Thursday, August 16, 2018 3:06 PM America
Health was the key toward Wendell Smallwood making the Philadelphia Eagles. While Matt Jones, Josh Adams and Donnel Pumphrey have been banged up and on and off the field, Smallwood has been the one who has been staying on the practice field as camp comes to a close.
There was some thought that the third-year back out of West Virginia was on the outside looking in entering training camp, but coach Doug Pederson has seen Smallwood flash, and, just as important for roster security, special-teams coach Dave Fipp has been utilizing him quite a bit on his units. That puts him in decent position as he competes for the fourth running back spot with the likes of Donnel Pumphrey and rookie Josh Adams.
"I thought Wendell ran extremely hard," said Eagles head coach Doug Pederson. "I’ll talk about him first. He ran extremely hard. Unfortunately, he did put the ball on the ground the one time. We were fortunate to get it back. He's a guy that just continues to flash and do some really good things.Third-year running back Wendell Smallwood became an afterthought.
It wasn’t long ago that the Delaware native was being touted as the Eagles newest feature back. In fact, it was only last summer.
After a rookie season in which he gained 312 yards on the ground and returned a kickoff 86 yards for a score, Smallwood appeared poised to make the leap to becoming a household name in his second season.
Smallwood was only active for eight games in 2017, but managed to start three of them. The former West Virginia Mountaineer saw his rushing total plummet from 312 yards in 2016 – to just 174 yards in 2017. Smallwood spent the second half of the season as a weekly inactive after giving way to LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and rookie Corey Clement. He was inactive for all three postseason contests.Wendell Smallwood Jersey .
2017 proved to be a season of ups and downs for the running back. While he didn’t have the season that both he and the team envisioned, he did earn a Super Bowl ring in his second season. With 2017 now in the rearview mirror, Smallwood turned his attention to the 2018 season.
With Smallwood, it’s been durability issues that’s held him back from reaching his potential. Smallwood possesses the work ethic and the mindset to rebound in his third season.
With just three games left to make an impression, time is running out. Expect to see a hungry, almost desperate No. 28 running with the football. With his competition sidelined, a big game on Thursday night could propel the 24-year old to run away with the opportunity.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 2:55 PM America
Mike Wallace has been in the NFL for ten years, and the Philadelphia Eagles mark the fifth team he has played for up to this point. Even Wallace admits that this isn’t the way he expected his career to play out after being a third-round pick. “Obviously, I didn’t envision myself moving around too much,” Wallace said via ESPN. “Nobody does.”
But that's how it has played out for Wallace, despite a success-filled start and a seemingly symbiotic relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wallace averaged more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns over four years in Pittsburgh, and he caught nine catches for 89 yards and a TD in Super Bowl XLV in a losing effort to the Green Bay Packers. But 2012 started with an offseason holdout and ended without a new deal. He signed for big money with the Dolphins, which proved to be the beginning of a twisting and at times rocky path that took him to Miami and Minnesota and Baltimore, before arriving in Philadelphia this past March.said Wallace.
Wallace said the big things that fans don’t understand is that players careers can end in a moment so they need to try and get as much guaranteed money as they can. “This is a job. To fans and people that watch it, it’s fun and you just love it. We all love it. But at the same time, when you put your body on the line every single day, this is our job. You have your job. You want to get the most you can, like anybody else. That’s something that will never be understood by the fans, and that’s OK; everybody is not going to see eye to eye with you. Everybody has their different views, but you have to do what’s best for you in your life at the end of the day.”Mike Wallace Jersey .
He spent the last two years with the Ravens before signing a deal with the Eagles this offseason.Wallace said that it was a simple decision to decide with the Eagles because he wants to win a Super Bowl. “I wanted a chance -– not that I couldn’t do it there -– but I wanted to give myself the best chance to win the Super Bowl, and I like our roster here.”
Now 32 years old, Wallace reflects matter-of-factly on his time in the NFL. He acknowledges mistakes along the way, but he also believes that circumstance and an appropriate prioritization of family helped dictate his fate and direct his decision-making.
Saturday, August 11, 2018 3:20 PM America
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins raised a fist during the playing of the national anthem prior to Thursday night's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, resuming his protest against social injustice.
Jenkins told the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier this week that they weren’t sure what they were going to do during the anthem. During last season, Jenkins stopped his anthem demonstration (raising a fist) after the NFL pledged $100 million to causes aimed at combatting social injustice. He clearly thought they were on the right track until the new policy.
Then came the NFL’s anthem policy, which was created, then put on hold. The NFL had announced a new policy for the national anthem that required players to stand if they were on the field, but the changes were placed on hold while the NFLPA negotiates a resolution that would be beneficial to the players as well.
In the initial explanation, commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that players should "stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem." Players were also given an option to remain in the locker room.
This is the first time the Eagles have had a game since the new national anthem policy was created and then halted. Last month, the policy was put on hold thanks to an NFL agreement with the NFLPA.Malcolm Jenkins Jersey .
