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Eagles strutting around with Super Bowl swagger - NBC Sports Philadelphia
It wasn’t just that the Cowboys, Redskins and Giants won 12 Super Bowls from 1972 through 2012, and the Eagles won none. It was that they rubbed it in our faces along the way. And there was nothing Eagles fans could do except wait and hope that next year would be different. And it never was. Until now. The air of invincibility the Redskins had back when they were winning Super Bowls? That arrogance America’s Freaking Team had during its heyday? The attitude the Giants had when they kept coming out of nowhere to win Super Bowls? Now it’s our turn. And whether it’s Jason Kelce delivering the Speech of the Century at the Art Museum or David Akers openly mocking Cowboys fans on national TV inside their own stadium or Howie Roseman trading up past the Cowboys to snag the tight end they coveted, it’s finally the Eagles who’ve got that swagger about them. The Eagles have the rest of the division scrambling, and the franchise is clearly enjoying every moment of it. The Cowboys got to host the draft and then had to sit there and watch as it turned into a three-day celebration of everything the Eagles accomplished.

What was the Eagles’ most important move in the 2018 NFL Draft? - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #312). In this episode, we review the Eagles’ 2018 NFL Draft class, determine the most weekend’s most important move, apologize to David Akers, and much more.

Agholor Gets the 5th - Iggles Blitz
I watched more tape of Matt Pryor, the OL the Eagles took in the 6th round. Joe Douglas talked about the TCU-OU game. Pryor was solid in that contest, but didn’t stand out all that much to me. I watched him in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and was impressed. Pryor played RT in that game. He had a handful of dominant moments. That was encouraging. I am going to watch a few more TCU games before doing a longer write-up on him. I certainly do feel better now than I did during the draft.

Eagles Lined Up For Offensive Fireworks -
It’s called “13” personnel – one running back and three tight ends – and how much you see it this season in the Eagles’ offense remains to be seen. The fact that head coach Doug Pederson can dial it up, and do it with players who are going to create matchup nightmares for defenses, is why he’s so excited ...

Post-NFL draft storylines: Can anyone catch the Eagles? - ESPN
Who has the best chance to knock off the Philadelphia Eagles? Look, the Eagles have one of the league’s strongest rosters, and they will deservedly be picked by some to repeat as Super Bowl champs. But history tells us quite clearly that it’s really tough to do. The last team to repeat was the Patriots, and that was 14 years ago. The only teams to appear in consecutive Super Bowls since then were the 2013-14 Seahawks and the 2016-17 Patriots. So with the NFC stacked with contenders, it’s going to be tough for the Eagles to get to the big game in Atlanta. The Vikings and Saints are in go-for-it mode, as are the Rams, who spent the draft dealing down Patriots-style after dealing some high picks for veteran players earlier in the offseason. There’s no reason to think the Falcons and Panthers won’t still be good, and the Packers and Cowboys loom as bounce-back candidates. Whoever from that list of contenders had the best weekend could have a leg up in a really fascinating NFC race.

Dallas Goedert: An ‘honor’ to be an Eagle - 94WIP
Goedert was named Dallas by his father because of his father’s love for the Cowboys. ”I was a Cowboys fan until I was like seven, eight years old,” Goedert explained. “My name was Dallas so it just made sense to be a Cowboys fan, but then I moved in with my stepdad and he converted me to a Packers fans.”

Hayne’s advice to NFL draftee Mailata - NRL
“I think he needs to understand you have to expect the unexpected, that’s the biggest thing,” Hayne told ”You can go into the NFL and understand a little bit of what you’re going to learn, but until you sit down in a room and see the playbook, the defensive schemes, it just blows your mind. I went in there with some idea, like ‘oh yeah, I kind of get it’ but not only do you have to learn all the schemes, but you also change them every week. And it’s not one of those things where you get time to learn and change them; it’s like ‘BOOM we’re doing this now’ and you’re expected to know it,” Hayne said.

