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Eagles center Jason Kelce got married in Center City on Saturday -
Following the Eagles’ victory at Super Bowl LII back in February, center Jason Kelce’s Wikipedia page briefly read that he was the King of Philadelphia. While that designation may be true only in our hearts, at least he now has his queen. Kelce married Kylie McDevitt at the Logan Hotel in Center City on Saturday, April 14. Next up to the altar is quarterback Carson Wentz, who got engaged to Madison Oberg back in February.

First look at the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl banner - BGN
The Eagles released a cool video of Super Bowl winning head coach Doug Pederson talking about “the new normal” as players returned to the team’s facility for the start of Philadelphia’s offseason workout program on Monday. But before we take a deep dive into that, let’s take a moment to appreciate the glorious sight at the END of the video: the Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl banner.

Counterpoint Ep. 33: Don’t Be Worried About A Super Bowl Hangover - BGN Radio
Jack Fritz returns with a fresh pint of Haagen Dazs and tells you why you shouldn’t be worried about an Eagles Super Bowl hangover. Plus he throws up the X in honor of Dez getting cut, asks where Doug should take the Lombardi next and answers your questions in the CP Mailbag.

Mailbag: Are the Eagles still maybe trading Ronald Darby after Daryl Worley’s release? - PhillyVoice
I still think there’s a possibility the Eagles move Darby for a draft pick, though logically, the chances of that decreased after the team opted to release Worley in the wake of his dopey arrest Sunday morning. Even after moving on from Worley, the Eagles have very good depth at corner, in Darby, Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones, and Rasul Douglas. Still, if they’re going to move on from Darby, they better be certain that Jones is ready to step in and be a good starter. If there’s any doubt, I don’t think you can move Darby when you have a chance to compete for another Super Bowl. Oh, and they’d almost certainly have draft another corner too.

It Begins - Iggles Blitz
The players reported to the Novacare Complex today. They didn’t show up to check out Fran Duffy’s latest mock draft (they know what a hack he is) but rather to begin the offseason conditioning program. That might not sound like a big deal, but one year ago Doug Pederson laid the foundation for a Super Bowl team starting with offseason workouts. He preached competition and had the players battling on a daily basis for rewards such as parking spots. That sounds pretty simple, but it helped the players to push each other and also to bond. Pederson knows the value of laying a good foundation and made sure to get his message out to the players for 2018.

Eagles players with most to gain at OTAs — TE Billy Brown - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Brown has a natural advantage. There aren’t many people who are going to look better at a workout, which is basically what phase one and phase two of OTAs boils down to. But does Brown know and understand all of the finer points that make a tight end a tight end instead of a wide receiver? Brown dominated at Shepherd, amassing 188 receptions, 3,072 yards receiving and 32 touchdowns over his final two seasons alone. It’s not difficult to envision him becoming a weapon in the Eagles’ passing attack. Only there’s a lot more to playing tight end in the NFL than running routes. Brown must show improvement in the other aspects of his game this spring if he’s to have a realistic shot at earning a roster spot come summer.

How release of cornerback Daryl Worley impacts the Eagles - ESPN
The Eagles were believed to have an eye on defensive backs in April’s draft anyway. While there’s no guarantee they walk away with a DB, recent events will certainly not dampen their interest. Bottom line, this affects their depth and flexibility to a degree. It’s an unwanted headache that is compounded by the recent Michael Bennett indictment, but one they should be able to move past.

Philadelphia Eagles’ kicker Jake Elliott relishes return to Memphis - Commercial Appeal
It was one of his first trips back to Memphis since winning the Super Bowl, and as Elliott stayed and signed autographs following the spring game, he marveled at how fast life had changed since leaving the Tigers as its all-time leading scorer. “The last few months have been hectic getting all the requests from media,” Elliott said, “It’s been great to take a step back and enjoy and reflect on that first year in the NFL.”

Meet The Prospect: Vita Vea -
Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea is one of the most powerful prospects in the entire NFL Draft and Fran Duffy explains why he could be an option for the Eagles at No. 32 overall.

