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PFF’s top 25 NFL players under 25 for 2018 - PFF
25. Ronald Darby, CB, Philadelphia Eagles. Darby makes his second appearance on this list, now with three seasons under his belt. He has graded very well in two of them including the 23rd-ranked 84.2 overall grade in 2017. When quarterbacks targeted his coverage last season, they didn’t get much in return, collectively producing a 57.2 passer rating.

Howie Roseman is ranked as one of the best NFL GMs - BGN
Roseman deserves his ranking among the NFL’s best general managers. He’s responsible for the Eagles having one of the best quarterbacks and one of the best head coaches in the NFL. Not to mention the Eagles still have one of the most talented and deep rosters in the league as well. Roseman was able to build a championship contender due to his understanding of value. The marriage of Roseman’s analytical background with Douglas’ ‘football guy’ experience has worked wonders for the Eagles. It should also keep them in contention for the foreseeable future.

Five Eagles camp battles to watch - PhillyVoice
If the season began today, Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby would likely be the outside starters, with Mills kicking inside to the slot in nickel, and either Sidney Jones or Rasul Douglas playing on the outside. That said, Jones shouldn’t be counted out as a starter on the outside. Prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, Jones was thought of by many as the best corner in the draft before he tore his Achilles and subsequently slipped to the second round. If Jones has a stellar camp, he could force a situation in which the Eagles simply can’t keep him off the field. To be clear, we’re not predicting that, but it’s reasonable to believe that Jones could make that happen. On a side note, as we have noted previously, Jim Schwartz isn’t afraid to let rookie cornerbacks play, so don’t count out 2018 fourth round pick Avonte Maddox out at the slot corner spot as well, though that’s more of a long shot.

Eagles Are Planning a White House Visit. But Is There a Better Use of Everyone’s Time? - Sports Illustrated
It begs the question: Is there a better use of everyone’s time? The idealist in me wondered if the traditional setup could be scrapped for an open forum and took the theory to a few people who have been through the White House visit before. Maybe, the White House could take the hour everyone spends lining up on the stairs to smile for the picture and listen to the jokes and put the president in a room with the athletes who represent well the diverse ideas and backgrounds of the nation he governs. However, even the current president’s schedule doesn’t allow for much wiggle room, especially when a team has to charter a flight in and out of town specifically for the occasion. And would it feel equally as disingenuous as the current setup when a player’s heartfelt concerns were scrapped after a speedy 15-minute meet and greet?

Cameron Johnston settling into role as Eagles punter - NBC Sports Philadelphia
It won’t be easy to follow Jones as the Eagles’ punter. After all, Jones is probably the best punter in franchise history and during his five-year stint in Philadelphia was one of the best in the league. “He was a great punter,” Johnston said. “It was big to be able to learn from him, the punting and the holding and just the tips that he had. He had that long of a career and being that successful, you try to learn as much as you can.” The holding aspect of Johnston’s job shouldn’t be overlooked either. He spent three years holding for the Buckeyes, but the Eagles have a new kicker from last offseason. Jake Elliott came in after Caleb Sturgis’ injury and won the job. All three specialist positions are held by new owners.

Where Are They Now? CB Al Nelson - PE.com
On November 28, 1964, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Al Nelson in the third round of the 1965 NFL Draft. Later that afternoon, he was chosen by the Buffalo Bills in the ninth round of the AFL Draft. Nelson had his mind made up where he would go by dinner. “Well, at the time, I thought the NFL was the better league. And I think that Philadelphia offered me a little bit more,” Nelson laughed. Nelson’s decision may have put more money in his wallet, but it was the Eagles who pocketed a bonus. That’s because while Nelson set rushing and touchdown records as a running back at the University of Cincinnati, Philadelphia’s head coach Joe Kuharich decided to have him initially line up at safety. He also had the rookie return kickoffs.

I didn’t trash rented L.A. mansion or shove its owner, Jay Ajayi insists - Miami Herald
Rather, she said, Ajayi was a guest in the home and not the renter, and that the owner tried to get his group to pay cash outside of Airbnb, which is a big no-no. Furthermore, the owner was well aware of what was happening in his home; he was on-site throughout their entire stay, Wadden said. ”The entire group voluntarily left the property several days early — no security or police were ever involved or on-site,” she continued. “They filed a complaint against the owner through Airbnb back in February that included screenshots of the owner asking for cash and trying to communicate outside of their platform [against Airbnb policy].”

Where Should Dez Bryant Land? - The Ringer
The market for the former Dallas receiver has been tepid, but his skill set would be valuable in the right situation.

Inside Nashville’s bid to land 2019 NFL draft: Make it a party - ESPN
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk beamed with pride, looking out at the seemingly endless rows of people dancing shoulder to shoulder down lower Broadway Street that night, and proudly proclaimed: “I am blown away by this. Nashville needs to host the NFL draft.”

J.J. Watt offers to pay funeral expenses for victims of Santa Fe High School shooting - SB Nation
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has reportedly reached out to Santa Fe High School — the site of Friday’s mass shooting in Texas — and offered to cover the funeral expenses of the victims. At least 10 people have died following the tragedy, with another 10 injured — the majority of which are students.

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