Good morning. The Eagles leave for New England today and play the New England Patriots on Thursday in the second preseason game, which happens to be a rematch of the Super Bowl. The light poles on Broad Street are safe; this game probably won't produce the same celebrations.
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— Zach Berman
Howie Roseman certainly hasn't lost that thrill to make trades. I think you need to be realistic about trades. They're harder to make early in camp because teams are still evaluating their personnel. They're more likely to come later in the preseason when teams start figuring out how to make their roster numbers work. There has been only one trade in the NFL during training camp. Last season was an anomaly with five Eagles trades in July and August. In 2016, Roseman Made one trade on Aug. 16 and then two in September. In 2014, there were two trades in late August. So Roseman still has time.