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Michael Vick Has Ankle Surgery: ‘I Could Still Be A Good Quarterback’ - CBS Philly
The chances of Vick returning to the game he loves as a coach, on the other hand, are much higher. “I think spending so many years in that same regiment being a player, I could see myself doing it on the other side and being a coach, and being a good one at that,” Vick said. “That would be my focus, that would be my primary goal — to be the best coach that I could be, just like I tried to be the best player that I could be. And excitement is working with the kids.” Vick, who was given a second opportunity in the NFL from Andy Reid and the Eagles, admits he has spoken to Reid about coaching some day.

What the LeGarrette Blount signing means for the Eagles - BGN
Blount give the Eagles a legitimate running back who can handle carries on first and second down. He might not be a weekly workhorse but he should be able to handle a significant amount of carries. That approach will allow the Eagles’ other running backs to succeed in their roles instead of being burdened with a lead role not suited for them.

An oral history of trash talk in the NFL – and why there's less now than ever - PhillyVoice
“The talk, the tactics, it was all about making somebody your bitch. Now ... everybody is buddy-buddy with each other. They’re trying to take the emotion out of the game.”

Power running, passionate fun sum up LeGarrette Blount's time with Pats - ESPN
Last September, when he was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month and talked about how nickname “LG” stood for “Life’s good”, he said this of Bill Belichick: “I love Bill to death. He’s always had my back from the first time I met him. I feel like he’ll probably have it forever.” Thus, some might ask the question why the sides are parting ways if it’s been such a fruitful pairing.

Offense Is Complete: Now What? -
The changes are significant, deep, and potentially impactful for the Eagles' offense in 2017. In the course of free agency and the draft, the Eagles have overhauled their wide receiver corps and altered their personality in the running back room. How do the moves impact the design and upside of the offense ahead? ...

Morning Sesh: LeGarrette Blount Is On The Wentz Wagon! - Philly Football Talk
LeGarrette knows just what to say to give me the warm and fuzzies. I couldn’t be happier about his signing. I love that he’s on the Wentz Wagon; his bruising style of running; his habit of finding himself in the end zone; and the fact that he’s exactly what this team needed. But most importantly, his name is Blount. He’s a Philly effing Blount. That is just too much fun to handle. Big time shout out to Howie and the crew for another savvy addition — on another one-year-deal no less! Plus, it’s one more piece of weaponry for Wentz to have in his arsenal. A guy who, in theory, should help take some pressure off the kid. How could anyone complain about that?

Eagles positional reviews: Which Rodney McLeod will we see at safety? - Inquirer
Through Week 6 of last season, McLeod had totaled 55 tackles (9.2 avg.), three interceptions, one sack, and one forced fumble. He was all over the field, and the Eagles appeared to have hit the free-agent jackpot. But McLeod slowly came back to earth – his last 10 games, he averaged only 6.2 tackles and didn’t record a single turnover or sack – and by the end of the season, he seemed to have lost some of his bravado on the back end. He was mostly consistent. He was still probably the most effective centerfield safety the Eagles have had in years. But there was a reason the Rams allowed him to hit the market. He’s good but not great, and he was getting paid (5 years, $35 million) as if he was more of the latter.

Eagles sign LeGarrette Blount, expected to release Ryan Mathews - PFF
Mathews (23.2) ranked 47 of 53 running backs in elusive rating last year while Blount (37.3) ranked 25th, forcing 42 missed tackles in the rushing game alone.

LeGarrette Blount to the Eagles - rotoViz
Blount managed a career high of 299 carries in 2016, a figure that only a superhero RB at age 30 would want to repeat. The Eagles would do well to try and keep him to the snap level he enjoyed last season, when he played on just 47.14 percent of all the Patriots offensive snaps., and never more than 56 percent in a single game after Week 3. The Eagles will no doubt continue to use their platoon of RBs, but there is little doubt that the player they have most resembling a true RB is Blount. He should see the bulk of the Eagles carries on first and second down, and if they even think of handing off to another RB inside the red zone you have my permission to call Doug Pederson nasty things on social media.

Franchise tag Alshon Jeffery? Re-sign Timmy Jernigan? A look at the Eagles' 2017 and 2018 cap space -
While many are quick to point out the Eagles could simply franchise tag Jeffery, that is going to be an expensive move. The cap hit for receivers that were given the franchise tag in 2017 was $15.6 million. That number will go up for 2018, and could be as high as $17 or $18 million.

6 Philadelphia Eagles roster longshots to keep an eye on at OTAs - PennLive
McCalister weighs just 239 pounds, according to the Eagles’ website, and he might not have the build to play on an NFL defensive line. Last year, his goal was to pack on the pounds. Perhaps if he’s done that, he’ll begin to show positive signs this offseason, but if not, he’ll face an uphill battle to remain with the team.

10 Things I Think I Think - The MMQB
I think there are a lot of things to like about the Eagles signing LeGarrette Blount. The bruising running back scored more rushing TDs himself last season (18) than the Eagles did as a team (16). His addition fortifies a backfield heavy on change-of-pace runners and will take pressure off Carson Wentz. Plus, the team can get back the cap space (and more) by cutting Ryan Mathews.

Which NFL fans wear their jerseys to church? - SB Nation
The Bengals, Rams, Raiders, Colts, Titans, Seahawks, Dolphins, Eagles, Panthers, and Browns each had only one fan who said they’d worn a jersey to religious ceremony, leaving us insufficient data to make any broad conclusions about these fan bases. This also exposed a flaw in my methodology — it doesn’t account for members of the Black Hole.

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