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Brent Celek is “Leaning Towards Retirement”

Kevin Kinkead - August 17, 2018

Gotta be honest – I thought Brent did retire after leaving the Eagles organization as a Super Bowl champion.

Apparently not, though he told Jason Martinez and Harry Mayes on 97.5 The Fanatic today that he’s had some offers but is closer to retirement than jumping in with another team:

My take:

Brent should retire. Go out on top as a Super Bowl champion. Finish your career as a one-team guy. Put a bow on a fantastic run and don’t junk it up with one or two years as a backup tight end with the 49ers or Browns or Ravens or whatever.

For what it’s worth, he did put the kibosh on signing with the Cowboys, who need a tight end. Celek said he wouldn’t sign in Dallas even if they offered him ten million dollars.

He was in-studio with the pair for an entire hour today and you can listen to that here:

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Marcus Smith was Cut

Kevin Kinkead - August 17, 2018

Welp:

Seahawks people are calling it a “surprise” move:

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Nate Studfeld – Observations from Patriots 37, Eagles 20

Kevin Kinkead - August 17, 2018

The original title of this story was “Not Great,” and that’s still probably the biggest takeaway from last night. That performance was… not great.

But I went with”Nate Studfeld” instead because I want to be positive as we head into a summer weekend. I didn’t want to start off your Friday morning with some ridiculous shit take like this one:

You’re right, Angelo, it’s disgraceful.

Anyway, Nick Foles did not have it last night. He hurt his shoulder on – ironically – a strip sack against the Patriots. He says he’s fine but you never know with this team. A laundry list of players were inactive and/or injured last night and didn’t sniff the field.

They were:

Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery, Jason Peters, Brandon Graham, Jalen Mills, Darren Sproles, Mack Hollins, Nelson Agholor, Chris Maragos, Donnel Pumphrey, Asantay Brown, Tim Jernigan, Markus Wheaton, Josh Adams

Add Foles, Bryce Treggs, Kamar Aiken, and Richard Rodgers to the list, four guys who left the game with various new injuries.

RE: the shoulder, here’s what Foles had to say about it: 

“I was getting ready to throw a deep ball and it got grabbed as I was following on through, so it sort of got a little strained,” Foles told reporters after the game. “So, you know, I was with the trainers, I’ll go in tomorrow and get treatment on it and sort of go from there. But it feels all right, feels pretty good. Hopefully, there are no issues.”

Yeah, hopefully there are no issues, because Carson Wentz is already on the shelf and hasn’t done an 11v11 drill this entire summer. We’re less than three weeks from the season opener. Anybody getting just a little bit worried?

The positive is that Nate Sudfeld looks like a player, which I’ll get to momentarily, but first some random notes that didn’t fit into the other sections:

  • Kamu Grugier-Hill played WILL with the 1st team defense
  • Rasul Douglas started at CB in place of Mills and Sidney Jones began in the slot. In the second half, Jones played on the outside a bit with Avonte Maddox in the slot. Jones whiffed badly on a flat pass that the Pats took in for a touchdown:

  • Matt Jones made his preseason debut in the second half and dropped three passes, including one that hit him in the helmet and bounced into the hands of a New England player. Yeah, the ball was a bit high and behind him, but he’s gotta find a way to adjust and at least make an effort on that play.
  • Big V – not a great night at left tackle
  • Ronald Darby could/should have had two picks on the same drive (well the first would have ended the drive, but you get the point), great coverage downfield though
  • Steven Means should be on somebody’s 53-man roster
  • Rashard Davis lost 11 yards on a punt return. Appreciate him trying to make something happen, but yeah. He returned the next punt for -3 yards. The gunners helped him out on a much better 4th quarter return.
  • Michael Bennett’s shoulder pads make me laugh for whatever reason
  • Jake Elliott missed another extra point
  • I didn’t get a great look at the offensive and defense lines other than seeing Big V’s big troubles. The O-line didn’t get much goal line push on several Wendell Smallwood runs and gave up five first half sacks.
  • Godspeed to the Pats corner that committed three first-half penalties. I’m surprised hoodie didn’t cut him at halftime.

More observations:

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Philadelphia Eagles vs. Super Bowl Runners-Up: What to Watch For

Kevin Kinkead - August 16, 2018

Nick Foles vs. Tom Brady.

Plus – Eagles football.

Do you really need any other reason to watch?

Brady is reportedly supposed to play most of the most half tonight, which is infinitely more interesting than six series of Brian Hoyer.

But beyond the Super Bowl rematch and Brady/Foles angle (I’m certain Brady will speak to Nick pregame and congratulate him on winning it all), here are a few more things to look for tonight:

Dallas Goedert and maybe Zach Ertz

By far the biggest positive from game one, Goedert I’d assume is good to go after coming back from a minor arm injury over the weekend.

