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Quick: Joint practices will make Eagles sharper

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Quick: Joint practices will make Eagles sharper

The Eagles take on the Patriots in preseason action Friday night, capping off a week of joint practices between the two teams.

Mike Quick, former Eagles wideout and Birds radio color commentator, said joint practices were his favorite part of training camp, breaking up the monotony.

“You have an opportunity to get away from your daily routine and playing against the same guys day-in and day-out, running the same plays and making the same maneuvers,” Quick told CSN's Ron Burke on SportsNet Central. “Then you get the opportunity to go up against somebody else, often time a more talented person. 

“This is a talented bunch that they get to practice against every day. I think it just helps to make them sharper.”

To hear more from Quick on joint practices, the Eagles' depth at wide receiver and Nick Foles, watch the video above.

Eagles Injury Update: Rodney McLeod questionable; others ruled out

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Eagles Injury Update: Rodney McLeod questionable; others ruled out

Rodney McLeod will be a game-time decision on Sunday against the Giants. 

And the Eagles are really hoping he's able to play. 

McLeod is questionable with a hamstring injury he suffered against the Chiefs, while his backups, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins, have been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants with hamstring injuries of their own. Earlier in the day, head coach Doug Pederson said Graham and Watkins would be game-time decisions too; turns out that isn't the case. 

McLeod said he has been healing throughout the week but truly won't know if he'll be able to play or not until Sunday before the game. He was a limited participant in Friday's practice after missing Wednesday and Thursday. The other two members of the Hamstrung Trio missed all three days. 

In addition to Graham and Watkins, Destiny Vaeao (wrist) and Ronald Darby (ankle) have also been ruled out for Sunday. Torrey Smith (illness) is questionable. 

After injuring his hamstring early during last Sunday's game, McLeod was visibly hurting and upset about the injury. He said he's been focusing on treatment all week and is starting to feel better. 

Missing Sunday's game will be tough for Graham because it will snap his 159-game consecutive streak. It was the second-longest among defensive backs in the league. It hurts the Eagles even more. 

With two safeties already ruled out and one questionable, the Eagles are in a tough spot at safety. Their only truly healthy players at the position are Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Maragos and newcomer Trae Elston. 

What are the options if McLeod can't play? 

"Just look at the roster, see who we got," Pederson said. "There's Maragos, we signed Trae. If those two guys, who else you going to ... I'll go back there and play if I have to."

Eagles Injury Update: Pederson 'evaluating' LG battle, options at safety

Eagles Injury Update: Pederson 'evaluating' LG battle, options at safety

The Eagles are evaluating. They're evaluating everything. 

In fact, head coach Doug Pederson said the word "evaluating" or "evaluate" five times during his nine and a half minute press conference Friday morning, likely an attempt to not tip his hand to the Giants. 

First off, he's evaluating who will play at left guard. Despite Chance Warmack seemingly getting more run with the first team in practice, and despite a couple of players earlier in the week indicating a change had already been made, Pederson still claimed he hasn't yet decided who will start at left guard Sunday. 

"I have not made a change yet," he said. 

So is Isaac Seumalo still the starting left guard? 

"As of right now, we're still evaluating," Pederson said. 

Pederson claimed the team is getting both Seumalo and Warmack ready to play Sunday.  

Pederson said Rodney McLeod, Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins would miss practice but at the start of Friday's session, McLeod was on the field. At the very least, McLeod will be a limited participant, which will give him a better shot to play Sunday. Graham and Watkins missed practice all week. 

Pederson agreed that 99 percent of the time players who missed all three days of practice are not able to play in the game that week. 

"Yeah, that's an accurate statement," Pederson said. "But it doesn't have to apply in every situation. Every case is different based on player and scheme."

Without those three Friday, the Eagles are down to three safeties: starter Malcolm Jenkins, special teamer Chris Maragos and newcomer Trae Elston. They have safeties who can move back to safety and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill has the ability to play at safety too. 

Not a shocker, but Pederson didn't seem too keen on discussing the possible options the team has at safety after the injuries. 

"Just look at the roster, see who we got," he said. "There's Maragos, we signed Trae. If those two guys, who else you going to ... I'll go back there and play if I have to."

Defensive tackle Destiny Vaeao (wrist) and cornerback Ronald Darby (ankle) will be listed as out for the game.