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Alshon Jeffery Played Through a Torn Rotator Cuff on Sundays Because of What He Did on Fridays - Sports Illustrated
During training camp, Jeffery texted Reavy: He’d landed on his right shoulder while making a catch and was unable to lift his arm. He didn’t want another contract season derailed. Reavy came out to Philadelphia in late July to work on what Jeffery was calling a shoulder “strain,” until the tear to the rotator cuff (the muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint) was revealed publicly this week. Despite the injury, Jeffery sat out only a few summer practices and one exhibition game, and didn’t miss any time during the season. “I had mentioned to him in the offseason about coming out every once in a while, but once I hurt my shoulder, I was like, nah, every once in a while maybe ain’t going to cut it,” Jeffery said before the Super Bowl. “I couldn’t lift my shoulder up at one point. I don’t know what he did, but I was able to lift my arm to catch a ball.” Jeffery caught 69 balls, in fact, including a team-high 12 touchdowns in the regular season and postseason combined. On that touchdown catch against Rowe in the end zone of U.S. Bank Stadium, Jeffery reached his arms high in the air to grab the ball, while rotating and falling on that injured shoulder, no sign of his range of motion or body control being impeded.

Debating whether the Eagles should trade Nick Foles or not - BGN
James and BLG continue to bask in the glow of the Eagles being Super Bowl champions, but also begin to look at some of the pressing issues facing the team this offseason. First and foremost, James and Brandon debate what the Eagles should do with Nick Foles. In the least surprising news ever, BLG thinks the Eagles should trade Foles, while James argues for the #KeepFoles crowd.

Eagles stay or go: Doug Pederson - PhillyVoice
Luckily for Eagles fans, Pederson listened to none of it, as he eschewed conventional NFL wisdom, becoming one of the most aggressive in-game decision makers in NFL history. On the season, as we laid out in depth on Wednesday, Pederson’s fourth down decisions in 2017 yielded around 74 additional points that the Eagles otherwise would not have scored had they played it safe. They missed out on a grand total of three points on aggressive fourth down calls that failed. It will be interesting to see which teams begin to copy Pederson’s aggressive approach, and which dumbass teams continue to punt on 4th and 2 from the opponent’s 40. We’ll see, but there’s a decent chance that Pederson will go from a guy widely regarded as the worst coaching hire in 2016 to a revolutionary figure in the NFL in just two years. From an analytical standpoint, if you were to break down Pederson’s coaching traits the same way you would a quarterback’s (ie. arm strength, accuracy, mobility, etc.), it’s hard to find much in the way of flaws.

Thank You Cards - Iggles Blitz
It is funny how important the Rams were to the Eagles success. I won’t even get into the Sam Bradford angle. That’s a long, complex part of the story. The Rams did the Eagles a huge favor by drafting Jared Goff first overall and letting the Eagles “settle” for Carson Wentz. Goff had a terrific year and might win a Super Bowl of his own in the future, but Wentz was the perfect choice for the Eagles. He fits this team and this city. He looks like a special player. The Rams also cut Nick Foles, after making his life miserable. That sent Foles to KC last year and helped him want to come back to Philly this year. Foles had fun in Philly early in his career. He got to experience that and so much more in his return this past season. If Foles hadn’t been so miserable with the Rams, he might have focused on going somewhere he could battle for a starting job.

Harold Carmichael: Larger Than Life On And Off The Field -
Two Hall of Fames down. One to go. Harold Carmichael’s stellar achievements on the field as a wide receiver were recognized earlier this month when he was inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018 in Atlanta. “It’s a great honor to be inducted, a great honor,” says Carmichael, who caught 86 passes for 16 touchdowns while playing at Southern University from 1967 to 1970. “A couple of guys that I played with, they always told me about (the Black College Football Hall of Fame). This is one of my accolades that I’ve earned so far that’s really exciting for me.” Carmichael was excited to be chosen by the Philadelphia Eagles during the 1971 NFL Draft, as well.

