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The top NFL receivers by route in 2017 - PFF
1. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles – 135.6 wide receiver rating. There were 37 players in 2017 who were targeted at least 10 times on slant routes, Agholor was the only receiver among that group to have a WR rating north of 130.0. Agholor caught 9-of-11 targets on slant routes for 102 yards, three first downs and a touchdown. [BLG Note: Agholor also finished fifth in screen routes.]

Michael Bennett’s sister claims she has video of the alleged incident - BGN
During a press conference on Friday, the Houston Police Department stated they do not have video or photographic evidence of the alleged incident leading to Michael Bennett being indicted for a felony. Bennett’s sister, Ashley, however, claims she does have video evidence that would potentially prove her brother to be innocent. Here’s what she tweeted on Friday before making her Twitter account private.

Michael Bennett Indicted - Iggles Blitz
That’s a bizarre description. Bennett opened locked doors. How did that happen exactly? He pushed past security, one of which was an elderly paraplegic woman. I’ve never heard of stadium security quite like that, especially for one of the craziest events in the world. Then we have a police officer witnessing the event, but doing nothing about it because he was busy checking on a person’s health. I guess the other security on the scene couldn’t have done that. The police chief said the officer on the scene did not deem Bennett a threat to anyone once he got past security so he did not try to arrest him. Now, 13 months later, we have Bennett indicted by a grand jury. The Houston police said the case was put on the back burner while other more serious matters were dealt with. I guess things have been quiet in the Houston crime world recently so they found time to work through last year’s cases. Bizarre, just bizarre.

Have the Eagles gotten even better this offseason? - ESPN
The defensive line looks nasty. Bennett and Ngata have eight Pro Bowl selections and a pair of championships between them. They join a deep group that includes Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Tim Jernigan, Chris Long and Derek Barnett. Bennett and Ngata are certainly bigger household names than Curry and Allen, but at ages 32 and 34, respectively, have also logged more miles. Whether they end up being a more productive duo will depend largely on health. Bennett fought through plantar fasciitis last season while Ngata spent most of the year on injured reserve with a torn biceps. Assuming their bodies oblige, the defensive line -- a top strength of the world champs in 2017 -- could be even more of a force.

Inside The Studio: Mike Wallace -
Wide receiver Mike Wallace joins Dave Spadaro in studio to talk about his decision to join the Philadelphia Eagles and what it means to him.

NFL Free Agency 2018: Grading every Philadelphia Eagles offseason move so far - CBS Sports
If you’re harping on the Eagles for replacing Torrey Smith with another ex-Ravens speedster rather than just beefing up second-year target Mack Hollins’s role, who do you think you are (other than the 2016 Eagles)? Inking Wallace to a one-year pact ensures not only that Philly has upgraded from Smith and retained a deep threat at receiver but that guys like Hollins won’t be burdened with making an instant leap to starter material opposite Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz. Wallace can still run at 31, he’s apparently a good locker-room guy, and his production has topped even that of Dez Bryant since 2016. Major low-risk victory.

2017 film shows Mike Wallace is still a burner - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Since he entered the NFL, Wallace has 26 catches of 50-plus yards, second during that span to the 36 put up by DeSean, whose absence sent the Eagles looking for speed this whole time (see 10 random Wallace stats). And if you’re worried that Wallace will be 32 by the start of the season, it’s a valid fear. But in 2017 with the Ravens, he still had the burners working. Wallace had three catches of 50-plus yards; the Eagles as a team had seven. Here’s a look at Wallace’s speed with Baltimore last year. We’ll look at all three 50-yard catches.

Martellus Bennett retires from the NFL - PFT
Free agent tight end Martellus Bennett has decided to retire from the NFL, he announced on social media. “I’ve decided to move on from the world of football and into the fantastical and wondrous world of creativity,” Bennett wrote. “I’m beginning what I believe to be my life’s work @ImaginationAgcy”

Cowboys’ Window of Opportunity Being Slammed Shut by Front Office Foul-Ups - B/R
Dead money eats up nearly $15 million of the Cowboys’ cap space, including $8.9 million of leftover balloon payments on the Tony Romo mortgage. Earlier in the decade, the Cowboys used Romo’s contract like a revolving-debt credit card. Whenever Jones was tight against the cap, he would convert Romo’s salary into a prorated signing bonus and kick the financial consequences further down the road. In the second season since his retirement, Romo still costs the Cowboys as much as a typical journeyman backup, about 13 times as much cap space as Prescott and more than it would have cost them to land, say, Tyrann Mathieu.

Report: Cowboys plan to keep Dez Bryant even with Allen Hurns signing - Blogging The Boys
Word has just broken that the Dallas Cowboys are planning to sign wide receiver free agent Allen Hurns to a two-year contract. After the initial shock of the move, everyone started wondering what does it mean for the future of Dez Bryant in Dallas? Could they afford both players? Would the Cowboys release Dez Bryant, or would they release some other players? As of now, we don’t know the exact terms of Hurns’ two-year contract, but Mike Fisher reports that it is affordable and the Cowboys plan to keep Dez Bryant.

The 5 O’Clock Club: How long will Alex Smith be a Redskin, based on his contract? - Hogs Haven
This contract means that the Redskins are definitely married to Alex Smith for 3 seasons, barring some kind of catastrophic event in 2018. At this time next year, Alex will be guaranteed $71m on this contract. If you look at the last line in each section, the “incremental cost”, you’ll see that Alex earns $55m this season by simply showing up, $16m in the 2019 season, but, in effect, plays the 2020 season for free. Whether he plays two seasons or three seasons, he gets the same money from the Redskins, so they won’t cut him prior to the end of the 2020 season.

The NFL is considering big rule changes for 2018. Here’s what you need to know for the annual meeting - SB Nation
The catch rule isn’t the only change in store for the NFL. Here’s what the owners will vote on, or at least discuss, at their annual meeting.


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