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Eagles vets pick young teammates they want to see in preseason opener

Eagles vets pick young teammates they want to see in preseason opener

After a couple weeks of training camp, we have finally made it to the first Eagles preseason game of the 2019 season.

The Eagles will host the Titans at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. For many players, it’ll be their first NFL games. For plenty of others, it’ll be the next chance to show they belong in this league.

With that in mind, we asked a bunch of Eagles veterans which of their young teammates they are excited to watch on Thursday.

Here are their answers:

Note: Some of these were collected before Joe Ostman’s injury on Sunday night.

Rodney McLeod

“I would say I’m probably looking forward to seeing Miles Sanders. He’s been looking good in camp, man. Good versatility out of the backfield, can run downhill, good cuts, good balance, seems strong when he runs, but can also catch out the backfield. Seeing him back there returning as well. I think he’s a good young back and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does in his first time at the Linc.”

Malik Jackson

“For me, on defense, it’s Joe Ostman. He’s been doing a really good job of being consistent, making plays. Not only with the pads off, but when we put the pads on, he’s still showing up. So I’m real interested to see what he looks like.

“And then Miles Sanders from Penn State. Really interested to see what he’s able to do because he’s really good. Great guy off the field. It’s early in the year, but he knows where he’s supposed to be and he’s been coming out here and doing a lot of great things.”

Nelson Agholor

Greg Ward. Because he’s been busting his butt all through training camp and I think he’s ready to go. He’s been through a lot of trials and tribulations, playing in the AAF, being a guy that got cut, being here two years prior. I think he’s ready to go and I know he deserves to have a job in this league, how he works, his passion for the game.”

Jordan Howard

Miles (Sanders). Just to see him translating what he’s been doing at practice to a game will be exciting to see.”

Brandon Brooks

“I can tell you one dude who is going to have a big year is Josh Sweat. That mother------ been playing, bro. … The way he’s been playing in the spring and now … it’s unreal. His get-off. He’s just super quick. I’m just excited for him, man, because obviously we all know about his knee and things like that, but it looks like he’s healthy and he’s bending the edge. I think it’s going to be a good year.”

Jason Kelce

“I don’t think I have anyone in particular. I’m looking forward to all of them. We have a lot of good young talent here so I think the preseason games, that when they become really meaningful, you see how guys do in game-like situations. I’m excited to watch all of them.”

Vinny Curry

“I’m looking forward to seeing Joe (Ostman) play. I think Joe has been working really, really, extremely hard. I think he can help us and I’m just looking forward to seeing him play.”

Alshon Jeffery

“I’m going to be honest with you: I’m looking forward to seeing all our young receivers get a chance to play. All the young boys. They’re hungry, they want to eat. Brax(ton Miller), I want to see Shelton (Gibson), Marken (Michel), Carlton (Agudosi), [DeAndre Thompkins], I want to see them all get in there and make plays, man. We’re a brotherhood and we’re all in this together. I definitely want to see all the young players. If they don’t make it here, I want to see them make somebody else’s team.

Zach Brown

“Twenty-six, Miles Sanders. I’m looking forward to seeing him in the game. He’s got me excited and he’s got some breakaway speed. It’s going to be fun to see him.”

Corey Clement

“I gotta stay in the RB group. Miles (Sanders). He’s getting a chance to get his feet wet in the NFL. I remember my first day going against the Bills, my first game. It was electrifying. So I’m pretty sure he’s going to have fun. As long as he doesn’t think too much, Miles can do outstanding things.”

Nate Sudfeld

“Shoot, there’s a lot of great guys to say. It’s hard to always pick one. As a quarterback, you’re working the room. I’m really excited for JJ (Arcega-Whiteside), I really like him. I’m just thinking rookies right now. I’m really excited to see Miles (Sanders), he’s been looking great. I’ll go with those two right now.”

Isaac Seumalo

“I’m gonna go with the O-line just because I’m around them all the time. I just want to see all the rookies, honestly. They’re all good dudes. They’re fighting their butts off out here. I’m excited to see what they’re going to do Thursday. I’ll even go inside, Sua Opeta and Nate Herbig. It’ll be fun to see how they do.”

Lane Johnson

“Probably (Andre) Dillard and (Nate) Herbig. Herbig is just a big, jolly fellow. Kind of built like (Richie) Incognito. I like him. I like how he plays.”

Ronald Darby

“I guess Jay (Liggins). All the other guys are older. He’s made plays, good coverage, he has good size. I’m excited to see him play.”

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Joe Ostman promises to 'come back stronger' after ACL surgery

Joe Ostman promises to 'come back stronger' after ACL surgery

One minute you’re competing for a job in the NFL, the next minute they’re carting you off the field with a season-ending knee injury.

