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Ranking the top 50 potential NFL free agents in 2018 - ESPN
21) Trey Burton - The understudy to starter Zach Ertz has enough versatility as a blocker and as a receiver -- he has caught 60 passes in the past two seasons -- to merit a starting job elsewhere. During the 2017 regular season, one out of every five of his receptions went for a touchdown ... 32) Nigel Bradham - Bradham’s age will lead some teams to make him a secondary target. But he has been productive in Jim Schwartz’s defense in Philadelphia, totaling nearly 200 tackles in 31 starts ... 47) Patrick Robinson - Although he is older than most desirable free agents, Robinson put together a strong season as the Eagles’ slot cornerback and should have several more productive years remaining. In 16 games, including eight starts and 673 total plays, he intercepted four passes and defended a total of 18.

While you were celebrating, the offseason began - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #301). In this episode, Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak prepare you for the 2018 offseason as they make their BGNR debuts.

DeFilippo reflects on ‘gut-wrenching’ decision to leave Eagles – and what he learned from Pederson - PhillyVoice
One thing DeFilippo also stressed is that the Eagles are probably the deepest at the quarterback position. They have an MVP-caliber quarterback in Wentz as the starter, and a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in Foles backing him up. Then there’s Sudfeld, who showed flashes in the season finale against Dallas that he, too, could be very good. “Carson and Nick are excellent, but I’m telling you there is a reason why the Eagles held on to Nate, and that’s because he’s going to be a really, really good football player,” DeFilippo said. “Why do you think other teams wanted him? Against the Dallas [starters], Nate played fantastic. That kid is going to be a really, really good football player. He’s a really good football player right now. But I am telling you, that kid has a chance to be a really good football player.

Next Coach Up - Iggles Blitz
You could say that Taylor was born for this role. His father is a football coach. His brother, Zac, played QB at Nebraska and is now the QBs coach for the Los Angeles Rams. Press played QB at Marshall and then became a graduate assistant at Tulsa, most famously turning G.J. Kinne from mere mortal to Eagles preseason legend. While at Tulsa, they didn’t have a full-time QBs coach so the head coach let Taylor work with them. The head coach was technically in charge of the QBs, but couldn’t run every meeting or film session so he leaned on Taylor to help out.

Eagles’ Doug Pederson showing no interest in personnel power grab - ESPN
“I want to coach football,” he said. “We hire professionals to do the personnel -- with our input as coaches. I get that the personnel department and Howie can make the final decision, I got that, but not without having extensive conversations on players.” The current setup has Roseman as the final decision-maker, with vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas overseeing day-to-day operations. Pederson will contribute in evaluations but doesn’t feel the need to hawk over every move. As with his assistant coaches, he allows them to do their jobs without unnecessary interference. It was part of a successful formula for the Eagles in 2017. Pederson doesn’t seem particularly interested in changing it, even if his growth in stature has perhaps earned him a bigger piece of the pie. “Players, players, players. This league is about players,” he said. “Put 98 percent talent in the room and 2 percent coaching. But the coaching needs to be 100 percent of the 2 percent. ... That gives our players with talent even that much greater success during these games.”

Five players, including Case Keenum, who should be given transition or franchise tags - CBS Sports
Vikings: Case Keenum, QB (transition): This is the quintessential use of a transition tag. Keenum is an anomaly, having a breakout season so late in his career. And he just lost his offensive coordinator/play caller, and the Vikings have no QB under contract who has thrown an NFL pass. No way I am getting to March 6 without still being tethered to an NFL passer, and no way am I considering Minnesota’s other options (Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater) for the spot. Save a few million bucks with the lower transition tag and rent Keenum for another year at $21 million (a touch more than what guys like Brock Osweiler and Mike Glennon earned last season) and see if the market speaks. Give Keenum, after such a career year, the chance to talk to other teams and see what else is out there; if someone offers something nuts, he walks. And if they don’t, it may help facilitate a 2-3 year bridge contract by July 15 that offers some stability. It’s too risky, to me, to wait til mid March and enter the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes – and with this defense and potential run game, a $30M quarterback might not be what Mike Zimmer needs, anyway.

