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Dallas Goedert says Eagles fans are trying to get him to change his first name - BGN
A week ago today, the Philadelphia Eagles made their first selection in the 2018 NFL Draft by trading up to draft a tight end. But not just any tight end, as we know. A tight end named Dallas. The Eagles did this while the NFL Draft was being hosted in Dallas . And they traded up ahead of Dallas [the Cowboys] to take him. Talk about a power move. We’ve since learned that Goedert received his first name because his father was a Cowboys fan. (Ensue booing.) However, Goedert became a Packers fan growing up due to the presence of his step-dad. So thankfully at least one member of his family loved him. But now Goedert is a member of the Eagles. And the question is: should the rookie tight end have to change his name?

What the Tim Jernigan Situation Means for the Eagles - BGN Radio
John Barchard, James Seltzer and Brandon Gowton go over the recent news of Tim Jernigan’s injury and how that will effect his contract. Plus the Eagles exercise Nelson Agholor & Doug Pederson 5th year options, Darren Sproles is officially back, Markus Wheaton is an Eagle and so Is Joe Callahan. All that and more on Ep. 313.

Tim Jernigan injury puts Haloti Ngata back in spotlight - ESPN
Ngata, who signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal with the Eagles this offseason, won’t be asked to go it alone. Defensive ends Brandon Graham and Michael Bennett are both adept at moving inside on passing downs, and DTs Destiny Vaeao and Elijah Qualls are two promising young players who should contribute. But the Jernigan injury moves the accomplished veteran back into the spotlight. And for the Eagles’ D-line to be at its best, Ngata will have to show that he can still shine.

Breakdown: What The Eagles Saw In Maddox - PE.com
Fran Duffy is joined by Greg Cosell to break down what the Eagles staff saw in Avonte Maddox at the East-West Shrine Game this offseason and explain how he will fit with the Eagles.

Updated Best-Ball TE Tiers - Rotoworld
As tight end is a “onesie” position in most leagues – like at quarterback, you’re only required to start one each week – box-score expectations must be especially elevated for tight ends to be worth early-round fantasy picks. (We should be selecting at least two, and ideally three in best-ball drafts.) There are only three tight ends in the league that meet that tier-one criteria. Gronkowski hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2011, yet he’s finished as a top-two tight end in five of the past seven years. Kelce has topped 80 catches in back-to-back seasons. The Chiefs’ quarterback change to Pat Mahomes increases Kelce’s volatility, but he maintains an overall TE1 ceiling on a Kansas City team that looks explosive on offense but has backslid precipitously on defense. Ertz hovered in the 74-78 catch range with 816-853 yards in each of the past three years. He took a big 2017 step via touchdowns (8) after never topping four TDs in a previous season, so it’s fair to wonder if Ertz scored a bit above his head. I went back and forth on Ertz as a true first-tier tight end. Although he lacks the ceiling of Gronkowski and Kelce, Ertz’s floor is ultimately high enough that I think he belongs.

Dave Gettleman Vs. The Nerds - McNabb or Kolb
In summary, Dave Gettleman in his press conference constructed a straw man. The case for positional value does not rest on running back longevity. Instead the TL;DR argument is as follows: Using a high draft pick on a running back is a bad bet. At best, you expend draft capital in order to pay a guaranteed contract at a market equivalent price for a good player. At worst, you overpay twice: in draft capital and guaranteed salary for a bad player. Drafting a running back is risky. By assembling a portfolio of RBs, one can achieve similar performance to drafting a star, while diversifying risk, and saving draft / guarantee capital to deploy elsewhere. Your mother was right about eggs and baskets. The above argument relies upon the prior work of a number of individuals who sit behind keyboards, all of whom have advanced degrees in a quantitative field such as economics, and none of whom have played a snap of professional football. Gettleman, a #TrueFootballMan, will confidently dismiss this argument, regardless of its merit, due to its provenance. Eagles fans should pray he never gets fired, and lives forever.

What Matt Ryan’s extension means for Carson Wentz - NBC Sports Philadelphia
And that brings us to Wentz. He’s not as accomplished as Rodgers, who’s won a Super Bowl, or Ryan, who’s been to one, but based on his Pro Bowl performance before he got hurt last year, Wentz will be in line for a mammoth deal of his own. Wentz is signed through 2019 with the Eagles holding an option for 2020 that would pay Wentz the average of the top 10 highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, which would probably be close to $30 million. But the Eagles would like to lock Wentz up to a long-term extension as soon as possible because the longer he plays at an elite level, the higher his price tag goes.

The QB Avengers: Which Marvel character is your favorite passer? - CBS Sports
Carson Wentz is no Stephen Strange when it comes to prickly personality, but if there’s anyone who uses magic to keep his team in check, it’s him. Calm and poised as a zenful Strange from the start of his career, Wentz helped the Eagles go back in time to capture a long-elusive championship in 2017, and he did it by unleashing all kinds of inexplicable sorcery in and out of the pocket.

Trump to appoint Bill Belichick to his Sports Council - Axios
President Trump is appointing a number of sports celebrities, including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, to his “Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition,” Axios has learned.

Ereck Flowers is unhappy with the Giants, per Landon Collins - Big Blue View
It was conspicuous, to say the least, that when the New York Giants began their (voluntary) off-season program, only one player failed to show up for any part. That player, of course, was offensive tackle Ereck Flowers. Friday morning, Giants’ safety Landon Collins was a guest on WFAN and confirmed what most suspected -- That Flowers is not happy with the Giants.

The Patriots, Saints, and Chargers still don’t have their quarterback of the future - SB Nation
Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Philip Rivers will undoubtedly all land in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the end of their prolific careers. All three are among the top 10 all-time for passing yards and touchdowns, and were three of the top four passers for the 2017 season. But they’re all into the twilight years of their career. The New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Chargers all would’ve made sense as landing spots for Louisville’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. All three passed on the opportunity to take him. Now, three franchises that haven’t had quarterback issues in more than a decade could be backing themselves into a corner:

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