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Eagles great Harold Carmichael confident in Alshon Jeffery -
If there has been any receiver comparable to Harold Carmichael, the Eagles’ all-time leading receiver says it would be Alshon Jeffery. Speaking to recent high school graduates at the Adam Taliaferro All-Star Football Classic in June in Glassboro, the 6-foot-8 Carmichael drew parallels to the 6-3 Jeffery, acquired by the Eagles during free agency in March. The former Chicago Bear is known for his uncanny reach, being able to win jump balls against the NFL’s best defenders. “Jeffery, I saw him catch,” Carmichael said. “As long as he can stretch his arms out, anything around that, he has it. He kind of looks like me when I played, if anything comes close to me catching the ball.”

NFL insider says there’s a “growing sense” Ezekiel Elliott will be suspended - BGN
Bad news for the Cowboys.

BGN Radio #246: Six Sneaky Concerns For The Eagles -
Sean Cottrell makes his BGN Radio as the gang discusses the under the radar concerns for this Eagles team. Plus we hear some audio from Malcolm Jenkins, Carson Wentz AND we take your questions.

Strong Offseason Puts Eagles In Contention -
As the Eagles gathered in the weeks following their January 1, 2016 season-ending victory over the Dallas Cowboys, they reviewed the previous season in every respect and then set their sights on improving the roster, building around franchise quarterback Carson Wentz and making sound football decisions ...

NFC East Q&A: Who will win the division, and how many teams will make the playoffs? - ESPN
The Cowboys remain the team to beat, despite significant turnover on defense. There are some legit questions facing them, such as how they’ll generate a consistent pass rush, if their corners are good enough and whether quarterback Dak Prescott will experience a sophomore slump. But the Cowboys' identity as a dominant, run-based offense remains intact, and that provides endless benefits. So long as they have a top-shelf offensive line paving the way for star back Ezekiel Elliott, they’re going to be tough to stop. The NFC East should be highly competitive and highly entertaining this season (just ask Josh Norman). All four teams have a legit shot to make the postseason. That level of parity makes the division a little tough to predict, but we’ll say two teams -- the Cowboys and the Giants -- end up in the playoffs.

The importance of pressure: It's not all about sacks - PFF
There is no single-greater example as to why you can’t rely on sack totals to distinguish who is an elite pass-rusher from who isn’t than Brandon Graham. Graham – an edge defender who’s primary job is to rush the quarterback – finished this season ranked ninth overall in PFFs Top 101 Players despite tallying just six sacks. Yep, you read that correctly. We considered Graham to be one of the 10 best players in football last season despite ranking 18th among his position group alone in sacks. Why? Because despite the low sack total, Graham absolutely wrought havoc in the pocket last season, lots of it.

Doug Pederson: Carson Wentz felt Eagles asked too much of him at times - CSN Philly
“I think you can take a little bit off of Carson," Pederson said when asked what he'd like to change in 2017. "What I mean by that is I don’t think you have to load his plate every Sunday. I think now with the addition of LeGarrette Blount in the running game and the receivers we have, I think now that you have opportunities to take a little pressure [off]. Everything doesn’t have to fall on Carson’s shoulders and I think sometimes a little bit last year he felt that way and things had to fall his way a little bit to make a play and I don’t think we have to do that this year." Wentz threw 35 or more passes 10 times. No rookie in NFL history has ever had more games with 35 or more passes.

Kirk Cousins fully exploited franchise tag -
Despite his individual success and the offense's spectacular production, the Redskins finished the season 8-7-1 and failed to make the playoffs largely due to a disappointing slump down the stretch. The team lost four of its final six games, with Cousins faltering in key bouts against the Cardinals, Panthers and Giants. With a 19-21-1 career record also raising doubts about his ability to help a team play at a championship level, the Redskins were in quite a predicament when trying to determine whether to marry their franchise quarterback or continue dating him without a ring in sight. "He is what he is," an NFC pro scouting director told me. "He is a solid starter capable of winning games when surrounded by supreme talent in that system, but I don't think he is a difference maker. ... I would have a tough time paying $25 million for a guy that I don't believe can carry us to the Super Bowl."

Chiefs-Eagles is an intriguing matchup for plenty of reasons - Arrowhead Pride
We asked SB Nation’s Eagles blog, Bleeding Green Nation, for the information on the Eagles offseason below. The Chiefs-Eagles game will be a fun one because of all the connections, from Andy Reid to Doug Pederson. The Chiefs staff still has plenty of Eagles connections. Pederson has his new franchise quarterback and picked up a new receiver for him so this offseason in Philly has looked fun.

Terri Valenti breaks ground in becoming first female instant replay official - PFT
Terri Valenti has five sons, so dealing with football players is a walk in the park. “At first, [coaches and players] give me a little bit more space, which I use to my advantage,” Valenti said Friday during the NFL’s annual officiating clinic, “but I also have five sons, so I understand boys a lot. It’s just natural for me.” This season, Valenti becomes the NFL’s first female instant replay official in the booth, two years after Sarah Thomas became the league’s first full-time official on the field.

Tim Tebow’s current baseball hitting streak is longer than his best ever NFL passing streak - SB Nation
Tim Tebow never completed 11 straight passes in the NFL, but he’s on an 11-game hitting streak.


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