2017 Practice Squad

Posted: September 3rd, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 108 Comments »

Meet your 2017 Eagles practice squad.

QB Nate Sudfeld
RB Byron Marshall
WR Bryce Treggs
WR Greg Ward
TE Billy Brown
OL Josh Andrews
OL Dillon Gordon
DT Justin Hamilton
LB Nate Gerry
CB C.J. Smith

You know 9 of the 10 players listed because they were on team already. Nate Sudfeld is the only outsider. He was recently cut by the Skins. Wait…you’re telling me an NFL team signed someone from their upcoming opponent? Shocking. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of such a thing.

The Eagles obviously like Sudfeld as a player, but the fact he comes from the opponent in the opener doesn’t hurt his value. You know the defensive coaches will be picking his brain over the Skins playbook, looking for any small nuggets that might help. And the offensive coaches will want scouting reports on the defenders he faced every day in practice. You never know when what seems like an innocent tip will help on a key situation.

As for Sudfeld the player, this was his second season out of Indiana. I was not high on him as a draft prospect. Some quick notes from the Shrine Game.

QB Nate Sudfeld was erratic, which is how he normally plays. There were some terrific throws he made. You see those, combined with his size and other physical traits, and you think he can be an NFL starter. Then you see him bouncing the ball to WRs to his right side multiple times and you think…what the hell was that? I’m not a big fan of his. Mike Mayock finds him intriguing, but the inconsistency bugs me.

Good size. Good arm. Erratic passer.

This summer he was 33-56-360 with no TDs and no INTs. The WAS offense was a mess overall and the numbers for him aren’t good.

As a rookie he was 28-53-238 with 3 TDs and no INTs.

He does have potential.

And a highlight from his IU days.

There aren’t a lot of good QBs on the market right now. The Eagles will get an up close look at Sudfeld and see what they think of him. They’ll likely look to draft a QB next year to develop as a backup behind Wentz. For now, they need someone for practice. Sudfeld can play the role of pocket passer for the defense as they prepare for upcoming games. Greg Ward can play QB in practice for any situations against scramblers.

Onto the rest of the squad.

Marshall could step in and play if needed. He’s also very versatile, which helps in practice.

Treggs should be on a roster. The Eagles are lucky to have him on the PS. That gives them great WR depth. Ward is here to develop for the future. He is a pure slot receiver, but is still raw as he makes the transition from QB. A year of practice will be invaluable to him.

Brown could have made the roster. The Eagles can now develop him for the future. He needs to learn the subtleties of playing TE and his blocking needs a lot of work. He will also need to embrace STs. Backup TEs are crucial to good STs units.

I’m surprised the Eagles only kept two OL. Andrews broke his hand this summer and didn’t play much. The coaches love him, which tells you he does everything he can behind the scenes. Smart. Hard-working. Reliable. Andrews could play if needed, but has a limited ceiling.

Gordon failed to build on the promise he showed last year. Essentially, he looked like the same guy. He still has potential, but he just didn’t play well enough to deserve a roster spot. It can take OL several years to develop so the Eagles are smart to be patient with him.

Hamilton had a terrific summer and should be on a roster somewhere. The Eagles had questions at DT in the spring and it is now one of the deepest areas on the team. Crazy.

Gerry will spend the next year continuing to learn how to play LB. He showed good potential this year, but just needs a lot of reps. Practicing and learning for the next 17 weeks is just what he needs. The talent is there.

Smith failed to win a roster spot as the CB group got more talented this summer. He could play if needed, but isn’t a guy you want on the field in a real game right now. Has a limited ceiling, but worth developing for one more season to see if he can win a job in the future.

Do remember this is written in pencil, not ink. There will be changes. A lot of changes.

The NFL season is a marathon.

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108 Comments on “2017 Practice Squad”

  1. 1 Ray888 said at 4:56 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    7 to 3 in O over D would seem to indicate that Eagles feel more secure in D roster rather tha O roster; they seem more fixed on D. They seem to be keeping more options open on just about every O position w/ a back-up plan on the PS

  2. 2 Joeblow Hopper said at 12:55 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Our defense also looks better to me than our offense.

    I don’t think we can run the ball well. Just my $.02.

