Good morning, Eagles fans! Make sure to join us at noon as defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and offensive coordinator Mike Groh meet with the media to recap the win over Atlanta and peek ahead toward Sunday's matchup in Tampa Bay. In the meantime, get caught up in our Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft.
1. Cox, Johnson Named To PFF's Team Of The Week
Pro Football Focus announced the top players at each position for the first week of the NFL regular season and two Eagles made the list: tackle Lane Johnson and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
Regarding Johnson, "Johnson wasn't perfect in pass protection, allowing three total pressures from 42 pass-blocking snaps, but he was solid both in that regard and as a run blocker. He produced the ninth-highest run-blocking grade at the position and had a key block on one of the Eagles touchdown runs."
As for Cox, "Continuing right where he left off in 2017, Cox was dominant in the season opener against the Atlanta Falcons. From 48 snaps as a pass-rusher, he picked up seven total pressures, including a sack and three quarterback hits."
2. Nigel Bradham Discusses Return To Team
Linebacker Nigel Bradham told Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro how difficult it was to sit out Week 1 due to a suspension.
"It made me feel like I wasn't part of anything," Bradham said on Monday as the team returned to practice at the NovaCare Complex. "It's definitely something I never want to do again."
Bradham explained how his teammates helped out both on and off the field.
"The guys stayed in touch – J Mills (Jalen Mills) sat in my seat (during the daily team meeting) and small things like that, them staying in touch, made me feel better," he said. "I was so happy seeing how Nate (Gerry) and Kamu (Grugier-Hill) and LaRoy (Reynolds) and those guys stepped up and played in the game. They were great. They made tremendous plays. They made an impact."
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3. Big Plays Coming For Wide Receivers
The explosive chunk plays weren't there for the wide receivers in the season opener against Atlanta. Without Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins, Nelson Agholor paced the group with eight catches for 33 yards. DeAndre Carter had one reception in his NFL debut, while Mike Wallace was shut out in his first game as an Eagle.
Dave Spadaro caught up with the wideouts on Monday and the group remains a confident bunch.
"You know it's just a timing thing," Wallace said. "We've been all over the place as far as guys working consistently in practice. We'll jell. We had a pretty good day today. We hit some of those deep shots that we wanted. Obviously, it's practice and not a game, but it's a start. You have to start somewhere. Practice today was a great start and hopefully, we can bring that into Sunday."
4. Mark Your Calendars
The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday that the 2nd annual Eagles Autism Challenge presented by Lincoln Financial Group will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field. One hundred percent of participant-raised funds from the team's signature cycling and 5K run/walk event will go on to benefit world-class institutions that are conducting cutting-edge autism research in Philadelphia. The inaugural event, held in May 2018, raised in excess of $2.5 million, included the participation of more than 3,300 bikers, runners and walkers, and featured 24,700 donors from 20 countries.
5. You Might Want To Change Your Password
Here's something different.
In a study of 61.5 million online passwords, Dashlane and Virginia Tech assistant professor Gang Wang concluded that "Eagles" is the most commonly used password associated with an NFL team. The Cowboys came in second, so once against Dallas is looking up at Philadelphia in the standings.