Zach Ertz didn’t play against the Steelers, but if he goes tonight I’m really curious to see him and Goedert on the field together, especially in the red zone. I wouldn’t expect the Eagles to show any wrinkles and just keep the offense fairly vanilla, but the deployment of two tight-ends that know how to use their body, hit that seam route, and catch the ball in traffic is something I think fans should really look forward to this season.

At the very least, we’ll see Foles chucking the ball to Goedert for a bit before Nate Sudfeld enters the game. Eagles tight ends combined for 163 targets last season and functioned as a vital cog in Doug Pederson’s offense.

Oh yeah, one other thing – can he block?

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BGN Radio is Returning as BGN Radio

Kevin Kinkead - August 16, 2018

Two weeks ago, John Barchard and James Seltzer split with Brandon Lee Gowton to re-brand “BGN Radio” as the “Go Birds” podcast, which was basically a full-time move to Radio.com and 94 WIP under the Entercom umbrella.

At the time, Gowton wrote that he felt “betrayed,” forced off a podcast he had a hand in creating back in 2013. I was told it was a work-related conflict involving Vox Media – which owns SB Nation – the blog network that hosts Bleeding Green Nation and BGN Radio.

Today, SB Nation/Vox revealed plans for a re-brand of the podcast:

“We are happy to announce that Vox Media is officially launching four new podcasts and twelve new shows as extensions of our four Philadelphia team brands. The Philadelphia sports fan community is powerful and unique and so are these shows, each of which will now be hosted exclusively by SB Nation and can be found on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you enjoy your favorite podcasts.

For fans of the World Champion Philadelphia Eagles, we have built a new Bleeding Green Nation podcast with some familiar names/voices: Michael Kist will continue to co-host the “Kist & Solak Show” with Benjamin Solak, as well as join Brandon Lee Gowton for a weekly edition of the popular “BGN Radio” show. Brandon will also pair with John Stolnis each Saturday to preview that week’s Eagles game.”

Stolnis is the Phillies guy who writes for “The Good Phight.”

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Lane Johnson: From Goat to the Absolute GOAT

Coggin Toboggan - August 16, 2018

If you’re an athlete in Philadelphia there are several career trajectories you can experience with the fans. You burst onto the scene and you’re loved throughout your entire career, through the ups and downs, the wins the losses – it doesn’t matter. The fans latch on to you as one of their own and God help the poor bastard that DARES to criticize your performance (Brian Dawkins).

Or, you spill onto the scene like dog diarrhea splattering onto a hot sidewalk and fans never forget. No matter what you do, no matter how much better you get, fans always remember you as that warm canine excrement on the sidewalk that ruined everyone’s good time, and they treat you as such for the rest of your career in Philadelphia (Shawn Bradley, Ilya Bryzgalov).

Or you have a combination of the two. You’re loved at first, fans are head over heels enamored with you, but then, for whatever reason, the sheen wears off and you start to hear more and more callers on the sport talk stations criticizing you for your play, your attitude, your public comments, whatever. You could still be playing relatively well, but the fans have turned their back on you and that’s it. So long, don’t let the door hit your loser ass on the way out, we never liked you anyway (Donovan McNabb).

But, has anyone ever been so hated at the beginning of their career, and then miraculously turned around their public image in this city faster than Lane Johnson? No.

But you’re thinking to yourself, “come on man, I love Lane Johnson. Best right tackle in the league, he drives New England fans crazy, he’s the SHIT.” And you are right, my good reader, but what do you remember of him at the start of his career?

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The Soup of Champions

Kevin Kinkead - August 15, 2018

We wrote last week about the limited edition Bud Light cans commemorating the Eagles’ Super Bowl win. There’s a Super Bowl wine bottle out there as well.

If you’re into collecting as much memorabilia as possible, here’s another one for ya – Chunky soup cans:

Mmmm… looks tasty.

You can get your Super Bowl soup beginning this weekend.

From the press release:

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Jalen Ramsey, Telling it How it is

Kevin Kinkead - August 15, 2018

There’s a wonderful interview on the GQ website with Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, which includes a couple of Eagles references.

The most interesting part is when he tells author Clay Skipper that he disagreed with some of the quarterback selections in the 2018 draft, which spins off into a discussion about the league’s best signal callers:

“I gotta go down the list of NFL teams, if y’all wanna make sure I’m hitting all the good quarterbacks….”

[At this point, Ramsey has his phone out, scrolling through names.]

“Deshaun Watson, he’ll be the league MVP in a couple years. One hundred percent. There’s not even a debate about that. Him and Carson Wentz, for every year starting now until five to ten years, it’s gonna be them two. They’re that good.”

Agreed. I’d love to see Watson stay healthy.

Nick Foles also came up, and Ramsey spun it off into a couple of Blake Bortles paragraphs:

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