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Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) has been cleared for 11-on-11 work, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Wentz was participating in full-team stuff very early in training camp but had been limited to individual and 7-on-7 drills over the past couple of weeks. How that knee responds over the next week or so will go a long way toward determining whether Wentz will be under center for the season opener against Atlanta. He remains overvalued in fantasy drafts at his 7th-round ADP.

Eagles QB Nick Foles' throwing shoulder injury is minor, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Don’t expect any prolonged recovery," Rapoport adds. It sounds like Foles will be available by Week 1. We'll see if he's needed or if QB Carson Wentz (knee) is ready.

Eagles QB Nick Foles injured his right (throwing) shoulder in Thursday night's preseason game against the Patriots. The team is calling it a "shoulder strain." Foles played poorly before exiting, completing just 3 of 9 passes for 44 yards. The injury is a major concern considering QB Carson Wentz isn't a lock to be ready for Week 1. Nate Sudfeld is Philly's #3 QB.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Tuesday that WR Nelson Agholor is dealing with a "lower-body injury." He's been sidelined for about a week now. Pederson wouldn't provide any other details but said the plan is to get Agholor ready for Week 1. We'll keep an eye on him over the next few weeks. Between QB Carson Wentz's knee, WR Alshon Jeffery's shoulder and now Agholor, Philly's passing game is on shaky ground.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) admitted that "it's going to be close" for him being ready for the season opener. We've heard HC Doug Pederson and the Philly media stop short of guaranteeing that Wentz will be out there for Week 1, but this is the first time we've heard it from Wentz himself. "I obviously would love to be out there. That’s been my goal all offseason ever since the injury," he said in a Tuesday radio appearance. "It’s going to be close. It’s going to be close. I’m still eyeing that date. At the end of the day, it’s not just my decision. There’s coaches and doctors that really have the final say. I really like where I’m at and time will tell here." Wentz has been held out of full-team work since late July as he continues to work back from his torn ACL and LCL. We'll continue to monitor his progress but are staying away from him at his 7th-round ADP.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that "there’s a chance [Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery] may not be ready for the opener." Rapoport even floats the possibility that he could land on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him at least the first 6 games. Jeffery has yet to practice since undergoing surgery in February to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder. ESPN's Adam Caplan passed along a couple of weeks ago that Jeffery was unlikely to participate in training camp or the preseason. But Rapoport's report is even more pessimistic. We'll continue to monitor his progress, but Jeffery is obviously a risky fantasy pick right now. He's moving down the WR rankings.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) took part in full-team work early in training camp, but he’s been limited to individual and 7-on-7 drills since July 28. HC Doug Pederson said he's simply being cautious with Wentz after seeing what he wanted to see in that full-squad work. We’ve heard no reports of a setback with that injured left knee. In fact, most reports on Wentz’s camp performance have been glowing. But being limited with the season just a month away obviously isn’t ideal. “It can be a challenge, without a doubt,” Wentz admitted. “But that’s the challenge I have right now.” He remains a risky pick at his 8th-round ADP.

NJ Advance Media's Eliot Shorr-Parks believes Nelson Agholor "should be the Eagles' top targeted receiver on offense this season." We always take beat-writer projections with a big grain of salt. But it's certainly worth noting that Shorr-Parks highlights Agholor as 1 of the team's most improved players early in camp. (And that's coming off a 62-768-8 campaign.) "Agholor has been close to unstoppable during the team drills at training camp," Shorr-Parks writes. "His damage has been done all over the field. He has worked the middle of the field. He has gotten behind the Eagles' defense. He has turned short catches into long gains." Agholor spent time with Hall-of-Famer Randy Moss this offseason and has displayed stronger hands and a bigger catch radius. With WR Alshon Jeffery still recovering from shoulder surgery, there's at least opportunity for Agholor to open the season as Philly's top WR. He's a fine value at his 9th-round ADP.

League insider Adam Caplan said Sunday that the “expectation” is Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery won’t participate in training camp or the preseason. “It’s all about getting him ready for Week 1,” Caplan added. Recovering from February shoulder surgery, the Eagles are wisely bringing Jeffery along slowly. We'll see if he beats this timeline, but for now, we're not aggressively targeting him in fantasy drafts.

The Eagles placed WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) on the PUP list to begin training camp. He's still rehabbing from February surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder. We've heard nothing to suggest that Jeffery is in danger of missing the start of the season, but we'll continue to track his progress. He's coming off the board in the late 4th round of recent PPR drafts.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz (knee) avoided the PUP list to open training camp. He "won’t be full speed and won’t do team drills" early on, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. But staying off the PUP is another sign that Wentz is on track for the season opener. He's still QB7 in ADP but is lasting until the 9th round of 12-team drafts. If healthy, Wentz could certainly pay off that price tag.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson refused to guarantee that QB Carson Wentz (knee) will be ready for Week 1 when asked over the weekend. "I can’t say. I don’t know now," he said. "I can tell you it’s not going to be a Doug Pederson decision. It will be a doctors’ decision. Carson will have to be 100 percent before he takes the field. I am going to rely totally on my medical staff.” Wentz will be a little less than 9 months removed from his torn ACL and LCL when the Eagles open the season against the Falcons on September 6. His rehab has seemingly gone smoothly so far -- he threw at May OTAs and in June minicamp -- but he still has hurdles to clear. Wentz remains a risk/reward pick at his 8th-round ADP.

