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Kelce: ‘One bowl of food isn’t going to suffice’ - SportsRadio 94WIP
Jason Kelce is Philadelphia’s spirit animal. Kelce appeared on Wednesday’s GMFB and had the best line when asked if the Eagles are still a hungry team.

Inside the Film Room: New Eagles OT/OG Matt Pryor - BGN
Pryor is big, tall, long, and wide. He’s just plain hard to get around, which—while seemingly a tad obvious—is a necessary strength to highlight. Recovery ability in offensive linemen is typically illustrated by fleet-footedness or power through angles—both of which Pryor has, as we’ll see—but it also includes the sheer size to survive when a rusher generates a good path to the quarterback. Pryor has his slew of pass protection issues that you’ll see in these reps—and that we’ll discuss later—but his girth and length allows him to salvage reps he should have lost.

A deeper look at the Eagles’ signing of running back Matt Jones, with video analysis - PhillyVoice
Jones has some similarities to LeGarrette Blount, who left the Eagles in free agency this offseason. But clearly, before he ever sees the field in meaningful situations (or even makes the team), Jones is going to have to fix his fumbling issues, which is easier said than done.

Disciplined - Iggles Blitz
Scouts, personnel executives and general managers live for the draft. That is a very special event for them. Free agency and trades are crucial as well, but the draft is different. Players are scouted over the course of months and it becomes somewhat like a relationship. “That’s my guy” is the kind of thing a scout might say about a 6th or 7th rounder, someone the average fan dismisses as a long shot. The 2018 draft was pure torture for Howie Roseman, Joe Douglas and the Eagles scouts.

Early Impressions Positive For Rookie Eagles -
Long way to go for Maddox, but as you read above he had a good first weekend and could get an initial look in the slot at cornerback. And that means what for the rest of the cornerback group? Can you keep Maddox, Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones, Ronald Darby, and Rasul Douglas and give them all reps? What about a group of young veterans also in the mix (De’Vante Bausby, for example) who are fighting for roster spots? There aren’t a lot of teams with depth at cornerback. The Eagles, early in this offseason, appear to be in promising shape here.

Undrafted rookie Bruce Hector has decent shot at Eagles’ roster - NBC Sports Philadelphia
When rookie defensive tackle Bruce Hector signed with the Eagles after the draft, he agreed to join arguably the deepest defensive line in the NFL. Now, thanks in part to an injury up front, the South Florida product could get a serious look this summer. News that starting interior lineman Tim Jernigan underwent back surgery and might be out of action until midseason changed the outlook up the middle. Fletcher Cox and Haloti Ngata are expected to hold down the fort, but Jernigan’s absence will inevitably open the door for at least one more regular contributor to emerge. Could it be Hector? He was clearly a priority for the Eagles, who reportedly signed off on $60,000 in guarantees — the largest sum promised to any of the club’s 15 undrafted free agents. The competition behind Cox and Ngata doesn’t exactly appear to be insurmountable.

How the Philadelphia Eagles’ slot fade play became so effective - USA Football
The Philadelphia Eagles offense features a unique blend of West Coast passing concepts and modern spread offense principles. This gave the Eagles the best of both worlds and placed them on the cutting edge of offensive football. Specifically, the use of the slot fade concept gave the Eagles one of their most efficient third-down calls in 2017. The play is diagrammed below.

PFF 2018 NFL Draft Recap - Philadelphia Eagles - PFF
At 5-foot-9, 184 pounds, Maddox backs his small stature with a physical style of play in coverage. His mean streak and high-end athleticism will play a key factor in his success at the next level, especially if he adapt to a slot cornerback role that is now void in Philadelphia’s defense with the departure of Patrick Robinson. He’ll have to learn to operate from an inside alignment quite quickly if he’s slotted there, after playing just 40 defensive snaps at slot cornerback over his final two collegiate seasons.

