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Nick Foles, Andre Dillard, Josh Adams in Roob's random points

Nick Foles, Andre Dillard, Josh Adams in Roob's random points

Josh Adams vs. Miles Sanders, Nick Foles’ future, Philly Special, Rodney McLeod and lots more in a must-win edition of 10 random Eagles points! 

1. We’ve spoken so much about the Eagles’ slow starts, and at this point it sure seems like it’s in their heads. They come out early in games and it looks like they’re fighting themselves. They don’t look loose or fluid or relaxed until they’re down 10-0 or 14-0. Then all of a sudden they spring to life. They’re just not the same team in the first quarter and it has to be mental. How else do you explain an NFL-worst 41 first-quarter points and an NFL-high 12 scoreless first quarters since opening day last year? They’ve led after the first quarter just four times in their last 18 games. They’re 4-0 in those games, 6-8 when they haven’t. Since last year began, the Eagles are the seventh-highest scoring team in football after the first quarter. Whatever’s going on, Doug Pederson has to figure it out. 

2. Josh Adams had more than twice as many yards as Miles Sanders on his first 21 career rushing attempts (107 to 53).

3. Watching that Jaguars-Titans game the other night I couldn’t help wonder what’s next for Nick Foles. Maybe he gets healthy, gets his job back later in the season and Gardner Minshew II goes back to the bench. But in three games since Foles got hurt, Minshew has completed 74 percent of his passes with 5 TDs, 1 INT and a 110.6 passer rating. No rookie in history has put up those numbers in his first three starts. He’s 23, and he’s the Jaguars’ future. If he keeps playing like this, Foles may be looking for a new home once again.

4. The Eagles are going to finish playing at 4 p.m. Sunday and get on a plane for Wisconsin about 70 hours later. Thursday night games should not exist.

5. How are the Lions going to attack the Eagles Sunday? Here’s a hint: The Eagles are third in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and 30th in passing yards allowed. They’re only the third team in NFL history to allow more than 650 passing yards and fewer than 90 rushing yards through two weeks. Hmmmmm.

6. I wonder how long a leash Doug Pederson will have with Isaac Seumalo. I like the way Seumalo played throughout camp, but Sunday was a catastrophe. Without Stefen Wisniewski waiting in the wings, the options are Big V, who worked at right guard throughout camp, undrafted rookie Nate Herbig and Matt Pryor. May be time to think about moving Jason Peters to left guard with Andre Dillard at left tackle. If you want your five best linemen on the field, that would be the way to go.

7. It’s impossible not to root for Raheem Mostert, who began his career in 2015 as an undrafted rookie running back with the Eagles. He’s since been released by the Eagles, Dolphins, Ravens, Browns, Jets and Bears, and once he finally got a chance to play, last year with the 49ers, he broke his arm. But he is a talent. He’s got 191 yards from scrimmage in the 49ers’ first two games this year — 11th-most by a running back in the NFL — and his 6.7 career rushing average is highest in NFL history by a running back with at least 50 carries. In his first 30 career games Mostert had 50 yards from scrimmage on 15 touches. In the last seven, he has 460 yards on 58 touches. 

8. Out of all the guys who got hurt last year, missed time in training camp but still made it onto the field by opening day — Ronald Darby, Fletcher Cox, Rodney McLeod, Nigel Bradham and Brandon Brooks — McLeod is the only one who really looks like himself so far.

9. There is no way there are nine better plays in NFL history than the Philly Special. I’m not sure there are any.

10. The Eagles have gone a league-long 35 straight games without a 100-yard rusher:

• Their last one was LeGarrette Blount, who had 136 yards against the Chargers Week 4 of the 2017 season. 

• The 35-game streak is the Eagles’ longest without a 100-yard rusher since a 43-game stretch between Cyril Pinder’s 128 yards against the 49ers at Kezar Stadium on the final day of the 1969 season and Tom Sullivan’s 100-yard game against the Giants at Yankee Stadium in Week 2 of the 1973 season.

• They’ve gone 23 straight home games since Ryan Mathews had 109 yards against the Falcons in 2016.

• The only active player in the NFL who’s had a 100-yard game in an Eagles uniform is LeSean McCoy.

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Eagles move on from Josh Adams, their leading rusher in 2018

Eagles move on from Josh Adams, their leading rusher in 2018

It wasn’t necessarily a surprising move, but the Eagles are parting ways with their leading rusher from last year.

