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What they're saying in Philly

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What they're saying in Philly

What they’re saying in Philly:

--Ryan Messick of ESPN 97.3 in Atlantic City tweeted the following late in the game:

#Redskins P Sav Rocca had more solo tackles (1) than #Eagles DE Trent Cole and as many as DT Cullen Jenkins (1).

Cole did end up getting a tackle to match Rocca and Jenkins got one more. Still . . .

--From Geoff Mosher, CSNPhilly.com:

The Eagles are the first team this year to fall short of 300 offensive yards and not score at least two touchdowns against a Redskins defense ranked third-worst in the league.

Meanwhile, the Redskins are the fourth straight team to have a quarterback complete 70 percent of his passes and register a passer rating of over 120.0 against the Eagles’ defense.

--Mark Hayes, Philadelphia Daily News columnist:

The Eagles are seven points from being the only winless team in the NFL.

Zero-and-10.

There is a very good argument that, on this day, they are the worst team in the NFL.

It got stronger Sunday.

Now 3-7, having lost six in a row, the Eagles have one neighbor in the NFC: the Panthers and Rams.

After they visit next Monday night, Cam and family might be movin' on up.

The Panthers, like the similarly hapless Jaguars, Browns and Chiefs, appear to be progressing.

Not so the Birds.

--Paul Domowitch of the Daily News completes his report card with this:

OVERALL: I never thought I'd see a football team quit on Andy Reid, but that appears to be the case with this team. What's happened to the Eagles' defense since Reid fired Juan Castillo and promoted Todd Bowles is unfathomable. The offense at least can use injuries as an excuse for their inept play. But Bowles' defense, which has given up 11 touchdown passes in the last four games and has just one interception in the last six games, is perfectly healthy.

Grade: F

--Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote his version of the Up-Down analysis. Of the 13 individuals he rated, only one got an “up” arrow and that was Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. He starts at the top:

Jeffrey Lurie

↓  His off-season decisions to retain Andy Reid and give Howie Roseman more authority have backfired on him. Lurie will have to fire Reid now to pacify an angry fan base. It’ll be the right move, but can the owner be trusted to hire a replacement?

Andy Reid

↓   We were about done picking on Big Red at this point, but then he had LeSean McCoy carrying the football down 25 points with less than two minutes left in the game. Lurie won’t likely fire Reid during the season, but he can’t be happy with his franchise running back getting a concussion during garbage time.

--Inquirer columnist Bob Ford says that the Redskins “are a pretty awful football team” but he empties both barrels at the team he covers:

While Andy Reid talks about fixing the problems and going forward, the team is going backward with a foot on the gas. The Eagles would have to run the table, winning their final six games of the season, to surpass owner Jeff Lurie's mandate to improve last season's 8-8 record. After Sunday, however, all that splitting of hairs seems pointless. Reid appears to have lost the team and there is never any turning back from that.

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After rookie jitters in Week 1, things are slowing down for Samaje Perine

After rookie jitters in Week 1, things are slowing down for Samaje Perine

Samaje Perine's highlight reel will not feature many clips from his first preseason game. The rookie running back out of Oklahoma struggled in that game, rushing six times for just 15 yards. 

In his second game, however, Perine found his game. Playing with the second team offense, Perine looked strong. He ran eight times for 45 yards, more than 5.5 yards-per-carry, and also caught one pass for 29 yards. 

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"I just got the first game under my belt. First game jitters always going to happen. Once I got that out of the way I got to settle in," Perine said (full video above). "I got to go out and have fun."

More importantly, Perine didn't make the same mistakes the Redskins saw in Baltimore. He held onto the ball, made an impressive catch, and while pass protection will still take some work, he made tremendous strides from the first game. 

"The first game everything was going 100 miles-per-hour," he said of the difference between Week 1 to Week 2. "Once I got a chance to actually reevaluate, and slow things down, it just became football."

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden noticed the difference in Perine's play as well. 

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"I think there was a major step up and I expected that from Samaje," the coach said. "He’s the type of guy that I figured would bounce back. I’m glad to see him play so hard, so well."

The Redskins first-team offense again struggled to run the ball. Rob Kelley doesn't seem to be doing much wrong, as holes and running lanes have not been present with the top unit on the field, but his stats through two games are paltry (12 rushes, 11 yards). 

Perine might eventually push Kelley for carries, but that won't be the case at least early in the season. More performances like the game against Green Bay could possibly accelrate that timeline. 

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Redskins Playbook: Jordan Reed is back, but what happens next?

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Redskins Playbook: Jordan Reed is back, but what happens next?

Ugly. Bad. Subpar. Any of these words properly describe the Redskins offense through the first two weeks of the 2017 preseason, but that could change quick. On Sunday, the Redskins announced that Jordan Reed had been activated from the PUP list.

That means the star tight end can again practice with the team. Reed immediately becomes Washington's most dangerous offensive weapon, even on a team with guys packed with potential like Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson, or a player that has produced like Jamison Crowder.

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Reed makes defensive coordinators alternate their game plan, and his health is of paramount importance to the Redskins.

Last season, Reed sustained a separated shoulder on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys. In the five games after that loss in Dallas, where Reed either didn't play or played with limited effectiveness, the Redskins passed for more than 300 yards just once. In the four games before the injury, including the Cowboys game, the Redskins passed for more than 300 yards three times, and 400 yards twice. 

It's simple really: Reed on the field makes the Redskins offense dynamic. It makes Kirk Cousins a better quarterback. 

Looking ahead, the question becomes if Reed will play in the preseason. He doesn't need to. He really doesn't.

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If he does get through the week of practice healthy and without setback, it seems a safe bet he might play next week against the Bengals. Let Reed get some work, and let the new offense see what it looks like with the No. 1 tight end on the field. 

Reed doesn't need to play in the preseason. His resume, when healthy, speaks volumes. 

But the Redskins might need Reed. The team could use a spark. Against Green Bay's first team defense, the Redskins were wholly ineffective. 

In three seasons, Jay Gruden has never won an opening game as coach of the Redskins. Reed playing in the preseason might not change that, but if Washington is able to get some momentum from an impressive outing against the Bengals, it could help. 

Reed has that type of talent. He's also missd 20 games in a four-year career. Watching him at practice this week will be a major development. 

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