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The NFL’s top 5 offensive linemen at each position by run-block success percentage - PFF
Jason Kelce, Philadelphia EaglesRun-block success percentage: 24.7. Cast in the shadow of his older brother Travis, the Eagles’ center has been overlooked most of his career, as the former sixth-round pick out of Cincinnati recognition for his consistent play prior to the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in 2017. Of course, Kelce put together a career performance across 18 games to pull the recognition he deserved and help his team hoist the Lombardi Trophy. All leading to a career-high 91.3 overall grade, Kelce recorded a league-high 95.1 run-block grade and 24.7 run-block success percentage, the latter of which being four whole percentage points above the next center on the list. In simpler terms, Kelce was the best run-blocking center – if not the best run-blocker overall – last season, and even his most notable colleagues didn’t even come close to his run-game dominance.

Eagles 53-man roster prediction: Post-minicamp edition - BGN
Carson Wentz looks great. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, I fully expect him to start Week 1. Wentz’s health potentially makes Foles expendable if another team wants to trade for him. Otherwise, the Super Bowl MVP is a good insurance policy to have around if something happens to Wentz again. Sudfeld’s spring performance was very encouraging and I think he’s ready to be a No. 2 if needed. Joe Callahan looks better than Matt McGloin, so he’ll at least make preseason more watchable than last year.

Five players who stood out during Eagles spring practices - PhillyVoice
QB Carson Wentz. We mentioned this in our notes after pretty much every media-attended practice, but you don’t have to be a doctor to see that Wentz is way ahead of schedule. He is moving around well, and putting weight on his plant leg (the one with the injured knee), while driving the ball with force and accuracy. His rapid recovery and impressive physical ability has been the clear story of spring camp.

Rings and Things - Iggles Blitz
I wish Dawk had gotten that as a player, but he was part of the team last year so he absolutely deserves that. So great to see him getting to enjoy being part of a Super Bowl team. Jeffrey Lurie is an interesting guy. Jason Peters says they are close friends. I’ve heard that he was close to LeGarrette Blount and now we see this.

Surprise offseason standouts to know for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
Cornerback De’Vante Bausby. The former undrafted free agent out of Pittsburg State has unexpectedly emerged as a candidate for the slot-corner role vacated by Patrick Robinson, who signed with the Saints this offseason. Bausby has the physical traits -- he’s 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and ran a wind-aided 4.22-second 40-yard dash at his pro day -- but has played for three teams in as many years, appearing in just four games. The move from outside to nickel corner appears to be suiting Bausby well, however, as he has made some plays and opened some eyes while working with the first unit this spring.

Ring Puts Jeffrey Lurie Era In Its Proper Context -
As Lurie presided over the ceremony, announcing each coach and player’s name and handing each man his ring, it struck me how remarkable the Lurie era has been – eight NFC East titles, six trips to the NFC Championship Game, two Super Bowl appearances, and one World Championship. Winning the Super Bowl changed everything for every one of us, none more than Lurie.

Why the Eagles Are Committed to Autism Awareness, and How the Team Is Taking Action - Sports Illustrated
Jeffrey Lurie is fully aware of the impact he can make with his platform as the Eagles’ owner—which led to the creation of the Eagles Autism Challenge.

Former Philadelphia Eagles star Connor Barwin honored at South Philly event - 6ABC
A former Philadelphia Eagle stopped by a local park today for “Community Gardens Day.” Connor Barwin was at Ralph Brooks Park in South Philadelphia for a few hours on Saturday. The event in part honored Barwin and his Make the World Better Foundation.

’No vacations’ for WR Shelton Gibson as he seeks bigger role with Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
“I definitely lean on Nellie,” Gibson said. “Just seeing what he’s done in the offseason, the way that he prepares every single day, the way he takes everything so seriously. I’m probably not doing everything that Nellie is doing right now, but i’m gradually getting into it just asking him questions every day.” Agholor added, “He’s in here every morning. He’s become an early bird, and I’m proud of him. Now its about consistency because that’s whats going to define him.”

5 observations on the Arizona Cardinals coming out of minicamp - Revenge Of The Birds
Sam Bradford is the man until he isn’t: The calls for Josh Rosen will come, it’s inevitable, but this team and regime is going to give the team over to Sam Bradford for 2018. It’s Bradford’s job and with how Sam has played nearly his entire career when healthy, it’s likely only injury will cost him his spot.

Which NFL players are holding out during the 2018 offseason, and why? - SB Nation
Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, and Julio Jones are a few of the players angling for new contracts this summer.


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