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Tom Brady Tells the Story of the Super Bowl 51 Comeback - The MMQB
This was [Paul] Domowitch about Owens on Saturday: “I understand people’s reservations about his disruptive behavior. Totally understand. No one disputes he had his disruptive moments. But being second all-time in receiving yards and third in receiving touchdowns—those are Ruthian numbers. We’re keeping him out of the Hall of Fame because of some disruptive incidents with teammates? Most of the people keeping him out of the Hall didn’t cover him. I did. What he did most often was hardly the work of a person who doesn’t care. I don’t think you play the Super Bowl with a broken bone in your leg, and you catch nine balls for over 100 yards … I mean, that’s not something you do if you don’t care. Now what concerns me is how entrenched some people seem.”

The T.O. false narrative begins to crack - PFT
In his Friday appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, James Lofton took scissors to the laminated card bearing the most common talking point parroted by his fellow voters “‘Teams couldn’t wait to get rid of him,’” Lofton said. “He played for the 49ers for eight years. So was it in year one when they couldn’t wait to get rid of him? Was it in year four? Was it in year six? Was it when they signed a six-year, $40 million contract with him? There’s no reality there. Maybe the last couple of weeks or the last half of the last season, maybe. But he was a pretty good teammate. They like the way he played.”

This Eagles offseason sure won't be boring - BGN
Listen to the latest episode of the BGN Radio podcast. We talk about Eagles WR/CB targets, draft prospects, and more.

Who are the best players on each local sports team (according to #PhillyRank)? - PhillyVoice
Carson Wentz: Jimmy had Wentz rated as the seventh-best Eagles players, but given the limitations around him and the fact that he was a rookie -- with a rookie head coach to boot -- we felt that was a little low for a player we believe has as bright of a future as pretty much any athlete in the city. We decided to move him above his two tackles, but kept him outside the Top 10 as we feel there's still plenty of room for the young quarterback to grow.

MK on the Block? - Iggles Blitz
There is no guarantee the Eagles will be able to work out a deal, but I could see a team in need of a LB giving up a pick for Kendricks. We aren’t talking about a super high pick. The Eagles once got a 4th for Bryce Brown. Could they pull that off again? Maybe a 5th? If the Eagles are able to trade Kendricks, that will create a new hole in the lineup. Is that a smart thing to do? Yes. As mentioned above, Kendricks is a starter in name only. He is really a role player. You can’t pay a part-time LB more than $6M. That kind of money needs to be spent on a starter or key role player Kendricks was on the field about 17 snaps a game.

Eagles should think twice about pulling resources from offensive line - ESPN
There's also danger in getting too ahead of yourself. Peters and Kelce represent two-fifths of your starting offensive line and, beyond that, are two structural pillars inside that locker room. This is a business and veterans like Peters understand that. At the same time, when you're asked to take a pay cut, no matter how nicely, the message it sends is that the organization has put a lower value on you. That doesn't guarantee sour feelings will follow, but it opens up the possibility.

Hicks Knows The Meaning Of True Strength - PE.com
At 6-1, 236 pounds, Jordan Hicks seems the epitome of strength. Opposing teams cannot ignore the linebacker's presence in the center of the Eagles' defense week in and week out. During the 2016 season, Hicks racked up 95 total tackles, five interceptions, a sack, and a fumble recovery while playing 95 percent of Philadelphia’s defensive snaps. But strength isn't necessarily measured by a person's size or on-field performance. It's not equal to the amount of impact plays he makes or the number of wins his team accumulates. Hicks figured out that life lesson early. Greg Osinski, a friend who would quickly become the most influential person in the linebacker's life, taught him that.

Ex-Eagle to open Deptford trampoline park - Courier-Post
After months of preparation, the former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver will soon open Launch, an indoor trampoline park and family entertainment center near the Deptford Mall. The site is set to open in mid-March at 1500 Almonesson Road, behind the Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants. It's not far from where Avant has settled to raise his young family. A father of three kids — ages 6, 4, and 1 — Avant has tested the market with his own crew. Concerned about kids lolling in front of screens, he wanted to invest in something to get them moving. "I saw a need in this area for kids to do something active, and have a place to go at nighttime," he noted.

The Eagles Are Right To Ask Jason Peters to Take a Pay Cut But Does He Take It - Philly Football Talk
Unfortunately due to not drafting any lineman during the Chip Kelly era, the Eagles are in an incredibly tough spot right now. They have some guys, like Seumalo and Big V, that I think could develop into quality players on the line, but I wouldn’t say I’m overly confident in those guys stepping in and keeping Wentz upright right away and after all, that is priority #1 for me. There’s also talk that the Eagles could move on from both Jason Kelce and Allen Barbre, would you really feel confident walking into next year with three new faces along the line? I don’t think I would.

The Greatest Eagle - Daily News
The legend of Steve Van Buren - whose slashing running style revolutionized pro football in the 1940s and who quit after eight explosive seasons and two NFL championships as the league's then-all-time rusher - continues to intrigue Eagles fans, even with the game morphing into a multibillion-dollar entertainment empire that will be capped with next Sunday's Super Bowl spectacle that would be unrecognizable to the sport's "Greatest Generation." It took 66 years for an Eagle - LeSean McCoy - to finally surpass Van Buren's 1945 feat of 18 touchdowns, and it required a 16-game schedule. Van Buren did it in only 10 games.

Ranking Eagles' wide receiver options through trade, free-agent market - NJ.com
The Eagles need to land a veteran wide receiver through free agency or a trade. Who should front office leader Howie Roseman go after? Here's a list of options and rankings based on what could be available when the league year opens.

Look back at No. 14 and 15 in last 10 NFL draft classes - CSN Philly
With the coin flip looming, we decided to take a look back to see if it really matters. If there's a discernible difference between the two picks. We looked back at the last 10 years and this is what we found: Four of the last 10 picks at No. 14 have made a Pro Bowl, while three have been All-Pros. Meanwhile, seven of the last 10 picks at No. 15 have been Pro Bowlers, while one has been an All-Pro. While more Pro Bowlers have come from No. 15, the greatest players came from 14. In fact, 14 beats 15 in total Pro Bowls 15-11 and total All-Pro selections 8-1.

NFL player pulls out of Israel trip, feels 'used' - Yahoo! Sports
The delegation, which includes Bennett's brother Martellus of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, is to arrive Monday. Martellus Bennett is among a group of Patriots who say they will not join the team on a victory trip to the White House. The visit will include stops at a hospital, the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and a meeting with the ''Black Hebrews,'' a community of African Americans who live in southern Israel. Other players in the delegation include the Seahawks' Cliff Avril, Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Mychal Kendricks, Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints, Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49er Carlos Hyde, Dan Williams of the Oakland Raiders and Justin Forsett of the Denver Broncos.

My journey to find Puppy Bowl puppies at the Super Bowl - SB Nation
The Super Bowl is big and overwhelming, but at least there will always be puppies.

BLG joins new evening host Jon Marks on SportsRadio 94WIP - SoundCloud
I talked to our good friend Jon Marks about Eagles free agent targets, what to do with Jason Kelce/Jason Peters, and more.

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