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Eagles at Steelers Preseason Game Preview

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Are you ready for some more preseason action tonight?

It doesn’t matter if it’s a preseason matchup or a regular season game–anytime the Eagles play the Steelers it’s going to be a battle. The fact that the Steelers have just a few more rings than the Eagles certainly contributes to the rivalry.

Add to this the fact that Andy Reid said that Philadelphia’s starters may play for as much as a half, and tonight should be a real treat.

The Birds are coming off of a 13-6 win in their opening game against the Baltimore Ravens, while the Steelers lost their initial matchup against the Washington Redskins 7-16. Continue reading ‘Eagles at Steelers Preseason Game Preview’

Let The Games Begin!

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That’s right, ladies and gents, tonight marks the first Philadelphia Eagles preseason game versus the Baltimore Ravens.

Andy Reid warns that there will be a lot of learning going on in this year’s preseason games due to the lack of OTAs and mini camps in the offseason. With that said, he notes that “there’s going to be great energy” on the field.

In other words, expect this year’s preseason games to be ugly. But they will present plenty of opportunities for fans, players and coaches to learn a lot about this reputed “Dream Team.” Continue reading ‘Let The Games Begin!’

Story Lines Leading Up to the Eagles’ First Preseason Game

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NFL preseason games don’t typically garner much attention. But this year is different.

This time last month we were wondering if the lockout would ever end, and how many games it would claim as its victim.

Thankfully, with the Hall of Fame game as the sole corpse, we’re all excited to see an actual game take place, preseason or otherwise. It’s almost like we need to see it to fully believe it.

This year, there’s a lot to watch. With all of the major signings by the Birds the past few weeks it’s almost difficult to say what the biggest story line to watch will be for tomorrow’s game. There are just so many.

Perhaps chief among them is seeing how our free agency prize, Nnamdi Asomugha, performs with his new teammates. Not only that, we’ll want to see how the team uses him. How will the team utilize its 3 star corners? Will Amomugha stay in the slot with DRC and Asante Samuel on the outside?

How will the defense overall perform? The team has made some major upgrades on that side of the ball, in particular with the signing of Cullen Jenkins. But will it be enough?

The team has a young linebacker corps–will they be up to snuff? Paul Domowitch of the Daily News made this important observation about the group:

“The three players currently at the top of the depth chart – [Moise] Fokou, second-year strongside linebacker Jamar Chaney and rookie middle linebacker Casey Matthews – have a grand total of 3 years of NFL experience. Collectively, they’ve got just 19 NFL starts, none at the positions they currently are playing.”

Yikes.

And what of Juan Castillo? We’ve all seen the incredible energy and drive of the rookie DC, but will it enough to put together a defense that will deserve the hype and accolades that the Eagles have thus far received?

There’s also lot to watch on the offense. Everyone’s anxious to see how Vick is looking this year—so far his performance has been strong—as well as whether Vince Young was as good of an acquisition as it initially appeared to be. Reports have stated that he has struggled in camp thus far.

At the wide receiver position, will DeSean Jackson take the field? When will Jeremy Maclin be well enough to play?
Continue reading ‘Story Lines Leading Up to the Eagles’ First Preseason Game’

DeSean Jackson Finally to Make Appearance at Lehigh

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Number 10 reports for duty today at Lehigh. For real this time.

Philly.com’s Les Bowen reports that DeSean Jackson arrived at camp late last night.

Reports surfaced this weekend that Jackson would finally end his holdout on Monday. Mike Vick spoke to the dissatisfied wideout this weekend.  The rumors were later confirmed by Jackson’s arrival at Philadelphia International airport Sunday night at 8.

Jackson arrived with everyone’s favorite agent, Drew Rosenhaus, in tow.

D-Jacc has been absent from training camp since it began on July 28. He wants his deal to be restructured, demanding more than the $600,000 base salary he is due to earn this year. The Eagles have been clear in their message that they will not negotiate until Jackson arrived at camp.

If Jackson had failed to report by Tuesday, he would lost one year of credit towards free agency, which he would become eligible for next year.

What kind of deal could the Birds make with Jackson? The team is about $4 million under the salary cap. The team may seek to do an extension of Mike Vick’s contract (who was placed with the franchise tag just before the start of the lockout) before working on a deal with DeSean.

A little bit more time and patience may be required of Jackson. But he won’t have much opportunity to dwell–the team is busy preparing for its first preseason game this Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

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