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Pederson: Nothing came ‘down our way’ for Nick Foles -
While the coach is confident Carson Wentz can return to MVP candidate form (“He’s doing really well. He’s ahead of schedule,” Pederson said of the QB’s recovery from knee surgery), the insurance Foles provides the team certainly sounds of greater value to the Eagles than the one or two premium draft picks they would have received to trade him. ”He’s totally fine being that mentor, sort of in that backup role, helping Carson along the way,” Pederson said of Foles. “That’s who Nick is. That’s who he is. And when called upon, he’s going to perform, but he understands this is Carson’s team and he’s going to support him every way he can.”

Here’s video that Michael Bennett’s sister recorded of her brother running onto the field after 2017 Super Bowl - BGN
Following the news of Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett being indicted for a felony, his younger sister, Ashley Bennett, went on a Twitter rant where she said “I literally have the video on my phone.” Her claim does not appear to be entirely baseless. Bleeding Green Nation has discovered video that Ashley Bennett recorded of herself and her brother running onto the field at NRG Stadium after Super Bowl LI in 2017.

What the Mike Wallace Signing Means For the Eagles - BGN Radio
John Barchard, James Seltzer and Brandon Gowton go over the one year deal of the new Eagles WR Mike Wallace and what that will mean for the draft & Mack Hollins. Plus we touch on the Eagles hole at slot corner, chemistry vs talent, the rest of the NFCE looking non-existent in free agency & a lot more on 307.

Eagles’ signing of WR Mike Wallace feels like a steal - PhillyVoice
The assumption here was that they would have to overpay for a replacement worthy of “No. 2 wide receiver status.” That didn’t happen. Instead, the Eagles were able to sign veteran Mike Wallace (31) to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, and as much as $4 million with incentives. Whether you want to call it $2.5 million or $4 million, there were 14 free agent wide receivers (and counting, maybe) who signed contracts worth at least $5 million per season.

The Other Guy - Iggles Blitz
Jernigan had 8 TFLs and 2.5 sacks in 2017. I think he can be even better this season. He’s now been in the system a full year and that should help him to get better at the little things. Jernigan has an outstanding combination of power and quickness. I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him yet.

WR Mike Wallace Here To ‘Play Role And Win’ -
For nine seasons wide receiver Mike Wallace has been doing his thing, which is catching a football and outrunning defenders for big plays. It sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? Blessed with outstanding speed and a competitive fire, Wallace has averaged 15 yards per reception with 57 touchdowns in his career. He has no intention of slowing down now that he’s joining the Eagles after signing a one-year contract on Friday ...

Roob’s 10 late-March Eagles observations - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Don’t listen to anyone who tells you Mike Wallace isn’t a significant upgrade over Torrey Smith. Wallace last year had 16 more catches (52 to 36), 318 more yards (748 to 430), twice as many TDs (4 to 2) and a much higher yards-per-catch average (14.4 to 11.9). Over the last two years, the difference is more dramatic (124 for 1,765 to 56 for 697) with inferior QBs. And Wallace is cheaper. With Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Wallace, the Eagles are loaded at wideout.

What Michael Bennett’s Indictment Means and Will It Impact His NFL Career? - Sports Illustrated
It is unlikely that either the Eagles or NFL will take any immediate action against Bennett. As explained above, Bennett being accused of a crime should not be equated to Bennett committed a crime. This is particularly true in a legal dispute where little is known about the strength of the evidence. While NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could technically punish Bennett before the case develops, such a move would seem unfair on its face and would likely trigger a challenge by the National Football League Players Association.

Did Michael Bennett know about February 2017 incident before Friday? - PFT
Now that the NFL has its own mechanism for investigating these incidents, it’s not enough to wait and see whether charges are eventually filed. The moment the player realizes that he could be under scrutiny for something he has done, he must let his team and/or the league know about it. Without that kind of candor, a player will be able — as Bennett was — to continue to practice and play without fear of discipline from the league office. As a result, the NFL may launch two investigations regarding Bennett: One regarding the alleged incident from February 2017 and another regarding whether Bennett had any reason to believe formal allegations were being made against him as a result of it, before Friday.

NFL’s highest-paid players at every position -- and who’s up next - ESPN
Every year, NFL free agency rewrites the financial record books of the NFL. The big news in 2018 was obviously the fully guaranteed, three-year deal Kirk Cousins signed with the Minnesota Vikings, but it was only one of a number of contracts that reset the salary structure at given positions over the past month. In fact, when you compare the deals to the previous highs at each spot in the lineup, Cousins’ deal wasn’t even the most dramatic contract of the offseason.

Analyzing the route trees of the 2018 NFL Draft CBs - Donte Jackson - PFF
Jackson allowed a total of two touchdowns in coverage in 2017, both coming from an outside cornerback alignment and both coming on ‘go’ routes, possibly cause for some concern for NFL suitors as to whether he can use his blazing speed (4.32 40-yard dash at the Combine) to contain outside receivers. Have no fear however, as he was more than capable of covering receivers in the slot, which has become increasingly more valuable for NFL defenses to hold at least one solid slot defender. On 164 snaps in slot coverage, Jackson was targeted 27 times, allowed 13 receptions for 155 yards and brought in an interception. Comparatively, Jackson was also targeted 27 times on 204 snaps on the outside, allowed 17 receptions for 223 yards and two touchdowns.

Jason Witten restructures, opens up $3.5 million on the salary cap; another FA signing coming? - Blogging The Boys
[BLG Note: Cowboys continue to keep kicking the can down the road.]

Giants at proverbial fork in the road — which path will they choose? - Big Blue View
It is becoming increasingly obvious that there is no broad consensus about what the New York Giants should do with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL That applies to whether they should keep or trade it, just as much as it does to who they should pick if they do keep it. We see it in mock drafts. We see it when we read analysts around the Internet, or listen to sports talk radio. We see it in the comments here. I am on record as having said that I believe the best two choices for the Giants would be to either pick a quarterback, or trade down and get the biggest pile of draft picks they can acquire. I am not going to back off of that stance. That said, though, I can certainly understand the love for Saquon Barkley — he’s a special talent. GM Dave Gettleman has said that if you are picking No. 2 you want a player you can picture wearing a gold Hall of Fame jacket. If the Giants think Barkley, Quenton Nelson or Bradley Chubb is that guy who are we to argue?

Norris: Top 50 Big Board - Rotoworld
This class really lacks excitement. In previous years I’d tell myself “I have to put Grady Jarrett high on my rankings,” due to excitement over his evaluation. The same could be said for Eric Kendricks, Michael Thomas, Javon Hargrave and many others. I’m not sure I have that connection with specific prospects this year. And as you can see, only 20 currently fit a “first round” label.

8 NFL contenders that still have a big hole after free agency - SB Nation
The Eagles had a strong offseason, but still have one big hole. After winning the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles have attacked the offseason hard, continuing to improve their roster. They traded for Michael Bennett, signed Haloti Ngata, and traded for Daryl Worley. However, they still have one position of need: the punter! Longtime punter Donnie Jones just retired and the Eagles only have UDFA Cameron Johnston under contract. While this might not seem like a sexy decision, having elite special teams is important to success. Just don’t use a second-round pick on a specialist.


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