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The Difference in Dallas - The MMQB
Here’s an amazing fact: The Eagles’ projected starting 22 has just one prospective 2017 free agent—nose tackle Bennie Logan. And that’s the result of a whirlwind offseason of activity that resulted in extensions to get Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz, Vinny Curry and Lane Johnson under contract through (at least) 2020. Jason Kelce was already inked for that long, and 2020 will also be the option year on second overall pick Carson Wentz’s rookie deal.
Howie Roseman's plan for the Eagles flies in the face of old suspicions - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles general manager had an inconsistent track record. Roseman would talk about the importance of drafting the best player available, then reach desperately for a guard (Danny Watkins in Round 1 in 2011) or safety (Jaiquawn Jarrett in Round 2 of 2011) to fill a specific need. Meanwhile, there was the lingering perception that good people left the Eagles front office because they could not work with Roseman, or because he forced them out. When Chip Kelly made his move for complete control of the franchise last year, it appeared that Roseman's gamesmanship had finally caught up with him. The head coach -- a man Roseman had helped lure to Philadelphia -- had forced Roseman out of power, and appeared to have the full confidence of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.
Should the Eagles sign LB Stephen Tulloch if/when he becomes available? - PhillyVoice
Tulloch, 31, isn't an impact player by any stretch, as he has just five interceptions and two forced fumbles over a 10-year career. However, he has been a solid player with the Lions, topping at least 100 tackles in every season he finished in Detroit. The book on Tulloch is that he's still a good player against the run, but can be a liability at this stage of his career in coverage. As a low-cost band aid, Tulloch could help the Eagles get through this season as a competent rotational player, and not force the likes of seventh-round rookie Joe Walker or one of the Eagles' undrafted free agents onto the field prematurely.
Lawlor: Ranking The Great D-Linemen - PE.com
White was a special player because he was so gifted. He was big at 6-5 and 300 pounds. He was powerful, as anyone who watched him toss around blockers can testify to. White was quick and fast. Men of his size aren't supposed to move like that. He also was agile. He could bend, twist, dip or whatever was needed to get by blockers. It is rare to find a player with that combination of size, athleticism and strength. The Eagles are fortunate to have a similar player on the roster right now. I'm talking about Fletcher Cox, of course. He's not as good as White, but Cox is special in his own right. He has a great combination of size, strength and athletic ability. The Eagles signed him to a huge contract extension this past week. That was a great move.
Happy Father’s Day - Iggles Blitz
Buddy is the first defensive coach (any only one I can think of) whose first goal was for his guys to score. Think about that. Buddy wanted his defense to score. That is so cocky. And unorthodox. And genius. He assumed his defense would stop the offense. He was focused on taking the ball away and then trying to score points. When Buddy became coach of the Eagles in 1986, that led me to become an Eagles fan. If he hadn’t come to Philly, I have no idea what NFL team I would be following. Maybe I would be writing about the Sixers (my first Philly love) or even the Flyers (my second Philly love). Or maybe I would have moved away from sports and focused my writing on the career of Dennis Farina, the greatest actor of the past 500 years.
Ford: Roseman rebuilds for the (distant) future - Inquirer
Part of the beauty in taking charge of a professional sports franchise is that while the winning clock is certainly ticking, it really isn't that loud for a while. Howie Roseman, who is back in control of the Eagles, never really went away, but his power did while Chip Kelly tried his luck at team building. That means Roseman gets a full reset on his clock now, with lots of time to get things right. Roseman is taking full advantage of that luxury this offseason. He has committed $280 million in future contract guarantees, some of which had to be done sooner rather than later, but some of which didn't. He has locked up holdover players for significant time and money - which is a great idea - but admittedly at the expense of the short-term quality of the team.
Stefen Wisniewski followed both his father and uncle to the NFL - Eagles Wire
Wisniewski reflected on how he benefitted from having a father blazing the trail for what became the “family business.” “I was blessed to be taught by those guys,” Wisniewski said. “I mean, think what kind of advantage it is that I’m 10 years old, and I’m doing NFL offensive line drills and being coached by NFL players. So it was a huge advantage for me. And I think it helped me heading into college and being ahead of everybody else to have that knowledge.”
NFC East Roundup: Cowboys’ Running Back Depth Comes Into Play - Birds 24/7
Let’s take a spin around the NFC East to see what’s going on with the rest of the division.
The Giants need an offensive revolution, and that starts with WR Sterling Shepard - SB Nation
With just a few practices under his belt, the Giants are already seeing big things for rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard.
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