Asked what he'd like to see in order to get back to a better place with the league, Jenkins said he wants the anthem policy eliminated altogether.
"I understand that it's a business and you want to protect your bottom line and all of that, but at the end of the day, I think the smartest thing right now is to not have a rule and provide a better option.I think part of the problem is that when you continue the rhetoric that this is controversial or this is somehow a negative thing, people treat it as such," he said. "But we've seen in other leagues when they've decided to amplify the voices of their players to also emphasize the importance of the issues that we're raising, and change the narrative away from the anthem, that not only is it more acceptable, the fan base gets educated on what we're talking about, and we can actually make some movement."
Saturday, August 11, 2018 3:04 PM America
There's a chance the Eagles will be without their top two quarterbacks when they open exhibition play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.
Nick Foles has been sidelined for three straight practices. He explained Tuesday there was enough discomfort in his neck for doctors to order “a couple of tests.” Foles had tendinitis in his right elbow last summer, and three years ago, suffered a season-ending fractured left collarbone.
“Muscle spasms, right here,” Foles said, touching the right side of his neck. “I know all you are wanting to go in every which direction. It’s going to be fine. Just being smart with it.” Though Foles thinks the spasms came out of nowhere, with Carson Wentz limited in practices, he may have gotten a few more snaps than planned.
"It's not a big deal," Foles said after Tuesday's session. "We're just being smart." Foles did not rule himself out for Thursday's game, calling the situation day-to-day. Head coach Doug Pederson said the soreness Foles has been experiencing is completely unrelated to the elbow injury that forced him to miss extended time last training camp. Foles said he’s not completely sure how the injury happened, but mentioned that with quarterbacks, things sometimes get aggravated. Nick Foles Jersey . It seems very unlikely the Eagles would force Foles into game action in a couple of days in the preseason opener, but Pederson and Foles didn’t rule it out.
“We’re still talking about it. Day to day,” Foles said. “We’re worrying about the training room right now, we’re going through the rehab protocol. We’ll see. We never rule anything out. But at the end of the day, we’ll see what happens.”
While Foles hasn’t practiced at all the last three days, Carson Wentz has continued to participate in 7-on-7s, but not 11-on-11 drills. The team saw what they wanted from Wentz in full-team drills last week and doesn't want him to get inadvertently bumped.
Tuesday, August 07, 2018 5:41 PM America
Nick Foles missed practice for the second straight day and is dealing with “upper body soreness,” according to the Eagles. Nick Foles, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, has been sidelined the last two practices with what the team is labeling upper-body soreness. Neither coach Doug Pederson nor Foles addressed the injury. The Eagles’ final full practice before the preseason opener is on Tuesday.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo added that the soreness is not a recurrence of the elbow issue that bugged Foles last season, nor is it considered anything serious at this point, per sources informed of the QB's condition.
On this Sunday night, at least, Wentz would be the one participating, not Foles. The University of Arizona product was the only one of the Eagles' four quarterbacks without his helmet and didn't participate in pre-practice warm-ups with the rest of the team.
It's possible that it's only a planned rest day for Foles -- the Eagles let tight end Zach Ertz miss practice on Friday for the same reason. If it's for health-related reasons, that was unclear as of the start of practice on Sunday, though Foles got a heavy workload throughout the first eight days of training camp.
With Carson Wentz progressing toward a Week 1 return, Foles reworked his contract in Philadelphia this offseason to provide insurance in case of a setback to Wentz.
The Eagles are likely taking a cautious approach with their insurance policy, not needing to push Foles early in the preseason. As the veteran showed with his play down the stretch during the Super Bowl run, Foles doesn't need much prep in Doug Pederson's offense if he's needed to open the season under center.
With Wentz likely to sit out most, if not all, of the preseason, if Foles is held out of Thursday's home preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, third-stringer Nate Sudfeld would get the bulk of the signal-caller reps. The Eagles also have quarterback Joe Callahan on the training camp roster.
Thursday, August 02, 2018 2:38 PM America
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has seen a noticeable dip in his practice time over the past two days. He hasn't participated in the last three 11-on-11 sessions. He has taken just 12 total team reps in that span. By comparison, he took 21 reps on the third day of camp alone.
Although quarterback Carson Wentz's involvement in practice has decreased recently, everything is going as planned according to him and head coach Doug Pederson.After seeing a significant amount of action in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills in the first days of Training Camp, quarterback Carson Wentz has played less in the last three practices as the full pads came on and hitting began. "My understanding is the coaches, trainers and everybody just want to stay in a more controlled environment right now with where we're at and everything, so that's what we're doing," Wentz said following practice.
