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Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins glad Seahawks' Michael Bennett shared his police brutality experience - NJ.com
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, a staunch advocate for equal rights and criminal justice reform, threw his support behind Michael Bennett Wednesday after the Seattle Seahawks defensive end shared his own allegations of police brutality. "It's unfortunate that that happened to him," Jenkins told NJ Advance Media of Bennett's allegations of police brutality following last month's Floyd Mayweather vs. Connor McGregor fight in Las Vegas. "I can feel and almost imagine the frustration that he had. Unfortunately, he's kind of telling the same story that many people of color tell and live every day."
Michael Bennett: Las Vegas police threatened to ‘blow my f*cking head off’ - SB Nation
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says police officers in Las Vegas pointed a gun at his head, jammed a knee into his back, and handcuffed him so tight around his wrists that his fingers went numb the night of the Mayweather-McGregor fight. Bennett and others around him heard what sounded like gun shots and ran for safety, when police singled him out. Bennett said that an officer placed a gun near his head, and warned him that if he moved he would “blow my f***ing head off.” “I felt helpless as I lay there on the ground handcuffed facing the real-life threat of being killed,” Bennett said.
Giants player admits he tried to hurt Carson Wentz, gives backhanded compliment to Zach Ertz - BGN
It’s Eagles-Redskins week, so excuse me for this brief detour while we turn our attention to a different NFC East rival: the New York Giants. New York safety Landon Collins, a self-admitted “Giant baby,” had some interesting things to say in a recent interview with ESPN that caught my attention. The highlights include Collins admitting he tried to injure Carson Wentz last season.
BGN Radio Daily #18: Next Level Pod w/Turron & Barrett - BGNRadio.com
Turron and Barrett are back as they go through the 53 man roster, make some Eagles schedule predictions and of course take you to the next level while breaking down this week's matchup.
Q&A with Joe Banner: On Pederson, Darby and cute baby animals - The Athletic
Yeah, I do. It’s silly to call Doug unqualified. We’ll see over time whether he ends up being a really good head coach or not. I think I’d call his first year solid. There were some pluses and minuses if we’re objective about it. But there was nothing there in which you felt like you were watching somebody who is unqualified — just by the virtue of the staff he put together. That’s the first and maybe the most important thing a head coach does. He has to evaluate those people, recruit those people and manage those people. The staff is excellent. So that by itself is a significant achievement.
'Go ahead and doubt me' – Eagles' Pumphrey out to prove critics wrong (again) - PhillyVoice
“The NFL is a matter of a change of game speed. When I’m on the field, I feel I’m the best player on the field, and that goes back to when I was a five-year-old, playing with my older cousins. They used to hit me hard and I would bounce back up. It’s why I’ll never shy away from lowering my shoulder and delivering the shot. I do run with anger and play with as much swag as possible. Go ahead and doubt me. I’ve been doubted before. I’ll keep getting back up.”
Packages - Iggles Blitz
Jim Schwartz made an interesting comment in his press conference on Tuesday. He said that the defense will have six packages they can use in the opener against the Skins. That’s hardly a huge deal, but it is interesting for a coach like Schwartz who has been so focused on keeping things simple for most of his career. I think there are a couple of reasons for the packages. First, the opponent. Washington runs a multiple offense. They have five WRs on the roster and four TEs. They have a pair of RBs that are more than 230 pounds. The primary backup is 191 pounds and lightning fast. They can go big. They can go little. They can spread you out. They can go base. You have to be prepared for a lot of looks.
Eagle Eye: Still Plenty Of Firepower In The Nation's Capital - PE.com
When preparing for a Week 1 regular-season game, there’s always a bit of guesswork that goes into formulating the game plan. In reality, all you really have to go off of is last season’s film, especially if the two teams played each other. Luckily, the Eagles faced the Washington Redskins twice in 2016, so there’s some familiarity there, even with the new faces on the other sideline. Head coach Jay Gruden runs the show on offense. Yes, he lost offensive coordinator Sean McVay to the Los Angeles Rams. Washington became the first team in NFL history to lose two 1,000-yard receivers in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. With that three-headed monster leaving the nation’s capital, everyone wants to know how different this offense will look in 2017? My guess is that it will look pretty similar schematically with Gruden’s fingerprints all over it.
Brandon Graham: The sci-fi making of the world's strongest Eagle - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson likens the experience of going up against defensive end Brandon Graham to "getting hit by a damn car." "Somebody that strong and that quick, you better get ready, you better get your hands on him or you're going to get embarrassed," Johnson said. "Little f---ing bowling ball rolling off that f---ing edge," added guard Brandon Brooks, who couldn't resist the urge to chime in from the next locker stall over.
Zach Ertz poised to have, yes, a 'breakout' season - Inquirer
Ertz’s YAC average dropped in each of his first four seasons from 4.39 yards to 3.88, 3.59 and 3.37. Last season, he averaged just a 2.3 YAC in his first 10 games. In the 10th game, Ertz ducked out of the way of the incoming Vontaze Burfict during a Wentz scramble. He was criticized, and said that in retrospect he should have probably blocked the Bengals linebacker. In his final four games, Ertz’s YAC jumped to 5.0 yards. He said his improved health had more to do with the disparity than anything.
7 Predictions For the '17 NFL Season - Sports on Earth
Carson Wentz will prove to be the real deal. Everybody in Philadelphia already believes this, as do some experts around the league, but there's still a group of doubters that aren't really buying what the Eagles are selling with last year's No. 2 overall pick. Considering the Eagles had the worst wide receiver corps in the NFL last year and major offensive line issues that led to protection woes and a nonexistent running game I would expect Wentz to look and be much more comfortable in Year Two than he was at the tail end of Year One.
Lane Johnson vs. Ryan Kerrigan a major key for Eagles in Week 1 - CSN Philly
Lane Johnson could only watch from home as Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan almost single-handedly beat the Eagles in 2016 — not once, but twice. “It still affects me today,” Johnson said Wednesday after practice. “It just motivates me to go out there and go play even harder this year.” Johnson missed both dates with Washington last season because of a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The result was nothing less than disastrous for the Eagles, who were suddenly rendered powerless to stop one of the NFC East’s most formidable pass rushers.
Preseason Review: Notable non-first round rookies - PFF
The most well-rounded rookie interior defender this preseason, Elijah Qualls finished the season-before-the-season with the third highest overall grade among all DIs and his 85.4 run defense grade ranked fourth while his 79.5 pass-rushing grade ranked eighth. Qualls ranked ninth among rookie DIs with a 13.3 run stop percentage – and when the sixth-round draft pick wasn’t getting stops he was forcing cuts and blowing up points of attack – and tenth with an 8.2 PRP.
2017 DVOA Projections - Football Outsiders
The Eagles rank ninth here with a win projection of 8.1 games and a 35.3% chance of making the playoffs.
The Unprecedented Expectations of the Defending Super Bowl Champion Patriots - The MMQB
Goodell has told fans that there’s been no effort to keep Kaepernick out, and his hope is that the focus can go from the protests to progress in addressing the issues the players are attacking. Certainly, there are players, and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is one, who’ve done work to make it happen while they continue with their quiet on-field statements.
Michael Bennett goes public on disturbing interaction with police, video showing incident released - Field Gulls
Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett has made it known that he’s very disturbed by some of the police brutality incidents that have been happening in America recently — and apparently he himself was the subject of alleged racial profiling less than two weeks ago. On Wednesday, Bennett released a statement on Twitter in which he described police holding a gun to his head, putting a knee in his back, securing handcuffs so tight that his fingers went numb, and that he was told by them that they’d “blow (his) f***ing head off.”
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