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Lack of YAC could trigger the end of Jason Avant's tenure with the Eagles - JimmyK, Philly.com
All season long, the Eagles showed that they liked to stretch the field horizontally (sideline to sideline), in addition to vertically. The premise of using every inch of the field horizontally is that you make the opposing defense cover the enitre field, spreading them out and getting your offensive weapons the ball in their hands with room to run. And the results were there. Aided by Kelly's efforts to spread out opposing defenses, the Eagles' weapons in the passing game were able to accumulate a lot of yards after the catch. Brent Celek led all NFL tight ends (minimum 30 catches) with 9.5 yards on average after the catch (YAC), while LeSean McCoy led all NFL running backs (minimum 30 catches) with 12.0 in average YAC. Celek, McCoy, and Riley Cooper all had career highs in average YAC, and four of the five Eagles regulars in the passing game had better YAC averages in 2013 than they had in their respective careers.
Scouting the 2014 NFL Draft: The 3-4, the 4-3, and the 'tweener' - Danny Kellly, SBN NFL
They aren't traditional down linemen or standup linebackers, but they can still play football. Danny Kelly explains what exactly a "tweener" is, and how smart defenses utilize these hybrid players.
Offseason outlook: Tight ends & Specialists - Zach Berman, Inquirer
There are questions at kicker. Alex Henery, a 2011 fourth-round pick, had his worst season since joining the Eagles. Henery’s playoff game did not help his reputation, but it goes beyond the playoff game. Henery made only 82 percent of his field goals this season, and his kickoffs averaged 62.7 yards. Neither mark is where it should be, especially for a player drafted as high as he was. Henery set records for accuracy early in his career, and his resume should mean something. The team should not give up on him altogether, at least not yet. The Eagles did not have competition for Henery last season, but they’ll have, at the very least, another kicker in camp this year.
Fan-Demonium: Finding The Right Fit - Tommy Lawlor, PE.com
If the Eagles want a more traditional safety, Alabama junior Ha Ha Clinton-Dix could be of interest. He is best playing deep. Clinton-Dix has good range and excellent ball skills. He's able to play in the box as well, but isn't a standout in that situation. He is a good hitter and tackler. Clinton-Dix had seven interceptions over the last two seasons and was a key player in Alabama's great defense. He has pretty good size and should be able to challenge for a starting role early on.
The Evster breaks down the new Hollis Thomas ski jumping car commercial - The Evster, The700Level
Forget about Bob Costas’s eyeball and Shaun White’s earring, the true story of these Winter Games has been the new Videon Chrysler Dodge & Jeep commercial featuring former Eagle and current ski-jumper, Hollis Thomas.
Darren Sharper Charged With Drugging, Raping Two Women In Los Angeles - David Kelly, Canal Street Chronicles
Sharper was charged Friday with drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles, one in October and one in January, according to a complaint filed by the L.A. district attorney's office. He is also currently being investigated for rape in New Orleans, Arizona, and Nevada.
Investigation Finds Pattern of Harassment in Dolphins’ Locker Room - NYTimes.com
In a 144-page report commissioned by the N.F.L. to explore allegations of bullying within the Dolphins, the life of players was depicted in extraordinary and often unseemly detail, evoking "Lord of the Flies" more than the highlight shows that saturate autumn Sundays. The report determined that three Miami offensive linemen — Richie Incognito, John Jerry and Mike Pouncey — "engaged in a pattern of harassment" toward Martin; another young offensive lineman; and an assistant trainer, including improper touching and sexual taunting.
The worst of the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin report - Ryan Van Bibber, SBN NFL
Ted Wells released his report about Incognito's harassment of Miami Dolphins teammate Martin on Friday. What follows are several examples of the behavior Martin and others were forced to endure.
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