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Valuable Eagles You May Not Know - PE.com
The Eagles want their offensive skill-position players to move around the formation and create favorable matchups and Trey Burton fits that profile. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich told a story a couple of weeks ago about watching film of a practice and seeing Burton displaced as a wide receiver and running such a precise route that Reich was initially taken aback that it was Burton, and not a true wide receiver, running the route. That's the kind of player this team can use in a variety of ways. Burton isn't going to start at tight end, but the Eagles can use some three-tight end sets and get him lined up against a slower linebacker or a smaller defensive back and get him some touches.
Eagles seem to be realistic about what they are in 2016 - PhillyVoice
In 2014 and 2015, the Eagles were somewhat delusional about their likelihood to compete for a Super Bowl, which should really be the end game. The 2016 Eagles don't have the horses to realistically compete for a Super Bowl in 2016, and it would seem that they are finally self-aware in that regard. Obviously, the Eagles' long-term success will depend heavily on the progression of Wentz. There are no guarantees that he will be the franchise quarterback they hope he will be, although there is certainly reason for optimism.
Eagles Wake-Up Call: 53-Man Roster Projection - Birds 24/7
This will be the most interesting position battle to follow. We don’t know who the starters will be, and we don’t know who the backups will be either. I’d pencil in Leodis McKelvin and Eric Rowe as the starters on the outside with Ron Brooks on the inside at nickel, but if Nolan Carroll or Brooks take Rowe’s spot, that wouldn’t be surprising. Meanwhile, who do the Eagles keep behind those guys? Jalen Mills has impressed so far during the offseason, so much so that Jordan Matthews said he thinks Mills will "play a lot." But that last spot is the toughest. Does it go to JaCorey Shepherd or Denzel Rice, the undrafted free agent who made the 53-man last season?
What the Fletcher Cox contract reveals about how the Eagles value defensive tackles - Inquirer
The two biggest non-quarterback contracts in the NFL belong to defensive tackles in a 4-3 scheme. Of the non-quarterbacks, three of the top five deals went to players who played tackle in a 4-3 defense. If you want to see a position’s value in the NFL, follow the money. And the Eagles made it clear with Fletcher Cox’s six-year, $103-million contract extension last week that they don’t value just Cox’s talent, but also the value of the position he plays.
NFC East Q&A: Will Cowboys, Giants, Redskins be happy to see Doug Pederson? - ESPN
The Giants will not miss Kelly, who went 5-1 against them with the only loss coming in a game in which Matt Barkley played the bulk of the snaps at quarterback for the Eagles. The Giants' worst 2014 and 2015 losses came in Philadelphia, and regardless of venue, Kelly seemed to have a knack for exposing the Giants’ many defensive weaknesses consistently. Now, this all could have had much more to do with personnel than coaching, and Pederson could have the same level of success that Kelly had against the Giants. But they will happily take their chances with the new coach instead of trying again to beat a guy who had bullied them.
DeMeco Ryans still hopes to play in NFL in 2016 - AL.com
Former Alabama standout DeMeco Ryans would like to play an 11th NFL season in 2016. But if that doesn't work out, he's going to be fine out of football, too. The Philadelphia Eagles released Ryans on Feb. 24, and he has not signed with another team. Ryans hosted a charity golf tournament at Bent Brook Golf Club in Bessemer on Monday. He was prep star at Bessemer's Jess Lanier High School. At the tournament, Ryans spoke about his football future with ABC 33/40.
Battle over offset language still lingers in top-10 contracts - PFT
For several top-10 draft picks, the fallback to removing offset language arises from a cash-flow structure that forces the team to make a decision early in the later years of the deal, if the wind is blowing in the direction of blasting the guy off the roster. This year, four of the players taken in the first 10 picks have a structure that will bring the issue to a head earlier than the start of the regular season. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, the second overall pick, has guaranteed roster bonuses payable early in training camp for 2017, 2018, and 2019. So if the Eagles are going to cut him and avoid a Wentz double dip, they need to do so before camp — which in turn would give him a better chance to land elsewhere than if he’s dumped unceremoniously after the preseason ends.
Cleveland won a championship. What is the new saddest sports town? - SB Nation
Yeah, Philly has had more success than some cities. But so what. Who gives a damn. We’ve seen so much pain recently that I’ve had dreams twice a week that I’m waking up in a hospital bed in pajamas dotted with Sam Hinkie’s face on them. DID WE FORGET THAT IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 2015 PHILLY HAD THE WORST COLLECTIVE SPORTS YEAR OF ANYONE IN AMERICA?
Punting on Politics - The MMQB
Donald Trump has publicly courted Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger for endorsements to validate his tough-guy persona, but athletes are being advised to steer clear of the political arena with these two candidates
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