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Eagles News: The biggest risk Philadelphia is taking in 2017

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The Biggest Risk Every NFL Team Is Taking for 2017 - B/R
The Eagles signed LeGarrette Blount to be their temporary solution at running back. But at this stage in his career, the 30-year-old may only be a short-yardage and goal-line bruiser. Blount hammered away for the Patriots in 2016 while scoring 18 touchdowns. He also eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for the first time since 2010. But he did it while generally inching down the field in a cloud of dust. Blount averaged only 3.9 yards per carry on his 299 attempts.

How much will Carson Wentz cost in 2020? - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #242). In this episode, we talk about Carson Wentz, Q&A, and more.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Nate Gerry - PhillyVoice
A player who made a similar transition from safety to linebacker was Cato June, who played safety at Michigan, but was mostly used in the pros as an athletic cover-2 linebacker for the Colts and Buccaneers. June's and Gerry's measurables are very close:

Some DL Talk - Iggles Blitz
Wilson talked about Vinny Curry needing to work on body control so that he can stay off the ground and finish more plays. The Eagles studied him in the offseason and thought that was an area he could address to help him play better this year. Wilson seems pleased with what he’s seen so far. Wilson made the point that watching cut-ups this year is better because they are from last season. The players are watching themselves play in the scheme. Last summer they watched clips from the Lions and Bills to learn the defense. You are going to learn more watching yourself and teammates than players from other teams in previous years.

Paolantonio: Pass Rush Key To '17 Success -
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio conjured visions a former Eagles great who wore No. 17 while seeing wide receiver Alshon Jeffery during the Organized Team Activities and minicamp in the spring. "I thought it was Harold Carmichael," Paolantonio said on Dave Spadaro's Eagles Live podcast. Paolantonio is bullish on the improvements made at the wide receiver position to aid second-year quarterback Carson Wentz in 2017. "I don't want to gush too much, but what I saw from Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith was really, really impressive," he said. "From what I've seen from those two receivers that alone is a major, major improvement. Not to take away from Jordan Matthews and what they accomplished in year one, but to bring in two accomplished, big, tough, experienced guys who are hungry to help out this young quarterback is huge."

Parting Thoughts - The MMQB
But here’s the crazy part: Danny Watkins was possibly moonlighting as a firefighter while he was with the Eagles. To any football fan, that sounds absurd. He was living the sports dream that so many people covet, why risk it? Danny saw it differently. He didn’t understand football culture. He couldn’t comprehend why anyone would question his love for fighting fires. So he ended up walking away from football, in 2013, totally at peace. I worked closely with one of our editors, Gary Gramling, and he pushed me with storytelling and the structure of how the story unraveled for readers. I think the piece resonated with so many people because, thematically, it was a story about pursuing your passion, not acquiescing to what you feel like you should do.

Seumalo, Vaitai comfortable heading into Year 2 after busy rookie seasons - CSN Philly
When asked about the difference in Vaitai from last year to this year, offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland laughed before answering. "Night and day, apples and oranges," Stoutland said. "Just his understanding of the position, his balance, his body control, the way he uses his hands. This is a lot faster game than college." Vaitai found out about the speed of the game first-hand in Week 6 last year. Thanks to Johnson's suspension, Vaitai started at right tackle and didn't have a bad game. He had a horrible game.

Green Bay says it could host a draft as big as Philadelphia’s - PFT
Green Bay is pushing to host the draft, and Brad Toll, the president of the city’s convention and visitors bureau, says his city could manage a Philadelphia-sized crowd. “My gut feeling is with the people they had in town, we could accommodate that,” Toll told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Between the Resch Center and Titletown District, we certainly have every bit of space they need.”

Derek Carr plans on giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch at the 1-yard line - SB Nation
The Seahawks are never going to live down that Super Bowl interception, are they?


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