NFL Philadelphia at Washington Preview and Prediction

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The Eagles released their first injury report in advance of regular season National Football League week 1 game against NFC East rival the Washington Redskins. Blount scored 18 touchdowns on the ground with the New England Patriots last season and while no one sees that happening in Philly, he'll be a monster on short yardage situations and the goal line.

Naturally, quarterback Carson Wentz refutes the brutally honest assessment, insisting the Eagles had enough guys to create beneficial mismatches and just didn't. At this time previous year, Wentz was learning the playbook after being abruptly thrown into the fire after veteran quarterback Sam Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings.

Location: FedEx Field, Landover, Md. Last season, 38 of his 53 catches came in the first half. Jamison Crowder (67 catches last season) operates out of the slot.

The talk during OTAs and in training camp is that Agholor has emerged as a new and improved receiver in the Eagles offense. When the Eagles and 'Skins first played on October 16, he wasn't yet the feature back, but a 45-yard run late in that game helped push him up the depth chart. You've just got to know when the right time is and force it, to some extent.

The Redskins are missing one quarterback from preseason, and he is now on the Eagles practice squad.

Meanwhile, the running back position for the Eagles will be by committee. Second-year running back Wendell Smallwood has a lot to prove after a lackluster rookie season. And he can jump some things and makes some plays.

On defense, head coach Doug Pederson was handed some decent tools last season and he's only added to them, bringing in defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan to plug the middle of the defensive line and drafting Derek Barnett, who was my top rated defensive end in last April's draft.

"I think you can have a runner that you kind of hang your hat on", Pederson said. I'm excited just as the fan base is to see what he has in the tank. "I think we're qualified".

The Eagles are fortunate to be heading into this game with ideal health, while WR Jamison Crowder, C Spencer Long, and LB Ryan Anderson are all listed as questionable heading into this contest for Washington.

But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said he has confidence in the Birds corners-Darby and Jalen Mills as well as Patrick Robinson and Rasul Douglas.

Replays, however, showed the ball appearing to move forward from Cousins' hand.

Prior to the second offer being made, Cousins, his father and McCarthy had a four-hour long meeting with Washington brass that reportedly went very well.

What will ultimately make the difference for the Eagles defense is putting pressure on the quarterback. On the defensive side, Fletcher Cox can be dominant.

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