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Eagles News: Donnel Pumphrey added weight and got stronger

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/24/18.

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Pumping Up - Iggles Blitz
Pumphrey was a great college player. His size wasn’t an issue and he piled up the most yards in NCAA history. Pumphrey got to the NFL and things changed. He had Staley pushing him hard, which can be challenging for any RB. Pumphrey also had to adjust to being part of a RB group rather than a workhorse. Oh yeah, there was also the challenge of going against NFL defenders every day. Pumphrey needed to get stronger mentally and emotionally. It sure sounds like going from college star to NFL scrub got his attention. Rather than blaming Staley or his teammates, Pumphrey acknowledged his issues and dealt with them. Knowing his job is on the line, Pumphrey also got stronger physically.

Explaining why the Eagles cut Mychal Kendricks - BGN
This was financially inevitable. There was just no way the Eagles were going to keep Mychal Kendricks on the roster at his $7.6 million cap figure. I’ve said that all along. Allow to me to rehash my argument one final time.

Doug Pederson & Carson Wentz’s Press Conference At OTAs - BGN Radio
Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz spoke about their plans for this season at OTAs this morning.

Eagles 2018 locker room seating chart - PhillyVoice
On the chart below, the players at the top of the chart are in the back of the locker room. View the chart below as if you’re walking into the locker room from the bottom of the chart. At 53 man cutdowns, the middle rows will be removed and all 53 players (plus 10 practice squad guys) will fit in somewhere along the left or right walls.

Nick Foles can earn $500K per game in restructured deal - ESPN
Nick Foles will make $250,000 for each game in which he plays one-third of the snaps as part of his restructured deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, a league source told ESPN. In addition, Foles can earn an additional $250,000 for each game in which he plays at least 33 percent of the snaps and the team wins, amounting to a maximum value of $8 million, according to a league source.

A Locker Room Filled With Hungry Dogs -
Each of them did it their own way after winning the Super Bowl and partying up Broad Street and down the Parkway for the Parade of Champions. Some of them disappeared. Some of them hit the talk-show circuit. All of them healed. Nearly four months after winning Super Bowl LII, the Eagles are back at it. They’re on the field. They’re doing 11-on-11 stuff, no matter how surreal it feels for others that the 2018 season is really, truly here. What’s interesting – and extremely encouraging -- to see as the Eagles get after it in Phase 3 of the offseason is the high level of energy the players have. At first glance, the team has picked up right where it left off in the emotional-reserve category. “It’s football. We’re back. The brothers are back and it’s great to see everyone come together,” offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. “We still have that hunger and that purpose. We aim to keep winning.”

Eagles not complacent on first day back since Super Bowl - NBC Sports Philadelphia
This was a little different than last time the Eagles were on the football field together. There were about 50 people watching instead of 100 million. They were in an indoor practice facility in South Philly instead of U.S. Bank Stadium. And there was a little bit less at stake in Tuesday’s OTA practice than in Super Bowl LII. The Eagles figuratively turned the page on 2017 Tuesday morning when the 2018 Eagles practiced together as a team for the first time. “We haven’t all been together on the field since the Super Bowl, so just having everybody back was really nice,” Nigel Bradham said.

Did Eagles or Mychal Kendricks have the right evaluation of his abilities? - Inquirer
He got his opportunity when Hicks went down, and he filled in nicely, but it ultimately wasn’t enough — for either side. “Too talented for the [bull],” Kendricks said in a text message Wednesday. “Time for me to go play.”

Eagles’ Mack Hollins again willing to work for bigger role - The Intelligencer
Hollins rode his bicycle to that game. He regularly bikes 15 minutes to practice at the NovaCare Complex — as he did Tuesday — and the Linc for games. He doesn’t have a car and won’t take his motorcycle. “It’s fun to ride (the bike) through Philly, but it’s a little dangerous,” he said with a smile. “You’ve got to have some experience to do it.” As for the difference being a second-year guy compared to a rookie last year in offseason workouts, Hollins said it’s that he knows the playbook and can just line up and play. Hollins doesn’t care if it’s outside or inside in the slot, he’s willing to play wherever needed as long as it means he’s on the field more this fall. “I know all of the positions,” he said. “Wherever coach (Doug Pederson) or (offensive coordinator Mike Groh) or (receivers coach Gunter Brewer) want me, I’ll play. If it’s left tackle and (Jason Peters) needs a breather (I’d do it).”

NFL Anthem Policy: Why Owners Decided on the New Rule - The MMQB
A look at the why and how behind the league’s controversial new policy, and what looks to be an early and obvious mistake. Plus, notes from around the league on Kirk Cousins’ start in Minnesota, Ryan Tannehill’s return, Zack Martin’s upcoming and likely market-setting deal, a lesson to remember as Manziel tries to make it back and much more.

Snap-Weighted Age: 2017 NFL Rosters - Football Outsiders
The Rams and Jaguars finally turned their young talent into playoff berths in 2017. Cleveland looks to be taking over the mantle for “team of the future.” Also: Buffalo’s wild turnover and the youngest secondary in eight years.

Report: Cowboys’s Zack Martin absent from Tuesday’s OTAs, unclear if he will report to any - Blogging The Boys
Zack Martin is one of the very best offensive linemen that the NFL has to offer. It’s for this reason that the following is, at the very least, concerning. According to ESPN’s Todd Archer, Martin was absent from Tuesday’s voluntary OTA session and it’s unknown whether he’ll report to any.

The NFL’s New National Anthem Policy Is Anything but a Compromise - The Ringer
With the league approving a rule change mandating that players on the field stand for the anthem, the NFL is going beyond just restricting player rights; it’s giving owners an avenue to punish those who kneel to protest racial injustice

Making the national anthem mandatory just makes your patriotism cheap as hell - SB Nation
1) Hi, I’m going to lead with this: I think the playing of the national anthem before sporting events should not be mandatory in any way whatsoever. It should not be mandatory for employees, for fans, for mascots, for anyone to stand and listen to it. If someone reads this and disagrees, that’s cool. It’s great, actually. It is super American in the best possible way, even better than Whitney Houston singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a white warmup suit in 1991. It’s hard to get more massively American than that, but civil disagreement is there.


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