It’s a crazy life adjustment and it’s not an easy one to make.

“I’m still working on it,” Joe Ostman said Tuesday.

Ostman, who came out of nowhere to have a strong first two weeks at Eagles training camp, suffered a torn ACL at open practice at the Linc Sunday night and went on season-ending injured reserve on Tuesday.

He said he’s scheduled to undergo surgery as soon as the swelling in his knee subsides – sometime in the next week.

As for that adjustment? It will take a little longer.

 Being positive’s huge,” Ostman said. “A lot of people think it has an affect on the healing process, as well. It takes a little bit of an adjustment because something like that happens so fast. You go from competing every day to not being able to really barely walk the next day, so it’s a quick adjustment. But once you accept it, you just have to attack that process with a good mentality every day and that’s what I’m going to do.

Ostman spent last year on the Eagles’ practice squad as an undrafted rookie out of Central Michigan. He quickly earned the respect of all the coaches because of his intelligence and high-energy approach running scout team.

But this summer was different. He wasn’t a camp body any longer. He improved so much he actually had a legit chance to make the team.

I would say I was on track to have a role this season, but you never know,” he said. “We still have the preseason to play, but the coaches were giving me good opportunities to go out there and compete throughout camp and preseason so I think it was about me finishing camp strong and having a good preseason and I had a shot to be out there. Now I just have to come back strong next year.

Ostman said he’s never been through anything like this and actually has never suffered an injury worse than a high ankle sprain.

But he knows what he’s facing.

I have an understanding of what it’s going to be like,” he said. “It’s going to be discouraging at times during the rehab process, but I’m just going to have a good mindset, a positive attitude about it and I’m just going to work hard at it. I’m going to continue to stay in the film room with the guys and do everything I can to continue to be a part of it and just try to help the guys around me and take mental reps while I can and then as soon as I’m physically there I’m going to be back at it and hopefully build on what I did this year.

Everything was going so well for Ostman. But this is the NFL, and so many of these heart-warming stories have major bumps in the road.

And most of them don’t have happy endings. Ostman is going to do everything he can do make sure this one does.

“It’s going to be a long process and recovery,” he said. “But I’ll be back by next season and I’m going to do everything I can do come back stronger.”

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Eagles add veteran DE Kasim Edebali and rookie CB Ajene Harris, place Joe Ostman on IR

Eagles add veteran DE Kasim Edebali and rookie CB Ajene Harris, place Joe Ostman on IR

Updated: 10:24 a.m.

The Eagles placed defensive end Joe Ostman on season-ending Injured Reserve Tuesday morning with a torn ACL and added a 29-year-old German defensive end who's with his eighth team in six years.

They also added a rookie cornerback out of USC who was a tryout player with the Eagles during spring practice.

Ostman, a second-year undrafted pro, was enjoying an excellent preseason and had worked himself into contention for a spot on the 53-man roster. But he went down during a routine special teams drill during open practice at the Linc on Sunday night and was carted off the field.

Ostman, 24, spent all of last year on the Eagles’ practice squad after the Eagles signed him out of Central Michigan following the draft. He had 26 sacks in college and 13 sacks and 19 1/2 tackles for loss as a senior in Kalamazoo.

With the open roster spot, the Eagles added 6-2, 255-pound defensive end Kasim Edebali, a 29-year-old who grew up in Germany, went to high school in New Hampshire and played college football at Boston College.

Edebali has had stints with the Saints, Broncos, Lions, Rams, Saints, Bears and Bengals. He’s played in 62 career games, including all 48 for the Saints from 2014 through 2016, and has eight career sacks — five of them in 2015 when he was second on the Saints behind only Cameron Jordan.

Edebali most recently was with the Bengals briefly last year, playing one game on the final day of the regular season and getting two snaps on defense and nine on special teams in a loss to the Steelers at Heinz Field.

Edebali immediately becomes the third-most experienced defensive end on the roster, behind Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry.

The other defensive ends in camp — 2018 first-round pick Derek Barnett, 2018 fourth-round pick Josh Sweat, rookie Shareef Miller out of Penn State and one-time Panthers third-round pick Daeshon Hall — have played a combined 34 career games and have 8.0 combined career sacks, 7 1/2 of them belonging to Barnett.

The Eagles also added undrafted rookie cornerback Ajene Harris, a graduate of USC. Harris was with the Eagles as a tryout player in the spring.

The Eagles released offensive lineman Casey Tucker with an injury waiver. Tucker suffered a concussion at practice on Saturday.

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