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Eagles report card: Another week, another quarterback lost to injury

Eagles report card: Another week, another quarterback lost to injury

The common theme from the Eagles’ second preseason game was a better all-around showing than a week earlier.

After earning mostly “needs improvement” grades in the opener, the Eagles’ depth shined in a 24-10 preseason win over the Jaguars — including a surprise performance under center.

Quarterbacks

Clayton Thorson: 16/26, 175 YDS, TD, INT

What a difference a week makes. Thorson looked far more comfortable in his second game as a pro, connecting on easy throws, threading the needle on a few others and generally being more aggressive with the football. The rookie signal caller led touchdown drives of 90 and 87 yards, and don’t mind the interception, either, as it was the result of a dropped pass.

Grade: B+

Running backs

Miles Sanders: 5 ATT, 31 YDS

Sanders had gains of 12 and 16 yards, showing off his vision and burst, but the rookie’s most impressive play might’ve been his blitz pickup on Thorson’s touchdown pass. He made a case to be the Eagles’ primary ball carrier. Byron Scott and Donnell Pumphrey combined to rush 12 times for 72 yards with a score in garbage time.

Grade: A-

Wide receivers and tight ends

Greg Ward: 2 REC, 42 YDS, TD

Lot of involvement from a lot of receivers battling for roster spots. Ward’s adjustment to a desperation fourth-down pass was good, and the run after to finish a 38-yard score was even better. Charles Johnson, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and Carlton Agudosi all had at least two catches as well. At tight end, Will Tye made three grabs for 34 yards.

Grade: B

Offensive line

Decent performance marred by penalties and a missed assignment that resulted in a concussion for quarterback Cody Kessler. Stefen Wisniewski was responsible for a couple of low snaps, too. Overall though, Eagles backs averaged 4.4 yards per carry, while Jaguars defenders only managed to record four hits on the quarterback.

Grade: B-

Defensive line

Daeshon Hall: 2 TKL, TFL, 2.0 SK, FF

The Jaguars had no answer for Hall, who was in the backfield seemingly every play. When Josh Sweat moved over to the side Hall was having success, it mostly resulted in a lot of Mamulas. Shareef Miller also registered a sack and two tackles for loss, and starters Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry were getting pressure off the edges in limited work.

Grade: A-

Linebackers

Alex Singleton: 6 TKL, TFL

Zach Brown didn’t play much, but showed some great instinct to blow up a run in the background — he just needed to make the tackle. Undrafted rookie T.J. Edwards also looked smooth playing downhill, with two tackles including a tackle for loss. Not too much super noteworthy, but no real glaring mistakes, either.

Grade: B

Defensive backs

Malcolm Jenkins: 2 TKL, TFL

Jenkins came out like a man possessed, flying around the line of scrimmage for two series and shutting down the Jaguars’ running game. Much better effort from the Eagles’ secondary depth, specifically cornerbacks Josh Hawkins and Jeremiah McKinnon. Jags quarterbacks completed just 55.3 percent of their passes for 5.6 yards per attempt, no touchdowns.

Grade: B+

Special teams

Jake Elliott: 1/1 FG, 3/3 XP

It’s not what Byron Scott did in the return game, which is not much – it’s what he didn’t do. Scott had an opportunity to fair catch a Jaguars punt around the 12-yard line, but decided to let the ball drop instead. Starting field position would’ve been bad regardless, but the bounce and subsequent roll wound up pinning the Eagles at their own 5, which is obviously worse.

Grade: B

Coaching

Not sure why a veteran defender like Jenkins needs multiple series in a preseason game where none of the offensive starters played at all. Nobody important got hurt though, which is all that matters here.

Grade: N/A

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Eagles waive Tre Sullivan to make room for Nigel Bradham, Deiondre' Hall

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Eagles waive Tre Sullivan to make room for Nigel Bradham, Deiondre' Hall

The Eagles have activated Nigel Bradham and new safety Deiondre' Hall from the suspended list. Both will be able to play next weekend. 

To make room for them, the Eagles waived safety Tre Sullivan, who made the initial 53-man roster. 

The Eagles needed to make just one move to create space on the roster after they put receiver Mack Hollins on IR Thursday. 

Sullivan was the easy pick to lose his roster spot even before a live punt hit off his foot and gave the Falcons back the ball Thursday night. The Eagles don't need five safeties on the roster and they traded a conditional seventh-round pick to bring in Hall from Chicago. 

Thursday was his first career game, but for a while this summer, Sullivan was running as the Eagles' third safety. But then the Birds brought back Corey Graham and then traded for Hall. That made Sullivan expendable for now.  

