps making plays this preseason. 

8:24 p.m.: After a 15-yard penalty on Marken Michel on the punt, the Ravens marched down the field to pick up a touchdown on a Trace McSorley run. 

The penalty isn’t a good thing for Michel; he needs to perform well on special teams if he wants to make this roster. 

And there were some missed tackles from some second-team defenders. That isn’t what you want to see. 

8:19 p.m.: The Eagles’ first-team defense is finished for the night early in the second quarter. They gave up 63 yards and 44 came on one play. Big plays killed them last season, so that’s less than ideal. Overall, though, they did a fine job on Thursday night. They gave up two field goals, but one came after Baltimore got great field position. 

8:10 p.m.: Nice TFL for Rodney McLeod on second down. He already has four tackles in this game. It’s his first action since September and he looks good. 

A few plays earlier, Rasul Douglas and Malcolm Jenkins ran into each other trying to make a tackle on a 44-yard play. 

This is the end of the first quarter. 

7:54 p.m.: Annnnd I’ve seen enough of Cody Kessler. 

7:48 p.m.: The Eagles gave up a field goal on their first defensive series after the Eagles’ offense turned the ball over on downs. Justin Tucker’s field goal range is from everywhere. 

When the Eagles went to their base defense, Avonte Maddox came out and L.J. Fort came in. 

It’s a great sign that McLeod is going to be ready for the start of the season. He’s very important to this team as that deep safety. The Eagles have some depth at safety, but no one really qualified to play that deep safety role like McLeod. 

Good first series from Brandon Graham, who snuffed out an end-around for a TFL. 

7:38 p.m.: Corey Clement gets the start and picks up a few quick runs. He looks good. That’s a good sign. He hasn’t played in a game since his knee injury in December. 

The Eagles came out in 11 personnel and then went to 12, bringing in Josh Perkins. 

 

7:35 p.m.: Good sign right before kickoff. 

7:09 p.m.: Looks like we'll see the starters for the first quarter, but no Carson Wentz.

7:02 p.m.: The Bodyguard is ready to go.

6:53 p.m.: Wentz is in uniform tonight, as he was last week.

6:10 p.m.: Brandon Brooks is out there. It's been a big week for the right guard, who still sees Week 1 as a possibility.

5:43 p.m.: Corey Clement is warming up and making one-handed grabs.

He's one of my 10 players to watch tonight.

5:23 p.m.: Josh McCown is here for his first game as an Eagle.

And he's apparently going to be thrown right into the action ... 

4:23 p.m.: I have arrived to the Linc!

And it sounds like at least some of the Eagles starters are going to play against the Ravens. That should be fun. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: A huge extension for Brandon Brooks

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Eagle Eye podcast: A huge extension for Brandon Brooks

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Brandon Brooks’ four-year extension worth over $56 million. 

Brooks will go down as one of the best free agent pickups in Eagles history. Jordan Matthews is back yet again. The receivers could definitely use some help. The secondary looks a little more solid. 

The Eagles find themselves in a good position after the bye.

• Brandon Brooks gets an extension
• Jordan Matthews x3 
• Yes, we’re talking about WRs again 
• The division is there for the taking 
• A look at the secondary down the stretch
• Everyone have a good bye week? 

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Eagles sign Brandon Brooks to 4-year contract extension

Eagles sign Brandon Brooks to 4-year contract extension

The Eagles on Monday locked up all-pro guard Brandon Brooks with a contract extension that runs through 2024 and makes him the highest-paid guard in the NFL.

The 30-year-old Brooks, who has made a remarkable recovery from Achilles surgery, was already signed through 2020. The new deal runs from 2021 through 2024.

According to AthletesFirst, the agency that represents Brooks, the deal is worth $56.2 million over four years.

That $14.05 million annual average makes Brooks the highest-paid guard in the NFL, just ahead of Zach Martin of the Cowboys, whose six-year, $84 million deal signed last year is worth $14 million per year.

Brooks had been signed through 2020 with base salaries of $8 million this year and $7.5 million next year on his original five-year, $40 million deal with the Eagles.

Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland said Brooks is having the best year of his career.

I see a locked in guy,” Stoutland said. “I see a guy that’s just zoned in on what he’s doing from each play. I’m very, very happy with his production, with his level of execution and all the technique that we’re teaching him, he applies it all. He’s a smart man.

Brooks suffered a torn Achilles on Jan. 13 during the Eagles’ playoff loss to the Saints at the Superdome.

But he returned to practice the week before the opener and hasn’t missed a step. After playing 54 of a possible 74 snaps in the opener against the Redskins — he rested late in the game once the Eagles had a double-digit lead — he’s played all 564 snaps in the last eight games at right guard.

What’s stood out about Brooks’ miracle recovery?

The way he just embraced that whole situation and fought through all the adversity and came back with such a positive attitude,” Stoutland said Monday. “I never once saw him down in the tank, worrying about him or ‘why me?’ or any of that. … The approach he had was always positive and, ‘My mission is to get back for that first game,’ and he was able to do that. He’s having the best season of his life right now. It’s a credit to him, it’s well-deserved. He’s a tremendous member of our team. Unbelievable attitude. I love the way he prepares and most especially the way he performs on Sunday.

Brooks, Malcolm Jenkins and Jason Kelce are the only players to start all 46 games the Eagles have played since opening day of 2017.

Brooks initially joined the Eagles in 2016 as a free agent from the Texans, and quickly emerged as one of the greatest free agent signings in franchise history.

He made his first two Pro Bowls in 2017 and 2018 in his sixth and seventh NFL seasons and is on track to make a third straight.

No guard in Eagles history has ever made three Pro Bowls. Brooks, Shawn Andrews and Evan Mathis each made three.

The Eagles now have 26 players under contract through 2021, 14 through 2022 and five through 2023. Brooks is the only player on the roster signed through 2024.

On the offensive line, Isaac Seumalo and Andre Dillard are signed through 2022 and Lane Johnson and Kelce through 2021.

Jason Peters and Halapoulivaati Vaitai are currently due to become unrestricted free agents after this season.

Among those under contract through at least 2021 are Carson Wentz, Miles Sanders, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert, Malik Jackson, Avonte Maddox and T.J. Edwards.

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