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Eagles News: Josh Adams is trying to become the next Corey Clement

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Josh Adams trying to replicate what Corey Clement did with Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Adams is an interesting guy. He stands 6-2, 225, so he’s got good size, and he’s fast enough to rank among the leaders in yards per carry in college football each of the last three seasons. In fact, his 6.6 career average is eighth-best in Division I over the last 10 years. He was limited at practice Friday because a foot injury that he says isn’t serious — he said he’d be back “sooner than later.” But a year after Clement made the 53-man roster and wound up becoming a Super Bowl hero as an undrafted rookie from the Philly suburbs, Adams — a Warrington native and Central Bucks South graduate — is trying to do the same thing.

Which Eagles rookie will make the biggest impact? - BGN
John, BLG, and Tra all sit down and discuss their first impressions of Eagles rookie mini camp, which rookie could make the biggest impact, Ian Park singing the Halo theme, trying to figure out the best nickname for Jordan Mailata, and much more.

Some Rookie Talk - Iggles Blitz
One player I haven’t written about is DB Jordan Thomas from Oklahoma. He played really well in 2015, was more up and down in 2016 and mainly down as a senior. Thomas got a Combine invite and had a great workout. He had a vertical jump of 38 inches. He posted a great SS time of 3.94. There was only one downside. He ran 4.64 in the 40, and at only 187 pounds. That’s not ideal. Thomas is a press corner who loves to jam receivers and then run with them. That helps to make up for his lack of speed. While his workout numbers would show great quickness and agility, I didn’t see that on game tape. He struggled to change directions. At his best, he might remind you of Jalen Mills.

Josh Sweat is glad to get to the NFL, and to the edge - Daily News
“Coach Fisher, because I played that ‘four technique,’ it was a lot different, huge dudes in there, so every now and then, he’d say, ‘Take a day,’ just to get me to Saturday. It wasn’t because of the knee.” One vestige of Sweat’s Florida State “Buck” setup is that he is most comfortable in a four-point stance, with both hands on the ground. This is generally considered less effective on the outside, where hand placement in warding off a block is so important — it ought to be a benefit to have a hand already at waist level. “I’ll still play it here, all four down,” Sweat said. “There’s just something weird about having one hand up. I don’t know, I don’t feel as explosive.”

Cameron Johnston Aims To Win Punting Job -
While the Eagles played their way through the regular season and the playoffs, ultimately winning Super Bowl LII, Cameron Johnston was in Columbus, Ohio running a gym and preparing for another chance to be an NFL punter. It didn’t take long after the 2017 season ended for Johnston to get another shot, and this time he intends to take the next step. Johnston, an All-American punter at Ohio State who was a Ray Guy Award finalist (given to the nation’s top punter) in his senior year when he had a 46.7-yard gross average to rank fifth in the country, 24 fair catches in 56 punts, 26 inside the 20-yard line, and only five touchbacks, is the lone punter on the Eagles’ roster. He was here last summer and Johnston did well, averaging nearly 45 yards per attempt in the preseason and holding on field goal attempts.

Eagles Adam Zaruba feeling comfortable in bid to stick at tight end - EaglesWire
“It was shocking,” said Zaruba on Friday, following the first practice of rookie camp, about his football baptism last year. “It was all so very different. Things are coming at you really fast. You have to be able to sort of slow it down a little bit and think about it. “You have to able to take failure every single day because you’re going to fail a lot. But it’s being able to take those failures and adjust those things and turn them into successes and keep building on what you’re doing.”

Updated Best-Ball RB Tiers - Rotoworld
Summary: These are RB2 types with probable job security and upside to vault to RB1 levels if they get positive injury luck and hold off their competition. Albeit surprisingly, the Seahawks invested the 27th overall pick into Penny and intend to shoehorn him into a workhorse role. Still, Penny must show better passing-game chops than he did at San Diego State. Guice will lose passing-down snaps to Chris Thompson but should dominate carries, especially in scoring position. On LSU tape, Guice reminded me of Ezekiel Elliott. Michel will inherit Dion Lewis’ duties in New England’s high-scoring offense. He will share time with Burkhead and James White but should lead the team in carries. Lewis and Henry figure to split work nearly evenly; Henry offers more touchdown upside, and Lewis superior passing-game skills. Despite the Michel pick, Burkhead isn’t going away after the Pats re-signed him to a three-year, $10 million deal. Burkhead scored eight TDs in ten games last season and is a better receiver than Michel, who only caught nine passes as a senior at Georgia. Miller, Lynch, Ajayi, and Collins escaped the draft without their teams making significant running back additions. Jones and Freeman must win camp battles, but both project as their teams’ carry leaders.

Wilks on Cardinals QBs: ‘Sam Bradford is our starter’ -
Prior to last month’s draft, All Pro running back David Johnson predicted the Cardinals will boast the NFL’s top offense this season if Sam Bradford stays healthy. Now that first-round draft pick Josh Rosen has arrived as Arizona’s quarterback of the future, though, it’s fair to wonder if Bradford will be under center when the season opens. New coach Steve Wilks addressed the issue on Friday’s edition of Rookie Camp Live, telling NFL Network’s Omar Ruiz that Bradford is atop the depth chart but Rosen can win the job.

Matt Millen Fights For His Life: ‘It’s Getting Late. We Need a Big Stop’ - The MMQB
A football stalwart gamely battles a rare disease—a heart transplant looms as a possibility—with an attitude of acceptance on acreage in rural Pennsylvania. Other sections include a look back at the late Chuck Knox’s career; notes on Matt Patricia, Mark Ingram, Adam Vinatieri; and more

Josh Allen threw exactly 1 pass for the Bills before Jalen Ramsey started trash-talking him - SB Nation
Jalen Ramsey has built his reputation as a cornerback on two qualities. The first is his ability to shadow receivers at an All-Pro level. The second is his ability to talk trash, often at or near an All-Pro level. He gave the world another example of that Friday. Bills first-round quarterback pick Josh Allen has only thrown a handful of passes in his capacity as a pro, but he’s already gotten the chance to experience the latter. It all started when Buffalo proudly tweeted out Allen’s first drills with his new team.


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