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You Can Run the Philly Special with Nick Foles

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2018

Wanna recreate one of the coolest plays in Super Bowl history while aiding a good cause at the same time?

You and a friend can join Nick Foles to run the Philly Special and tour the Eagles facility.

To enter, all you have to do is make a donation to Dysautonomia International, a nonprofit that advocates for more than 70 million people who live with autonomic nervous system disorders. It’s a cause that means a lot to Foles, as his wife Tori battles an issue known as “postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome,” or POTS. You can help move the research forward for better treatments, and eventually a cure.

For more information, click here: Run the Philly Special with Nick Foles 

Also, you can spend an evening with Foles and Brandon Graham coming up just a month from now, on September 25th.

The event will take place at The Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia and includes a moderated discussion and Q&A session hosted by former Eagles Quarterback, Ron Jaworski. Cocktail hour with open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres will include the opportunity for guests to mingle and take photos with Jaworski, Keith Byars, & Dallas Goedert.

Go to Fanatics.com to purchase general admission tickets for $299, which includes one Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles Framed 15″ X 17″ Super Bowl LII Champions MVP collage with a piece of game-used football. There’s a $999 option and a $1,499 option that includes a photo opportunity with Foles and Graham.

All the tickets can be bought at Fanatics. Get them right here.

That’s an affiliate link, so if you use it you’ll also be supporting the site. And, you know, hanging with two Super Bowl champions.

Victor Cruz Retires, Joins ESPN

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2018

Nothing sums up the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles “Dream Team” like the week three 29-16 home loss against the New York Giants.

It was late in the first quarter, New York up 7-0, when Eli Manning saw a wide-9 Eagles blitz and hit Victor Cruz on a simple flare pass. Kurt Coleman missed the first tackle, then Nnamdi Asomugha whiffed on an arm tackle, clattered into his teammate, and Cruz took it in 74 yards for the score.

Cruz went on to score 9 touchdowns that season and rack up 1,536 yards as the Giants won the Super Bowl. The Dream Team finished 8-8.

He had another 1,000 yard receiving season in 2012, then came back to Philly and tore his patellar tendon reaching for a pass in the end zone in 2014 He missed the entire 2015 season with a separate calf issue, returned to put up okay numbers in 2016, then was released by the Giants.

He was just never the same after those injuries, but really became a thorn in the side during the tail-end of Andy Reid’s tenure. Cruz finished his career with 45 catches for 679 yards against the Birds, snagging five total touchdowns. He put up 75 receiving yards on average in 9 games vs. Philly.

Now he’s joining ESPN as a studio analyst:

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Marty Mornhinweg Now Looks Like Andy Reid

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2018

I nearly spit out my coffee when I saw this on Twitter:

Haha.

God bless Marty Mornhinweg. Guy gave 10 years of his career to the Philadelphia Eagles. Then he went to the Jets to become Rex Ryan’s offensive coordinator, which lasted two seasons until Todd Bowles was brought in.

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Doug Pederson Was Pissed at the Jaguars

Kevin Kinkead - August 21, 2018

Doug Pederson’s book comes out today, titled “Fearless: How an Underdog Becomes a Champion.

It was co-authored by Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report and The Athletic, and – ironically enough – Pederson turned down an offer to have ex-critic Mike Lombardi write the book instead. 

That was probably the most interesting excerpt floating around the internet, pre-release. Also intriguing is a passage that details Pederson’s displeasure with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who decided to run out the clock at the end of the first half instead of pushing for more points against the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Vito Stellino, who is not an extra in The Godfather but a Hall of Fame sports writer, lays it out after the jump:

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Eagles Still Trying to Adjust to the NFL’s New Helmet Rule

Kevin Kinkead - August 20, 2018

The NFL’s new helmet rule is all the rage these days. Everyone is talking about it. About how dumb it is.

If you watched the Birds game the other night, I believe they got hit with three flags for lowered helmet hits – one against Rodney McLeod, one against Nigel Bradham, and one against Jeremy Reaves. Sidney Jones received flag in the first game, so that’s four helmet penalties this preseason, unless I missed one. Malcolm Jenkins was also flagged last week, but I believe that was ruled unnecessary roughness.

Everybody knows why the policy exists; it was added this year to prevent injuries and cut down on violent blows to the head. That’s not the issue. The issue is the enforcement of a rule that feels vague and flimsy.

In this clip, McLeod lowers his helmet, but the running back also lowers his. So who gets the flag? Only the defender:

Reaves found himself in a similar situation, with the ball carrier lowering his head to brace for contact:

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Eagles Monday: Carson Wentz, Jim Schwartz, and Mike Groh

Kevin Kinkead - August 20, 2018

Carson Wentz is doing 11 vs. 11 drills and Brandon Graham is off the PUP list.

Two big positives for the Eagles as they head into Thursday night’s 3rd preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.

Let’s hope the offense looks better than it did last week, because it was not a great outing for Nick Foles and company in Foxborough. Foles finished 3-9 for 44 yards, was sacked three times, and left the game with a minor shoulder injury.

We’re 20 days away from the season opener against Atlanta, and that seems like a very short amount of time to get Wentz fully prepared, unless he’s somehow ready for reps in the final preseason game. He spoke today to reporters, along with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and offensive coordinator Mike Groh.

Wentz:

  • will not play Thursday against the Browns
  • felt good, knee was feeling good, good day
  • “I want to be out there every day,” want to be a full participant in everything, just not my call
  • “it’s gonna be close” as far as being ready for the season opener, being cleared for contact is not my call
  • not sure when he’ll have final answer as to when he’s cleared for hitting
  • doctors have final call on when he’s ready, “I’m gonna trust what they say.. there are a lot of medical brains in there trying to make the decision”
  • doesn’t need to see anything specifically from himself to feel at ease heading into the opener, just wants to get continuity with the first team
  • present for some conversations with doctors, but not all of them
  • blah blah blah (same questions over and over again, not sure what else the guy can say at this point)

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Doug Pederson Turned Down Offer to Have Mike Lombardi Co-Author His Book

Kevin Kinkead - August 20, 2018

Doug Pederson’s book comes out tomorrow.

It’s called “Fearless: How an Underdog Becomes a Champion,” written with Dan Pompei of Bleacher Report and The Athletic.

Excerpts from the book are floating around on the web, and Peter King, who used to write the Monday Morning Quarterback column at Sports Illustrated, shared some passages in his new PFT column titled “Football Morning in America.”

Writes King:

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The Redskins Could Use a Running Back

Kevin Kinkead - August 20, 2018

Will the Eagles line up against 33-year-old Adrian Peterson this season?

The seven-time Pro Bowler is in Washington today to work out with the Redskins. Fellow veterans Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa were in town yesterday for the same reason.

Jay Gruden needs depth at RB because his team has been wracked with injuries through two preseason games.

Here’s what their depth chart currently looks like:

  • Chris Thompson – coming off a broken fibula
  • Rob Kelley – healthy
  • Derrius Guice – out for the season (ACL)
  • Samaje Perrine – ankle injury
  • ex-Eagle Byron Marshall – ankle injury
  • Kapri Bibbs – borderline to make the team
  • Martez Carter – waived (leg injury)

So they’ve got a handful of serviceable guys and not much behind them. Thompson missed the final six games of the 2017 season.

Washington had one of the NFL’s worst rushing attacks last year, finishing 28th out of 32 teams with 1,448 yards on the ground and 3.6 yards per attempt. They put up 90.5 yards per game and fumbled the ball 10 times.

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