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Super Bowl bet: Zoo New England names goat ‘Foles’ - 6ABC
After the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, many fans were calling Nick Foles - the GOAT. The acronym stands for the Greatest Of All Time. But if you visit Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, you can now meet a Foles who truly is a goat. Not an acronym this time. Before the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Zoo and Zoo New England made a friendly wager. Each agreed to name their next-born goat after the opposing team’s quarterback, either “Foles” or “Brady.” To repeat, the Eagles won.

First glimpse of Carson Wentz at 2018 Eagles OTA workouts - BGN
The offseason of endless Carson Wentz recovery updates continues today thanks to a photo posted in a gallery on the Philadelphia Eagles’ official team site.

The Kist & Solak Show Ep. 35: Who Is The #Eagles Starting QB Week 1? - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak answer Twitter questions from YOU, gentle listener, and address a range of topics regarding the nickel/returner spots, who starts at QB week 1, the cap situation and a long-term plan at OT and LB.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Matt Pryor - PhillyVoice
Today we’ll find a comp for sixth round OT/OG Matt Pryor. I came up with Cyrus Kouandjio, a former Alabama offensive lineman under Jeff Stoutland who was drafted by the Bills, but is now on his third team since entering the league in 2014. First, let’s compare their measurables.

Eagles Add a Big Back - Iggles Blitz
Let’s talk about Jones. He lists at 6-2, 239. The Eagles lost LeGarrette Blount in the offseason so adding a big back to the mix makes some sense. Jones is only 25-years old. He’s got three seasons under his belt, but only 275 career touches. He’s got a lot of tread left on the tire. Put on the tape and you can see why some coaches and scouts just love this guy. At his best, Jones is a downhill runner with a good combination of size and speed. He does an excellent job of using his blockers when he’s out in space. Jones will be patient, wait for a hole to develop and then use a good burst to get up the field. He is an effective receiver and looks good on screens. So what’s the downside? Fumbles are the big issue. He fumbles the ball once every 31 carries. That’s not good, to put it mildly. Jones isn’t the most elusive runner. He’s not going to make a lot of guys miss. He averages 3.9 yards per carry for his short career. A guy with his ability should average more. The Skins O-line wasn’t the greatest in 2015 and 2016 so that has to be taken into account.

RB Matt Jones: An NFL Up-And-Down Story - PE.com
The Eagles signed running back Matt Jones on Wednesday, adding him to a very talented offensive backfield and, long story short, taking a flier on a player who has had a startling fall from grace in his career. Will a new home and a new offense ...

Meek Mill and Philadelphia Show Us the Path Forward to Criminal Justice Reform - Vice Sports
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins writes that the recent election of a progressive district attorney in Philadelphia has demonstrated how we can take action against systemic inequities.

Roob’s 10 pre-OTAs Eagles observations - NBC Sports Philadelphia
1. Here’s an intriguing thought: The Eagles have more talent at the skill positions in 2018 than they did in 2017. They’ll have Jay Ajayi for a full season instead of seven games. LeGarrette Blount had a nice start and a huge Super Bowl, but remember, over the last 10 games of the season he averaged only 3.6 yards per carry, 10th-lowest in the NFL. Corey Clement will have an expanded role, and a healthy Darren Sproles will make a difference. Mike Wallace replaces Torrey Smith, and Wallace had more catches and is a dramatic upgrade over Torrey Smith. The Eagles lost Brent Celek and Trey Burton, but I’d be surprised if Dallas Goedert doesn’t quickly surpass their combined 36 catches and 378 yards. They’re potentially more explosive at receiver, deeper at running back and better at tight end. Which is scary, considering the Eagles scored the second-most points in franchise history last year!

PFF 2018 NFL Draft Quotable – NFC East - PFF
Goedert was the No. 1 tight end on PFF’s draft board and even with Zach Ertz established, look for Goedert to play extensively as a rookie. Brent Celek and Trey Burton combined for 766 snaps the past two seasons.

Q&A with Joe Banner: On Jernigan’s injury, Wentz’s future payday and the Eagles’ draft - The Athletic
But the first decision the Eagles have to make is, ‘Are we gonna do this right after this year, which is the first moment we’re allowed to? Because we know we want to keep him, and it’s only gonna get more expensive.’ Or they’re gonna say, ‘Listen, we don’t really need to sign him for one more year, and it gives us an amazing opportunity on the cap to try to go for it all again one more time before paying $30 million per year. So let’s do it after year four. It isn’t the end of the world. Lots of players get deals done after year four.’ So that’s actually the most important decision they’re gonna make. And then they’re gonna hope that Wentz’s attitude is, ‘Listen, I want to be treated well. I want to get what’s fair for my position. But I’m not here to just squeeze every last dollar out of you that I possibly can by having conflict and threatening holding out and all this stuff.’ I would be shocked, knowing him and his agent, if he didn’t have the mindset of, ‘We see what the top guys are getting. We know what the market is. Get me in with those guys. We’ll be good to go.’

Kiper’s way-too-early Big Board rankings for 2019 NFL draft - ESPN In$ider
[BLG Note: There are 10 defensive linemen in the top 25 prospects. The Eagles could look to add another piece to the trenches next offseason.]

Pat Shurmur Believes In Eli Manning. Will the Giants Believe Too? - The MMQB
New York showed the world what it thought about its veteran leader when it passed on a QB in the draft, and the new head coach led the charge. Other sections include: Lamar Jackson’s turning point; early word on 2019 quarterback class; impact of Matt Ryan contract, and much more.

What Is Going on Between Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots? - The Ringer
The tight end is wildly underpaid, and his flirtation with Hollywood and the WWE might be his way of trying to squeeze more money out of New England

Report: Lions head coach Matt Patricia indicted, not tried, in 1996 sexual assault case - SB Nation
Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia was arrested, charged and later indicted by a grand jury on one count of aggravated sexual assault in 1996, but never stood trial or faced a conviction, according to a report in The Detroit News published on Wednesday. The alleged incident occurred while Patricia was a member of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s football team and involved one of his teammates as well.

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