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Eagles News: Donnie Jones named one of the best punters in NFL history

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Gil Brandt's greatest NFL punters of all time -
12. Donnie Jones -- Seattle Seahawks, 2004; Miami Dolphins, 2005-2006; St. Louis Rams, 2007-2011; Houston Texans, 2012; Philadelphia Eagles, 2013-Present » Has averaged 45.5 yards per punt throughout his career.

Eagles training camp preview: Safety - PhillyVoice
Jenkins can do everything. Need him to play single high? He can do that. Need him to slide down into the slot and cover receivers or tight ends man-to-man? He can do that. Need him to play in the box and be physical against the run? He can do that. Want to send him on a blitz? He can do that. There are no obvious flaws to Jenkins' game, and he is, in my view, a top-five safety in the NFL.

LeGarrette Blount adds scoring punch to Eagles starting lineup - ESPN
Blount scored 18 rushing touchdowns for the New England Patriots last season, the most since Adrian Peterson matched the number in 2009. At 6 feet, 250 pounds, he provides balance to a backfield that includes the smaller running backs Darren Sproles and Donnel Pumphrey.

Camp Question: Who Wins At Left Guard? -
One of the most stable and talented groups on the roster, the offensive line, has a looming Training Camp battle, something you don’t often see these days: A day-in, day-out battle to see who wins a starting job ...

Derek Barnett of Eagles can get a jump on Philly's Year of the Rookie - Inquirer
This is apparently the Year of the Rookie in Philadelphia, which certainly looks like an exciting page of the calendar, but also one that brings the need for patience along with promises for the future. When the winter season finally comes around, the Sixers are expected to put Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz on the court amid the anticipation befitting back-to-back No. 1 picks, and the Flyers will unveil Nolan Patrick, the No. 2 pick in the NHL draft and the centerman for whom they’ve been waiting. Before that happens, however, another first-round pick in town will have a chance to overshadow them all. So far, the Eagles’ Derek Barnett, a defensive end taken with the 14th selection, has been able to sail under the hype radar the same way he bends low and slips the blocks of opposing offensive tackles.

Philadelphia Eagles: Over/Under Predictions for 2017 Season - B/R
Repeat 7-9 seasons usually don't indicate that a team is improving, but the Philadelphia Eagles are an exception as they enter their second season under the direction of head coach Doug Pederson. While the sub-.500 campaign in 2015, Chip Kelly's final year at the helm, exemplified a serious lack of talent and cohesion on the roster, an identical record in 2016 could be viewed as a success. Despite sizable roster gaps on both sides of the ball and a rookie quarterback leading the way, the Eagles proved they're on the rise and just needed a couple of key improvements before taking the next step.

A more relaxed Doug Pederson managing Eagles' expectations - Bucks County Courier Times
It is up to Pederson to get the most from this team. That's the trouble with expectations — if you fail to live up to them, you might be shooed out the door. Pederson isn’t sweating it, though. “I would agree that the window (to win) is probably shorter, which after a year or two or three, sometimes when you’re building a roster, teams that get to that Super Bowl, it takes three years, four years, five years in, and if you constantly change I don’t see how you can get there,” he said. “There’s got to be some consistency. Now with that being said, there has to be consistency and there has to be improvement this year. I get that.

Eagles open training camp Monday with high hopes - Allentown Morning Call
By now, everyone’s heard how Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson has essentially declared that another 7-9 season or anything like that would be a bust. Because this year, with the talent he believes they have, with a dynamic young quarterback who was held back in 2016 just as much by personnel shortages at wide receiver and offensive line as his mechanical flaws, they should contend for a title, if not burst all the way through to the Super Bowl.

Eagles 2017 training camp position battle: Safety - CSN Philly
But over the last couple of years, the Eagles have used Jenkins as their slot cornerback in the nickel package. It's a position that Jenkins really enjoys playing — he loves being closer to the action. Except whenever Jenkins plays up as the slot corner, the team is forced to bring an extra safety off the bench. Last season, that extra safety was Jaylen Watkins. When Jenkins moved up, Watkins would take the field. A former fourth-rounder from Florida, Watkins ended up playing 38 percent of the team's defensive snaps in 2016. That's a heckuva lot, especially considering that Jenkins and McLeod, the two guys ahead of him, missed a combined seven snaps.

Long ready to tackle new challenge with Eagles - Daily Progress
Under a scorching Virginia sun, Chris Long kept up a longstanding tradition this week back home in Charlottesville. As temperatures soared near the century mark, Long and a band of former and present UVa football brothers ran Observatory Hill. For those unfamiliar, O-Hill is a steep, rocky trail on Virginia’s campus. Even under normal, milder temperatures, it’s quite a challenge. When it’s in the high 90s, it’s brutal. “It’s a real [grueling] workout,” laughed Long, who was finishing off conditioning for this week’s opening of the Philadelphia Eagles training camp.

NFL teams should let their quarterbacks do the punting - SB Nation
In 1989, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham punted a ball 91 yards in a windy game against the New York Giants. Nearly three decades later it stands as the third-longest punt in NFL history. It was no fluke. Yes, the wind helped, but Cunningham booted the hell out of it. But he was a special case. During his time at UNLV, Cunningham was an All-American punter in 1983 and 1984, and he stepped back to punt 20 times during his NFL career. In addition to his 91-yarder in 1989, he blasted another one 80 yards in 1994.


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