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Eagles Announce Initial 53-Man Roster for 2019

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

As we saw from the preseason games, the Eagles have quite a bit of depth on their roster.

While the Eagles by no means appeared to be unbeatable, they had some pretty good plays, even against other team's starters. That is what is most important for a team like the Eagles who barely played their starters outside of a few game three drives.

Having that depth makes cutting the 90-man roster down to 53 that much more difficult as the team will certainly be cutting loose guy who can contribute now or in the future.

Howie Roseman has made his decisions.

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49ers to Release Jordan Matthews, Eagles Lose Compensatory Pick

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Earlier in the offseason, the Eagles lost veteran wide receiver Jordan Matthews to the San Francisco 49ers.

On Saturday, the 49ers announced they will be releasing Matthews. The move is a disappointing one for fans of Matthews, but it also has direct consequences on the Eagles franchise.

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Eagles Waive Josh Adams

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have made their first of at least 12 moves on Saturday.

According to Mike Garafalo of the NFL Network, the Eagles have waived running back Josh Adams.

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Eagles Begin Roster Cuts

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have until Saturday, August 31 at 4.p.m. to trim the roster from 90 to 53.

Preseason is a big time for many players attempting to make the roster to prove why they should be one of the players included on the 53-man roster. That time is now complete and those players now await decisions.

Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, and the rest of the staff have begun to make those decisions.

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Mets Let Ruben Amaro Jr. Go from Front Office Role

In his life after the Phillies, former Phillies outfielder, assistant general manager, and general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has had a number of roles.  Amaro's first job was to be Boston Red Sox first base coach.  Amaro then took the same role with the New York Mets, before moving into the front office this offseason as a special assistant to general manager Brodie Van Wagenen.  

However, that role is coming to an end. According to Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports, Amaro has been let go as part of a shakeup in the Mets front office:

While the role did not work out, it was a worthwhile gamble for Amaro.

The Mets made the unconventional move of hiring Van Wagenen to be the general manager.  Once representing many of the Mets star players such as Jacob deGrom, Yoenis Cespedes and minor league outfielder Tim Tebow, Van Wagenen jumped from the CAA Agency right not the front office, without any experience.  The Mets moved Amaro into an assistant role, presumably to help.

For Amaro, the move made sense if he was looking to serve as a general manager again.  The unconventional hire might not have worked out and Amaro would have been in a prime spot to jump into at least an interim role. Van Wagenen's tenure with the Mets has been controversial at times and may not ultimately be a successful one.

The future for Amaro will be interesting to follow.  Will he return to coaching? Will he join a front office?  At just 54 years old, Amaro has many experiences under his belt from which to draw.

Halftime Report: Eagles at Jets

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By Matt Ryan, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

The Eagles face the New York Jets in the last game of the 2019 NFL pre season. The game has been very low scoring with the Jets leading 3-0 at halftime. Here’s what we saw in the first 30 minutes of action:

What Worked

  • The defensive line has played great in the first half. Hassan Ridgeway had a key sack on 3rd and five to push a field goal attept back to the 43-yard line which was eventually missed.
  • The Eagles run defense has dominated so far allowing just 29 yards.
  • The defense has done a great job putting pressure on the quarterback, hitting the quarterback six times in the first half.

What Didn't

  • Wendell Smallwood was puting together a nice drive until he fumbled just outside of the red zone. Not good coming from someone who is on the fringe of not making the 53-man roster.
  • Clayton Thorston threw an interception inside Eagles terrory. That drive ended in a chip shot field goal for the Jets, putting them up 3-0.
  • The offense has not been able to get anything going, putting up just 70 yards from scrimmage in the entire first half.

Halftime Adjustment

The offense needs to hit their stride. Thorston has not thrown the ball downfiled with exception of one 25-yard completion to Marken Michel. In order to put some points on the board, Thorston needs to let the ball fly. The secondary has not looked great, allowing recivers to get wide open for easy 10-yard receptions.

Second Half X-Factor: Clayton Thorston

Clayton Thorston needs to start making plays if the Eagles are going to win this game. Thorston has not been sharp, throwing an interception and compleating just six passes. The game is still well in reach as the Eagles are only down by three, but Thorston is going to need to step up and make plays in order for the Eagles to pull this one out.