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Ten RB prospects who could make sense for the Eagles - The Athletic
Hines ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the combine, the best mark for any running back in the draft class. Drafted running backs since 2003 who ran better than 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash have averaged 4.42 yards per carry in the NFL, compared to the 4.24-yard average for all drafted running backs who ran at the combine. Surprise, in the aggregate, faster running backs are better than slower running backs. But that doesn’t mean this fast running back is better than his slower counterparts, especially since Hines is well-trained in maximizing his timed speed as an All-American sprinter for the N.C. State track team. As to whether Hines plays to that speed on the field, the answer is almost definitely yes. The real question is whether he can hold up as a running back at the next level. Hines only became a full-time running back last season after he was a jack-of-all-trades as a freshman and a receiver as a sophomore. But Hines looks at home as a running back, where he played in high school. He may have the most explosive open-field speed and the best ability to make defenders miss in space of any running back in the class not named Saquon Barkley. And for a player his size, he’s unfazed by contact. Hines also profiles as an impact returner from the start. Plenty of teams over the years have made the mistake of treating Darren Sproles as a template for success rather than a unique outlier, but Hines would be an exciting addition. The Eagles will have to acquire a day-two pick if they’re smitten with Hines.

Hot 150: Gil Brandt’s top-ranked prospects for 2018 NFL Draft -
16) Jaire Alexander only started six games in 2017 due to injury, but his numbers in the short shuttle (3.98 seconds) and three-cone (6.71) tell you he’ll be a starter and play well. If you want to see his skills on display, take a look at his tape from the Florida State and Clemson games in 2016.

Is Tom Brady leading a revolt against Bill Belichick? - PFT
Really, how many times can a guy give everything he has to keep scaling a mountain he already has scaled, especially when there’s no clear evidence that all work and no play is the secret to making it to the summit? The Eagles, a far more fun-loving and loose group than the Patriots, won the Super Bowl this year by beating the Patriots, thanks in part to Belichick choosing to send a message to the locker room in a way that kept one of his best defensive players on the bench for four hours. It’s one thing to process a pair of losses to the Giants that felt like divinely-intervened flukes. It’s quite another to lose the Super Bowl to a team with a head coach who doesn’t expect his players to be robots, thanks in large part to a specific effort by Belichick to remind his robots that they should remain robotic by removing the battery from Malcolm Butler.

This Startup’s 2 Helmets Are Officially the Safest in Football, According to the NFL - Inc
Wilson, in fact, was impressed enough that he decided to invest in the company this off-season. The company also counts former quarterback Roger Staubach among its investors, while fellow Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Tim Brown are on the startup’s advisory board. Lisa Ertz, mother of Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz--who caught the game-winning touchdown in this year’s Super Bowl--occasionally acts as a spokeswoman, despite the fact that her son hasn’t worn the helmet in any games. The younger Ertz is indicative of perhaps the biggest hurdle facing Vicis at this point: NFL players are free to choose their own helmet brands and, like a lot of top athletes, are also creatures of habit. Many have worn the same helmet for most of their lives and are thus resistant to switching.

Louis Riddick thinks the Giants will draft Saquon Barkley - Big Blue View
If the Browns don’t pick Sam Darnold, quarterback out of USC, the assumption has been that he would become a Giant with the very next pick. However, ESPN’s Louis Riddick, who was Dave Gettleman’s only real competition for the Giants’ general manager job this winter, believes that there is at least some disagreement among the Giants’ brass over what to do with the second pick. “My feeling is there’s a strong, strong, strong sentiment in the building for Saquon [Barkley], based on my experience there, if you know what I mean,” Riddick said while on a conference call Monday.

2018 NFL mock draft tracker: Mathbomb Consensus 1,000 - Pride Of Detroit
Well folks, I did it. Your friendly neighborhood completionist math nerd put together 1,000 mock drafts from May 2017 to the end of March 2018 to show just how often players are being mocked to every team. I am fully willing to concede that my sanity has taken a pretty big hit with this project, but in the meantime we’ve got some results to peruse.

Sports in the age of cannabis - SB Nation
We, as a nation, are changing the way we feel about cannabis. Gone are the days of Reefer Madness, the hysteria of the War on Drugs. As more and more states decriminalize and legalize cannabis, we are seeing a new American attitude that views it as much a business opportunity as something to be feared or banned. These attitudes are making their way into the sporting world as well. Some professional leagues still test for weed, though how eager they are to actually bust athletes is a matter of debate. And athletes are now seriously turning toward cannabis as a pain-management solution — as we learn more about the dangers of opioid abuse, weed appears more and more like a safer option.

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