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The Top 10 Pass-Catching Groups in the NFL - The Ringer
There’s no true superstar in this group, but what stands out about the Eagles’ pass-catching corps is its breadth of talent across the board. In Philly’s equal-opportunity passing-game philosophy, everyone plays their role: Jeffery is the team’s big, outside threat (where he reeled in 57 passes for 789 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns last year), while Agholor emerged as an effective weapon out of the slot (he caught 62 passes for 768 yards and eight scores). Ertz has proven to be an all-around playmaker at tight end (and led the team with 74 catches and 824 yards, with eight touchdowns of his own), and Wallace looks like an upgrade over Torrey Smith as the offense’s designated deep threat. And even Nick Foles can contribute. Add in Goedert, a high-upside rookie who should be a nice replacement for Brent Celek, and Hollins, who flashed at times last year, and the defending Super Bowl champs have plenty of options … for whoever lines up at quarterback this year.
Stock up, stock down after Eagles offseason practices - BGN
John, James, and BLG go over the roster as they are buying and selling Eagles players stock after OTAs and minicamp. Are we underhyping Dallas Goedert? How does the secondary shake out by the start of the season? Is Sidney Jones even going to get playing time? PLUS we answer your Eagles mailbag questions!
Eagles D-line coach Chris Wilson finally reaches the mountain top - PhillyVoice
“I’ve never won, not like this, and I’ve been involved with football my whole life,” said Wilson, who’s transformed the Eagles’ defensive front into one of the NFL’s best. “I’ve won conference championships, Big 12 championships at Oklahoma, so maybe when I get the ring Thursday, that kind of puts it to bed. Right now, we won the Super Bowl. Once you get the ring, it finalizes it, the chapter is closed, it’s like, ‘Okay, there it is, and now you need to start moving on to the next one.’ The summation hasn’t happened just yet.” It did Thursday.
Visualizing Wentz In Restocked Eagles Offense - PE.com
Quarterback Carson Wentz took part in practice on Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex, the second day of a three-day minicamp, and he impressed in the time he was on the field. Wearing a brace on his surgically repaired left knee, Wentz went through individual drills, threw dozens of passes to receivers to establish chemistry and took part in 7-on-7 drills. And he looked great. Like, really great. Amazingly terrific just, what, six-plus months after surgery on a torn anterior cruciate ligament? But his recovery – which is going great – and his timetable – which remains on a day-to-day basis – isn’t the story here. The story is how the offense will look with Wentz back in command, no matter when that happens. The prospects are tantalizing.
Dallas Goedert catching on quickly with the Eagles, shows promise in minicamp - Inquirer
Dallas Goedert hasn’t looked like a rookie. During spring workouts, which concluded on Thursday, the Eagles tight end caught pass after pass. He did so against safeties or linebackers, man-to-man defense or zone. He seemingly has the necessary speed, size, and athleticism to compete in the NFL. It’s far too early to predict Goedert’s future at this level – practices were non-contact – but the first glimpses of the top draft pick confirmed that the South Dakota State product, at the very least, looks the part. Goedert did not, however, arrive fresh-faced. He had a straggly beard that eventually became a source of amusement for his new teammates and coaches. “People started telling me I look Amish, so I had to get rid of it,” Goedert said Wednesday.
How Carson Wentz, Nick Foles navigate a ‘tricky’ situation - ESPN
All of this makes the breeziness of their interactions all the more striking. At one point Thursday, on the last day of minicamp, Wentz, Foles and the rest of the quarterbacks had a friendly accuracy competition to see who could hit the crossbar in the fewest amount of throws, the group smiling -- and maybe busting some chops -- along the way. A beat earlier, Wentz and Foles stood side-by-side as Nate Sudfeld worked the offense and simultaneously raised their arms above their heads like twins when Sudfeld dropped a dime into the corner of the end zone. They’re sharing a locker wall, sharing reps, and in some ways, sharing the allegiance of their teammates, and yet signs of any tension in their relationship are hard to detect. ”I think the big thing is we’re honest with one another, and our friendship has always come first,” Foles said. “I know at times when he’s injured and watching me play, that’s difficult, but at the same time, he’s always been extremely supportive.”