Cost of success? Eagles endure surgery-filled offseason - ESPN
Put it all together, and that’s 11 Eagles players who have had surgery in recent months, including six who have had procedures since the season ended. While it’s difficult to quantify the direct impact of the extended season on those who played throughout, it can at least be said that the process of recovery was delayed for some. Given the end result, the Eagles will gladly deal with the residual effects from the 2017 season. But there’s no question that the health of this rather large group, which includes a number of stars, will be a central storyline as Philly begins its quest for a repeat.

Hall of Fame honors Super Bowl photograph of Nick Foles and his daughter - PFT
Carr’s photograph has been chosen as the winner of the Dave Boss Award of Excellence in the 50th Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Photo Contest. The Hall of Fame will recognize Carr at this summer’s enshrinement ceremonies, and his photograph of Nick and Lily Foles will go on display at the Hall of Fame.

Michael Bennett’s hearing delayed again | When will his case be resolved? -
It has been nearly two months since Michael Bennett was indicted on a felony charge of injury to the elderly stemming from an incident that occurred at the 2017 Super Bowl. Bennett, acquired by the Eagles in a March trade, was originally scheduled for his arraignment on April 23, but that was pushed back to this week, scheduled for Thursday. Not anymore -- Bennett’s hearing will be “put off until we wait for state to provide promised discovery,” said Rusty Hardin, Bennett’s Houston-based lawyer. It is now scheduled for June 27.

Philadelphia Eagles undrafted free agent Tim Wilson has ‘55 kids that are in his corner’ at Bonner-Prendergast - PennLive
Earlier this week, Wilson beat those odds when the Eagles signed him to their 90-man roster. Wilson is still a long shot to be on Philadelphia’s active roster when the season kicks off in September. But he’s one step closer than he was a month ago. And for a group of high school football players outside Philadelphia, it’s an unexpected brush with a potential NFL player. Since January, Wilson had been working with the Bonner-Prendergast football team as its strength coach. And when the Friars found out Wilson was invited to Eagles camp and subsequently signed, it provided a thrill.

The Big Gamble: NFL Needs To Be Careful of ‘Unintended Consequences’ That Betting Could Bring - Sports Illustrated
Examining a few unanswered questions about how pro football, and sports in general, will respond in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision. Mailbag items include: reader thoughts on Matt Patricia story; an optimistic Browns fan checks in; reaction to the Matt Millen story; and much more.

Rick Gosselin’s all-time NFL Special Teams Unit - Talk of Fame
Personal protector: Brian Mitchell. Fifth-round draft pick. Seasons: 14 (1990-2003). Teams: 3 (Washington, Philadelphia, NY Giants). Mitchell needed to be somewhere on this team, and he could have been anywhere – personal protector, coverage, return specialist… Mitchell returned more kicks (1,070) for more yards (19.013) than any player in NFL history. He also scored 13 touchdowns on nine punts and four kickoffs. As a rookie, he led the Eagles in special-teams tackles with 26. Mitchell was a stout blocker in his capacity as personal protector and, as a former college quarterback, always a threat to pass or run off a fake. He threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Brian Dawkins on a fake punt in a 2002 game against the Texans.

Can Giants get Malcolm Bunche to reach his potential? - Big Blue View
At first glance, the 26-year-old Bunche seems like a classic “camp body.” He spent the 2015 season on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad after signing there as an undrafted free agent. Since then, he has had brief stints in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and last season with the Jaguars. He hasn’t been able to stick anywhere.

Randy Gregory will submit application for reinstatement tomorrow - Blogging The Boys
Randy Gregory is finally ready to apply for reinstatement to the NFL. According to reports, he will formally submit his application tomorrow (Thursday) for review by the NFL league office in hopes of rejoining the Cowboys.

What legal sports betting could actually look like in the United States, explained by gambling industry experts - SB Nation
Sports betting already exists in the United States. Many millions of dollars are wagered here every year at offshore and underground sportsbooks. That the Supreme Court has now paved the way for legal sports betting will bring much of this wagering out into the open. Change won’t happen immediately. The court’s decision didn’t legalize sports betting nationwide, but opened the door for states to do so on their own. That will take time, and when it happens, states could have a patchwork of regulations to deal with the need for oversight. Congress could also move to regulate sports betting, but states will be in charge unless the feds tell them otherwise.


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