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PFF: Jordan Hicks Was NFL’s Best Coverage LB Last Season - CBS Philly
Vontaze Burfict, C.J. Mosley, Keenan Robinson, and Wesley Woodyard were all great in coverage last season. However, one NFL linebacker was better, and that’s Jordan Hicks of the Eagles. According to Pro Football Focus, the linebacker that allowed the lowest QB rating in coverage was Hicks at 53.7. Woodyard was second-best at 76.8.

Best player in Eagles history announces retirement - BGN
Farewell to a legend.

A look at the strong positions in the 2018 NFL Draft, and how they match up with the Eagles' needs - PhillyVoice
Offensive tackle: Jason Peters may decide to retire at the end of the 2017 season. He might also experience a sharp decline in play for all we know. The Eagles are lucky that Peters elected to play at least one more season, which allowed them to put off reaching for a tackle in the 2017 draft. Now they'll have a chance to monitor Halapoulivaati Vaitai's development, and determine if offensive tackle needs to be a priority next offseason.

In and Out - Iggles Blitz
Sometimes analyzing the offseason is easier than we make it.

Eagles positional reviews: Is offensive tackle Lane Johnson on the hot seat? - Inquirer
It's been written plenty of times before, but it bears repeating: When Lane Johnson was in the lineup last season, the Eagles went 5-1. When he wasn’t, they went 2-8. There was a variety of reasons for this disparity, and let’s not forget that the Cowboys sat many of their starters in the season finale. But Johnson helped make the offense better -- that is without dispute. The numbers back it up. The Eagles scored 27.1 points per game, averaged 5.4 yards per play and allowed only 1.5 sacks per game when Johnson played. They scored 20.1 points, averaged 4.8 yards per play and allowed 2.4 sacks when he was suspended.

The Move That Could Swing The NFC East -
“The interesting move in this division that I don’t think anybody is really talking about, Timmy Jernigan going from the Ravens to the Eagles,” Jeremiah said. “This Eagles defensive scheme with Jim Schwartz fits him beautifully. I think this is somebody as an interior player next to Fletcher Cox, he’s going to step his game up. He could get like a sneaky nine or 10 sacks in this defense next year.”

Wednesday Clickables – Eagles Running Back Situation – Wentz Goes Hunting Again - Philly Football Talk
If not Ingram, who else is out there? I spoke with Brandon Lee Gowton from Bleeding Green Nation and he has 7 options for the Eagles at running back. Give it a read and a listen. BLG is the best.

Biggest questions about each of Eagles' 8 draft picks - CSN Philly
There's no questioning Barnett's production in college, but will that translate into the NFL? The big knock against Barnett is that he's not the most athletic prospect. That's a thought that was challenged by his college position coach. The things Barnett has going for him are his motor, effort and technique. Those qualities make it seem likely he'll be able to transition into the NFL, but only time will tell.

Philadelphia Eagles' 2017 spreads for Weeks 1-16 - ESPN
Cantor Technology released the spreads for every NFL game in Weeks 1-16. Below are the lines for the Eagles' games.

NFL Draft returning to Philadelphia? Ron Jaworski offers updates, says 'we want it back' - PennLive
Ron Jaworski said he should know by late June or early July if the NFL draft will return to Philadelphia in 2018, and he's itching to learn the answer. Tuesday night at the Mid Penn Bank Celebrity Golf Tournament benefit dinner for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition, Jaworski was buzzing about the possibility. The former Eagles quarterback told PennLive the NFL and Philadelphia have a mutual option for the draft to return in 2018, and he said several city officials are in favor of another go-around.

Agent's Take: 12 veterans who are feeling the rookie heat after the NFL Draft - CBS Sports
Hill may not get a chance at redemption in his contract year because Joe Mixon, who was taken in the second round of this year's draft with the 48th overall pick, could take a fair amount of carries from him. Mixon may have been the most talented running back available but slipped in the draft due to a 2014 incident in which he punched a female Oklahoma student in the face. Mixon's presence likely ends any chance of a contract extension. Fellow backfield mate Giovani Bernard received a three-year, $15.5 million extension last June when he was entering the final year of his rookie deal.

Frank Clark's reaction to a female reporter is a reminder of challenges women face in sports media - SB Nation
Clark wasn’t happy that Natalie Weiner shared a story she wrote about his domestic violence arrest.

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