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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/14/18.

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Eagles CB Ronald Darby admits ‘There’s a lot riding’ on his 2018 play - Daily News
“It was new for me playing on the right side,’’ he said. “My whole career, especially in Buffalo, I was the left corner. Coming back off the injury and moving to the right side was something I had to get used to. You start to become dominant on one foot rather than the other. Almost like being righthanded, and then out of nowhere, somebody says, ‘All right, now start writing with your left [hand]. To be honest, it’s just like that. But it’s going to help me in the long run. Once I master playing on the right side, I already know how to play on the left. So I’ll be able to go both ways. Everything happens for a reason.’’ Darby said he’s much more comfortable on the right side than he was last season. “Having spent all of the OTAs and [mini] camp on the right side, I’m able to react a lot faster to things, and break a lot faster on things,’’ he said.

Eagles Minicamp Practice Notes: Strong day for Nate STUDfeld - BGN
Nate STUDfeld turned in a strong day of practice. Sudfeld dropped a dime to Dallas Goedert along the sideline for a 25-yard completion in 11-on-11. Sudfeld to Goedert has been a hot connection this spring. Later on, Sudfeld unleashed a deep bomb to a diving Bryce Treggs about 50 yards down the field. That throw earned him a fist bump from Eagles quarterback coach Press Taylor. Sudfeld’s mobility and accuracy have generally stood out as positives. He’s firmly entrenched as the No. 3 quarterback. And for those who think I’m irrationally hyping Stud up, it’s not just me who has seen good things out of him!

The Kist & Solak Show Ep. 43: Eye On The Enemy - Atlanta Falcons - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak talk top players at each position in the NFC East. Is Malcolm Jenkins the best nickel in the NFCE? PLUS Eye On the Enemy: Atlanta Falcons Edition! Solak say Matt Ryan is better than Russell Wilson... wow.

Eagles minicamp observations: Dallas Goedert catches everything - PhillyVoice
In around six or seven practices that have been open to the media, I have yet to see rookie tight end Dallas Goedert drop a pass. If you put the ball on him, he’s catching it. Goedert also looks nothing like a rookie from a Division 1-AA school when it comes to route running. He has consistently gotten open, and he has one of the best route runners in the NFL (any position) in Zach Ertz to look up to in that regard. The real test for Goedert will be when they put the pads on this summer. Can he deal with a physical defense and still make plays? We’ll see, but so far so good.

Fletcher Cox wants to be Defensive Player of Year — can he? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
After the Eagles finished their Super Bowl season, Fletcher Cox had a conversation with his defensive line coach, Chris Wilson. Cox told Wilson he wants to become the AP’s Defensive Player of the Year. “I said, ‘Let’s do it. I’m all in,’” Wilson remembered this week. Cox is already the best defensive player on his own team. He’s already a perennial Pro Bowler, one of the best DTs in the NFL and has already signed his name on a $100 million contract. The 27-year-old wasn’t shy about sharing his new goal earlier this spring. His next goal is to win DPOY, an award an Eagles player hasn’t taken home since 1987, when Reggie White won it. But … can he actually do it?

Embracing the Dagger Concept: How Carson Wentz Thrived on Third Down - Inside The Pylon
The 2017 Philadelphia Eagles team will go down as one of the teams people remember for a lifetime. From the individual personalities, to the aggressive coaching, to the resiliency they showed throughout the season, both sides of the ball presented many story lines. One aspect that really stood out during the season was their success on third down under quarterback Carson Wentz in his sophomore year. The very first third down play of the Eagles’ season in Week 1 against Washington resulted in a touchdown after a great Wentz scramble.

Press Pass: Carson Wentz - PE.com
Quarterback Carson Wentz meets with the Philadelphia media following day two of mandatory minicamp.

The Most Underrated Position Groups in the NFL - The Ringer
We got a bit of rare June transactional news last week when the Browns signed free-agent linebacker Mychal Kendricks to a one-year, $3.5 million deal. The 27-year-old veteran, who started 13 games for the Eagles last season before being released in May for salary cap reasons, brings versatility and experience to Cleveland’s new-look defense—and the move supplied the surprising realization that Cleveland’s stronger than many may think at the linebacker spot heading into 2018.

How Teddy Bridgewater’s knee injury reshaped the NFL and made the Eagles Super Bowl champs - SB Nation
The Vikings quarterback’s horrific knee injury in 2016 set off a chain reaction that changed forever altered the NFL landscape.

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