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Dan Orlovsky: In 10 years, we’ll have Carson Wentz in GOAT discussion - NFL.com
“I live in Philadelphia. I can not go anywhere in Philadelphia where someone doesn’t talk to me about how much they love Carson Wentz. When I tell people I live in Philadelphia, they always wants to tell me how much they love Carson Wentz and how great he is. 18 wins in his first 29 starts. He’s already in the NFL history books for most completions within his first 24 starts. 540 completions. I look at it like this. When we think [Greatest Of All Time] at the position, our brains kind of automatically go to Peyton Manning, Tom Brady. Their sophomore years, Brady had 28 touchdowns, 14 picks. Manning had 26 touchdowns, 15 picks. Carson had 33 and 7. He took the sophomore slump and Dikembe Mutombo finger wagged it. But I kind of want to paint this picture. Those guys, and I’ll put Joe Montana in the conversation too, what’s helped those guys become GOATs is really good play-callers, and incredible general managers. Brady had, for the great majority, Josh McDaniels [as a play-caller] and Bill Belichick as his general manager. Joe Montana had Bill Walsh and John McCoy.and Peyton had Tom Moore and Bill Polian. Carson Wentz has got Doug Pederson and Howie Roseman. He’s got an incredible play-caller, [and a] remarkable GM. I think, in 10 years, we’ll be talking about Carson, because of those guys, we’ll be talking about Carson in that GOAT conversation.”

NFL executives think Eagles got one of the biggest steals in the 2018 NFL Draft - BGN
Goedert definitely seems like a good value selection for the Eagles, especially considering he easily could’ve been in play at pick No. 32. Instead, Philly traded out of the first round, picked up a 2019 second-rounder from the Ravens in the process (and moved up seven spots in the fourth), and eventually got Goedert at No. 49 overall. Giving up a 2018 fifth-round pick has to be factored in to the equation, but the bottom line is the Eagles got their guy.

BG on the Mend - Iggles Blitz
Interesting. I don’t recall hearing about Graham having a banged up ankle. Graham will miss time this spring, but it sounds like he will be fine in time for Training Camp. That’s important. Graham is a veteran and doesn’t need a ton of work, but TC is good for veterans. It gives them the chance to get in football shape so they’re ready for the grind of the season. OTAs aren’t as important, especially for D-linemen.

The candidates to be 2018’s No. 1 fantasy quarterback - PFF
The Eagles are going to take their time with Wentz as he recovers from his late-season ACL injury. That’s easy to do when your backup won the Super Bowl MVP award. With the danger of Nick Foles starting the year under center in Philadelphia, Wentz’s stock is starting to drop a bit. Wentz has a bright future and he put it on full display during his own MVP run last year. From Weeks 5 to 14 last year only Wilson scored more fantasy points and no quarterback had more than his 0.64 fantasy points per dropback. If that version of Wentz shows up again and plays a full season this wager could pay off, but that is a big if.

The names ahead of Billy Brown on the Eagles’ depth chart have changed, but is he better off? - Inquirer
“Obviously, you want to be playing … but you’re with these guys every day, it’s like your brothers, your family,” Brown said last week, during the Eagles’ rookie minicamp. As a 2017 rookie who didn’t play in any games, Brown was among eight “first-year players” at the camp, in the confusing argot of the NFL. “It was too close for comfort,” Brown said, when asked what he remembers from his day on the sidelines of the most memorable Eagles victory in 57 years. “Our whole team was ready to play. Everybody made plays when they needed to make plays. It’s a testament to the whole season.”

LB LaRoy Reynolds Enters To Help On Special Teams - PE.com
The 27-year-old Reynolds was originally signed by the Jaguars as a rookie free agent out of Virginia in 2013. He spent two years with Jacksonville before joining the Chicago Bears in 2015. Reynolds becomes the 10th linebacker on the Eagles’ roster. Last year, Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, and Mychal Kendricks were the starters in the base package to open the season. Paul Worrilow, Reynolds’ former teammate in Atlanta, and former Bronco Corey Nelson were signed in free agency. Kamu Grugier-Hill has emerged into one of the league’s better special teams players. Nathan Gerry and Joe Walker both got on the field in 2017 and Asantay Brown was brought in as a rookie free agent out of Western Michigan.

Jeremy Reaves went undrafted but has chance to make Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Jeremy Reaves may have gone undrafted, but the rookie safety was far from unwanted. “The phone was going crazy,” said Reaves, one of 15 rookie free agents signed by the Eagles. “It was draft 2.0 for me.” Reaves is accustomed to being overlooked. After drawing interest from multiple SEC schools, he wound up attending a mid-major due in part to an injury. Throughout the draft process, so-called experts said he was too small and too slow. The 2017 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year wasn’t even invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. So, when Reaves’ phone started ringing off the hook post-draft, it was unlike anything he had experienced since high school.

Dreams and Nightmares, Deferred: The Unlikely and Extraordinary Freedom of Meek Mill - The Ringer
The dynamic is broader and older than Meek Mill. For more than a quarter century now, young, black musicians have turned to hip-hop—a dominant, lucrative musical genre—as a clean professional recourse from an otherwise bleak outlook. The genre also serves as a seductive political channel, where white audiences might come to examine black experience, at a distance, and empathize with black people; in Meek’s case, criminal justice reform. Unfortunately, empathy doesn’t always work quite like this. At Rolling Loud, Meek performed his signature record—the tumultuous “Dreams and Nightmares”—and the crowd chanted along, even as Meek lost his breath and dropped the verse. Meek released Dreams and Nightmares, his major-label debut album, six years ago. Ever since the song’s release, fans have come to regard the Dreams and Nightmares intro as Meek’s crowning achievement. It was the song that scored the Philadelphia Eagles’ triumphant rush to a Super Bowl victory. After so many listens, it’s easy to remember the lyrics. And yet it’s easy to forget, or overlook, that the song’s plaintive first half is a rumination on jail time and opportunities lost to a gruesome and possessive system. “Seen my dreams unfold / Nightmares come true.” The song’s second half takes an exhilarating turn as Meek, seemingly invincible, raps wild and free. In real life, Meek’s freedom is far more tentative, still dependent on powerful whims and court dates, as always.

Sports gambling in New Jersey will begin this month - PFT
New Jersey is wasting no time in getting into the sports gambling game. In less than two weeks, Monmouth Park will open a sports book and begin taking bets, the racetrack and casino has confirmed. The target date is Memorial Day, Monday, May 28. Dennis Drazin, president and CEO of the company that operates Monmouth Park, says his understanding is that once the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on sports gambling outside Nevada, there’s nothing stopping Monmouth Park from taking bets immediately, even if New Jersey’s legislature hasn’t passed any state laws regulating gambling.

Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles to sign books in Harrisburg in June - PennLive
Foles is scheduled to sign copies of his book, “Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure and Overcoming the Odds,” at Harrisburg’s Midtown Scholar Bookstore on June 29. The memoir will detail Foles’ faith, football journey and his rapid rise from backup to Super Bowl hero.

Long Drives and the Running Game - Football Outsiders
When an offense is simply looking to maintain possession for as long as possible, is there an inherent advantage in running the ball as opposed to passing?

Why NFL rivals should only play once a season, like in college football - SB Nation
The NFL would be more fun if division rivals met once a year.

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