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2017 Midseason NFL Offensive Line All Pros - Inside The Pylon
Jason Kelce possesses several ‘elite’ traits that are readily apparent on film; athleticism, play speed, mental processing, and hand usage (placement, timing, independent). Each of these lend themselves to Kelce being the premier ‘space blocker’ that the center position has to offer, often executing extremely difficult blocks pulling and leading to the 2nd level. Kelce uses precise angles paired with incredible acceleration and speed to fit on linebackers and even safeties at the point of attack with unparalleled consistency. Additionally, this season his processing in pass-protection has resulted in consistent clearing of the interior of the pocket to provide Wentz with huge throwing windows, and several late blitz pickups with outstanding play recognition to see past his man and identify late-loopers.

Eagles-Broncos Preview: Figuring out how to attack Denver's defense - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #275). In this episode, we preview the Eagles vs. Broncos game in Week 9, analyze key matchups, and much more.

This Week in Fantasy - Week 9 Lineups -
James Seltzer and Sigmund Bloom break down every game on the Week 9 NFL slate. Plus, the guys discuss the impact of the trade deadline and go deep "Inside the Mind of Sigmund Bloom."

Eagles Mailbag: Timmy Jernigan vs. Bennie Logan - PhillyVoice
Logan has almost double the number of tackles of Jernigan, but Jernigan has more than double Logan's tackles for loss. Overall, there's not a big difference, numbers-wise. The difference is that Logan signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs worth $8 million. The Eagles have Jernigan under wraps in 2017 for about $1 million. Jernigan also has a gold grill and is delightful to talk to in the locker room. To be determined what each guy will make in 2018.

Game Review – PHI 33, SF 10 - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles were up 3-0 at the 2-minute warning. They won the game 33-10. The team started slow, but once things broke open late in the half, it was all over. They were clearly the better team, even though the Eagles did not play great football. I think it says something that they can be a bit sloppy and still win by 23. Also take into account that this was a short week. Plus, there was no Jason Peters. There was no Jordan Hicks. The Eagles still won convincingly. That’s a good sign.

Howie Roseman has earned the benefit of the doubt after Ajayi trade - Inquirer
While it is too early to answer the question definitively, questioning the motives of the Eagles executive is never out of order. But what Roseman’s recent track record has afforded him is a greater benefit of the doubt. The Eagles, despite their impressive start this season, have won nothing yet, and Roseman, despite a striking turnaround since regaining power, has not yet won executive of the year. But a 7-1 record at the halfway pole, coupled with his signature acquisition of Carson Wentz, should have even the most skeptical acknowledging Roseman’s role in the Eagles’ start.

Taking A Trip Around Eagles' Locker Room -
It is a winning locker room, a loose one, with a very positive environment. Hey, the Eagles are 7-1. The only thing that matters is keeping things rolling. This locker room is a very, very good place to be ...

Eagles working overtime to get Jay Ajayi up to speed - ESPN
He’s done a nice job,” Pederson said. “He’s a smart guy. He comes from an offense that uses very similar terminology, so he’s familiar with that. He’s picked it up. He’s had some extra meetings with [running backs coach] Duce [Staley] this week, so we’re trying to get him up to speed as fast as he can and we can.” Pederson said that Ajayi is being given a “very limited” portion of the playbook, about 10 to 15 plays. The Eagles want to get him comfortable before filling up his plate. So far, Pederson has liked what he’s seen out of his new back. “He’s a violent runner. He’s aggressive,” Pederson said. “He’s got a great one-cut move back to the inside. I think he’s got tremendous vision and can hit the hole extremely fast, and in the open field has the speed to run away from defenders.”

Wulf's Den: Sunday's emotional homecoming - The Athletic
This Sunday, another Eagles luminary returns to the nest as an enemy Bronco. Denver, in fact, has made a habit of plundering the Eagles. Dawkins, Correll Buckhalter, Joe Mays, Jordan Norwood, Evan Mathis, Brodrick Bunkley and Winston Justice have all said goodbye to the City of Brotherly Love in order to fly Rocky Mountain High. Eight years after Dawkins' sentimental homecoming, the talk of the town again centers again on the reception for a man who gave his blood, sweat and tears to Midnight Green. After four seasons of serving as the Swiss Army Knife for the Eagles' offensive line, Barbre was unceremoniously dumped on the eve of training camp. On Sunday, the Missouri Marvel returns. And it's a good thing too, because a knife comes in handy when the tension is this thick.

Malcolm Jenkins expands already impressive versatility - NBC Sports Philaelphia
This season is Nigel Bradham's sixth in the NFL. He's never seen a player as versatile as Malcolm Jenkins. "Man, no!" Bradham said. "Not in my career. He's definitely the first. A guy that can play from corner to defensive end pretty much. Seriously. It's amazing, man." Throughout his time in Philadelphia and in the league, Jenkins has played both safety spots, cornerback and nickel cornerback. On Sunday, Jenkins expanded his versatility even more, playing linebacker in the Eagles' dime package. It's not an entirely new position for Jenkins, but it is a little different. The biggest difference is that as a linebacker in the run game, Jenkins has to take on offensive linemen instead of tight ends and running backs.

Family of 'Dutch Destroyer' to come to Fargo - Valley News Live
North Dakota State Athletics announced Friday evening the family of Lukas Kusters, the "Dutch Destroyer", will attend the November 11th game against South Dakota at the Fargodome. The Kusters have ties with Carson Wentz. Lukas met Carson as a wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In a story from ESPN, Wentz received a "Dutch Destroyer" wristband that he wears every day.

PFF 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1 - PFF
OT Tyrell Crosby, Oregon: With OT Jason Peters getting older and currently out for the season, the offensive tackle position likely needs to be addressed in Philadelphia. Crosby has been productive since stepping in as a true freshman in 2014. This season, his 87.5 overall grade ranks ninth in the nation and he ranks in the top-15 in both pass blocking and run blocking.

Torrey Smith doesn’t just know fatherhood; he loves it - NFL Player Engagement
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith grew up in Falmouth, Virginia, the oldest of seven children and he knew more than a little bit about what it took to raise a family. Until he had his own children Smith didn’t know all that went along with it, however. “Oh [fatherhood] has had an impact on me,’’ Smith, who begins his first year with the Eagles, after four years with the Baltimore Ravens and two with the San Francisco 49ers, said. “I grew up with a lot of siblings, and kind of played the father figure role, but it’s not like having your own kids.’’ Smith and his wife, Chanel, have two young sons, Torrey, known as T.J. who is three years old and Cameron, who is one.

Three reasons why the Broncos will beat Eagles - Mile High Report
Putting some sauce behind “any given Sunday” for this week’s game, Eagles blogger Brandon Lee Gowton gives three reasons why his team might lose on Sunday.

2017 NFL midseason awards: Ranking every team’s MVP so far - SB Nation
Carson Wentz is clearly the Eagles’ MVP — and maybe the NFL’s. But not every team’s candidate is as obvious.


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