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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/20/18.

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The number of Pennsylvania babies named Carson has skyrocketed since Wentz arrived - CBS
In 2015, two years before the Philadelphia Eagles would rewrite history and win their first Super Bowl, “Carson” was the 81st-most popular baby name in Pennsylvania. In other words, it wasn’t that popular. But a quick look at the U.S. Social Security database will tell you that the number of babies named Carson has absolutely skyrocketed since 2016, as NBC Sports Philadelphia reported Friday, jumping all the way to the 39th most popular name in 2017. You can be the judge as to whether that has anything to do with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, but ... you know what, there’s no judgement to be made. The spike in babies named Carson definitely has something to do with the Carson of Wentzylvania, er, Pennsylvania.

Eagles Draft Profile: Six things to know about Dallas Goedert - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to select Dallas Goedert with the No. 49 overall pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. In order to learn more about the new Eagles tight end, I reached out to Argus Leader Media. South Dakota State Jackrabbits writer Matt Zimmer (@argusmattz) was kind enough to answer my questions.

Results Over Credit - Iggles Blitz
There is another video where Pederson explains that he adjusted a play based on the fact Sam Bradford preferred the way that Chip Kelly ran that play. When Bradford told Pederson about the different version, Pederson embraced it and the Eagles still do that now. So many coaches would have been “My way or the highway” with situations like that. Not Doug. He puts his ego aside and genuinely wants whatever is best for the team. I can’t tell you how rare that is.

Eagles Autism Challenge A Spectacular Success Story - PE.com
“We’re out here for a reason and that is to make a difference,” Ertz said. “It’s fun and it’s something that is much, much bigger than what we do on the football field.” The fight against autism has a long way to go, and so does the opportunity for Eagles fans to help in the efforts. Donations, which grew to an impressive $2.3 million as the event ended, can still be made through the end of May, so don’t hesitate to contribute. Every bit of help is needed to combat the rapidly moving disease.

The Tiger’s Trap: how Eagles’ run game versatility creates disguise - Eagles Linc
The matchup problems Dallas Goedert will pose against base defenses was much discussed after the selection of the North Dakota State Bison in the second-round of the 2018 NFL draft. In contrast, the impact of an additional tightend in the run game was overlooked. Speaking after selecting Goedert Doug Pederson, on the other hand, was quick to emphasise his utility in the Eagles’ ground game … (on Tiger, or 12, personnel) “So … it’s beneficial in the run game, you’ve got some bigger bodies … it gives you the ability to run more power and more gap schemes”. The flexibility of personnel, combined with the variety of running plays conjured by offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland (whose background was in power-based schemes at Alabama), kept opposing defenses consistently off balance in 2017. The brilliance of the scheme employed by the coaching staff prevented opposing front sevens from easily diagnosing plays, making it almost impossible to defend.

Greg Ward still learning wide receiver position after great college career at quarterback - NBC Sports Philadelphia
“I still haven’t 100 percent gotten the position,” Ward said after a recent rookie camp practice. “I always feel like I can get better, always feel like I can learn something new, feel like there’ll always be something to improve on. “Last year was a big year for me. Just learning a new position, learning football period, learning from Alshon (Jeffery), Torrey (Smith) and Nelson (Agholor), it was a very important year for me. “Just gathering every bit of information I could watching those guys practice and watching them in games and then learning how to apply what you’ve learned to your game.” Ward never did get a chance to play, but he said he felt himself getting better as the year went along.

Way-too-early predictions for NFL team MVPs - ESPN
Quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz was a front-runner for league MVP in 2017 before he tore his ACL and LCL in December, and he intends to pick up where he left off as early as Week 1 against the Falcons. There could be a few bumps early as he gets re-acclimated, but Wentz should round into form before long and is motivated to taste the Super Bowl experience himself after being forced to watch from the sideline last season. --

Report: Cowboys Terrance Williams arrested on public intoxication charges - Blogging The Boys
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams was arrested and currently sits in a Frisco jail on public intoxication charges. Williams crashed his Lamborghini into a light pole and actually fled the scene.

The Light at the End of the Redskins’ Tunnel - Hogs Haven
I believe there is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel for the Washington Redskins. This light is certainly focused around building a solid base of young drafted talent, combined with a respectable coaching staff and functional front office. For the first time in what feels like decades, Redskins fans have something to look forward to. We are drafting well, developing that young talent, and putting together a competent front office who doesn’t overspend on aging free agents. The light is certainly shining much brighter in D.C. these days!

Johnny Manziel says he’s signing a CFL contract after 2 years out of football - SB Nation
Johnny Manziel’s last football game was Dec. 27, 2015 with the Cleveland Browns. More than two years later he’s getting another opportunity to suit up, although it’s not coming in the NFL. Manziel tweeted Saturday that he’s decided to sign a contract in the Canadian Football League. He didn’t announce with which team, but it’s pretty certainly the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

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