The Eagles are waiving running back Josh Adams, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. NFL Network first reported the move.

Adams, 22, began last season on the Eagles’ practice squad but ended up with 511 yards to lead the team in rushing. This presumably means the Eagles will have a different leading rusher for the sixth straight season.

2018: Adams
2017: LeGarrette Blount
2016: Ryan Mathews
2015: DeMarco Murray
2014: LeSean McCoy

The Notre Dame product hurt his shoulder last season and was eventually phased out of the offense by the time the playoffs rolled around. He had offseason shoulder surgery, but was able to return for OTAs.

While he’s not a very well-rounded player, he has worked on his ability as a pass-catcher. Adams has a chance to get claimed and end up on another team’s roster. The Texans or Jets might be interested in him.

The Eagles came into the day with seven running backs still on their roster: Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Corey Clement, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Boston Scott and Adams.

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10 players to watch in Eagles’ preseason finale of 2019

10 players to watch in Eagles’ preseason finale of 2019

We have reached the dreaded fourth preseason game, where starters never played even before teams started to avoid playing their starters in most of the preseason games. 

As little as it seems like this game matters, it does matter to individual players who are making their last pushes to make a team or put out positive tape for the 31 other teams. 

Let’s get to some Eagles to watch against the Jets on Thursday night: 

RB Josh Adams 

It doesn’t seem like the Eagles’ leading rusher from a year ago is going to make the roster. With Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles as apparent locks and with Wendell Smallwood and Boston Scott still around, Adams should probably prepare himself to be waived. This preseason, Adams actually leads the Eagles with 15 rushing attempts but they’ve gone for just 28 yards (1.9 average). More surprisingly, he’s caught five passes for 55 yards and has looked better in that area. He caught just seven passes in 14 regular season games as a rookie. He might make somebody else’s roster. If he doesn’t, maybe he’s back on the practice squad. 

WR Carlton Agudosi 

No, he doesn’t have much of a chance to make this roster, but with his 6-6 frame, he’s still an intriguing prospect. He’s made a few big catches this summer and he can turn heads again against the Jets. Will he ever be an NFL player? I don’t know. But he has the type of body and skills that will always intrigue NFL coaches. 

LB T.J. Edwards 

He started out as a dark horse to make the roster, but the UDFA from Wisconsin has come on strong in recent weeks. And with the Eagles’ lack of depth at linebacker, Edwards definitely has a chance to make the roster. He’s one guy who could really help himself on Thursday. 

K Jake Elliott 

I’d like to see Elliott get a few mid-range field goal attempts in this game. He’s missed from 40 and 41 yards this preseason but has connected on two kicks from 50-plus. As even-keeled as he is, it wouldn’t be a bad thing for Elliott to get some confidence heading into the season. 

TE Alex Ellis

The Eagles didn’t add Ellis until Aug. 2, but he’s come here and played well in practice and in the games. He’s still a long shot to make the roster, but unlike many guys who will play on Thursday, his odds are non-zero. And he could stick around on the practice squad. 

S Rudy Ford

The Eagles picked up Ford in a trade a week ago, so he should play against the Jets. The 24-year-old was a sixth-round pick in 2017 and has played 455 special teams snaps in his two NFL seasons. Could he sneak on the roster? 

OL Nate Herbig 

Like Edwards, Herbig has become an interesting UDFA to watch. He’s the youngest player on the roster and the Eagles think enough of him that they’ve turned him into the second-team center despite having never played center before coming to the NFL. If he doesn’t make the team, he’d be an easy choice for the practice squad. 

WR Mack Hollins

I still think Hollins is going to be on this team, but I’d like to see him earn it a little more. Maybe he can make a big catch or a big special teams play to justify the Eagles’ likely decision to keep him around. And we might get a hint of his job security based on how much he plays. 

DE Shareef Miller

Doug Pederson acknowledged there’s a tough competition between Miller, Daeshon Hall, and Josh Sweat. Miller is the newcomer of the group, but the fourth-round pick from Penn State has come on strong. All along, he’s seemed like a candidate for a phantom IR trip, but maybe he could actually help this season. 

QB Clayton Thorson

Last week’s lightning delay meant just three snaps and one pass attempt for Thorson, who called it a “bummer.” Thursday will hopefully be the last time we see Thorson in a game for a long time.

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