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Eagles News: Former Philadelphia defensive line coach compares himself to the anti-Christ

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/7/17.

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Former Eagles D-line coach Jim Washburn: “I was the anti-Christ in Philadelphia” - PFT
In an interview on the Midday 180 on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, Washburn reflected on two-year tenure in Philadelphia that was cut short when he was fired by the organization with just weeks remaining in the season. Washburn isn’t quite sure why the group was unable to produce as expected in 2012 but said he was the focal point or ire over the situation. “I know the press didn’t care for me and one writer in particular,” Washburn said. “I was the anti-Christ in Philadelphia. So anyway I got fired with four games to go and that was a bitter pill for me to take.”

Eagles counting on some big contributions from 2016 NFL Draft class in Year 2 - BGN
Wentz was up and down in spring practices this year. The bad news is he had some accuracy issues akin to the ones on display in 2016. The good news is he finished minicamp strong. The hope is he’ll pick up where he left off when Eagles training camp begins later this month. Wentz’s performance will determine the overall success team. Philadelphia’s offseason additions don’t really matter much if Wentz struggles this season. If he takes a big step forward, however, the playoffs could easily be within reach. No Eagles player will be under the microscope more often than Wentz this year.

Preseason All-NFC East team: Defense edition - PhillyVoice
Fletcher Cox is paid like an elite player, but he merely played like a great one last season. Still he is very clearly the best interior defensive lineman in the division. Meanwhile, the Giants went from the 24th ranked rush D in the NFL in 2015 to third a season ago, and that was due in large part to the free agency signing of Harrison.

Taking A Look At The NFC East - PE.com
It is the Every Team Has A Chance Division. The NFC East shapes up to be one of the best in the NFL this season, and also a division that features four teams that have a chance to win. That’s nothing new, of course, for there has been no repeat winner in the NFC East since the Eagles of 2003-04 ...

NFC East Q&A: Should Dez Bryant be considered an upper-echelon receiver? - ESPN
Tim McManus, Philadelphia Eagles reporter: I think his case has regressed somewhat. The Eagles faced a crazy amount of elite receivers last year, so the topic of “Who is the best?” came up a good amount. Brown led the way in responses followed by the likes of Julio Jones and Beckham. That’s not to say that there isn’t still a high level of respect for Bryant. He is still considered to be in the top tier, just maybe not as high up as he once was. The Eagles have plenty of reasons to be fearful of him, as he seems to save his best for his matchups against Philly. He has more career receiving yards (888) and touchdowns (9) against the Eagles than any other team.

In his second year, the Philadelphia’s Jalen Mills is no longer ‘green’ - NFL Player Engagement
Jalen Mills, as a seventh-round draft pick out of LSU in 2016, needed to do something to get the attention of his Philadelphia Eagles teammates and coaches before the start of the team’s workouts. So, the rookie cornerback dyed his hair bright green and picked up the nickname, “The Green Goblin’’ from his teammates. “It definitely got me noticed,’’ Mills said with a laugh. “But playing good at the same time helped too.’’

Run Defense By Number of Backs, 2016 - Football Outsiders
Today we're looking at how defenses fared against the run when the offense had either one or two backs in the backfield. Is there any evidence that the trend towards smaller defenses is making running power sets easier? If so, is it isolated to just a few teams, or is it league-wide? For the purposes of this analysis, we're measuring rushing attempts by any player who was lined up in the offensive backfield but was not at the quarterback position. Single-back formations mean one player other than the quarterback was lined up in the backfield and ran the ball; two-back or multiple-back formations mean more than one player other than the quarterback was in the backfield, and one of those players ran the ball.

The 2017 Freaks List: The top 40 workout warriors in college football (Nos. 20–11) - SI.com
Showcasing the top athletes in college football, the players whose physical abilities blow away even those accustomed to observing gifted players.

Jets will probably be bad this year, and still might miss out on QB Sam Darnold - SB Nation
Darnold will be the top quarterback in this year’s draft if he declares, but he may just stay at USC.

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