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NFL people to root for: Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Wentz, Eric Berry - NFL.com
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Carson Wentz, QB. I want to say the whole team, because the Eagles are a likeable bunch whom nobody (outside of the NFC East) could be mad at. But if I had to pick a guy, I’d go with Carson. Mostly because he’s not super-sensitive about his backup winning a Super Bowl. Which probably isn’t something you’d say of a lot of marquee QBs.

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Which Rookie Will Make The Biggest Impact This Season? - BGN Radio
John Barchard, Brandon Lee Gowton & Tra Thomas all sit down and discuss their first impressions of rookie mini camp, which rookie could make the biggest impact, Ian Park singing the Halo theme and try to figure out the best nickname for Jordan Mailata.

Projecting roles in 2018 for each of the Eagles’ rookie draft picks - PhillyVoice
The Eagles will try to get Goedert up top speed mentally as quickly as they can, though I would bet that they will put a high priority on coaching him up in red zone situations. After the Eagles signed former Packers tight end Richard Rodgers, we published a film breakdown of his game. After going through that exercise, I’ll just say succinctly that if Goedert cannot overtake Rodgers as the No. 2 TE very quickly, that would be very alarming. In other words, there shouldn’t much of an impediment to Goedert landing that role when the season begins. Out of the box, Goedert has a chance to be better than either Trey Burton or Brent Celek (late-career version) as a receiver. A reasonable statistical benchmark could something around 30 catches for 350 yards and 5 TDs as a young role player in an already stacked offense.

Couple of Changes - Iggles Blitz
So the Eagles cut a former Big 12 star who made plenty of big plays and had a good Combine workout so they could add an undersized WR from East Stroudsbourg. Nothing strange about that, right? Thomas was either awful on the field or dumb off the field. He ran 4.64 at the Combine so we knew speed was an issue coming in. It is hard to believe that a bunch of rookies and other young receivers would have run circles around him, but you never know. One of the tests in rookie camp is just to see how players act. Do they follow instructions? Do they hustle on the practice field? Are they good in the classroom? How do they interact with other players?

Greg Ward Chases Roster Spot At WR - PE.com
Every rep is important for Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward, so he greedily gobbled up as many as he could get during the weekend’s Rookie Minicamp. Ward is not a rookie, having spent 2017 on the team’s practice squad, but he’s as hungry as one and he knows he’s still chasing the elusive perfection. Signed as an undrafted rookie a year ago after a brilliant four-year career at the University of Houston first as a receiver but primarily as a quarterback, Ward has made steady progress. “My level of comfort is way better than it was last year and I feel I’m a lot better than last year,” Ward said during the weekend. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work in and I’m going to continue to do all the extra work – on the field, catching the football after practice, working on my routes and my release, things like that. I’m always trying to become a better receiver.”

Radnor’s Tim Wilson wins a contract with impressive Eagles rookie camp - Delco Times
The Eagles found Wilson at a pro day at Temple, where a coach told him he clocked 4.42 in the 40-yard dash. There also were 17 bench presses at 225 pounds, a conversation and on Monday, a contract. The process began four weeks ago, Wilson sensing his quickness and special teams ability might be enough to earn him a chance to play some more days. “It was about a month ago,” Wilson said. “They gave me a call after that and I got the invite. I want to show them my speed and my versatility. I play special teams, kick return, punt return. I’ll be on kickoff and kick return. I just want to fight for a spot.”

Eagles’ Jordan Mailata beyond overwhelmed at 1st practice - NBC Sports Philadelphia
If Jordan Mailata wasn’t so damn busy maybe he’d call the good folks at Merriam-Webster and ask for a little help. See, the giant 6-foot-8, 346-pound rugby player-turned NFL draft pick needs a new word for what he felt after his first NFL practice on Friday. Overwhelming isn’t cutting it anymore. “I can’t put it on a scale. That’s how overwhelming it is,” the 21-year-old said. “There’s no scale to put it on. So many things that you have to think about. Overwhelming … that’s gone out the window. There’s no word to replace overwhelming. We’ll just say overwhelming.”

Five takeaways from Eagles rookie camp - The Athletic
Last year with the Seminoles, Josh Sweat had to play the four-technique, meaning he was head-up against offensive tackles, rather than in a wide alignment like the ones the Eagles use with their defensive ends. Sweat indicated that the scheme at Florida State affected his first step and overall pass-rush ability. “We read the guy that we were on,” Sweat said. “So I didn’t really look at the ball. If he was late, I was late. It had nothing to do with my reaction time. It’s a lot different here. Ball, get up. If somebody comes to get you, crash ‘em. That’s how I like it. I mentioned to Sweat that it sounded like he felt unleashed and free playing in Jim Schwartz’s system for the first time. “That’s exactly how I feel,” he said. “Instead of just playing the B-Gap and stuff like that. It was hard on the pass because you had to start in the B-Gap and then loop all the way out. It’s not like that anymore.”

Projecting Every NFL Team’s Starting Lineup for 2018 - B/R
Other than health, not much will change offensively between the Philadelphia Eagles squad that won the Super Bowl in February and the one that kicks off the season in September. Outside losing No. 2 tight end Trey Burton to the Chicago Bears, the Eagles’ biggest difference will be receiver Mike Wallace will take on some of the reps Torrey Smith vacated. Philly traded him to the Carolina Panthers after he posted 430 yards and two touchdowns last year. It is worth noting the Eagles play a lot of two-tight end looks, and second-round pick Dallas Goedert should get in the mix in those formations. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan could be out until November after back surgery, but he should be a starter when fully healthy. Defensive end Michael Bennett will replace cap-casualty Vinny Curry. There’s a chance Derek Barnett or Chris Long could start at defensive end, kicking Bennett inside, but starting Haloti Ngata at nose tackle in Jernigan’s replacement seems like the most likely scenario.

After landmark decision, NFL wants Congress to pass betting legislation - ESPN
For months, while the NBA and Major League Baseball began making their voices heard in the dozen or so states looking to legalize sports betting, the NFL sat on the sidelines, awaiting a ruling from the Supreme Court. That ruling came down Monday, and suddenly the NFL appears ready to get into the game.

Giants announce settlement of Eli Manning lawsuit - PFT
The civil fraud lawsuit against the Giants and quarterback Eli Manning officials has been resolved. The Giants issued a statement on Monday night confirming that the case is over.

The 1 position each NFL team should be worried about heading into the 2018 season - SB Nation
Philadelphia Eagles: defensive back - The Eagles are world champions, but they’re also the team that gave up 505 passing yards in the Super Bowl. Jalen Mills outperformed expectations last season, but Ronald Darby (eight games last season) and 2017 draftee Sidney Jones (one game) will both have to recover strongly from injury to bolster a relative weakness for a very good team. Fourth-round pick Avonte Maddox will also work to instill a youth movement in the Philadelphia secondary.

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