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Give Torrey Smith an MVP vote - NBC Sports Philadelphia
“Tom Brady’s the G.O.A.T. though. He is the G.O.A.T.,” Smith said. “But Carson was able to make plays athletically that Tom can’t physically do, even though he’s the greatest quarterback ever. Carson plays the game differently and what he’s meant to us on third down, when he’s scrambling, the crazy plays he’s made. It’s not like he’s Vick or anything, but the way he makes those plays, it was huge for us. At times we were struggling and those plays turn into opening the gates. He’s made some amazing plays all year. I don’t know, put their highlight tapes together and see what you think.”

What can we learn about Doug Pederson in the playoffs? - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #291). In this episode, we talk about Doug Pederson, how the Eagles are spending the bye week, and much more.

Ranking the NFL’s 12 playoff QBs: Brady, Brees, then who? - ESPN
12) Nick Foles stepped in for Wentz for the final three games of the season, helping Philadelphia finish by locking up the NFC’s No. 1 seed. Although he was very good in Week 15, throwing four touchdown passes in a come-from-behind win over the Giants, Foles had an unsteady finish, completing 23 of 49 passes in his last two games (he played only four series in the team’s Week 17 loss to the Cowboys). The Eagles’ roster is outstanding, which still gives them hope to advance with Foles playing turnover-free, efficient football.

Brandon Brooks: I came to the Eagles to win it all - PhillyVoice
The season went exactly as I thought [personally] and I was happy to accomplish that [making the Pro Bowl]. I came here and chose to come here because it’s a real family atmosphere and a super close-knit, and also to win it all. The season I had with some individual accolades are good, and I’ll enjoy that more in the offseason. I’m trying to get to the Super Bowl, man. I’ll enjoy those once we get to where we need to be.

Is Doug Ready? - Iggles Blitz
We talk a lot about Nick Foles and whether the Eagles are ready for the postseason. There is also the question of how Doug Pederson will do. Pederson guided the Eagles to a 7-9 record in 2016 and a 13-3 record this season. He should be a strong candidate for Coach of the Year. I think in his two seasons he has proven that he can motivate and lead a team. He can put together an effective gameplan and is a good play-caller. This year he’s taken a big step forward with strategy and being aggressive. Pederson is a quality head coach.

‘We’re Here To Make The Most Of The Moment’ -
The Eagles had just lost to Tampa Bay in the worst loss in the history of Philadelphia sports (personal opinion) in the 2002 NFC Championship Game, the last football game at Veterans Stadium, and as I waited for head coach Andy Reid to appear at his postgame press conference, sitting in a locker with my head hanging, assistant coach Ted Williams walked past ...

Is Jay Ajayi’s right knee troublesome or are the Eagles resting their workhorse? - Inquirer
“If they want to run me and use me in the game plan a lot, I’ll be ready for it,” Ajayi said. “That’s what I’ve been preparing myself for. Basically just getting ready for war out there. Three-game season. Leaving it all out on the line.” The Eagles, of course, don’t want Ajayi to empty his bucket. Unlike Blount, they have him under contract for one more year. Ajayi will be playing next season for his second deal. But with concerns about his longevity at a position at which players often wear down before they reach 30, it’s unclear whether the Eagles will be in that picture. But first there is a postseason game that could be played in wintry weather. A year ago, Ajayi gained only 33 yards on 16 carries in the Dolphins’ first-round loss at Pittsburgh. The game-time temperature was 17 degrees. But Ajayi, having played in Idaho, knows what’s it like to play in difficult conditions. “You can see defenses sometimes get worn down because of the weather, along with running the ball hard all game long,” Ajayi said. “It’s definitely something we can use to our advantage.”

How Patrick Robinson found his way with the Eagles - The Athletic
But in his heart, Robinson believes he’s a late bloomer who has a lot left. At Florida State, he played almost exclusively man coverage. He didn’t put the time in to understand route concepts and different types of coverage schemes. And he was a superb athlete who didn’t have to worry about taking care of his body. It’s different now, and he realizes that. Whether it’s the cold tub, stretching or focusing on his shoulder strength in the weight room, Robinson knows he has to take measured, specific steps to prolong his career. At age 30, he is playing the best football of his career. And he’s hoping that the arrow continues to point up at 31. “It’s very rewarding,” Robinson said. “Around my age, they start to get those, ‘Oh he’s getting older. He’s slowing down.’ People just assume that you’re going to slow down. Right now, I’m just trying to prove that I’m still good. I’m still running fast as I’ve been [running], still as quick as anybody in the league. So I’m definitely not slowing down right now.”

Who Will Win Super Bowl LII? Our NFL Playoff Predictions - The MMQB
According to our staff, home-field advantage will play a role in Super Bowl 52. The Vikings are the heavy favorite in the NFC, picked to win the conference by 10 of our 11 prognosticators. (There was little confidence in the NFC’s top seed, the Nick Foles-led Eagles, who were pegged as one-and-done by all but one voter.) As for the AFC champ, it was a near-even split between the top two seeds. Ultimately, Minnesota, with the opportunity to play as a (likely) home underdog on February 4, ended up tied with the Patriots as the leading vote-getter to win it all.

The 2018 NFL playoffs explained in 10 momentous events - SB Nation
For Wentz, the Eagles picked up Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. Little did they know, Nelson Agholor would have a resurgent season after having a nightmare rookie campaign, and played a big part in the offense. They also signed LeGarrette Blount, and would later trade for Jay Ajayi giving the Eagles a backfield so powerful it would finish the regular season third in rushing yards per game. Wentz of course, would get hurt, but the Eagles are as stacked as can be in hopes that Nick Foles can keep the train going.


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