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NFL Insiders predict: Does Suh give Rams the best defensive line? - ESPN
Matt Bowen, NFL writer: Eagles. Adding Suh will generate hype in L.A. when the veteran pairs with All-Pro Donald on the interior of the Rams’ defensive line. However, the Vikings look pretty salty up front after landing Sheldon Richardson in free agency, and the Eagles have the NFL’s most complete defensive line. With multiple edge rushers, Fletcher Cox inside and proven depth, Philadelphia can throw fresh legs on the field to shut down the run game and hit the quarterback. [BLG Note: Five out of six writers picked the Eagles here.]

Mock Draft: Mel Kiper projects Eagles to take first round tight end - BGN
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NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Post-free agency edition - PhillyVoice
1) Eagles: Duh. I mean, they won The Super Bowl without their MVP quarterback, Hall of Fame LT, and young playmaking quarterback of the defense, among others. They lost a few role players in free agency, but uh, I think they’ll be fine.

Updated Draft Visits and Interest - Iggles Blitz
The thing that really stands out to me is the amount of work being done on DTs. Some of you will interpret this as the Eagles maybe having concerns with Tim Jernigan. I suppose that is possible, but I think this is really more about the Super Bowl. The Eagles didn’t get good enough pressure up the middle in that game. You can also see this in the Giants games when Eli was getting rid of the ball quickly. The best way to fight that is through getting pressure up the middle. While the Eagles are looking at lots of DTs, the guys they have shown the most interest in are players that can pressure the passer.

What’s holding up Brandon Graham’s new contract with Eagles? - Inquirer
Graham’s next deal is likely his last opportunity to cash in. But he shouldn’t have as much urgency as the Eagles to negotiate now. If he enters the coming season without a contract Roseman risks losing him next offseason unless he’s willing to use the franchise tag that should be worth as much $19 million. The Eagles aren’t yet at the point of no return. But with the start of the offseason program a little over two weeks away, and Graham free to stay away from voluntary workouts if he wants to apply pressure, Roseman may feel compelled to expedite the process. He faced similar circumstances with Cox two years ago and tackle Jason Peters last year, and in both cases, extensions were worked out by June.

New Helmet Rule Changes The NFL Game -
The most significant takeaway from the NFL Annual Meeting is one that changes the game of football – how it’s played, how it’s officiated, and how it’s watched. Get on board with the new rule now in place after a vote from the league’s owners that penalizes and potentially ejects players who lower their helmets and use it to initiate contract with another player, because it’s perhaps the most sport-altering rule in decades ...

PFF’s early look at the top 10 potential free agents for 2019 - PFF
For years, Brandon Graham was labelled as somewhat of a draft bust because despite being the 13th overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, Graham had never finished a season with more than seven sacks heading into 2017. His overall pressure numbers were among the best in the league though, so it made sense that a big sack year would happen at some point. That came last season, with 11 sacks in the regular season and one in the Super Bowl that led to a key fumble. Heading into 2018, he has racked up 386 total pressures since entering the NFL, and that production is not easy to find.

Q&A with Joe Banner: On Bennett, Wallace and shopping McNabb - The Athletic
If I had a positive recommendation from the medical people, this is something I would absolutely do. My question when I was reading Doug’s comments was: Why hasn’t anybody else called Sproles? And it wouldn’t be out of the question that they already have a loose understanding with each other that he’s coming back. At a minimum, as a return man, he helps them. He helps them in the locker room. I think it still looked like he can take snaps and be an asset in the offense. And at a minimum, he’s an insurance policy if he’s on the roster mainly as a return man. But if you have some injuries, you know how you can use him and he can make you better.

Mike Freeman’s 10-Point Stance: Why the Giants Might Actually Trade Beckham - B/R
The Giants say they intend to keep Beckham, which is likely the case. However, two sources whose teams have been in contact with the Giants told B/R that they weren’t as definitive about keeping Beckham as they have been in public. Without question, the sources say the Giants are open to business when it comes to Beckham.

A Brief History of NFL Rule Changes Allegedly Ruining Football - The Ringer
From Tom Landry to Richard Sherman, there’s one common thread that ties together the lifespan of professional football in America: complaining about the latest regulations

5 NFL teams that could pull off a trade with the Giants for Odell Beckham Jr. - SB Nation
Giants owner John Mara saying the team is “certainly not shopping” Beckham, but that he and every other player on the team aren’t “untouchable” may not sound like much. Yet, it’s a change of tune for Mara, who was 100 percent committed to making sure the receiver didn’t go anywhere a year ago.


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