    It’s Schwartz’ head though if we can’t pressure QB’s up front this year…considering the depth and amount of roster positches dedicated to the line. He surely convinced iggles brass to get what he wanted there…and he can’t afford a backfire.

  3. 3 Mr. Magee said at 3:27 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Agree… I don’t think Schwartz is up to the task, but I hope I am wrong

  4. 4 Insomniac said at 5:54 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    We’re really keeping 5 RBs…

    Fire Doug.

  5. 5 or____ said at 6:46 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Patriots are too. Fire belicheat?

  6. 6 Insomniac said at 8:53 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Yes. In fact make him retire forever.

  7. 7 BlindChow said at 1:48 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    It’s not even the fact it’s 5 RB’s, it’s WHO those 5 are. Two (Blount and Pumphrey) looked like JAG’s this preseason, and Clement was probably Mostert/Josey 2.0.

    My only guess is that they wanted to protect their 4th rounder from poaching (NCAA leader in rushing yards or whatever), and wanted to hold Clement in the event they cut Pump after the start of the league year (less likely to get poached if everyone’s already “finalized” their 53)…

  8. 8 Guy Media said at 11:47 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    “Clement was probably Mostert/Josey 2.0.”

    You’re overrating Clement’s statistical accomplishments. Both Mostert and Josey had multiple huge preseason games. Clement had a nice run or 3.

  9. 9 Joeblow Hopper said at 12:50 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    We’re lucky to have Clement considering the rest of our corps. He showed the ability to catch out of the backfield as well as pretty good pass pro…which most people thought he lacked coming into the draft.

    We won’t use Blount properly, (plus there’s the age factor and him coming off around 300 carries last season) and Pumphery ain’t ready. Mark my words…unless we make some kind of trade or surprise acquisition, Clement will be starting before season’s end.

    He’s the ONLY running back we have who is actually built physically as a 3 down back. Not saying he’s a stud by any means, but you gotta have a guy in between Sproles and Blount size wise in this league if you want to run the ball consistently and effectively.

    Doug might just outthink himselve tho with goofy formations, trickery and gadgetry…or do stuff like try and pound Sproles in between the tackles when we need 2 yards.

    9-7 boys…

  10. 10 Joeblow Hopper said at 1:22 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    (notice I left Smallwood outta the convo completely…that was intentional…if we somehow hang onto him beyond this season, we’re clueless)

  11. 11 tball_man said at 6:07 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    The optimist in me thinks t’s pretty shocking all these guys, or at least some didn’t get picked up. One would think they must feel good about the org. Let the marathon begin.

  12. 12 HawaiianEagle said at 6:27 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    We really traded Shady? Fire Chip!!

  13. 13 P_P_K said at 6:35 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Today is the one year anniversary of trading Bradford to the Vikes.

  14. 14 Green Sea Turtle said at 8:02 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    We traded Bradford?!? Fire Chip!!!

  15. 15 RC5000 said at 8:11 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Did you say hire Chip?

    Check out part of Travis’ column:

    I’ll update the Chip Kelly sweepstakes as soon as Texas A&M, Tennessee and UCLA play, but right now UCLA-Texas A&M and Tennessee-Georgia Tech are massive for Kevin Sumlin, Jim Mora, Butch Jones and Chip Kelly. … I think these three schools are the favorites to land Chip Kelly, and we’ll know an awful lot more about the early lay of the land at all three places based on what happens [Sunday] and Monday night.

    https://www.seccountry.com/sec/clay-travis-names-2-sec-teams-among-3-favorites-land-chip-kelly

  16. 16 GENETiC-FREAK said at 7:41 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    I dunno if Billy Brown could have made the roster wouldn’t he have made someone else team roster if that was the case?

  17. 17 Guy Media said at 7:57 AM on September 4th, 2017:

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  18. 18 GermanEagle said at 8:00 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Being surprised about those 9 Eagles Practice Squad guys being not picked up by someone else is the typical fans’ habit of tending to overrate their own players.

  19. 19 A Roy said at 9:53 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Part of it is every organizations’ tendency to overrate those that were in THEIR camp, too.

  20. 20 GermanEagle said at 10:45 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    We call it ‘company’ goggles.

