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Ranking Roster Chances: Eagles 2018 UDFA Haul - BGN
The reigning Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles possess one of the toughest rosters to crack for incoming undrafted free agents. With depth at several position groups, the task of making this stacked team is not impossible, but calling it an uphill climb would be generous. With that in mind, I ranked the top contenders based on their chances to see the 53-man roster when it all shakes out.

Pederson’s Task: Balancing Act In Offseason -
This is the challenge a Super Bowl-winning head coach faces, as Doug Pederson understands very well: Given the nature of the short offseason after playing as late as February 4 and also knowing how a seemingly much-improved roster has provided competition from one end to the other, Pederson’s vision has to be both on the “now” and on September. In other words, he has to manage his players, the ones who still have some soreness from the Super Bowl, and he has to allow the newcomers to show their best stuff.

Philadelphia Eagles Are Living Large, Thanks to the Work of GM Howie Roseman - Sports Illustrated
Roseman started exploring these roads during what he calls his “gap year”—when Eagles owner Jeffrey stripped Roseman of his player-evaluation role and gave control to Kelly at the end of the 2014 season. But that gave Roseman the opportunity in 2015 to visit with some of the top teams across sports and see what he could glean and bring back to Philadelphia. “When you talk to GMs in baseball or basketball or hockey, the trade market’s much more active,” Roseman says. “It’s about finding win-win solutions. Just because we benefit from a trade doesn’t mean the other team has to lose. They can get what they need out of it, too. You see in a lot of our moves that the other team got good production out of what they got, whether it was draft picks or players as well. That’s OK. That’s how you can do more trades, by having win-win solutions.”

The safety in numbers could be Eagles undrafted rookie Jeremy Reaves - Daily News
Brian Dawkins had a few questions for Jeremy Reaves. It’s likely the Eagles great player and current team executive asked the same of the other prospects who visited the NovaCare Complex before the draft. But Reaves’ answers may have resonated more with Dawkins, once also deemed too small to play safety. It takes one to know one. “He asked me why I do what I do. Why do I enjoy what I do. What makes me wake up in the morning and say, ‘I want to go to practice.’ ” Reaves said. “I just told him my situation. Told him where I came from. Told him how I lost the game for a while, and it gave me a different perspective on everything.”

Brian Dawkins talks about upcoming HOF induction - 94WIP
Brian Dawkins will be formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 4th. Dawkins will be joined by Terrell Owens, Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, and Brian Urlacher. Additional tickets will be available for purchase starting on Friday, May 11 at 10 a.m. ET here. Weapon X joined Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie on Thursday’s 94WIP Midday Show.

Report: Atlanta Falcons signing former Cowboys DT Terrell McClain - The Falcoholic
We knew the Atlanta Falcons were going to add a defensive tackle after bringing in only Deadrin Senat to replace multiple losses at tackle, headlined by Dontari Poe. Former Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins lineman Terrell McClain was cut lose after the draft, and quickly became one of the hottest names available. Per Jordan Schultz, Atlanta won the sweepstakes for McClain.

Joint training-camp practices unlikely this year for Eagles - Morning Call
Although their preseason plans are far from set, the Philadelphia Eagles likely won’t be having any joint practices during training camp and haven’t seriously considered spending another week in Los Angeles following a long road trip late in the season, according to coach Doug Pederson. Speaking before taking the field for the first of three rookie camp practices on Friday, Pederson also reiterated his plans for taking it easy on many veteran players to make sure they stay fresh throughout the summer and are in peak condition to start the season.

NFL Insiders predict who will go down as the best pick of 2018, more - ESPN
Seifert: Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles. We all know how the Eagles use their tight ends. In two seasons under coach Doug Pederson, they have targeted tight ends an NFL-high 348 times. Goedert will get plenty of opportunities, and with long arms and a flair for dramatic catches, he is built to be a red zone star.

Mailbag: Dawn of Eagles era? Rams-49ers rivalry back? -
So, yes, history is instructive. But, no, a recent history of the NFL does not provide us with clues into the fate of the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles. What we do know is that they have impact playmakers everywhere and Carson Wentz appears to be on track for a Week 1 return. They also lost some key coaches, but Eagles fans should be in a place where they fully trust Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson. The Eagles have all the pieces in place to be an evergreen contender -- they have the potential to be in the back half of this decade what the Seahawks were in the front half. You couldn’t ask to be in a better place as a football fan.

How high will French WR Anthony Mahoungou be picked in 2018 NFL Draft? - AFI Review
[BLG Note: Pre-draft article on one of the Eagles’ UDFA signings.]

Eagles rookie Jordan Mailata wears real-life clown shoes - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Jordan Mailata’s feet are so big, he could probably fill out clown shoes. Lucky for him the NFL is built for large men. The Eagles’ seventh-round pick and former professional rugby player is 6-foot-8, 346 pounds and has 35 1/2-inch arms. He’s basically a real-life giant. But before getting fitted for his new Nike cleats the other day, Mailata had been wearing the wrong size shoes. Or perhaps there was some sort of confusion with the conversion from Australia. “See, I didn’t know I was an 18 until I came here,” Mailata said. “I thought I was a 16. I’ve been wearing 16s. The whole time I was wearing the wrong size, but maybe the measurement thing was off.”

Four Downs: NFC South - Football Outsiders
The Panthers need blockers, the Saints need a tight end, and the Bucs need safeties (as usual). In Atlanta, meanwhile, the players seem to be in place, but can the coaching staff overcome struggles of the past?

Everything you need to know about the NFL’s rookie wage scale - SB Nation
Gone are the days when rookie contracts are heavily negotiated, limiting some players’ need to hire an agent and giving teams more flexibility in making their choices. The league now operates using a rookie wage scale for incoming NFL players, reducing what had become a series of outrageously expensive deals for players who didn’t always pan out. With the elimination of a huge payday right out of college, the importance of spending wisely has been a growing trend, with more education for young players on how best to make their money last, in a league where job security doesn’t really exist. At Ohio State’s pro day, linebacker Jerome Baker — a third-round pick for the Dolphins — spoke at length about the advice he’s gotten throughout the draft process, most notably regarding making smart financial decisions.


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