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QB Confidence Index: Rating all 32 NFL quarterback situations - ESPN
2. Philadelphia Eagles. QBs under contract: Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Nate Sudfeld. It’s certainly possible that Wentz isn’t ready to start the season, coming off ACL surgery he had in December. But when your backup option just won Super Bowl MVP, confidence isn’t a problem. Once Wentz is healthy, this quarterback situation becomes the envy of the league, both in the short term and the long.

What the Eagles should do at defensive tackle - BGN
One of the concerns about Timmy Jernigan coming from Baltimore was that he faded later in the season. Hopefully his lack of dominance in the second half of the 2017 schedule can be explained away by injury. Moving forward, the Eagles need him to be more like the player he was before he signed a big extension. If he can do that, the combination of Cox and Jernigan should be a great defensive tackle duo for years to come.

Counterpoint Ep. 28: No One Should Be Lighting Candles For Carson - BGN Radio
Jack Fritz welcomes you back on the Counterpoint podcast as he goes through last weeks headlines. Why are we lighting for Carson Wentz? Is he dead?! Plus Jack makes the case for Brian Cushing, cracks open the CP mailbag and a lot more.

Eagles stay or go: Howie Roseman - PhillyVoice
Roseman’s award had as much to do with his wheeling and dealing the previous offseason to acquire Carson Wentz as it did his great 2017 season, in which he surrounded Wentz with a slew of pieces that would help the Eagles win the Super Bowl. Below we’ll take a look at all of the Eagles’ most crucial transactions in 2017, in chronological order. To note, the contributions of Joe Douglas and the Eagles scouting department, which NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah called the best in the NFL, certainly contributed to the Eagles’ outstanding year in the front office.

The Corey Question - Iggles Blitz
Clement deserves an expanded role in 2018. The question is whether you trust him enough to be the backup RB. Is he a guy you would want starting or building the offense around if anything happened to Ajayi? I love the thought of Clement as the #3 RB. He can do a great job in that role. He could turn out to be a terrific primary backup. He might thrive if you gave him 8 to 10 carries and 3 or 4 catches a game. I’m just less certain about that. Clement was coachable in 2017 and that’s important. Duce Staley got him to lose weight so he’d be more athletic. Staley worked with him as a receiver and blocker. Clement showed a good work ethic. Going undrafted clearly got his attention and he worked hard to earn a spot and then to earn playing time.

What should the Eagles do about Vinny Curry? - Inquirer
It’s hard to fault Cox for some of the inefficiencies on the outside, the primary one being Vinny Curry. He had a strong season against the run – his first as a starter – but his three sacks weren’t enough for someone who was among the highest paid at his position. The Eagles will have a hard time keeping Curry at his 2018 cap number. Overall, they are projected to have nearly $51 million invested in the defensive line in 2018 – the third highest in the league, behind the Jaguars and Dolphins. Something’s got to give, and it is likely that Curry will be sent packing or take a pay cut. It’ll be a tough decision, but one made easier with Derek Barnett ready to take a starting spot. The Eagles’ top draft choice had a promising first season (five sacks) backing up Curry on the right and should only improve in Year 2.

Lingering issues loom over Patriots - Boston Globe
It’s not a surprise, but Brady has something in common with Patriots fans. He can’t let these Super Bowl losses go. We saw him reliving and lamenting the Super Bowl XLII loss in the “Tom vs. Time” docuseries. He was nearly catatonic when friends and family tried to speak to him after Super Bowl XLVI. Brady’s father said Brady had a similar mien after failing to earn a sixth Super Bowl ring. “He was [nearly catatonic] this time. He got out of there pretty fast,” said Brady Sr. “He will never get over the Giants losses, and I don’t think he’ll ever get over this Eagles loss either.” Judging by the last three weeks, he has plenty of company.

