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#PhillyRank: Ranking the current best 25 athletes in Philadelphia sports - PhillyVoice
This has been quite an offseason for Cox, who received $60 million guaranteed last month. Obviously more importantly, the 25-year-old from Yazoo City, Mississippi now takes home the inaugural #PhillyRank crown. Very impressively, Cox put up All-Pro numbers last season despite playing in a two-gap system that is simply not designed for interior defensive linemen to make plays. He found a way to be a rock star while being tasked with the work of a roadie. Now that Cox is moving over to a natural three-technique that should allow him to get up the field quite a bit more in a 4-3 scheme, the sky is the limit. Playing under Jim Schwartz, we think that Cox is the best player in Philadelphia at the moment. He better continue to play at a high level, though, because there are players both on and off this list that are coming for the top spot.

Six sneaky concerns about the 2016 Eagles - Bleeding Green Nation
Catch up on the latest BGN Radio episode.

An Interesting Comparison - Iggles Blitz
Let me see if  I have this description right. Big – yes. Strong arm – yes. Athletic – yes. Loves to throw downfield – yes. Is that Carson Wentz…or Ben Roethlisberger? Watch college highlights of the two and tell me how similar they look to you.

Carson Wentz’s Path To Success - Birds 24/7
As for winning his first playoff game, it took an average of 3.6 seasons for that to happen with the quarterbacks selected. That can be a shaky number, given the situation that some of these quarterbacks were in. For example, Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre for three seasons before starting in year four and winning his first playoff game (and later Super Bowl) in his sixth season. And for making the Super Bowl, 11 of the passers selected have appeared in the “Big Game.” Many of them appeared before their sixth year in the league, but it may be safe to say that, if Wentz will make the Super Bowl, he’ll do so before year 10.

It's hard not to worry about Doug Pederson - Daily News
It’s incredibly unfair for a guy making his head-coaching debut, but Pederson holds the key to this entire season. Now you can worry. Because that’s a lot for someone who has never been a head coach anywhere at any level before, unless you count high school. You can argue he was in charge of Kansas City’s offense if you like, but Andy Reid and Brad Childress were there, too, and it’s reasonable to think that if Reid saw Pederson as integral in any way to the Chiefs' success, he would not have so readily recommended him to good buddy Jeffrey Lurie. You know, the guy who fired him.

Eagles still have questions on the offensive line - NJ.com
Sentiment from scouts around the league is that the undersized Kelce, who the Eagles list at 295 pounds, but it probably closer to 280, has taken too much of a pounding over the years. "When you give up 40, 50 pounds to an opponent week after week, it's going to take its toll on you,'' one scout said. "(Kelce) got by for years by being smart, and being a good tactician, but that only goes so far.''

Eagles Better or Worse 2016: Running Backs - CSN Philly
Murray was overrated to begin with, especially considering his early demise was easy to spot. That being said, taking money and his bad attitude out of the equation, are the Eagles truly better off without him? On paper, he provides stability, while there was some hope for a bounce-back year of sorts in a scheme more befitting of his abilities. Smallwood could be a nice back in time, perhaps even an eventual starter, but from where we're sitting today, the depth chart and overal talent pool has been weakened. WORSE

Rookie Journey: 'Big V' - PE.com
Fifth-round draft selection Halapoulivaati Vaitai is the focus on this edition of the Rookie Journey presented by AAA ...

Broncos make Von Miller highest-paid defensive player in NFL - SB Nation
Von Miller and the Denver Broncos finally agreed on terms for a blockbuster deal that will make the Super Bowl 50 MVP the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. On Friday, Miller agreed to a six-year, $114 million contract with $70 million guaranteed for the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. It's the most guaranteed money ever for a defensive player and the second-most for all players, behind only the $87 million guaranteed to Andrew Luck at the end of June.

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