Eagles RB Darren Sproles admits that he wasn't sure how he'd return from last year's torn ACL. But now that he's through the rehab process, he's confident heading into 2018. "Once I started rehabbing and running again I could tell I was good and ready for one more healthy year," Sproles said. We're curious to see what the 35-year-old looks like when the pads go on in training camp and the preseason. But he was playing a major role before going down last year, playing 84 snaps, carrying 12 times and hauling in 7 of 12 targets in 2 games. Sproles is well worth a look at the tail end of PPR drafts.

One of the biggest Eagles questions facing fantasy owners is just how much work we can expect RB Jay Ajayi to get. Well, he spoke to that a bit this week. “I’m excited,” Ajayi said Tuesday, per USA Today's Eagles Wire. “Obviously things have gotten a little bit shaken up in our room, and I’m excited to get into that lead role, do what’s needed of me and just go ball." Ajayi averaged just 11.2 carries per game over 10 contests (playoffs included) after joining the Eagles last year. But that climbed to 13.8 over the final 6 games, including 4 weeks of 14+ rushes. Philly coaches haven't specifically addressed backfield roles yet, and the backfield remains crowded. Corey Clement should continue to see a significant role. And Darren Sproles -- who opened last year as the team leader in RB snaps before a Week 3 injury -- returns. Matt Jones, Donnel Pumphrey, Wendell Smallwood and undrafted free agent Josh Adams are also fighting for roles. The "lead role" Ajayi refers to doesn't necessarily mean workhorse-level touches, and we're not projecting that for him. But a lead job in what should again rank among the league's top offenses will undoubtedly carry fantasy upside. Ajayi could particularly bring a high TD ceiling, given his size vs. the remaining backfield competition. He's a decent value at current ADP, and we'll continue to monitor the Eagles backfield as we move into summer.

Eagles QB Carson Wentz was on the field and throwing at Tuesday's OTA session, a little more than 5 months after tearing the ACL and LCL in his left knee. "It's always an exciting time ... any time you're rehabbing from any injury you have to be careful," Wentz said. "I'll be involved in a handful of things (at OTAs) ... the mental aspect is just as important as the physical. I'm just learning how to trust it. Trust the knee, trust the movement. Every day gets a little bit better. I feel like I've made really good strides both mentally or physically." Wentz's rehab has gone smoothly by all accounts. He's seemingly on track to be cleared in time for Week 1. We'll continue to track his progress throughout the summer.

Eagles DE Brandon Graham "recently" had surgery on his right ankle, according to ESPN's Tim McManus. Doctors operated to promote faster healing on a high ankle sprain Graham suffered in Week 16. He played through the injury in the playoffs but has obviously struggled with it this offseason. Graham's seems likely to miss spring workouts. We'll see if the issue lingers beyond that.

Eagles HC Doug Pederson said Friday that he's "highly encouraged" by QB Carson Wentz's progress as he rehabs last year's torn ACL and LCL. "He's making progress each day, and we just continue that process, and he continues to throw and get stronger," Pederson said. "It's a fine line, too, this time of year, of maybe trying to do too much, too soon. But our guys are on top of it, he's on top of it, he's managing it extremely well." Wentz has been throwing to teammates on the practice field but hasn't yet been medically cleared to do more than that. He's aiming for a Week 1 return, although Pederson isn't making any promises. "I'm not going to rush him out there. I'm not going to expose him," Pederson said. "He'll be ready when he's ready, and when we feel he's ready. Right now, we're encouraged with the progress he's making."

Eagles QB Carson Wentz said Monday that his "goal is to be ready Week 1" as he recovers from last December's torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. "Rehab has been great," he added. "It's quite the process. So far everything is going well." Even without setbacks, Wentz is right up against it with the 2018 campaign kicking off just about 9 months after his injury. He won't do much in training camp, is unlikely to get any preseason reps and shouldn't be considered a lock to be out there for the opener. Wentz is coming off the board as QB5 in the middle of the 8th round in recent best-ball drafts.

NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt believes RB Corey Clement could push his way into the "1b" role alongside Jay Ajayi in the Eagles' backfield. "He might push his way up into co-starter territory with Ajayi and it wouldn't be surprising if, on some weeks, Clement leads the team in snaps," Rosenblatt writes. "With Aijayi set to be a free agent in 2019, Clement is the future of Eagles' backfield." As an undrafted rookie last year, Clement averaged 4.3 yards per carry on 74 attempts and posted a 10-123-2 receiving line during the regular season. He caught another 10 balls in 3 playoffs games, including a big 4-100-1 line in the Super Bowl. The Eagles' backfield is certainly looking like a committee attack, especially after they re-signed Darren Sproles over the weekend. Clement as the 52nd RB off the board looks like the better early value pick vs. Ajayi as the 22nd RB.

Undrafted free agent RB Josh Adams signed with the Eagles. After sharing the backfield during his first 2 seasons at Notre Dame, Adams broke out as the Irish’s lead back this past year. He carried 206 times for 1,430 yards (6.9 YPC) and 9 scores. Adams averaged a whopping 5.2 yards after contact per attempt — easily the best among draft-eligible backs — and earned Pro Football Focus’ 2nd-best Elusive Rating. The 6’2, 213-pounder showed well in the pre-draft process, earning a 64th percentile SPARQ score. We didn’t love the tape, though. Adams is a straight-line, somewhat stiff runner who needs a wide alley to really get going. He also comes with a worrisome injury history that includes a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus in high school and nagging knee and ankle trouble throughout his time at Notre Dame. There’s some committee-back potential here, although going undrafted certainly puts a damper on his fantasy football outlook. Adams is a long shot for 2018 fantasy value in a crowded Eagles backfield. But note that RB Jay Ajayi is set to hit free agency next offseason.

 
 
 

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