Ranking the OT prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft - PFF
3. Orlando Brown, Oklahoma - Brown has more reps on tape that make you say ‘wow’ than any offensive tackle in this class. He quite simply engulfs defensive linemen on a regular basis. He may struggle with speed at times, but he’s impervious to the bull-rush with his size and length (didn’t allow a single bull-rush pressure all year).

Eagles’ quandary — Nigel Bradham or Mychal Kendricks? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Would you rather have Nigel Bradham or Mychal Kendricks playing linebacker for the Eagles next season? The same question is probably being asked in the Eagles’ front office right now. Why not keep both Bradham and Kendricks? The makeshift linebacker tandem turned out to be a successful part of the formula for an Eagles’ world championship, so what’s wrong with the status quo? Bradham is set to become a free agent in March, and will likely command a significant pay raise from the cap-strapped Eagles. As for Kendricks, he undoubtedly isn’t excited over the prospect of returning to the bench once Jordan Hicks recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Eagles Autism Challenge Announces World Champion Cycling Matching Gift Drive -
Building off of the excitement around the team’s first Super Bowl win in franchise history, the Eagles Autism Challenge is thrilled to offer a new matching gift promotion to new and existing bike registrants, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor. Appropriately named the World Champion Cycling Matching Gift Drive, a $25,000 donation will be extended to Eagles Autism Challenge bike riders where all online donations raised by participants will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to the fundraising minimum. For example, if a donor makes a $100 donation to a participant’s Eagles Autism Challenge fundraising page, the matching gift will donate a match of $100 to his or her account. The promotion is underway and will end once the matching gift funds are exhausted.

The “Kirk Cousins to the Vikings” rumors are multiplying - Daily Norseman
On a day where we found out that the Minnesota Vikings, in all likelihood, will not be using their Franchise or Transition Tags to retain quarterback Case Keenum, the rumors that they’ll be in dogged pursuit of the big quarterback prize in free agency for this year are increasing in volume. Today, several folks with well-placed sources in the National Football League intimated that the Vikings were going to be serious players in the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes that will officially get underway in two weeks when the “legal tampering period” begins. We’ll run them down here, starting with Sirius XM NFL radio host and long-time personnel executive Gil Brandt.

Is there any way the Cowboys could do worse in free agency than they did last season? - Blogging The Boys
Stephen Paea, Nolan Carroll, and Damontre Moore. That’s what we were supposed to be excited about a year ago, and as you can see, none of them even lasted the season. It is worth noting that the Cowboys did re-sign a few of their own players a year ago, namely wide receiver Terrance Williams, but even then that’s not exactly something worthy of a gold star a season later. Seriously though, think about that. The team’s biggest three names brought in from different places via free agency didn’t even last for one whole season with the team.

Takeaways from the Sloan Analytics Conference: On Sam Hinkie, the Eagles and NFL vs. NBA - The Athletic
The Eagles and Doug Pederson got some love at the conference for their use of analytics. “This year, the impact of analytics and the success of those using it has been magnified,” said conference co-chair Jessica Gelman. “As Daryl [Morey] alluded to, three of the champions this year, it was the first for their organization. So these folks have been thought leaders and are really pushing the boundaries.” As we’ve written previously in this space, the Eagles’ use of analytics came from the top down, starting with Jeffrey Lurie. Pederson was open to ideas such as being aggressive on fourth down and using in-game win probabilities. He also knew that’s what the owner wanted. And in the end, the decisions paid off.

Four Downs: NFC West - Football Outsiders
Carson Palmer has called it quits after 15 seasons, meaning the Cardinals currently have no quarterbacks under contract. Unless new head coach Steve Wilks wants to experiment with a David Johnson-based single wing attack, Arizona is going to need to add multiple quarterbacks this offseason.

Charles Tillman is going from the NFL to the FBI - SB Nation
Charles Tillman’s life after football is a whole lot different than most players. The former All-Pro cornerback is now an FBI agent. Tillman reportedly graduated from the FBI training academy, and will begin a two-year probationary period — which is standard for all new federal agents, according to the Chicago Tribune.


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