How the Eagles hope to turn rugby player Jordan Mailata into offensive tackle - Inquirer
“I wasn’t playing top-tier football [rugby],’’ he said. “I was right under top tier. I was told I was too big to play rugby. They wanted me to lose another 30 or 40 pounds, which was unrealistic because I’ve only got about 10 percent body fat.’’ Last August, after his rugby season ended, officials from the agency that represents Mailata put together a highlight video to send to other rugby clubs in Australia. It also e-mailed it to someone in the NFL who is involved with the league’s two-year-old International Player Pathway program, which creates potential opportunities for a select group of foreign-born developmental players. Each team in the NFC South last year was allotted one extra practice-squad spot for an international player. There will be a limited number of practice-squad allotments again this year for foreign players. But because Mailata was drafted, the Eagles won’t get an extra practice-squad spot for him.

NFL Draft just the latest reminder that Philly > Dallas - PhillyVoice
With the whole sports world watching, Jerry Jones fell flat on his surgically-repaired face at the NFL Draft over the weekend, reinforcing just how far the Eagles have pulled ahead of the Cowboys – and how much better a sports city Philadelphia is than Dallas. Life truly is great right now, isn’t it? Over the past calendar year, the Eagles have hosted the best outdoor draft in American history, have leapfrogged past all three of their NFC East rivals, have vanquished the hated New England Patriots in winning the Super Bowl and hosted an epic championship parade that declared an official end to the city’s underdog status.

Five intriguing bottom-of-the-roster Eagles - The Athletic
Tre Sullivan. Behind Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, the only veteran safeties on the roster are Chris Maragos and Sullivan. Maragos was one of the injured reserve all-stars for the Eagles in 2017 after suffering a torn ACL in Week 6. If he recovers fully, he’ll continue his role as a special teams standout, but he’s a disaster on defense. Sullivan, meanwhile, suffered a minor injury in the preseason finale last summer after a somewhat impressive preseason. The Eagles then signed Sullivan to the practice squad in November when he had recovered from the injury. Joe Douglas name-dropped Sullivan in his pre-draft media availability. There is a Corey Graham-sized hole on the roster that could eventually be filled by a street free agent or by Graham himself. Third safety is a significant role on the defense — Graham played 44 percent of the snaps in 2017. The glut of cornerbacks means that one of them — Rasul Douglas, perhaps — could eventually transition to safety. The Eagles are also reportedly signing undrafted rookie Jeremy Reaves out of South Alabama, whom they liked enough to bring in for a pre-draft visit. But Sullivan, 6-feet, 200 pounds, has a chance. The 24-year-old does seem to welcome contact. He’ll have to prove he can hold up in coverage if he’s to make a push for the roster. This two-play stretch from the preseason finale tells the story of a box safety with coverage limitations. Graham was tasked with covering Rob Gronkowski during the Super Bowl. Chris Gragg is no Gronkowski.

How the 2018 Draft Proved That the Modern NFL Doesn’t Exist - The Ringer
Now that teams will get league-wide tracking data for the first time this season, we are going to hear a lot in the coming years about “new school” vs. “old school” in the NFL. Except the smartest teams—the Patriots and Eagles among them—use both schools of thought. Teams across the league are operating in vastly different universes from each other, and I am not smart enough to know what the proper balance is. But I do know that the teams who figure it out are about to have a huge advantage.

NFL Player Argues For The League To Allow Weed As A Painkiller - Deadspin
While diving toward the goal line in 2013, then-Buccaneers running back Mike James fractured his ankle. It was a gruesome injury that ended his season. Initially prescribed opioid painkillers, James told CNN he found a drug that worked better for him: cannabis. Though James said he didn’t use marijuana to manage his pain again until last year, he tested positive for the drug in August. When test results came back in October—James spent last season with the Lions on injured reserve—he applied for a medical use exemption for marijuana, becoming the first NFL player to do so. He said he became dependent on the opioid painkillers prescribed to him by team doctors, and found marijuana handled his problems better than other drugs. Last week, the NFL denied it.

Cayleb Jones suspended for four games - Daily Norseman
[BLG Note: Former Eagles UDFA wide receiver.]

13 picks from the 2018 NFL Draft that everyone should love - SB Nation
The Eagles trading to the pick right before their division rival Cowboys to grab the best tight end left on the board was awesome.

Get your Sixers playoff shirts! - BreakingT


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