  21. 21 Joeblow Hopper said at 12:35 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I call it beer goggles

  22. 22 RC5000 said at 8:33 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Surprisingly not that bad really.

    https://twitter.com/AnthonyDiComo/status/904396166971793408

  23. 23 Gary Barnes said at 8:49 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Not bad? A .347 SLG is awful and a .309 OBP is not good either. He played at single A, right? Good luck, Timmy.

  24. 24 RC5000 said at 9:24 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    That’s really not bad when you put it in context.Go look at some Phillies draft picks in their rookie years in rookie league.

    For a 30 year old guy that hasn’t played baseball for a decade playing guys who have been eating, drink ing sleep baseball, he didn’t embarrass himself. I didn’t think he’d get this far with it.

  25. 25 Bert's Bells said at 7:26 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    It’s the “30 year old guy” part that’s key.

    You’re right, he’s not bad for a beer leaguer. Cool for him to have the ability to spend a year of his life playing ballplayer and not needing to grind out a shitty salary.

    If Moniak or anyone else put those stats up when they’re 30 they’d be full time at WalMart by midseason.

  26. 26 Koy: The Legend of Neckbeard said at 10:46 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    Tebow’s baseball career is about selling tickets in minor league stadiums in small towns across America.

    I think that’s actually pretty great. And though he’s not much of a prospect, I love that he’s a single-person-boost to a town’s economy for a weekend.

  27. 27 John Luck Pickerd said at 12:03 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Yeah, can’t knock him for that. I’m sick of hearing about the guy as much as the next guy but he’s got a pretty great story and had some amazing/magical moments in his short NFL career. I still can’t believe he was an Eagle for a summer.

  28. 28 Bert's Bells said at 7:51 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    And better the ballpark than the Joel Osteen types his fans would otherwise blow their hard earned dough on.

  29. 29 Tumtum said at 10:51 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    I mean that is pretty terrible.

  30. 30 RC5000 said at 1:35 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    It’s really not. .He hadn’t played in years. He started out in full A and moved up to Advanced A

    He had .656 OPS , 8 HRs, 52 RBIs

    Mickey Moniak the #1 pick in the entire MLB draft in 2016

    .628 OPS, 5 HR, 44 RBI in 461 ABs in Full single A this year his 2nd year in minors. 28 walks, 106 strikeouts.

  31. 31 Koy: The Legend of Neckbeard said at 10:44 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    Moniak: 19
    Tebow: 30

  32. 32 Gary Barnes said at 8:44 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    By its very nature, the arrangement of placing players on the PS is an acknowledgement by the Eagles they are ok in losing any of them at any time. If they really loved any of these players, they would have found a way to keep them on the roster where they are truly protected.

  33. 33 D3FB said at 9:38 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Once they clear waivers they are pretty protected. You can match their pay up to rookie min or just offer them a roster spot if someone comes for them later in the year.

  34. 34 Sean Stott said at 10:00 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Wait… really?

    I always kind of assumed those guys could be plucked at any time, something Belichick would do..

  35. 35 FairOaks said at 11:09 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    They can, but they would have to sign a contract — they are basically free agents at that point. If they like the franchise, the player’s agent could notify the Eagles first, and give them a chance to give them a similar or bigger contract. If the player sensed a much better chance to stick on the NFL roster with the other team they may still sign with them, but it’s all a negotiation at that point. They could also simply sign without telling the Eagles, or even decide not to sign elsewhere and stay on the Eagles’ squad.

    Players do get poached but it’s not terribly common — if you sign another team’s practice squad player, you have to keep and pay him for three weeks (he counts as a 53-man slot even if released before then), and you can’t sign a player off your upcoming opponent’s squad. Usually it is when teams get desperate with injuries that they will start looking around.

  36. 36 Mr. Magee said at 3:34 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I think I asked this last year, but can’t remember the answer… If someone signs a player off your PS, do you get any type of compensation?

  37. 37 FairOaks said at 3:46 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    No.

  38. 38 Forthebirds said at 8:49 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    I think most teams stick with the guys that were cut from their roster when selecting their practice squad. The teams are familiar with these players’ capabilities.

