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Eagles
John McMullen

The ‘Milk Check’ on Reed Blankenship reveals no expiration date

PHILADELPHIA – Deshaun Watson threw three interceptions over two practice sessions with the Eagles, all of them to second-year safety Reed Blankenship. Watson was just one of many stars dotting the NovaCare Complex practice fields on Monday and Tuesday and Blankenship certainly looked like he belonged with every one of them. The rapid development of

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles’ Tyrie Cleveland is making his days count

PHILADELPHIA – There was a little Cleveland-on-Cleveland crime in South Philadelphia on Tuesday when fourth-year pro Tyrie Cleveland continued his march up the Eagles’ depth chart with a standout performance against the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland has quickly ascended into a 53-man roster hopeful by becoming backup quarterback Marcus Mariota’s favorite receiver. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound University

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Eagles
John McMullen

Time to take the shrink wrap off Sydney Brown

BALTIMORE – The Eagles have been slow-playing things with rookie safety Sydney Brown in the early portion of training camp and through a 20-19 preseason-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night. Brown, one of the Eagles’ two third-round picks in the 2023 draft, matched undrafted rookies Ben VanSumeren and Mekhi Garner for the

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Eagles
John McMullen

Josh Sills is ‘thankful’ for another chance with the Eagles

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles liked Josh Sills so much as an undrafted rookie free agent last season that the organization essentially redshirted him as a backup on what was regarded as the best offensive line in the NFL. Sills spent his entire rookie season on Philadelphia’s 53-man roster right up until the lead-up to Super

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Eagles
John McMullen

Additions also mean endings: Eagles pull plug on Davion Taylor project

PHILADELPHIA – It was Nov. 14 of 2021 in Denver when some observers thought Davion Taylor turned the corner from a raw developmental prospect to a legitimate NFL starter. Taylor flashed the athleticism that made him a 2020 third-round pick and married it with impressive physicality that resulted in two forced fumbles in what was

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Eagles
John McMullen

You can call it: Cam Jurgens is the Eagles’ right guard

PHILADELPHIA – The right guard competition most were expecting at the Eagles’ training camp has not gotten off the ground. Rookie third-round draft pick Tyler Steen got his first rep at the position with the starters on Friday and it wasn’t because now-presumptive starter Cam Jurgens had fallen out of favor or was injured. The

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Eagles
John McMullen

Olamide Zaccheaus isn’t feeling the heat yet

PHILADELPHIA – The perceived battle at WR3 for the Eagles hasn’t really ramped up through six practices with incumbent Quez Watkins keeping free-agent acquisition Olamide Zaccheaus at arm’s length. Watkins continued to excel at Friday’s practice, most notably high-pointing a 50/50 ball in individual drills. Zaccheaus, a South Jersey native and St. Joe’s Prep product,

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Eagles
John McMullen

Hasson Reddick wants a reputation that matches his production

PHILADELPHIA – After a 19 1/2-sack season, Haason Reddick is done with the ‘yeah, but…,’ crowd. “Last year I showed I’m one of the most elite, one of the best at what I do,” Reddick said after Tuesday’s practice, the first padded session of the summer for Philadelphia. “In the top five [edge rushers]. When

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles show unwavering confidence in Nakobe Dean

PHILADELPHIA – The baton has been handed to Nakobe Dean, an undersized 22-year-old second-year player being given the keys to the second-ranked defense in the NFL as the Mike linebacker and “green dot.” To his former teammates at Georgia, that leap of faith is met with a yawn. “I’m ready to follow him,” said Nolan

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Eagles
John McMullen

Nolan Smith is channeling that ‘BG knowledge’

PHILADELPHIA – The standard is high at the University of Georgia after consecutive national championships but it didn’t come with an entitlement card, at least for the “Philly Bulldogs.” GM Howie Roseman went to Georgia early and often over the past two years when it came to roster building. In 2022 the Eagles’ GM made

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Eagles
John McMullen

Team goals trump personal ones for Dallas Goedert

PHILADELPHIA – Dallas Goedert is on the cusp of a lot of things in his career from both a personal and team perspective. Whether it’s recognition as one of the top tight ends in the NFL or turning an NFC championship into a Lombardi Trophy, Goedert’s presence on one of the league’s most explosive offenses

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Eagles
John McMullen

Jalen Hurts embraces his uniqueness

PHILADELPHIA – It won’t stop the phone calls to sports talk radio but Jalen Hurts’ opening-day decree that he will continue to embrace his uniqueness as quarterback does confirm that those obsessing over the star quarterback’s playing style are whistling into the wind. “I am embracing the uniqueness of my game, and just being a

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles vets offer positive first impression of Jalen Carter, Nolan Smith

PHILADELPHIA – It’s been over a decade but Fletcher Cox remembers when he was the new kid on the block with the big expectations as the No. 12 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Six Pro Bowls later and an All-Decade Team berth since have turned Cox, 32, into Eagles royalty and a great

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Eagles
John McMullen

Calf injury could be silver lining for Devon Allen and Eagles

PHILADELPHIA – Fledgling Eagles receiver Devon Allen will not be trying to serve two masters this summer and the silver lining to that reality is likely a better opportunity to make the 53-man roster in Philadelphia. A calf injury forced him Allen withdraw from the USATF Championships last weekend at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles – Pats in Week 1 is the hottest ticket in the country

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles’ season-opener in Foxborough against the New England Patriots is the hottest sports ticket in the country, even outpacing Lionel Messi’s much-hyped MLS debut with Inter Miami. Tickets for Messi’s debut against Cruz Azul har reached $1000 at one point before prices started to settle at well over $300, an enormous number

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Eagles
John McMullen

Eagles’ Zech McPhearson ready to step up in Year 3

VOORHEES TOWNSHIP, NJ – One of the more interesting developments in what was a light spring for the Eagles was third-year cornerback Zech McPhearson lining up in the slot with the first-team defense in 7-on-7 work. McPhearson was the placeholder for star nickel back Avonte Maddox, who was still recovering from offseason surgery and a

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Eagles
John McMullen

NFL Supplemental Draft set to return

PHILADELPHIA – The rare lull in the NFL calendar will get a bit of a boost this year with the return of the supplemental draft after a three-year hiatus. The exercise is scheduled to be held on July 11 and only one player is in the mix, Purdue receiver Milton Wright. While the Eagles are

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Eagles
John McMullen

Cam Jurgens plans to make RG his own

PHILADELPHIA – The planned move of Cam Jurgens to right guard is supposed to be a temporary one before the 2022 second-round pick takes the baton from Jason Kelce at center for the Eagles. Of course that was also the plan for Isaac Seumalo and Landon Dickerson before the now 35-year-old Kelce kept going and

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Eagles
John McMullen

Nolan Smith keeps extending a positive first impression

PHILADELPHIA – Nolan Smith has already made a great first impression on his new professional home. The No. 30 overall pick in April’s draft, the former Georgia star has easily handled the microphone and showed the energy and enthusiasm in practice you can’t teach. And none of it is manufactured. Smith loves ‘ball, a pre-requisite

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Eagles
John McMullen

Savvy Lane Johnson has ‘a few good years left’

PHILADELPHIA – There wasn’t much time for Lane Johnson to mourn a Super Bowl loss. The Eagles’ All-Pro right tackle played in the big game while fighting through a torn adductor muscle in his groin. Had the Eagles found a way to top the Kansas City Chiefs instead of coming up just short, Johnson’s short-term