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Carson Wentz throwing, which is to be expected - San Diego Union-Tribune
While these throws are fairly static, Wentz looks good. But that he is at this point about three months after surgery to repair two of his four main knee ligaments is not a surprise. It was his left knee, not his throwing shoulder that was injured. If this were Andrew Luck, it would be a big deal. We have said all along there is little question he will be ready to throw by training camp and start in the regular season opener as a pocket QB. However, as we have noted, he is not likely to be a run/pass threat until the second half of the season – or longer.

Carson Wentz posts video of himself throwing inside the Eagles’ indoor practice facility - BGN
Hmm, Wentz posting this video on the same day it gets reported that the Eagles are playing the Vikings in Week 1? Is that more than just a coincidence?

Counterpoint #30: The Howie Strokes - BGN Radio
Jack Fritz welcomes in’s Jimmy Kempski to the program as they chat about Vinny Curry being cut, the bizarro world of Eagles fans thinking Brandon Graham might get cut and they try to determine if Sam Bradford’s agent is better at his job than Howie Roseman. Plus the CP mailbag, Jack’s headlines and a lot more!

NFC East free agency grades: Giants edition - PhillyVoice
First, the Giants added Solder, who as noted above, is now the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL. Unfortunately for the Giants, he is, at best, the fifth-best offensive tackle in the NFC East. Making Solder the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL was a ridiculous overpay, which the Giants have to recognize.

More Draft Talk - Iggles Blitz
Justin Reid makes a ton of sense for the Eagles. He played S and CB in college. He can play the slot and looks pretty good there. He has great hands and could be a terrific Safety if that’s where the coaches preferred him. Reid isn’t a great tackler, but gets the job done. He is a gifted athlete and smart player. Of all the candidates we’ve talked about for pick 32, Reid might be the best combination of fit, value, potential and ability to contribute early on. I’ll write a long post on him sometime soon.

Biggest remaining need for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
Biggest need: Tight end. The Eagles recently released veteran Brent Celek, while Trey Burton signed a lucrative free-agent deal with the Chicago Bears. They need to restock on tight ends to work alongside Zach Ertz. Martellus Bennett, brother of recently acquired defensive end Michael Bennett, is one of the top tight ends remaining on the market. The Eagles also could use a slot corner with Patrick Robinson now in New Orleans, and would benefit by adding depth at receiver, running back and linebacker -- especially with Mychal Kendricks as a topic of trade talks.

Daryl Worley Intends To Make The Most Of His Homecoming -
Worley was on an excursion in the Bahamas when his agent tried to notify him that he was being traded to the Eagles in exchange for wide receiver Torrey Smith. Worley was in an area where his phone didn’t get service. When he got back to the port, he was deluged with missed calls, text, and voicemails from friends and family about the news. Unsure of who to contact, he reached out to his father, Kenneth, to let him know he was coming home. ”I don’t know what gave me more joy,” Worley said at his press conference, “coming back home or initially getting drafted.” Raised in North Philadelphia near Temple Hospital, Worley’s parents still live in the same area. Worley attended Penn Charter High School where he played wide receiver and safety before heading to Morgantown, West Virginia. He’s a lifelong Eagles fan who said “that’s all I knew for a long time” when it came to football.

New Eagles DE Michael Bennett gets taste of Philly fans - NBC Sports Philadelphia
It didn’t take long for Michael Bennett to get acclimated with Philadelphia fans beyond football. Bennett attended the Sixers’ 108-94 win Hornets Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Donning a green sweatshirt, the newly-acquired defensive end received a rousing ovation when he was introduced on the Jumbotron. He wasn’t the only Eagles player sitting courtside. Safety Malcolm Jenkins watched the game across from the Hornets’ bench.

Film Breakdown: Does New Eagles DT Haloti Ngata Still Have It? - Inquirer
Ngata averaged five sacks and 10 quarterback hits a season from 2010-12. He went to five straight Pro Bowls on the strength of his run defense, but he could be a handful on passing downs. He still got after quarterbacks last season as he showed here when he sacked Eli Manning. Ngata benefited from a stunt and good coverage, but he kept chugging until he caught the quarterback and slammed him to the ground.

Several Eagles Join Team That Helps NFL Players Manage Money - CBS Philly
Three members of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl squad have joined another team – a wealth management firm – when they are off the field. They’ll help other players manage money during and after their NFL careers. Eagles special teams captain Chris Maragos, linebacker Jordan Hicks and tight end Trey Burton, who just signed with the Chicago Bears, after throwing that “Philly Special” to quarterback Nick Foles in Super Bowl LII, are partners with TopTier.

Report: Josh Huff suspended two games - PFT
The NFL has suspended Saints receiver Josh Huff for two games for violating the league’s policies on substances of abuse and personal conduct, Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports. It remains unclear what infraction resulted in Huff’s suspension. Huff did not play last season. The Saints signed him to a reserve/future contract in February.

The state of every NFL team after Week 1 of free agency - PFF
The defending Super Bowl champions will have a new look defense in 2018 after the loss of two members of their defensive front in Curry and Allen and PFF Second-Team All-Pro cornerback Robinson. The re-signing of Bradham brings back one of the league’s best coverage linebackers in a 4-3 alignment as the veteran allowed a reception every 14.3 snaps he spent in coverage, a league-best among 4-3 OLBs. Replacing Robinson should head to the top of the offseason wish list in Philly as slot defenders have become increasingly important and Robinson’s play from an inside alignment was a revelation in 2017.

Defense and Rest Time - Football Outsiders
Whenever I ask why teams run the ball so frequently, a common response is that by running the ball and chewing up clock, a team can keep its defense off the field and rested for the next drive, thereby allowing it to perform at its highest level. Anecdotes supporting the idea that rested defenses are more effective come to mind quickly. In Super Bowl LII, the Brandon Graham strip sack -- the only sack of the game -- came after a 15-play drive (counting the attempted two-point conversion) that chewed up more than seven minutes of game time. In the AFC Championship Game, the Jaguars’ defense finally showed cracks after a series of three-and-outs by the offense, with the game-deciding New England touchdown following a Jacksonville three-and-out that used less than a minute of game clock. And of course, in Super Bowl LI, Atlanta’s defense looked gassed in the second half on the way to spending 93 snaps on the field.

There are now multiple reports the Cowboys “could” be considering moving La’el Collins back to guard - Blogging The Boys
BLG Note: So much for that right tackle experiment.

Redskins Free Agency Rumors: Former Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick signs 2 year deal - Hogs Haven
The Redskins have reportedly signed CB Orlando Scandrick to a 2 year deal worth up to $10 million. This signing fills Bruce Allen’s annual requirement to sign a former player from the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins were in the market for CB depth after trading slot CB Kendall Fuller and a 3rd round pick for QB Alex Smith. They also let starter Bashaud Breeland walk in free agency. The Redskins slso hosted Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for a visit, but could not come to terms on a deal.

The best fits for 5 NFL veteran free agents in 2018 - SB Nation
So who needs a savvy veteran wideout looking to prove himself at age 30 after the least productive season of his career? The Eagles have thrived with a deep receiving corps and could fit a likely to be inexpensive Maclin into their limited cap space. The Saints need veteran depth behind Michael Thomas. The Bills need more help than Maclin could provide, but he’d be a plus provided he’s not the only addition.


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