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Morning Roundup: Roster Battles Come Into Focus

1. We All Know Doug Pederson Is 'Fearless'

To promote his new book, "Fearless: How an Underdog Becomes a Champion," head coach Doug Pederson spoke with The MMQB.

"It's really open to anybody and everybody. I think faith-based groups will get something out of it. I didn't want it to be a 'sports book,' you know. So I wanted it to be a little bit of a crossover," Pederson said. "Obviously folks in Louisiana, because that's where we're from. Maybe people who are struggling with something in their life, and they need a little inspiration, and hopefully through the book they can get something out of that. Through the message of the book, and some of the struggles and challenges that I was faced with, growing up or in my professional career, I think it can touch a lot of different people in that way."

2. 'It's The Nate Sudfeld Show'

Carson Wentz is not cleared for full contact, and Nick Foles is battling muscle spasms in his neck area, so Nate Sudfeld is in line to be the starter Thursday night against the Steelers.

"It's the Nate Sudfeld show," said tackle Lane Johnson.

On Tuesday, Wentz expressed how "frustrating" it is not to be fully participating in practice.

"Without a doubt, it's tough to just sit there and watch," Wentz said. "I did it all last offseason and now, kind of getting your feet wet but going in and out, it's not what I like but I'm making the most of it."

3. Practice Notes: The O-Line Is Something Special To Watch

Wentz did take part in 7-on-7 drills Tuesday. It was a hot, humid, exhausting practice especially for the backup units which went through extensive scrimmage sessions. One of Fran Duffy's takeaways was watching the offensive line get after it:

The offense worked in various blocking schemes on these run plays, featuring a host of different players along the offensive line pulling to the outside and getting on the move. Jason Kelce flew upfield on the first play to block Rodney McLeod on a Jay Ajayi run. I saw Lane Johnson sprinting downfield two plays later, while Halapoulivaati Vaitai pulled outside on the fourth play of the drill. The Eagles have one of the best running schemes in the NFL. That's a credit to the coaching staff for drawing up so many different variations of plays and executing them on gameday, but the offensive line deserves a lot of the credit as well. They're the engine that makes this run game go.

4. First Unofficial Depth Chart Is Released

The Eagles' media relations department put together the first unofficial depth chart of the 2018 season. The most notable aspect is that Nathan Gerry is listed as the first-team weakside linebacker. Gerry, the Eagles' Competition Champion this offseason, has been with the starters through the last week of Training Camp.

Get a look at the guys that are making life hard for the pass catchers during training camp.

5. You've Got To Be Kidding

There are aspects of Pro Football Focus that I like, but file this one under the head-scratcher category.

PFF ranked the 32 starting quarterbacks for the 2018 season, and Carson Wentz came in at No. 9. One of the players ahead of him was someone who didn't throw the ball in 2017.

It's not merely based on last year's production, as Wentz was the sixth-best signal-caller before going down with a knee injury.

6. Attending Thursday's Game?

The Eagles host the Pittsburgh Steelers with kickoff set for 7 p.m. Make sure to follow @LFFStadium on Twitter for parking and gate information. You can also check out for stadium maps and info about what items are/aren't allowed at the game.

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