The Eagles conducted what a regular-season Tuesday would be like on Saturday. Players reported to the NovaCare Complex for a lift session and meetings. The first practice since Thursday's preseason game in New England will take place on Sunday. Head coach Doug Pederson will address the media at noon tomorrow which we will bring to you live. Until then, here's the Morning Roundup presented by Microsoft for Saturday, August 18.
1. Ronald Darby Earns High Praise
Fran Duffy broke down the tape from Thursday night's preseason game and raved about the performance of cornerback Ronald Darby:
Ronald Darby has looked like an absolute stud all summer. Blessed with 4.3 speed, elite quickness, and length to play the ball up and down the field, Darby has had a full offseason to feel more comfortable in Jim Schwartz's scheme, and it shows up on film. He was in receivers' hip pockets all night long and showed the ability to disrupt at the catch point on more than one occasion against the Patriots. If he can start converting some of those pass breakups into interceptions, we could see a Pro Bowl berth from Darby ... well, we may just see one anyway.
2. Report: Nick Foles Is OK
Quarterback Nick Foles suffered a shoulder strain on Thursday night that knocked him out of the game. He was "optimistic" afterward that the injury would not be anything significant. After undergoing further evaluation Friday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport offered this:
3. Report: Bryce Treggs, However, Is Not
Wide receiver Bryce Treggs will apparently remain sidelined for a few weeks due to a hamstring injury, according to a report from NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.
4. Josh Sweat Is A Rookie To Watch
Pro Football Focus says defensive end Josh Sweat is the Eagles' rookie to watch:
Sweat's path to snaps might be difficult due to Philadelphia's deep defensive line, but with an impressive camp he could be the next man up in Philly's edge rotation. The rookie never quite lived up to his recruiting hype at Florida State. Over his three-year collegiate career, Sweat produced 96 total pressures and missed only five tackles. Sweat also offers balance at the position, which the Eagles covet, by stopping the run at an efficient rate. His 8.1 percent run stop rate ranked 20th among draft-eligible edge defenders. He has the opportunity to learn behind stars Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, and Michael Bennett along the defensive line, so Sweat has elite-level talent around him to help push his game to new levels during his rookie campaign.
5. Three Eagles Fit On ESPN's 'Perfect 53-Man Roster'
ESPN's Bill Barnwell crafted the best team that could be constructed within the confines of the salary cap. Three Eagles made the squad: quarterback Carson Wentz, tight end Zach Ertz, and tackle Lane Johnson.
6. Former Governor Honors Brian Dawkins
Former Philadelphia mayor and Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell wrote a piece in the Philadelphia Daily News explaining how the recent Pro Football Hall of Fame induction of safety Brian Dawkins allowed everyone to see just how great of a man - not just a player - he is.
7. Who's Copying The Blueprint?
Another piece from ESPN's Bill Barnwell. This one is on the six tenets that other teams around the league are trying to copy from the Eagles in hopes of winning a Super Bowl in 2018. Barnwell also looks at who followed each of those principles and whether the Eagles can replicate their success:
The key to any plan in the NFL, of course, is drafting and developing young talent. Look at the Seahawks, who looked to be in a dominant position after winning the Super Bowl during Russell Wilson's second season in 2013. They made it back to the Super Bowl the following year, but the wheels slowly came off as they whiffed on a number of trades and draft picks. Once Wilson and the rest of Seattle's stars got expensive, there were no rookie-contract players coming through at a similar level to fill in the holes in the roster. Now, with most of that core either retired or playing elsewhere, the Seahawks' plan to save money along the offensive line and invest in their defensive stars looks like a mess. We won't know whether the Eagles can keep this up as a long-term proposition until we get there.