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Eagles News: Former Patriots player validates Lane Johnson’s criticisms of New England

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/28/18.

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Former Patriot says he “hated” his time in New England - PFT
Now-49ers defensive end Cassius Marsh said he “hated” his time with the Patriots. “They don’t have fun there. There’s nothing fun about it. There’s nothing happy about it. I didn’t enjoy any of my time there, you know what I’m saying?” Marsh said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It made me for the first time in my life think about not playing football because I hated it that much.”

Eagles Film Room: Smash Divide With Mike Wallace - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles dominated in the red zone in 2017 and part of continuing that success will rely on incorporating their new offensive weapons into their game-plan. One of those new additions, wide receiver Mike Wallace, isn’t exactly known for dominance in the red zone, but he does have 26 touchdowns from inside the 20-yard line over his 9-year career, which accounts for his 46% of his scoring plays.

Way too early Eagles 53-man roster projection - PhillyVoice
Running back (4): Jay Ajayi, Corey Clement, Darren Sproles, Matt Jones. The first three running back spots are set, with Ajayi, Clement and Sproles certain to make the team. The fourth running back spot will be a battle between Jones, Donnel Pumphrey, Wendell Smallwood, and undrafted rookie Josh Adams. I’ll give the Jones the early lead.

Peter King’s Favorite Stories, from SI and The MMQB - The MMQB
So many interesting things about Gun trey left, open buster star motion, 383 X follow Y slant. But what will live in Super Bowl history—and in the burgeoning legacy of Pederson and his vastly underrated 2017 coaching staff—is that this play was not one of the 193 in the game plan when the Eagles left Philadelphia; it’s one of 12 that got invented in Minneapolis. It has so many tentacles that it wouldn’t have mattered how much Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia and Ernie Adams studied the Eagles. They would not have found this. This wasn’t good coaching. This was superb coaching, the kind of coaching that wins a Super Bowl.

Seeds for Eagles’ red-zone and third-down success were sown last spring in OTAs - Daily News
Two years ago, in Pederson’s first season as head coach, the Eagles finished 24th in red-zone offense (49.1 percent touchdown rate) and 20th in third-down conversions (37.9 percent). Not coincidentally, they finished 7-9. Last year, the Eagles were ranked first in red-zone offense, converting 65.5 percent of their trips inside the 20 into touchdowns. They also had the league’s eighth-best third-down success rate (41.7 percent), and actually were first entering their last two regular-season games. In the playoffs, the Eagles were a lot more unstoppable on third down. They converted an astounding 60.5 percent of their third downs in the postseason, tying the 2014 New England Patriots for the best third-down conversion rate by a Super Bowl winner in league history.

Press Pass: Mack Hollins -
Wide receiver Mack Hollins talks about the depth at the quarterback position and how he feels about the new wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer who he has played for in the past.

Time for Aaron Rodgers to change after injuries? ‘Nope’ - ESPN
[BLG Note: Similar stories have been written about Carson Wentz. Star players aren’t going to change their play style because of a freak injury.]

The Rams’ All-in Approach Has Complicated the Aaron Donald Contract Dispute - The Ringer
Why has Los Angeles been reluctant to give the reigning Defensive Player of the Year a massive payday?

Would you rather stake your NFL offense on Case Keenum or Mitchell Trubisky right now? - SB Nation
This week’s NFL rhetorical asks whether you’d bet on a reclamation project or an unproven youngster.


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