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Prisco’s Top 100 NFL Players of 2018: Rodgers tops Brady for No. 1, Jaguars have most on list - CBS Sports
36) Fletcher Cox - He is a disruptive force inside for the Eagles, a guy who plays the run really well is also a good pass rusher. 54) Brandon Graham - He doesn’t pile up huge sack numbers – getting 9½ last season -- but his presence is felt with the way he consistently pressures the quarterback. 70) Carson Wentz - He was in the MVP conversation last season before he was lost with a torn ACL. He’s expected back for the opener, and he should be back to his winning ways. 72) Jason Kelce - His smarts and quickness are imperative to the Eagles offense as he remains one of the top centers. 82) Zach Ertz - He was a big reason why the Eagles’ offense was able to help the team win a Super Bowl. He had 74 catches with eight touchdowns. 88) Malcolm Jenkins - He is a versatile player who can do a lot of things and is a big reason why the Eagles are the Super Bowl champs.

Eagles Rookie Profile: Six things to know about Josh Adams - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Notre Dame running back Josh Adams in undrafted free agency following the 2018 NFL Draft. Due to a foot injury, Adams hasn’t been able to practice yet, but he could push for a roster spot if he gets healthy. In order to learn more about the Bucks County native, I reached out to SB Nation’s Notre Dame blog: One Foot Down. Fighting Irish writer Joshua Vowles (@TheSubwayDomer) was kind enough to answer my questions.

Chris Long still intends on getting Ken Flajole tattoo, and a body location has been decided - PhillyVoice
“He showed me the picture,” Flajole explained. “He showed me where it’s going. He hasn’t done it yet. He said he’s putting it on his lat (latissimus dorsi), or on his back.” Flajole then pointed to the area on his body where Long said he was going to get the tattoo (shown to the right). ”I wont be there,” said Flajole. “I’ll just see it when it’s done and trust him that it’ll look something like me.”

Six Things We Learned From The Assistant Coaches - PE.com
“I’m pretty sure that Jay is excited about being able to go out there and dominate and being able to be that guy,” assistant head coach/running backs Duce Staley said. “I know Doug (Pederson) is excited about it also. We’ll see.” Ajayi is no stranger to being the featured back. In 2016, he had 260 carries, ninth most in the league, on the way to earning Pro Bowl honors. But Staley credits Ajayi with putting his numbers aside for the betterment of the team once he arrived in Philadelphia. ”It’s been awesome with Jay. He came in. He was eager to learn. He wanted to know more,” Staley noted. “It was like as if he was plugged in with no problems and he kept getting better each week in practice and what he was doing on the field.”

John Barchard On Eagles Mini-Camp - KYW Newsradio
The Eagles are set to open mandatory mini-camp. KYW Newsradio’s Matt Leon spoke with John Barchard of BGN Radio about what to look for.

Duce Staley might not be Eagles’ offensive coordinator, but he’s confident about his new role - Inquirer
“I feel good about it,” Staley said Monday in his first public comments since the staff changes. “The good thing about it [is] one thing we do as an offense, coaching unit, is we come together and we all game-plan. …We all have our input. Doug would be the first one to tell you that we all just have titles, but when it all boils down, we’re all in the same room together game-planning.” [...] “It all starts with Doug, of course,” Staley said. “For him to trust me because we played together, we have a long history together, for him to trust me and give me that title says a lot. I’m in front of the team a little bit, so that helps.”

Press Taylor breaks down how he brought ‘Philly Special’ to Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Taylor tried to downplay the credit he’s received from Pederson and former offensive coordinator Frank Reich for bringing the play to the Eagles. But there he was during the Super Bowl, watching the play he found, get used in an incredibly pivotal moment. “We were all just kind of holding on, hoping it turned out well,” Taylor said. “And it did. It was a great call. I think, for us, if you’re not the play-caller and you’re not on the field executing, you’re kind of just a fan that happens to know the play being called and knows what to look for when we line up.”

