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Colby Covington takes up Donald Trump’s fight with Philadelphia Eagles: They suck - MMAJunkie
“What a joke,” Covington opined to MMAjunkie about the Super Bowl champs’ decision not to attend en masse a congratulatory ceremony at the White House. They live in the city of liberty, man – the liberty bell is right down the street. Their mascot is the eagle. That’s the American flag’s mascot. I’ve just gotta say that the Philadelphia Eagles suck. I can’t wait to take the belt to the White House, to the Oval Office, and put it on Trump’s desk.”
What are you most excited about for this upcoming Eagles season? - BGN
John, James, and BLG talk on SportsRadio 94WIP about what they’re most excited about for the upcoming Eagles season. Those things include: Year 3 of Carson Wentz, the Eagles-Rams rematch, one thing you may have forgotten about, and even more.
Mailbag: Will Carson Wentz’s knee make Doug Pederson less aggressive on fourth down? - PhillyVoice
Seven of the Eagles’ 20 successful 4th down conversions (more like a third as opposed to half) last year were indeed on QB sneaks with Wentz. They were a perfect 7 for 7 on 4th down QB sneak attempts. It’s certainly a fair question to ask if he can be as effective at them as he has been over the first two seasons of his career. QB sneaks take quickness, power, and savvy. It’s an underrated skill to have as a quarterback. I don’t think Pederson will shy away from calling them. It’s more a matter of, will Wentz still be as good at them while perhaps not having the same mobility and strength in his left leg as he is used to.
LB Update - Iggles Blitz
There is also Nate Gerry (#47 above). The second year player is no longer a rookie making the transition from college SS to pro LB. He has some experience under his belt on STs and even defense. He now wants to go from backup to starter. Gerry was 218 pounds at The Combine in February of 2017. That is not the body of a 218-pound kid anymore. He must have spent a ton of time in the weight room. That is someone in the 230-pound range, and with a chiseled build. Thankfully he didn’t go on the Lawlor diet to bulk up.
Fipp Prepares For NFL’s Special Teams Changes - PE.com
“It’s going to be a faster play. I think there’s going to make for more action,” Fipp said. “At the end of the day, I think it’s going to be an exciting play. I don’t know for sure whether there will be more returns or less. Time will tell on that. What we’ve decided to do is just run a million different things. Each week we’ve installed three or four different returns and we go to the practice field and run them and see what we like and don’t like and then keep coming up with more ideas and seeing how they look. We just learn more and more things the more we do it.”
Fly like the Eagles! In copycat NFL, teams need to follow Philadelphia’s lead - New York Daily News
But this time, it’s not copying the Eagles’ football that is important. What the NFL’s commissioner, owners and franchises need to do is copy the Eagles’ social awareness, the organization’s handling of some of our nation’s most sensitive and significant issues, and its constructive dialogue and actions related to them. The Eagles players’ social activism is well-documented and admirable. And it seems Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie encourages this culture in which his players feel comfortable speaking up against social injustice, in support of the issues most important to them, and in which he stands beside them and not above them.
For Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, It’s Time to Compete Again - The MMQB
I remember a conversation I had with then-Ohio State coach Jim Tressel nine years ago, when Jenkins was entering the draft. Tressel called him one of the two or three best leaders he’d ever coached. All of that has been on display over the last year in how Malcolm Jenkins has taken a guiding role in the players’ ability to get their message out, and use some of the political collateral they’ve accumulated to make a difference.
Terrell Owens, Michael Irvin have a brewing feud - PFT
On Saturday, Owens injected Irvin’s name into a back-and-forth with FS1’s Jason Whitlock, who also has lambasted Owens for his decision to skip the enshrinement ceremony. After taking gratuitous shots at Whitlock’s weight, Owens agreed to meet Whitlock for donuts after Whitlock loses 100 pounds. And then Owens added this: “Bring ur boy @michaelirvin88 too. I got some ‘powdered’ donuts for him. U 2 Uncle Tommers!”
Comparing LeSean McCoy’s production with Philadelphia Eagles vs. Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Since his debut with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, running back LeSean McCoy has established himself as one of the league’s premier ball carriers. But just how good has he been compared to the rest of the league’s running backs? How has he fared for the Eagles in contrast to the Bills? Take a look below for a breakdown by the numbers.
The Texans Are the NFL’s Most High-Variance Team - The Ringer
One online sportsbook recently pegged the Texans’ over/under win total for 2018 at 9.5—a number eclipsed by just five teams, all of whom make up the list of obvious Super Bowl favorites. Those early odds reveal an awful lot of optimism around a squad that won just four games last year, and that swing’s clearly because of the anticipated return of Houston’s two most important players: quarterback Deshaun Watson and defensive lineman J.J. Watt.
Earl Thomas announces he’s holding out until Seahawks give him a new contract - SB Nation
Thomas is entering the final year of a 4-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2015 — and it’s led to a difficult position for both sides. The Seahawks are in dire need of Thomas to anchor their defense, especially following the release of Richard Sherman and trade of Michael Bennett, however Thomas is seeking one more long-term contract, and he’ll be 30 before the season begins. Nobody can blame the team for not thinking about their future and the danger of tying up too much cap space in an aging safety, should his level of play diminish in upcoming years.
Damn if Malcolm Jenkins’s protests aren’t effective. pic.twitter.com/MY8QFm5uOI— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 10, 2018
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