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100 days from opener, Carson Wentz making strides - ESPN
The NFL season-opener between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons is 100 days away. That gives quarterback Carson Wentz a little over three months to get his surgically repaired left knee in game shape. So far, the signs have been positive. He opened some eyes by taking part in the early portion of practice last week at the start of OTAs -- showing off some decent mobility in the process -- and he saw an increase in workload on Tuesday as the Eagles’ offseason training resumed. Here’s a [detailed] snapshot of Wentz’s day.

Philadelphia Eagles Practice Notes: One cornerback unexpectedly emerges as player to watch - BGN
Carson Wentz update: Wentz mostly went through the same routine he did last week. It was a little different because the Eagles weren’t confined to their indoor practice facility. Wentz looked good throwing in individual drills. The only “team drill” work he did is throwing during 3 on 2. When the Eagles were doing 11 on 11 drills, Wentz was running sprints on another field. I find it very hard to watch him and think to myself ‘Oh, there’s no way he plays Week 1.’

Video of Carson Wentz throwing at Eagles OTAs - PhillyVoice
Dr. David Chao, who has a good track record of analyzing video and opining on players’ injuries from afar, wrote that Wentz looks good, but that the injury is far from behind him. As you’ll see in the video below, he’s careful about putting weight on his front foot when delivering the football. Even with a gimpy knee, Wentz still has plenty of velocity. The following is video that I have shot of Wentz over the first two OTA practices, which we’ll update on occasion to show his progress.

Is There An All Time Eagle On The Super Bowl Roster? - BGN Radio
John Barchard, James Seltzer and Brandon Lee Gowton all sit down to chat about OTAs, the Browns offering 35 for Foles and debating if anyone, especially Nick Foles, is an all time top 10 Eagles after winning the Super Bowl.

OTA Roundup – Week 2 - Iggles Blitz
Bausby got mentioned multiple times by Doug Pederson during the offseason so this is no fluke. The Eagles think this guy can play. While the team is deep at CB, there is always room for someone else with good cover skills. You never know when someone else will go down. The Eagles are having a competition to see who can win the slot job. As Schwartz mentioned today, there isn’t a lot of competition at the moment because this is such limited football. This is more about getting players ready for Training Camp. Still, it doesn’t hurt to play well and get the attention of the coaching staff. Bausby is off to a good start in that regard.

Five reasons why the Eagles will make the 2018 NFL playoffs -
I remember watching Pederson out there rocking his polo shirt and dad jeans during Super Bowl LII Opening Night and thinking, This dude looks like he’d be just as comfortable throwing down pitchers at McCusker’s Tavern in South Philly. He even looks like the kind of guy who would sit at the end of the bar and say stuff like, “Hell, I’d go for it here on fourth down. I DON’T CARE IF IT IS THE SUPER BOWL.” The only difference is that he’s actually doing that. In the Super Bowl. When you do crazy [stuff] like going for it on fourth -- calling for your tight end to throw a pass to your backup quarterback -- it gives your players the feeling they can do anything. It’s infectious. ”You learn if you play passive, if you play conservative, you are going to be 8-8, 9-7 every year,” Pederson told Peter King after the Super Bowl triumph. Preach. When your coach is afraid of his own shadow, that negatively impacts you, your team and the fans. I should know. I’m a Bears fan.

New OC Mike Groh Planning Seamless Transition -
He is not here to grab the headlines or gobble up the credit. Mike Groh, the Eagles’ offensive coordinator after a season coaching the wide receivers, has collaboration and teamwork on his mind. And winning, of course. “The thing about Coach Groh is that he is all about doing what’s best for the team,” said wide receiver Nelson Agholor, who thrived under Groh in the 2017 season. “He’s a great communicator and he just has a way with people. He’s a big part of what we do and I think he makes everyone around him better.”

Keys to the Eagles’ 2018 season: Stay aggressive, and don’t get comfortable - CBS Sports
“The bottom line for the Eagles, for me, is: Do they change who they are?” he said. “Sometimes, teams have success, then they change who they are. They’re not true to what they do offensively. And I mean (coach) Doug Pederson. And Doug Pederson is an aggressive play-caller who takes a lot of chances ... It’s one thing to say (you won’t change); it’s one thing to do it.”

Incredible depth at most positions make for plenty of Eagles roster battles - Allentown Morning Call
Corey Nelson or Nathan Gerry for the third linebacker? Josh Sweat, Aziz Shittu or Steven Means for the final spot in the pass-rush rotation on gamedays? Josh Adams, Matt Jones, Wendell Smallwood or Donnel Pumphrey for the fourth (and likely final) running back opening? Richard Rodgers, Billy Brown, Adam Zaruba or Josh Perkins for one opening tight end? A dizzying array of wide receivers with not enough roster space for at least half of them.

Xs and Os behind Watson and Wentz 2017 breakouts - Pro Football Weekly
The NFL might be facing a changing of the guard at the QB position. Veterans like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger are still playing at high levels but are walking down fairways on the back nine of their careers. But fear not, fans of the passing game, as some young quarterbacks are more than ready to pick up the baton. Two of them, Houston’s Deshaun Watson and Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz, were off to very strong starts — with Wentz playing like an MVP — before their seasons were cut short because of knee injuries. In this piece we will look at some route concepts that aided their strong starts, as well as highlight some other play designs that can help continue their development so they can take their place among the NFL’s next great quarterbacks.

The NFL’s Anthem Policy: Impact on Players and Locker Rooms as League Ignores NFLPA Again - Sports Illustrated
The owners once again cut the NFLPA out of the discussions on a major policy, seeding more distrust with the union, leaving Goodell to take the heat (again), and proving that Colin Kaepernick is still the most discussed player across front offices. Plus, five memories of Peter King in the boss’s final week at The MMQB.

Mychal Kendricks visiting Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman
The Vikings do have plenty of questions at the linebacker spot behind the younger Kendricks and Anthony Barr, and Mychael Kendricks could end up being an answer for that. I’m not sure what sort of price tag he would carry, but if the Vikings are having him in for a visit, they must feel that they can afford it.

The 2018 NFL All-Discount team, built with the best value players at each position - SB Nation
Cornerback: Marcus Peters, Rams, $1,741,931
Cornerback: Ronald Darby, Eagles, $1,058,139
Cornerback: Kendall Fuller, Chiefs, $647,500
Curiously, the three cornerbacks on this list were all traded in the last calendar year. Part of the reason Peters was traded from the Chiefs to the Rams was because the two-time Pro Bowler is set to receive a huge contract soon, and Kansas City didn’t want to front the bill. Fuller was traded by Washington as part of the Alex Smith deal, and Darby was traded partly due to concerns about his fit in the Buffalo defense under new coach Sean McDermott. When the dust settled, the Rams, Eagles, and Chiefs got three capable starters at an affordable price. At least, for now.

The Curious Case of Bryan Colangelo and the Secret Twitter Account - The Ringer
[BLG Note: This is so insane!]


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