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, spurned by White House, spends day doing good works - USA Today
Malcolm Jenkins offers a corollary. Where else would he rather be than the current White House? Turns out the answer is the Maya Angelou Public Charter School. And Friday turned out to be his right now. Jenkins had originally planned to visit on June 5. That’s when President Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles after it turned out few players were going to show up for a Super Bowl celebration. Jenkins had worked up a meaningful community service day for teammates who didn’t want to visit a president who trashes NFL players.
2018 Eagles have international flavor, bond over busting stereotypes - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Jordan Mailata started to get a little defensive. The Eagles’ mammoth 6-foot-8, former Australian rugby player-turned football project, had enough. He instantly felt the need to defend his homeland against the evils of Americanization. “A Bloomin’ Onion!” Mailata said, throwing his 35 1/2-inch arms into the air. “What the hell is that?” That’s when fellow giant rookie Matt Pryor, whose locker is adjacent, chimed in. “A Bloomin’ Onion!” Pryor exclaimed. “A Bloomin’ Onion is not Australian,” Mailata pleaded. Pryor shot back. “It’s Australian!” Then, Mailata ended the debate. “Outback Steakhouse was founded in America,” Mailata explained, now addressing his teammate and the reporter equally. “They just wanted it branded as an Australian restaurant. A Bloomin’ Onion, we don’t eat that out there. It’s not a thing.”
5 teams set for less fantasy success in 2018 - PFF
Why the Rams could fall off: Health is the first spot. Other than Week 17, when the team sat almost all of its regulars, the Rams were insanely healthy in 2017. The offensive line combined to miss zero games, and Gurley, Kupp, Watkins, and Goff did the same. Of the relevant players, only Woods missed injury time, sitting out three games in the middle of the season. Ding them even a little on the injury side and the Rams will fall off.
The Sad History Of The Skins’ Bogus Season Ticket Waiting List - Deadspin
In the least surprising bombshell you’ll read about this week, the Skins have admitted that nobody’s actually waiting for season tickets, despite an alleged waiting list that owner Dan Snyder used to claim had 200,000 people. From the Washington Post: “On Wednesday, the Redskins announced that there is no longer a season ticket waiting list.” Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle! I was obsessed with the waiting list for years, mostly because it was so obviously a sham yet was always treated as a real deal by the team and the folks who covered it. The Skins PR staff used to lead off every postgame notes package after a home game, even those played in two thirds–full stadiums, saying the just-played contest was sold out and was continuing a sellout streak that’s been running “since 1966.”
New Jersey Bets: Legalized Sports Wagering Comes To The Garden State - Sports Illustrated
Meanwhile, over at the Borgata Hotel and Casino, NBA legend, Julius Erving was first to do the honors on the first bet. Dr. J. went with the Eagles to win the Super Bowl.
Torrey Smith promises a Monday response to President’s latest anthem remarks - PFT
Panthers receiver Torrey Smith has been one of the more prominent and thoughtful voices regarding the anthem issue. He’ll be adding his voice to the latest developments soon. In response to the President’s Friday morning remarks about player protests, Smith said on Twitter, “I’m going to act like I didn’t see this tweet and keep riding my high all weekend…..but Monday….”
Report: David Irving suspended four games for violating policy on substance of abuses - Blogging The Boys
While the suspensions have been for differing reasons, it’s not a good look that the Cowboys have now gone half a decade with a defensive starter suspended to begin the season. It hardly represents the “right kind of guy” mantra that Jason Garrett preaches, but here we are.
What if you could change 1 play in NFL history? - SB Nation
Catch the damn ball, Asante Samuel. Look, I understand I deserve 0 percent of your sympathy as a Patriots fan. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been some regrettable moments, even in the Brady-Belichick era. The worst came when the Giants derailed New England’s hopes of a historic 19-0 season (which also would have given us all reason to forget geriatric attention-seeker Mercury Morris exists). While everyone points to David Tyree’s insane, physics-defying helmet catch, the real game changer came one play earlier. On second-and-5, Eli Manning overthrew Tyree on a deep out, lofting a ball to the outstretched arms of Patriot cornerback Asante Samuel. Samuel was a first-team All-Pro who made seven interceptions that season. This was not one of them. A game-ending pick caromed off his hands, Tyree redeemed himself, and the only thing I have left to be thankful for from this game is that Twitter didn’t exist yet.
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