  39. 39 FairOaks said at 10:55 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    For sure — but the Eagles have gone after 2-3 players from other teams the last few years. Maybe after a few scheme shifts, they now have more players of the type the coaches want, and don’t need to go fishing. Last year, for example, the Eagled signed Neary and Bonnet to the practice squad from other teams, and claimed three others off waivers to go on the 53. This year, just the 3rd QB.

  40. 40 RC5000 said at 10:26 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Watching former Florida junior QB Will Grier on West Virginia. He looks good. Could he be our annual 5th-6th rounder from WVU?

    He was suspended for PEDS and transferred.

  41. 41 RC5000 said at 10:40 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    His wife , wow.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5f6f2e01531e3389d2128a19a1758b4b3d0f2363d9d3630adb9083eba5eaf929.jpg

  42. 42 GENETiC-FREAK said at 10:44 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    hahaha he was suspended for PEDs and transferred. Oh here is his wife lol

  43. 43 RC5000 said at 10:48 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    I mean she’s gotta get him drafted a round higher no?

  44. 44 Tumtum said at 10:50 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    I want him now and I don’t even know who it is.

  45. 45 A_T_G said at 10:48 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Can he long snap?

  46. 46 Tumtum said at 10:50 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    I’d like to watch the try out.

  47. 47 A_T_G said at 10:51 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Maybe we should let het try out too?

  48. 48 RC5000 said at 10:52 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    At wide receiver or tight end?

  49. 49 A_T_G said at 10:53 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    I’d like to try her in the slot.

  50. 50 jshort said at 10:08 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    Much rather see her on the corner.

  51. 51 BlindChow said at 1:41 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    Ehh. Surprises me how many people dig these completely generic looks. She has a face you won’t remember once you scroll past the picture.

  52. 52 Bert's Bells said at 7:19 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    And if you said “his mom” I wouldn’t think twice. The midwest account executive look makes all women look like they’re in their early 40s.

  53. 53 RC5000 said at 1:05 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I don’t get why you think many people dig her. 4 people like your post and only 2 like her. Personally I don’t get why so many people think she’s average but in here they do.

  54. 54 Guy Media said at 1:15 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I mean she is more attractive than the loser in the Eli jersey who I threatened to “welcome” prison style to Philly behind an RV in the Linc parking lot.

  55. 55 RC5000 said at 1:32 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Ho boy I’m not sure I want to know lol. Are you saying you’d hit it with a boy or a girl in prison?

  56. 56 Guy Media said at 1:33 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    It really isn’t sexual. Ask Iron Sheik. Sometimes people just need to be humbled.

  57. 57 RC5000 said at 1:56 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Ok lol.

  58. 58 ChoTime said at 3:22 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    She’s an 8-9 in rl. On the internet, just meh.

  59. 59 jshort said at 10:06 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    She belongs on FOX News.

  60. 60 Tumtum said at 10:45 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    Maybe this has a lot to do with Treggs outside of the lines. People seem to ignore that part about him.

  61. 61 daveH said at 8:51 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    What like him partying with Huff and that stupid penalty he took in the lady preseason ?

  62. 62 Tumtum said at 11:09 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    DGB not Huff. Let us not forget the cry baby act this preseason when he didn’t get a 10th pass in a row his way.

  63. 63 unhinged said at 11:54 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    I thought that had been confirmed as a hammie cramp.

  64. 64 Guy Media said at 11:55 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    Extra soft mentality and tissue

  65. 65 or____ said at 3:26 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    On that, you were right and I was wrong. I doubted your interpretation of his body language etc… I totally saw it persist through the rest of the preseason. I think there’s a chance Treggs continues to develop and we have a decent WR depth guy with him (probably equal chance not), but I’ll be wary of his ego/divaness stuff going forward…

  66. 66 Tumtum said at 9:06 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    If he grows up he might develop.

  67. 67 or____ said at 9:25 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Well put.

  68. 68 RC5000 said at 11:12 PM on September 3rd, 2017:

    UCLA driving at A&M 24 down 44-38 with less than 2 mins + left at Texas A& M . They were down 44-10 in 3rd. UCLA ties it, needs XP! Wow 45-44. Rosen 491 yards!