After practice, head coach Doug Pederson tried to ease concerns about Wentz and his recovery from his surgically repaired ACL. "Listen, I’m very encouraged, obviously, where he’s at," Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. "What I saw last week is enough to ease my mind. I don’t need to see him in 11-on-11 drills right now. He’s progressing extremely well. I don’t want to subject him to any setback or anything like that. I want to keep him progressing and moving forward. Those couple of days that we had with him (in 11-on-11s) were very exciting, very encouraging for me."
Wentz, injured on Dec. 10, talked in the spring of how he’d never experienced an injury rehab longer than a few months and of the patience he was forced to develop. It was evident Wednesday that after working 11-on-11, going back to bouncing up and down on the balls of his feet while watching the other three QBs work has not been fun.
Carson Wentz is only 7½ months removed from surgery to repair two torn knee ligaments, said the goal is still for him to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, on Sept. 6 against Atlanta. Pederson wouldn't give a timetable, but is obviously working toward that date with Wentz as well.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 3:24 PM America
In a presentation this week, NFL referees visited the Eagles to educate them on the new helmet rule. But even the referees themselves ended up confused, ESPN reported.
The NFL’s new rule on helmet contact is going to force players on both sides of the ball to make some major adjustments this season, but how exactly referees will enforce the rule is a question that’ll likely take at least a few weeks to answer. The rule, which applies to everyone from tacklers to linemen to ball carriers, prohibits any use of the helmet to “butt, spear, or ram an opponent,” removing the harsher words “violently or unnecessarily” from last year’s rule to make the prohibition more sweeping. According to linebacker Nigel Bradham, the refs couldn't really give players an answer about how the implementation of the new rule would play out in the coming months.
"We were trying to ask questions to get a better understanding, and yet they couldn't really give us an answer," Bradham said. "They couldn't give us what we were looking for." The Eagles attempted to clear up their confusion in a Q&A period that followed the presentation. A video played showing Malcolm Jenkins' hit on wide receiver Brandin Cooks during Philadelphia's 41-33 victory in the Super Bowl. But when the video was shown, the referees were split on whether said hit would be considered illegal.
Football players are already no strangers to dealing with rulebook shitshows of the NFL’s own creation, and there’s no doubt that some sort of penalty governing contact with the helmet is important to player safety.With all the new blood coming through the officiating system, and with all the new changes to the rule book -- the catch rule has also been completely overhauled -- it is paramount for the NFL to get everyone on the same page. Based on the meeting with the Eagles defenders, that's the furthest thing from what is happening right now.
Friday, July 27, 2018 11:55 AM America
Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Chance Warmack is about to receive nearly $3 million from Lloyd's of London on a loss-of-value insurance policy, ESPN reported Thursday.
Warmack took out an insurance policy that would have him collect if his second contract in the NFL was less than $20 million, sources told ESPN. Warmack, who was the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Tennessee Titans, took out an insurance policy that would allow him to collect if his second NFL contract was less than $20 million.
After the Titans declined his fifth-year option of $11.09 million, Warmack's next contract was a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Eagles, signed in March 2017. So he filed a claim with Lloyd's of London and the insurance company approved the payout earlier this week, per the report. Warmack's broker, Ronnie Kaymore of KBM Sports in New Jersey, would not confirm details of the policy but did confirm that Warmack would be the first NFL player to collect on a loss-of-value policy. The policy was underwritten by International Specialty Insurance.Chance Warmack Jersey
Warmack may set an example for future NFL players and create a trend of more loss-of-value policies being used to benefit the plays.
Thanks to his fiscal responsibility, Warmack is now $3 million richer. Loss-of-value is far more common in college football, where players wish to protect their financial well-being if they were to get hurt or fall in value during the draft. Warmack was able to use it in case his value in the NFL would plummet.
Thursday, July 26, 2018 12:24 PM America
On the eve of the Philadelphia Eagles’ first training-camp practice on Thursday comes word from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that quarterback Carson Wentz could start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday the star quarterback will avoid the physically unable to perform list. Wentz will be limited in what he can do on the field, but will take part in practices. It's an encouraging step for the 25-year-old talent on the mend from knee surgery.
Players that begin training camp on the PUP list are the only players eligible to start the season on PUP. By potentially placing Wentz on the PUP list to start training camp, the Eagles would seem to be keeping the door open to their quarterback starting the season on the PUP list as well, which would keep him out the first six weeks. Carson Wentz Jersey .
Wentz would be eligible to come off of the PUP at any point during training camp if he is placed on it before camp begins. He would not be able to practice with the team while on the PUP. The Eagles have other potential PUP candidates.
Tackle Jason Peters, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery , safety Chris Maragos, linebacker Jordan Hicks and running back Darren Sproles all are coming off injuries from last year. No word from the Eagles on what they’ll do with any of those players. Wentz hasn't suited up since suffering season-ending ACL and LCL tears in a Week 14 win over the Rams. Today, Wentz is on track to open the season as Philly's starter against the Falcons. If that plan changes, the Eagles always have a Super Bowl MVP to hand the ball to in Nick Foles.