The Eagles are treating this Saturday like an in-season Tuesday, meaning that there is a weightlifting session as well as meetings but no practice. The team will have a key player back in action when they practice on Sunday. For more on that, here are the things you need to know for Saturday, August 26.
1. Roll With The Soul
Eagles Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins will be the coin toss captain tonight for the Philadelphia Soul as the team looks to repeat as Arena Bowl champions against the Tampa Bay Storm.
2. Beau Allen Returns To Practice Sunday
Defensive tackle Beau Allen passed a physical Friday and was placed on the active roster. He was on the Active/Non-Football Injury list since the start of Training Camp with a pectoral injury he suffered while working out back in April. The fourth-year player has not missed a game in his either his college or NFL career. Defensive tackle is one of the deepest position groups on the roster and it just got even better with Allen's return.
3. Peter King Sizes Up The Division
On the Eagles Live podcast with Dave Spadaro, The MMQB's Peter King reveals the following about the Eagles and the rest of the NFC East.
On the Cowboys' reaction to Ezekiel Elliott: "They're either going to miss Ezekiel Elliott for six games or they're going to have it hanging over their head for the whole year and who's going to rush the passer for them? Those are two pretty big questions if I'm looking at the Cowboys."
On the Giants' offensive line: "I watched the Giants against Cleveland and their offensive line is bad. You could say, 'Well, it's the second preseason game,' and it is the second preseason game but I'd like to know if Ereck Flowers is ever going to be good or ever going to justify being the ninth pick in the draft. That's the Giants' biggest issue. Obviously, the Giants have a really, really good defense, but the question is can you win 10 games 10-6?"
On Washington's new look at receiver: "Washington, to me, is so new at the skill positions with the exception of Jamison Crowder. They're so new there and I'm not sure where their defensive pressure is going to come from."
On Carson Wentz: "Give me a guy who is from North Dakota and is not overwhelmed by the City of Philadelphia or its Eagles-crazy fans. That's impressive to me. I saw enough good things last year, especially around the time of early on when he hit the ground running and coming out and beating Pittsburgh the way he beat them, that is about as impressive a game as I've seen a young quarterback play in a long time in terms of poise and everything. I just think anybody who has Carson Wentz for the long term is pretty fortunate right now."
4. Brandon Graham Is The Best Eagles Player In Madden
Brandon Graham is the second-best left defensive end in Madden 18. The latest edition of the EA Sports series was released Friday and the second-team All-Pro is the best Eagles player and tied for 15th-best in the league with a 95 overall rating. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (91 is 91 overall), tackle Lane Johnson (90 overall), guard Brandon Brooks (89 overall), and a tie between wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and tackle Jason Peters (87 overall) round out the top-six Eagles players.
5. Former Washington GM Was "Nervous" When Eagles Got Wentz
On ESPN Adam Schefter's Know Them From Adam podcast, former Washington general manager Scot McCloughan spoke about his departure from D.C. and the state of the quarterback position around the NFL. One interesting Eagles-related nugget he shared was this:
"The young QB I'd start my franchise with would be Carson Wentz," he said. "He reminds me of (Ben) Roethlisberger. The big, thick-boned guy who has got the strong arm. ... Pressure doesn't affect him."
McCloughan admitted that "it made me nervous" when the Eagles pulled off the trade to get Wentz. He had Wentz rated higher than Jared Goff, who went No. 1 overall to the Los Angeles Rams.
6. The Eagles Are A Hot Ticket At Home And On The Road
Thursday night's win over Miami was the highest-rated Eagles Week 3 preseason game since 2009. The television ratings showed strong interest at home, but an NFL.com article highlighted how the Eagles will be a must-see show on the road as well this year. The cheapest ticket to see the Chargers host the Eagles is $250, higher than any other game in the team's inaugural season in Los Angeles.
7. E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!