  69. 69 Julescat said at 9:05 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    horribly coached game by Texas A & M. Why did they abandon their run game?

  70. 70 HawaiianEagle said at 11:49 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    Same reason Atlanta did. CHOKE

  71. 71 快乐赚网 said at 4:44 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    学习乃快乐之本!

  72. 72 Guy Media said at 7:41 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    So how y’all feeling about week 1?

    I’m really torn. On one hand Washington sucks, I hope all of their fans have to throw their gear in the trash when they’re forced to change the nickname, it’s a chance to send a message in a division game / season opener, and we haven’t beaten them in damn near 3 years – that’s about enough of that BS.

    So win is a must!

    But it is a road game, Washington has been beating us in all kinds of ways, the refs let Trent Williams hold non-stop, and I’m not really sure how well we’ll play.

  73. 73 Ryan Rambo said at 8:11 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    I think we’ll win! They do still have 3 legit weapons in Reed, Crowder and Pryor. Our offense has to show up and play and I think our defense will put us in position to win when it counts the most. BIRDGANG!!

  74. 74 Guy Media said at 9:30 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    2! Pryor is garbage.+

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/1wwuizsmBHY/maxresdefault.jpg

  75. 75 Corry said at 9:52 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    Kirk (Curt? Kurk? Kurt?) Cousins always has his best games against us for whatever-damn-reason. He seems to be able to make those pinpoint accurate throws only against our secondary that he can’t make any other time. I expect it to be a close, frustrating game.

  76. 76 Tumtum said at 11:07 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    Dude threw 5k yards last year. He is pretty good.

  77. 77 John Luck Pickerd said at 11:56 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    YOU LIKE THAT

  78. 78 Tumtum said at 12:30 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    no!

  79. 79 Corry said at 1:51 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Never said he wasn’t. He just isn’t as good as he is against anyone else as he is against the Eagles it seems.

  80. 80 Green Sea Turtle said at 2:39 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    3800 of ’em were against the EAGLES, no?

  81. 81 RC5000 said at 2:01 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Washington has almost always been a close, frustrating game. But can Jernigan, Barnett, and Long have a big enough influence to change Cousins success level against us?

  82. 82 Tumtum said at 11:06 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    Agreed. Entire season hinges on winning by 20+. If not, on to 2018!

  83. 83 Guy Media said at 11:45 AM on September 4th, 2017:

    Ha; that would send quite the message.

  84. 84 Tumtum said at 12:30 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I really hate those guys.

  85. 85 or____ said at 12:02 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    In that run where they’ve been beating us, have we had comparable weapons v. what we have now? A QB who’s been here and isn’t a rookie or in a new system? A pash rush as deep? CB like Darby?

    Not to mention challenges on the WAS D with Murphy and Cravens missing?

  86. 86 Guy Media said at 12:10 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I’m with all that; I just hate losing to that f-ing franchise.

  87. 87 or____ said at 12:14 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Most definitely

  88. 88 GermanEagle said at 12:17 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I’m afraid to admit that the season opener against the Redskins is already a Must Win in this early season.

    The Chiefs are most likely coming off a close loss to the Patriots with a 10 days rest at home, so if the Eagles lose to the Skins they very well may be facing a potential 0-3 start when playing the Giants in their first home game in a few weeks time.

  89. 89 Tumtum said at 12:30 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    We know how Andy does with extra prep time.

  90. 90 P_P_K said at 3:15 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    We can only hope it’s a close game and it comes down to his time management skills.

  91. 91 Guy Media said at 12:31 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I’m not worried about 0-3. The Giants are an overrated hot pile of shit that won more lucky games than I can count. They’re due for a major step back this year.

  92. 92 Tumtum said at 12:32 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    This is our division and it ain’t close!

  93. 93 Guy Media said at 12:34 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I can’t be that aggressive about it just yet. I like us at 10-6, but don’t know if that’ll get us in.

  94. 94 Tumtum said at 12:36 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    My bad my bad… I am pretty amped up right now.

  95. 95 Guy Media said at 12:50 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I am as well. I want to stop losing to Washington, I can’t stand cheating ass Trent Williams holding on every damn play, and I need all of the Pryor fluffers to get shut up.