Preseason Preview Week Four: Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets

By Matt Szczypiorski, Sports Talk Philly Contributing Writer

Ladies and gentlemen, the regular season is almost here. A week from now, we’ll be discussing the Eagles week one contest against the Redskins. Unfortunately, there is still one more week of preseason to get through.

The birds will travel two hours north to East Rutherford to take on the New York Jets on Thursday night. The final week of the preseason is typically the game that decides the fate of the guys at the bottom of the depth chart and who will make the final 53-man roster.

All 32 NFL teams must have their final rosters set by Saturday at 4 p.m. So, let’s take a look at some roster competitions that should yield a winner after Thursday night.

Who Will Get the Final Defensive End Spots?

Last season, the Eagles kept five defensive ends on their final roster, and I expect them to do the same this season. There are only three of those five spots that I think are secured: Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Vinny Curry. I expect there to be three guys competing for the final two spots.

If preseason performances mean anything, then Daeshon Hall should be feeling pretty good about his chances. There could be a serious debate made that Hall has had the best preseason performance of any Eagle defensive player. Hall leads the team in sacks (three) as well as forced fumbles (two) this preseason.

If Hall doesn’t make this team, then he must have had a dramatically different performance on the practice field. The only way Hall doesn’t make this team is if he has a disastrous final preseason game.

Where we’ve seen Miller make the most strides has been rushing the passer. Miller was not known as much for his pass rush coming out of Penn State. Yet, he is second only to Hall in sacks for the Eagles this preseason, with two. If he has a decent game Thursday, he should lock up a roster spot.

As for 2018 fourth-round pick Josh Sweat, he has done next to nothing this preseason. After contributing two tackles in week one, Sweat has yet to appear on the stat sheet in weeks two or three. While Sweat did appear on the Eagles unofficial injury report after week two, he still played the following week, leading me to believe the injury was insignificant.

Sweat was reportedly having a good start to training camp, but unfortunately for him, he has not translated that to the game field. He is going to have to play very well Thursday night and hope one of either Miller or Hall doesn’t if he wants to make the final roster.

Who Makes the Cut at Wide Receiver?

In 2018, the Eagles held onto six receivers on their final roster. I think that five of those six spots are locked up: Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins.

Arcega-Whiteside had a heck of a performance last week, topping 100 yards with a touchdown, so he’s shown more than enough. I believe that Hollins provides too much value on special teams for the Eagles to cut him.

The final spot should come down to Greg Ward, Marken Michel and Carlton Agudosi. Agudosi has dropped a few passes and has at times looked lost on offense. While he does have good size at 6’6”, the Eagles have not seen nearly enough from him to keep him on the roster.

Michel had a 75-yard touchdown in week one against Titans starting cornerback Adoree Jackson. While that was quite impressive, considering he outran a player known for his speed, we haven’t seen much of Michel since then. Following that touchdown, he has recorded just one catch for 12 yards.

Heading into the final preseason game, I think the final spot is Greg Ward’s to lose. Ward is second on the team in receptions (6) and yards (87) this preseason. With the explosiveness that we’ve seen from Ward, especially on his touchdown in week two against Jacksonville, along with what he could add on special teams, he is the front-runner. While he is currently in the lead, this race is close enough that a strong performance this week from any of these three guys could catapult them onto the roster.

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Eagles Place Charles Johnson on IR

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles placed their second player on IR Wednesday night.

Veteran wideout Charles Johnson, who lead the AAF in receiving yards, was placed on injured reserve by the team.

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Joe Johnson Headlines Players Participating in 76ers' Free-Agent Minicamp

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers will be conducting a free-agent minicamp on Thursday afternoon, according to multiple sources. 

The 76ers are holding this minicamp with the goal of finding players who can fill out the bottom of the roster. Joe Johnson and former Iona standout A.J. English are headlining the reported group of players participating in the minicamp.

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Eagles To Sign Another Offensive Tackle Ahead Of Final Preseason Game

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Just a few weeks ago, the Eagles signed former Army tackle Brett Toth to a deal and it seemed he would be a good candidate to make the practice squad if there is room.

On Wednesday, Logan Brown Sports announced via Twitter that tackle Riley Mayfield will be signing with the Eagles ahead of the final preseason game.

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