Philadelphia Eagles receivers coach explains why he asks his players to be ‘freaks’ - PennLive
Philadelphia Eagles first-year wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer doesn’t seem to be a stickler for spelling, but he has no flexibility when it comes to attitude. Brewer expects his players to be brash. He expects them to wind up on highlight reels, making defensive backs look silly. He expects them all to be FREAKS -- “fresh receivers exciting all crowds smoothly,” he said. Eagles wide receiver Mack Hollins, who played under Brewer at North Carolina, already has a floor mat and signs in his locker emblazoned with the FREAKS acronym and he figures the rest of the position group will soon follow suit. Brewer’s always gotten players to buy into being freaks.

Eagles assistants share their favorite Super Bowl memories - The Athletic
“The parade brought, I mean, that was — we pulled out of that stadium. We were the last bus. They put us on bus 12. I think there was a reason for that, I don’t know, the offensive line was the last bus. I don’t know why they did that, but they did it. So we’re pulling out of the stadium, we make the left, heading towards Broad Street. I mean, I’m not 50 yards out of the stadium and Jason Peters says, ‘Stop the bus!’ He was like George Washington standing in the front of the bus and we’re going across the Delaware. And he says, ‘Stop the bus!’ And the bus stops, the door open, and the entire offensive line, including myself run off the bus, we’re on the streets, we’re hugging people, people are crying, we’re crying. And we just go up the street like that. The bus kind of follows us. Then Kelce jumps on the police bike and he’s driving around. And that’s when I realized, that was really when it kind of hit me, the whole thing. That was a great day to me. That was awesome.”

The five biggest questions facing NFL teams at minicamps - ESPN
The NFL offseason comes to a crescendo this week with 28 -- count ‘em, 28 -- of the league’s 32 teams holding mandatory minicamps. (The other four had them last week.) Over the coming days, coaches will be able to evaluate the players on their rosters in concert and competition with one another for the final time until the late-July/early-August days of training camp.

Report: Zack Martin and Cowboys agree to 6-year contract extension - Blogging The Boys
Finally! After waiting over a year for the news, the Cowboys and All-Pro guard Zack Martin have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension making him the highest-paid guard in the NFL, according to Ian Rapoport. The Cowboys and Zack Martin’s party have been working on a deal since last offseason and the two sides finally came to an agreement today to make him the highest-paid offensive guard in the NFL. The details of the contract have yet to come out, but for now we know that it is a six-year deal, with the largest guaranteed money at his position in NFL history.

Tight end Clay Harbor injured his wrist playing football for The Bachelorette - PFT
“I got hurt playing football on The Bachelorette. That’s pretty funny,” he said. Harbor ultimately decided to bow out from the show when it was determined the injury would need surgery. Harbor stated in a series of tweets Monday night that the injury was incurred months ago when the show was being filmed and that he since recovered and is ready to play football.

What if the Buffalo Bills hired Jim Schwartz instead of Rex Ryan? - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills’ exhaustive search landed them recently-fired New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan as their replacement after interviewing their own defensive coordinator, Schwartz. Ryan came in and blew up the defense and started from scratch. But what if he never had the chance? Under Schwartz, the Bills had finished the previous season fourth in the NFL in total defense and scoring defense. A great team against the pass, they were third in turnovers and harassed opposing quarterbacks into mistakes. Mario Williams had 14.5 sacks, Jerry Hughes and Marcell Dareus each had ten sacks, and the team as a whole had 54. Maybe that stays intact. Should they have kept Schwartz and elevated him to head coach?

A tasteful quiz for selecting your World Cup team - SB Nation
A good match of soccer is much like a fine meal. When carefully prepared and crafted, both ought to leave one challenged, provoked, delighted, entertained, and, one hopes, nourished. Likewise, picking a soccer team to root for can be, perhaps even should be, akin to picking a restaurant at which to dine — a flavor quest. With that in mind, our quiz endeavors to match your doubtless superior taste to the appropriate international side. And for those unhappy neutrals without a team to support in this summer’s World Cup, we’re hoping you find a new favorite dish. Bon appetit.

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