  96. 96 kajomo said at 2:08 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I agree. If we lose week 1 making the playoffs will be very very difficult. It’s crazy to look at it that way, but it really is a must win.

  97. 97 Green Sea Turtle said at 2:34 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Not only the playoffs this year, but the next 4 years as well. This first-week game may be pivotal to the entire decade. Maybe the rest of the century!

    No pressure, guys.

  98. 98 A_T_G said at 2:13 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I think you win for the earliest declaration of a must win game. 0-0 isn’t quite typical must win territory, but it sounds as if we have one last shot…six days before our first game.

  99. 99 or____ said at 3:24 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Cheers bro – I’m having a beer and feel comfortable assuming you are too.

    That having been said, thanks for the yearly reminder that many NFL (especially Philly) fans tend to forget everything they’ve learned from seasons passed by the time an offseason is wrapping up.

    Reminders:
    – Human being generally are terrible at predicting the outcomes of NFL football games. Repeatedly. This is evidence based and proven on a yearly basis.
    – First 3 games of a season results almost never determine the outcome at the end of the season in the NFL.

    Just saying.

    And you just brutally misused the word “must”.

    Deep breaths brother. Enjoy the ride.

  100. 100 GermanEagle said at 3:45 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Cheers mate.

  101. 101 kajomo said at 4:16 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I think you and many others are missing the point. We are going to lose to KC. Accept it now. That is a L. We also have some pretty un-winnable games this year. @ Panthers on a short week and away at Seattle are a couple others that come to mind. The Raiders on Xmas night will be a really big test. Our divisional games may be more important this year than in typical years.

    If we start 0-2 all the DP haters will be calling for his head and the season could quickly get away from us. Then god forbid we lose to the Giants after that.

    If we lose it’s obviously not the end of the season, but this is an extremely important week 1 game. Winning week 1 will take a sting out of that KC loss and have us all pumped for the Giants. Even if we were to lose to them, 1-2 and 1-1 in the division, is a whole lot more palatable than if we lose to the skins.

  102. 102 or____ said at 4:44 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    I truly almost always agree with you and appreciate your posts. However, you typing “We are going to lose to KC. Accept it now.” – makes me want to consider blocking you. I’m not gonna. But to me that is UTTER BS. First of all, while I like the chiefs, think they have a good team, and respect them as an opponent, they are weak at WR, very limited at QB, have a rookie RB (love him, pissed I missed out on him in fantasy, but he’s still a rookie and will be in his second game ever).

    So our seemingly significantly significantly stronger D should stand up to their limited O. I know they have Kelce, and Tyreek Hill… but their O v. our D shouldn’t be a definite win.

    And then while they have a good D, I don’t think that our new offense – really there’s so many new faces/pieces… is a given either.

    Bottom line, I just don’t agree that you can confidently predict games correctly before the seasons starts. Are you honestly forgetting how foolish that’s been in the past – not just for the Eagles but for everyone – even Vegas….

  103. 103 kajomo said at 5:12 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    All I’m saying isn’t losing to the skins will suck the life out of this fan base. There is so much optimism heading into this season that tof we lose, more than any week 1 loss could be gut wrenching.

    As for the chiefs, they are pretty close to dominant on D, are well coached, and consistent. All things we hope we are, but have not proven yet. In a different scenario I’d say we have a shot, but not this game. They have extra rest after playing NE on Thursday night. They have one of the best HFA in football. I think that is just too much for us to overcome. Obviously when I speak in certainty, I am obviously not certain. Anything can happen. I just think we are in a real tough spot for that game

  104. 104 or____ said at 5:33 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Wouldn’t losing an opener to a division rival in any season suck the life out of our fan base every single year? Literally?

    What’s HFA?

    Fair enough, I get you overall. Just disagree.

  105. 105 or____ said at 5:34 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Oh ok, home field advantage. Yeah, whatever.

  106. 106 kajomo said at 10:29 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Home field advantage

  107. 107 TO BLACKS said at 3:41 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    Who gives a shit, these players will be released at some point because they all suck.

  108. 108 Joeblow Hopper said at 11:39 PM on September 4th, 2017:

    TEEHEE !