DGB is ready to play with the first team on Saturday. Philly.com:
“We put a couple plays in for him this week, expanded his role from a week ago. Full week of practice. He’s comfortable with what we’re doing with him,” Pederson said. “Can’t tell you how many, the number of snaps he’ll get, but he’ll definitely play and play with the first group. He’s playing fast. That’s what we ask him to do. He’s being decisive with his routes. Obviously, he’s such a big body (6-5, 230) that just covering guys up in the run game will be a big benefit for us, as well.”
Frank Reich is excited to see him on the field. Philly Mag:
On the field, Green-Beckham has already impressed his teammates and coaches. Matthews compared the younger receiver to LeBron James, while Green-Beckham noted that he tries to emulate Calvin Johnson and Dez Bryant. “He’s an impressive, physical specimen, obviously,” Frank Reich said. “It’s funny: You stand out there as a coach and they’re running routes on air and sometimes as a coach you stand across from the receivers that are running at you. And when he runs at you, his size and speed, it just kind of grabs you. So [I’m] really excited about having him here. Just like anybody else though, it’s a process. It’s a process and we keep giving them little chunks at a time to allow him to play fast and use his ability.”
Lane Johnson is mad. Philly.com:
“Food and water. That’s all I’m going to put in my system. Food and water. No supplements, no powders, nothing,” said Johnson, who presumably faces a 10-game ban, having been suspended four games two years ago for taking Adderall without clearance. A third drug violation would trigger a two-year suspension, which would be career-ending, for all practical purposes. Johnson said Wednesday he feels “stuck in cement” and “a little bit more (ticked) off each day” at a system he thinks doesn’t adequately protect players. There is no official list of approved supplements, and the league’s stance is that players are responsible for what they put into their bodies. League action is contingent upon the test results from Johnson’s “B” sample, which he expects will be no different from what his previous sample showed.
And the o-line is still in limbo. Philly.com:
Rookie Isaac Seumalo, expected to be the Eagles’ season-opening starter at left guard, won’t play in Saturday’s third preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a strained pectoral muscle, head coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday….Pederson has all but said that Seumalo will be the team’s Week 1 starter at left guard, but Wisniewski, who has 77 career NFL starts, 62 of them at center, was talking Wednesday like a guy who believes he still has a chance to win the starting job.
Jaylen Watkins is improving his tackling to make the team. Philly Voice:
While nobody is going to confuse Watkins for Steve Atwater, that is a significant improvement from what we’ve seen over the first two years of his career. “I understand the run game,” said Watkins. “(My improvement) isn’t about understanding it. It’s about getting in more positions to do it. That’s what the preseason is for. I had three (tackles) last week. Will I get four this week, and can I make all four? The more I do it, the better I get at it.”
Wendell Smallwood is also getting ready to play with the first team. Philly.com:
The 5-10, 208-pound running back missed the Eagles’ first two preseason games after suffering a quadriceps injury five days into training camp. He returned to practice last week and had expected to play against the Steelers, but was a last-minute scratch. “The trainers and the coaches, they didn’t feel like I had my last burst,” Smallwood said. “I didn’t feel like I was up to full speed, either. I was like, at 85 percent running. I just didn’t have that last gear. They said there was no need to rush it. But this week, I’m back to full speed.”
Howie Roseman is reportedly not totally set with this as his team. CBS Sports:
The Eagles aren’t done wheeling and dealing. Not by a long shot. Having spent a load to keep their own players and very short on draft picks after the trade for Wentz, aggressive general manager Howie Roseman will continue trying to upgrade via trade. That move for Dorial Green-Beckham is just a portal into Roseman’s thinking there — looking for recent draft picks from other teams who haven’t panned out who could fill a position of need in Philly and are young and cheap labor. The Eagles were looking for linebackers for a while before settling on signing free agent Stephen Tulloch. They’ve also been sniffing around on corners, and other general managers get the sense that Roseman is always working the trade angle and trying to see who could become available.