Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

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Carson Wentz returned to 11-on-11 drills Sunday.

Yesterday marked the return of Brandon Graham to practice:

If all goes right with Graham, he should be ready to go come week 1 against Atlanta. But defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz mentioned the first step is to get him back in the first place. He’ll probably participate in individuals before slowly getting into team drills.

As for another player getting back into the mix, Carson Wentz once again said it’ll be “close” as to whether or not he plays week 1. It’s also not his call when he gets cleared for contact, which is up to the doctors, although he’s still feeling good out on the field. I think he still plays in the season opener.

There are still questions over the health of Alshon Jeffery and Tim Jernigan. We don’t know when Jernigan might return, but it’s expected he’ll miss some time. As for Jeffery, he still hasn’t suited up for practice since the end of last season and there also haven’t been any real updates to when he might return. It’s been rumored he could start the season on the PUP list, but those rumors were quickly shut down.

We’re a couple days away from the third preseason game against Cleveland, which will go a long way to deciding roster spots and figuring out position battles. The team will also try and figure out the new helmet rule, and the NFL will reportedly send out new teaching videos to help out. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said the rule will probably cost jobs and potential playoff spots. Other than that, enjoy the game rehearsal!

In other Birds news, Doug Pederson turned down an offer to have Mike Lombardi co-author for his new memoir.

A detailed look at how the team would preserve a sixth-round pick by cutting linebacker Corey Nelson.

In former Eagle news, Marcus Smith, who was recently cut by the Seahawks, is leaning towards retirement.

The Roundup:

The Phillies return to the field to take on the Washington Nationals for a three-game series in D.C. First pitch tonight is at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Vince Velasquez will take the mound.

What if the Phils wanted to re-sign Wilson Ramos this offseason? And should they?

Gabe Kapler said this week that Ramos’ stoicism has stood out and that Alfaro can learn from the veteran’s mannerisms both behind the plate and during mound visits. He compared Ramos’ impact on a young catcher to Jake Arrieta’s on a young pitcher.

“He’s almost stoic,” Kapler said. “That’s an important quality for a catcher to have. Pitchers want to be inspired, but they also want to calmed down.”

Let’s be real, though, if the Phillies do open the checkbook to re-sign Ramos, it will be because of his bat. That calming veteran presence is an added bonus.

In other sports news, here’s a great read into anxiety and depression from Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, and Kevin Love.

The AP Top 25 was released for the first time this season, with Alabama coming in at #1. Penn State is at 10, but could James Franklin be an overrated coach?

Angelo Cataldi still can’t get over a 24-4 loss.

The Redskins needed a running back. They got one in Adrian Peterson.

Did one EPL commentator, saying a word that meant “cigarettes” in England, need to apologize?

In the news, students have created a “Philly Slang” book for their teachers.

Microsoft alleges new cyberattacks by the Russian government were stopped ahead of the upcoming midterm elections.

UNC students knocked down a Confederate statue known as Silent Sam.

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  • Better hope Alshon comes back healthy August 21, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    His cap numbers are ridiculous. In 2019 he counts nearly 21 million against the cap if you release him. So he is on this roster for this season and next no matter what. In 2021 his number drops to a more manageable $6 million against the cap if you let him go. It is imperative he returns to form. Also in 2019 his salary counts $14.7 million against the cap. That’s a lot of money on top of what Carson will earn with an extension.

  • As far as the helmet rule August 21, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    The players have to get together with the head of the union and sign an agreement indemnifying the league against any further legal action from concussions and other injuries. If they do that the league will be compelled to change or eliminate the rule. The players will not do that so the league will continue to make or change rules so they can’t be sued. Every judge will agree the league is making the game as safe as possible. You can’t have it both ways.
    The players say the rule is impossible to play with. Fine, then stop asking for more money for retired players who suffered CTE. There won’t be football in the future in any case because parents will no longer allow their children to play it. It’s funny, no one stops boys who want to become MMA fighters.

  • Free snapchat followers February 10, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Anthony and Bob discuss the Phillies’ continued struggles against bad teams, the flawed NL East, the Odubel Herrera problem, Aaron Nola as an MVP candidate, and the bullpen’s potential Achilles’ Heel.

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