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Eagles News: Cowboys owner says he was actually rooting for Philadelphia in the Super Bowl

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Jerry Jones said Eagles’ title adds more pressure, raises the bar for Cowboys - Star-Telegram
In the end, he said he found himself begrudgingly rooting for the Eagles. “As much as we have the rivalry that we have, and as frustrating as it was for the Cowboys not to be playing, as much as all of that, I was proud of them, given that narrow set of circumstances, could root for them,” Jones said. “That takes it right down to just absolutely no choice, you either do or you die. And I want to go again.” More important, Jones said the success the Eagles have raised the bar and put more pressure on a Cowboys franchise that has only had two playoff wins since 1997 and hasn’t reached the conference title game since winning their last of five Super Bowl titles in 1995. “I think it raises the bar. I think it puts pressure on the Cowboys,” Jones said. “They’ve took it down to the bone and brought it back up and have a world championship and we’ve been doing the same thing, where is ours? That’s fair. That’s fair.”

This gym video Jason Peters posted will start to get you pumped for the 2018 Eagles season - BGN
It’s only been one month since the Philadelphia Eagles played their last game (the Super Bowl). There are still six months until the start of the 2018 NFL season. But it’s never too early to start getting excited. Especially after you watch this video recently posted by Jason Peters which features a number of the Eagles’ 2017 injured reserve players grinding hard in the gym to get ready for next season.

Five NFL Combine ‘losers’ who could interest the Eagles in the 2018 NFL Draft: Offense edition - PhillyVoice
If teams drop Ronald Jones because he tweaked his hamstring, than they’re not good enough at evaluating film and should find different jobs. Still, if he’s available at the end of the first round, I could see the Eagles having interest as a home run threat in their offense, whereas an impressive Combine might have pushed him up the draft boards of some teams.

The First Move - Iggles Blitz
My guess…the Eagles want to trade Curry. Rapoport posted his nugget and the Eagles then contacted him to try and spin the situation. If other teams think the Eagles are going to let Curry go, they have no incentive to trade for him. Howie Roseman has a good poker face and normally does a great job with situations like this. The problem is that the Eagles need to clear cap space so he is going to have to make a move in the next 10 days. There will be deadline pressure on him and that makes it tougher to negotiate. Trading Curry for a late round pick makes the most sense. It helps the cap situation and opens the RDE spot for Derek Barnett, who flashed big time ability in 2017. The Eagles want to get Barnett on the field more this year. The team doesn’t have many picks so adding even a late round pick could help.

5 Questions With Answers Coming March 14 - PE.com
This goes back to Roseman saying the Eagles would be “creative.” Because, honestly, a year ago the thinking from this perspective was that the Eagles would be limited in what they could do as they acquired personnel. They were “tight” within the salary cap. But then we saw what they did and it was spectacular. The expectations, then, are modest. But we’ll see how it goes.

Roob’s 10 observations a month after the Super Bowl - NBC Sports Philadelphia
One thing I didn’t expect going into the Super Bowl was a big game from LeGarrette Blount. Blount’s productivity had clearly dropped the second half of the season. Through the Bears game in November, he was averaging 4.8 yards per carry — fourth-highest in the NFL. The next seven weeks, Blount averaged 2.9 yards per carry — second-worst in the NFL during that span. The other thing is, the Super Bowl is a young man’s game. Going into Super Bowl LII, only two running backs Blount’s age had rushed for 50 yards in a Super Bowl while averaging 4.0 yards per carry — none since O.J. Anderson in 1991. No running back 31 or older had ever averaged 6.0 yards per carry in a Super Bowl. Or even 5.0. So history was against him. And on the Eagles’ first drive, Blount had two carries for minus-1 yard. But Doug Pederson stuck with Blount, and on Blount’s next carry, he plowed through traffic for a 36-yard gain, and on his following carry, he ran 21 yards for a touchdown. Blount finished with 14 carries for 90 yards, unprecedented numbers for a back his age. It was a remarkable performance, even more remarkable considering his age and the way he finished the season.

NFL Combine 2018: What Philadelphia Eagles fans should know from Sunday’s action - PennLive
It will be hard for either of these prospects to drop into the Eagles range at the end of the first round, but Florida State’s Josh Sweat and Boston College’s Harold Landry had good Sundays. Sweat measured in at nearly 6-foot-5, 251 pounds with a wingspan of 84 1/8 inches, and that was before he ran a 4.53 40 and posted a 39.5-inch vertical. Sweat’s testing might bump him into the first round. Landry checked in at 6-foot-2, 252 pounds and ran a 4.64 40 and posted 24 reps in the bench press.

The NFL’s five best second-contract sleepers - ESPN
A torn ACL in August ended Trent Murphy’s season before it began last year, and the emergence of Preston Smith in a deep edge group led by Ryan Kerrigan may make Murphy expendable for Washington. While perhaps not a top-tier, elite pass-rusher, Murphy sets a good edge and had nine sacks and 22 hurries (per Sports Info Solutions) in 2016. And in a market where the only truly elite edge player, DeMarcus Lawrence, is nearly a lock to be franchise-tagged, Murphy might make more money than you’d think. Think of him as the next Connor Barwin -- not the guy you want as your No. 1 pass-rusher, but a solid support piece who is athletic and can play well against the run as well.

Mike Mayock — Quenton Nelson an option for Giants at No. 2 - Big Blue View
BLG Note: Imagine if the Giants draft a guard this high.

2018 NFL Scouting Combine: Live updates from Indy - PFF
Shaquem Griffin, edge, UCF. The best story of the draft class has now put himself in position to be the best performer of the entire combine. Griffin’s weight is now up to 227-pounds, he put up an amazing 20 reps on the bench press on Saturday, and on Sunday, he posted a 4.38u 40 time. While there still appears to be significant debate as to his best NFL position, his measurables this week, when combined with his on-field production, suggest he can be an edge. He posted 55 total quarterback pressures in 2017, including a double-digit performance against Auburn in the Peach Bowl. His snap count and effectiveness were nearly identical on each side, and his pass-rush productivity score of 16.9 ranked second in the draft class.

Shaquem Griffin just ran the fastest 40-yard dash by a linebacker ever - SB Nation
Need a feel-good story to get excited about on a on Sunday? Here you go! One day after linebacker Shaquem Griffin’s incredible 20-rep bench press performance with a prosthetic hand at the NFL Combine, he continues to light things up on Sunday. During his 40-yard dash, Griffin officially ran a 4.38, which was the fastest time of the day. That wasn’t just the fastest time of the day — 4.38 is the fastest time for a linebacker since 2006, when Stanford’s Jon Alston ran a 4.40.

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