Biggest Super Bowl benefit for the Eagles? The benefit of the doubt - Inquirer
There’s little of that now, of course, because they won. In the same way, the town has gone goofy for Nick Foles, and would like to reward him with his druthers on a future career path because he deserves it. The NFL doesn’t work that way. Foles did pull the most painful thorn from the paw of the lion, but unlike Androcles, who was granted unrestricted free agency, Foles’ reward is limited by the terms of his contract. Should the Eagles decide what Foles really deserves is a baseball cap and a headset for another year, that’s what he will get. And, since the Eagles won, that will eventually go over just fine, too. It turns out that winning the Super Bowl is a wonderful thing all around. Worries are wiped out. Criticisms are erased. A city’s endless jitters are calmed. The future doesn’t have to be assured because the recent past can never be changed. What a deal. If the Eagles had been aware of all these benefits – including that precious benefit of the doubt – they might have gone ahead and won it before. Now they know. Sounds like a repeat to me.

Eagles Stay or Go — 2 young linebackers - NBC Sports Philadelphia
With Jordan Hicks, it’s always about durability, not ability. Hicks has played more than half a season only once in his three NFL seasons, and since he’s under contract for 2018 with a modest $2.068 million cap figure, he’s obviously not going anywhere. The question is what the Eagles do with him after 2018 when he’s due to become a free agent. Hicks can play. We all know that. He needs to prove this year that he can stay healthy in order to get a big-money deal a year from now.

Eagles DT Fletcher Cox grateful for childhood in Mississippi - Morning Call
Super Bowl champion Fletcher Cox says he credits his Mississippi upbringing and schooling for his successful football career. The Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle appeared Friday at the Mississippi Capitol, where he signed autographs, posed for photos and spoke to lawmakers.

Pennsylvania sold $20 million worth of booze Super Bowl weekend, most of it in the Philly area - PennLive
People were in high spirits in Pennsylvania over the Philadelphia Eagles going to, and winning, the Super Bowl, judging by the spike in wine and liquor sales. Statewide, sales in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl hit a five-year high. What follows is a look at what were the hot sellers in the three regions of the state as well as some other interesting tidbits from a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board sales report for Super Bowl weekend and weeks around it.

2018 NFL Draft RB prospects ready to contribute to the passing game - PFF
Kalen Ballage, Arizona State - Ballage is another back who did not have a strong senior season, especially in terms of his production in the passing game, but NFL teams will certainly be going back to his junior film for a better understanding of his full skill set. In 2016, he snagged 44 balls for 469 yards, earning a Power 5-leading 511 yards after the catch. His elusiveness was also outstanding, as he forced 18 missed tackles after the catch. He was top back at the Senior Bowl in terms of 1-on-1 play, as he won an impressive 80 percent of his reps and snatched 8-of-9 catchable balls thrown to him during drills. One minor concern about his game is his inconsistent hands, as he dropped 8-of-90 catchable balls thrown his way during his three years of play for Arizona State.

The 2014 NFL Draft Class Is Ready for Its Second Act - The Ringer
Four years on, the players from this class are in line for major contracts or are about to hit free agency. That puts them at the center of the league’s future.

The 5 O’Clock Club: Poll Rewind - Friday double shot of James Dorsett - part 2 of 2 - Hogs Haven
Here’s another obvious one for you. Carson Wentz was on his way to winning the MVP award in just his second season in the pros, before he tore his ACL in Week 14. Wentz handedly led the division in adjusted net yards per attempt (7.43), passer rating (101.9), QBR (75.9), PFF grade (87.6) and DVOA (24.3%). Wentz was also the only QB in the division that was named to the Pro Bowl or to an All-Pro team, and -- interestingly — he also won the Bert Bell award (the Maxwell Football Club’s award for the player of the year). Basically, when he was healthy, he was the most dominant quarterback in the division — maybe the league.

Chiefs trading talented, hot-headed CB Marcus Peters to the Rams. Is this the right move? - SB Nation
The principle reason Kansas City was likely uncomfortable with signing Peters to a long-term deal is his propensity for losing his head on the field. Peters has been caught on video cursing at fans, and picked up an official’s flag earlier in a 2017 game and threw it into the stands. He left the field, despite not being ejected, and later returned to the field without socks. He was suspended for a game and there were reports of a heated confrontation with coach Andy Reid. This offseason, the Chiefs had to decide if the team wanted to pick up the fifth-year option of Peters. With many concerns about his attitude raised — in spite of his charitable actions off the field — Kansas City elected to send him elsewhere while he was cheap and at his highest value.


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