Rushing Success and Play-Action Passing - Football Outsiders
Despite the pervasiveness of this argument, I have not seen much evidence about the extent to which the effectiveness of play-action passing is dependent on a team’s rushing attack. With thanks to play-by-play charting from ESPN Stats & Info (from 2011 to 2013) and Sports Info Solutions (from 2014 to 2017), this piece takes a deep dive into measuring the empirical relationship between rushing and play-action passing.

Colts and Vikings Joining a Coaching Movement That Will Change the NFL - B/R
Sure, the Vikings and Colts are pulling branches from the latest Super Bowl family tree. But that’s just the Trojan horse. Copying the Eagles means much more than filling the playbook with run-pass options or running new versions of the Statue of Liberty play at the goal line. Teams that hire Doug Pederson’s assistants and sign on to Eagles Inc. may be getting something much better than what they bargained for: a whole new mindset for player development and team management; a refreshing new (wait for it) culture. Four days prior to Super Bowl LII, I picked DeFilippo’s brain about working with different types of quarterbacks, and asked him the difference between working with a young scrambler and a veteran pocket passer. His response was enlightening and exciting. ”You never want to make a quarterback a robot,” DeFilippo said. “You want to use whatever that guy’s skill set is to his advantage.”

What exactly are Eagles losing in Frank Reich? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
On Saturday night before Super Bowl LII, Doug Pederson and Frank Reich presumably met in the team hotel, the Radisson Blu, for about an hour and a half for a last game-planning meeting. This had become the ritual for the head coach and offensive coordinator during their two years together in Philadelphia. The duo would sit in a room together with a call sheet and the first 15 scripted plays. “How good are the first 15?” became a little running joke between them.

All-22: How Pederson, Foles and the Eagles torched the Patriots and became Super Bowl champs - The Athletic
On the most epic drive in Eagles history, Ertz had three catches for 20 yards, including two third-down conversions, one fourth-down conversion and the game-winning touchdown. When all was said and done, the Eagles’ offense scored on eight of 10 possessions, including five straight to close out the game. A brilliant job by the coaching staff, tremendous execution by the players, incredible resilience and the first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Patriots Super Bowl 52 Film Review: Defense Edition - Pats Propaganda
Philadelphia’s gameplan was a greatest hits of everything the Patriots defense struggled with this season. Bunch sets, toss sweeps, some run-pass options… for an inexperienced front they just had no anticipation for what the Eagles were doing. The second level and edge players were where they wanted to target but they didn’t fear the Patriots pass rush when it came time to take some deep shots as well.

Mike Vick Bankruptcy Case Officially Closed ... After Paying Back $17 Mil - TMZ
Mike Vick is officially out of the hole -- a judge has closed the book on his bankruptcy case after the ex-NFL star paid back more than $17 million in debt. Vick filed for Chapter 11 back in 2008 after the infamous dog-fighting scandal -- when he lost his NFL salary and several lucrative endorsement deals. Vick owed approximately $17.6 MILLION to dozens of creditors. But, Vick busted his ass to pay off his debts ever since he was reinstated with the Eagles in 2009. He reportedly made nearly $50 million in NFL salary in his 2nd stint in the league.

‘This is for him also’: Philadelphia Eagles’ Nelson Agholor on former teammate Jordan Matthews - PennLive
The Matthews trade was a product of the NFL’s business-like nature, but Agholor said his former teammate “shared a moment” with them during their call in Minnesota. During Agholor’s rocky second season in Philadelphia, Matthews was there for him, and it’s something that’s had a lasting impact on him. ”Jordan is a blessed guy,” Agholor said. “This is for him also, even though he wasn’t here because at the end of the day, as a rookie, I was here with Jordan Matthews, and he had my back every single day. That’s my guy.”

Vikings sign offensive lineman Josh Andrews - Daily Norseman
Andrews isn’t a big name by any stretch. . .since going undrafted out of Oregon State in 2014, he’s only appeared in 16 NFL games, with 13 of those appearances coming in 2015. He’s spent his entire time in the league with the Philadelphia Eagles, and was on their practice squad at the end of this season.

A complete guide to the 2018 NFL offseason and all the things you’re going to get worked up about for no reason - SB Nation
We’ve got months until the 2018 season kicks off, but there’s plenty that will go down between now and then.


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