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Eagles at Jets 2019 preseason: Start time, TV schedule, live stream and storylines

Eagles at Jets 2019 preseason: Start time, TV schedule, live stream and storylines

This is the last game that doesn’t count. 

With the Eagles’ regular season just over a week away, Thursday night’s preseason game will be a chance for non-starters to make a last push for a roster spot or put out more positive film. 

As they always do, the Eagles will finish the preseason against the Jets. This one will be in North Jersey. 

6 p.m.: Eagles Pregame Live on NBCSP
7 p.m.: Eagles at Jets on NBC10 
10 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.

The end of the road 

The preseason is too long and hopefully, eventually, the NFL fixes it. With how much emphasis teams are putting on practice, especially joint practices, we don’t really need four preseason games anymore. Yet, here we are. 

And while practice counts more toward the evaluation of a player these days, a good showing in a game (even the fourth preseason game) can help a player trying to make a roster. 

Hey Joe! 

The Eagles’ former vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas is now the Jets’ general manager, so we’ll see Douglas at the game. It’ll also give him a closer look at some players he helped bring to Philly who might be cut in the next day or two. Don’t be surprised to see at least one Eagles cut end up back in North Jersey. 

The best battle 

One of the most fun battles still going on is at defensive end. The Eagles’ top three are Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Vinny Curry, but after that, they have young players trying to prove themselves. The three-headed battle of Josh Sweat, Daeshon Hall and Shareef Miller has been a fun one this preseason. 

Cuts start soon 

The reality here is that most of the guys you see in the game on Thursday night won’t be on the team after 4 p.m. on Saturday, when cuts are due. For some of them, this will be their final NFL game. The aim here isn’t to get sappy — this is life in the NFL — but to remind everyone that while the product isn’t great, this game means an awful lot to some of these players. 

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10 Eagles who might appeal to new Jets’ GM Joe Douglas

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10 Eagles who might appeal to new Jets’ GM Joe Douglas

The fingerprints of Joe Douglas were all over the Eagles’ roster the last couple of seasons. That’s why we saw so many former Bears and Ravens players land in Philly. 

Now, we’re probably going to see a lot of former Eagles end up with the Jets now that Douglas is the GM. 

And because the Eagles are generally considered to have a deep roster — and the Jets perhaps not so much — there’s a good chance the Jets will be interested in players who either won’t make the Eagles' roster or who won’t have a big role. 

With that in mind, here are 10 Eagles who might intrigue Douglas: 

CB Cre’Von LeBlanc

The Eagles brought LeBlanc in off waivers last November and he quickly established himself as the team’s nickel cornerback and solidified a secondary that had been decimated by injuries. But this spring, LeBlanc had been relegated to second team nickel CB and appears to be sixth overall on the cornerback depth chart. LeBlanc ended up in Chicago a few months after Douglas was gone, but Douglas would have been involved in scouting him out of Florida Atlantic. I think LeBlanc is going to make the Eagles' roster, but maybe Douglas could get him with a late-round pick. 

CB Josh Hawkins

I started this list with two cornerbacks because that’s a position where the Jets could clearly use some help. If LeBlanc is sixth on the CB depth chart, then Hawkins is seventh and the Eagles aren’t going to keep seven corners. Douglas was a part of the front office that brought Hawkins in mid-season last year and kept him around for this offseason. Once Hawkins is cut free, he could be a depth player for the Jets. 

S Deiondre’ Hall 

Hall is another player that overlapped with Douglas in Chicago. The Bears took Hall in the fourth round of the 2016 draft just before Douglas left town. Then, the Eagles thought enough of Hall to trade for him despite a suspension in Week 1 of the 2018 season. But even with injuries to the secondary, Hall played just six defensive snaps last year with a more significant role on special teams. Is this a case of the front office liking a player more than the coaching staff? If so, maybe Douglas tries to bring him in again. 

C Anthony Fabiano 

Maybe this one is a bit of a stretch, but as I understand it, the Jets are light at center. Fabiano is the top Eagles center who will likely be cut free. Undrafted out of Harvard in 2016, Fabiano has been with a bunch of teams and has played in nine career games with two starts. He joined the Eagles’ practice squad in November. 