If Sullivan clears waivers, the Eagles will likely try to get him back on their practice squad, where he was last year as a rookie. 

In addition to the 53-man roster moves, the Eagles also signed DT Treyvon Hester to their practice squad and released WR Greg Ward, WR Rashard Davis and DT Winston Craig from the practice squad. 

Hester, 25, was a seventh-round pick in the 2017 draft out of Toledo. The Raiders waived him at final cuts a few days ago. 

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10 crazy facts and figures about Eagles' 53-man roster

10 crazy facts and figures about Eagles' 53-man roster

At 21 years old, Jordan Mailata is the youngest. He was born on March 31, 1997, two days after Josh Sweat.

Jason Peters is the oldest. He turns 37 in January, which makes him about 17 months older than Darren Sproles.

Jordan Mailata is also the tallest at 6-8 and heaviest at 346 pounds.

Sproles is the shortest at 5-6, and Jake Elliott is the lighest at 167 pounds.

It’s always fun breaking down the 53-man roster once the Eagles finalize it. Here are 10 facts and figures from the Eagles’ initial 53-man roster of 2018:

1. There are 14 guys on the 53-man roster who weren’t with the Eagles last year, which is a 26 percent turnover from a Super Bowl champion. That group includes:

• Five draft picks

• Four veteran free agents

• Three rookie street free agents

• Two players acquired via trade

 • Not represented in that group are new acquisition Deiondre’ Hall and Nigel Bradham, who don’t count against the 53 this week because they're suspended, and Paul Worrilow, who is on Injured Reserve.

2. More than half the roster — 30 of 53 players — has been here for two or fewer years, and 42 of the 53 arrived since Howie Roseman was restored to power in conjunction with Chip Kelly being fired after the 2015 season.

3. Only five players remain from Andy Reid’s head coaching tenure:

• Jason Peters, acquired in a trade with the Bills in 2009

• Brandon Graham, a first-round draft pick in 2010

• Jason Kelce, a sixth-round pick in 2011

• Fletcher Cox, a first-round pick in 2012

• Nick Foles, third-round pick in 2012

4. There are six players left who originally joined the Eagles during the Kelly regime from 2013 through 2015:

• 2013 draft picks Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz

• 2014 acquisitions Malcolm Jenkins and Darren Sproles

• 2015 draft picks Nelson Agholor and Jordan Hicks. 

5. There are 25 players on the roster originally drafted by the Eagles (including Foles). That group of 25 includes:

• 2010 — one pick

• 2011  — one pick

• 2012 — two picks

• 2013 — two picks

• 2015 — two picks

• 2016 — six picks

• 2017 — six picks

• 2018 — five picks

That group includes six first-round picks, three second-round picks, four 3’s, three 4’s, four 5’s, two 6’s and three 7’s.

6. The Eagles have drafted 21 players over the last three years and 17 of them are still with the team. The only ones no longer here:

• 2016 sixth-round pick Blake Countess

• 2016 seventh-round pick Alex McCalister

• 2017 fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey

• 2017 sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls

So 13 of the 14 players the Eagles have drafted the last three years in the first five rounds are still on the roster.

7. A remarkable 12 players on the 53 — 23 percent — were never drafted. This group includes five players who began their careers as undrafted rookies with the Eagles (Destiny Vaeao, Corey Clement, Cameron Johnston, Tre Sullivan and Bruce Hector) and seven others who began as undrafted rookies elsewhere (Jason Peters, Michael Bennett, Rodney McLeod, LaRoy Reynolds, DeAndre Carter, Rick Lovato and Josh Perkins).

8. Including everyone on the 53-man roster, the Eagles have:

• 10 first-round picks

• Six 2nd-round picks

• Seven 3rd-round picks

• Four fourth-round picks

• Seven fifth-round picks

• Four sixth-round picks

• Three seventh-round picks

• 12 undrafted players

That means virtually half the roster — 26 of 53 guys — was taken in the fifth round or later or undrafted.

9. A full 40 percent of the roster has never started an NFL game. That’s 21 of the 53. Four guys have played 150 or more games: Jason Peters (176), Darren Sproles (171), Corey Graham (171) and Haloti Ngata (167). Five non-rookies have played in 10 or fewer games: Nate Sudfeld (1), Sidney Jones (1), Shelton Gibson (5), Josh Perkins (8) and Nate Gerry (10).

10. The roster as it stood on Sunday morning included:

• Three quarterbacks 

• Four running backs 

• Six wide receivers

• Four tight ends

• 10 offensive linemen

• Five defensive ends

• Four defensive tackles

• Five linebackers

• Five cornerbacks

• Four safeties

• Three specialists

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