EDGE Daeshon Hall 

A former third-round pick, Hall joined the Eagles last season and actually played in three games. He has a shot to make the roster this year, but if he doesn’t, he could be intriguing to Douglas and the Jets, who could use some extra pass-rush talent. 

DT Treyvon Hester 

The guy who tipped the double-doink is likely competing for a roster spot with Hassan Ridgeway, whom the Eagles brought in via trade at the draft. If Hester gets cut, he could provide a little interior depth for the Jets. 

RB Donnel Pumphrey 

When the Eagles traded up to draft Pump in the fourth round a couple years ago, Douglas praised him, saying Pump was a little dog who plays like a big dog. Pumphrey has never been on an active roster, but having Douglas in another city could possibly give the undersized back one more landing spot, perhaps as a practice squad player. 

ILB T.J. Edwards 

Edwards still has a chance to make the Eagles’ roster or perhaps stick around on the practice squad, but he’s a productive college player who many thought was going to be drafted. Douglas loves players who were productive in college and Edwards certainly fits that requirement. 

WR Greg Ward Jr. 

The Eagles brought in the former Houston quarterback as a project in 2017 and he has yet to make the roster, but is making another push this offseason. There are a few guys fighting for those last couple of receiver roster spots and if Ward is cut loose, he could be a deep roster addition for the Jets. 

EDGE Joe Ostman 

The Eagles seem to love Ostman, but I’m not sure there’s room for him on their roster. Howie Roseman seems to be a huge Ostman fan, but Douglas likes hardworking players and Ostman is definitely one. 

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Eagles promote Andy Weidl to VP of player personnel to take place of Joe Douglas

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Eagles promote Andy Weidl to VP of player personnel to take place of Joe Douglas

The Eagles didn’t have to look very far to find a replacement for Joe Douglas, promoting Andy Weidl from director of player personnel to vice president of player personnel. 

Weidl, who had been Douglas’s right-hand man, will now replace him as Douglas begins his tenure as the Jets’ general manager. 

This was a seemingly obvious move for the Eagles because their system has been working. Weidl isn’t a Douglas clone, but this will sort of allow some consistency in the front office. The two had a long working history together, both coming up under legendary Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome. 

The Eagles should already have a good sense of the working relationship that they’ll have between Howie Roseman and Weidl. The relationship between Roseman and Douglas was key over the last few years. 

“Andy comes from the Ozzie Newsome tree of talent evaluators in Baltimore,” Roseman said in a statement. “I spoke with (senior football advisor) Tom Donahoe, who hired Andy in Pittsburgh, and he had nothing but great things to say about his work ethic. You can sense his drive for scouting right off the bat and he has spent his entire career working for an opportunity like this. We are very pleased to have him join us.”

Weidl is a Pittsburgh native, but was an offensive lineman at Villanova in the 90s. He began his scouting career with the Steelers, then went to the Saints before joining the Ravens. He was in Baltimore from 2005-16, most of those years with Douglas. 

In addition to the promotion for Weidl, the Eagles also made several other front office changes: 

• Roseman’s new title is “executive vice president/general manager,” which is great because the Eagles previously had an executive vice president of football operations and a vice president of football operations (Andrew Berry). 

• Ian Cunningham has been promoted to assistant director of player personnel (from director of college scouting). Cunningham is another big move because he came from the Ravens’ pipeline and the Eagles were able to keep him from leaving to join Douglas and the Jets. 

• Brandon Brown promoted to director of pro scouting. 

• Bryce Johnson promoted to director of football administration. 

• Katie David promoted to football operations director. 

• Casey Weidl promoted to director of scouting operations. 

• Max Gruder hired as assistant director of pro scouting. 

• Matt Holland promoted to senior pro scout. 

• Chris Nolan promoted to player personnel scout. 

• Ameena Soliman hired as player personnel coordinator. 

• James Gilman hired as quantitative analyst. 

• Ed Miller promoted to assistant equipment manager. 

• Craig Blake promoted to assistant equipment manager. 

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