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Eagles News: Philadelphia has a real bargain at cornerback

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/19/18.

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Here’s another market inefficiency the Eagles seem to be exploiting - PhillyVoice
Meanwhile, the Eagles’ top 5 corners – Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, and Avonte Maddox, all playing on their rookie contracts – will count for a combined $4,495,873 against the salary cap in 2018. There are 39 individual CBs who will make more on their own. We’ll see how Roseman’s financial investments in cornerbacks develop when the team’s current corners are due for a second contract.

Madden Gives Eagles a Massive Rating... Or Do They? - BGN
I reached out to Andre Weingarten, a designer and ratings assistant for Madden and he said that the ratings on EA Play that are being released to the public are intentionally false. He went on to say that the overall ratings were “scrambled” and the individual ratings are up to 10+ off their actual ratings.

Attention to Detail - Iggles Blitz
Coaches love to use the phrase “attention to detail”. Sometimes it is hard to grasp just what that means to them. The craziest story I’ve heard of is Kansas State coach Bill Snyder calling a hotel his team was going to stay at to make sure they had the right kind of butter packets for team meals. You laugh if you want, but then look at his record. The man obsesses over every detail he can think of. The Eagles recently posted a video of DBs coach Cory Undlin working with CBs.

Lawlor: Eagles Need To Embrace The Long Journey Ahead -
Rookies and newly acquired veterans will need to embrace the same mentality if the 2018 team is going to have a great year and contend for a championship. I think Pederson preaching about the importance of the journey is his way of reminding the returning players about everything that went into becoming a championship team. You have to be tough and selfless. You have to work hard. You have to compete every day. You have to be ready when called upon to contribute. The Eagles didn’t win last year just because of star players. All 53 guys on the roster played a role. That truly was a team, not just a collection of players.

Watching Carson Wentz attack his rehab is nothing short of incredible - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Carson Wentz has done some of his best work behind closed doors, far from any TV cameras or adoring fans, with just a trainer or two and maybe a few teammates in the room. While Nick Foles has enjoyed the banquet circuit these last few months and all that comes with being Super Bowl MVP — national TV appearances, a book deal, life as a celebrity — the guy he replaced has had a pretty good offseason himself. It’s just that nobody has seen it. For Wentz to do what he did at these spring minicamps — compete in a variety of individual and team drills and look comfortable, fluid and confident six months after hobbling off the field at LA Coliseum with a towel covering his head — speaks volumes about this kid.

Carson Wentz’s progress defines Eagles offseason - ESPN
Move I liked: Signing Wallace to a one-year, $1.9 million contract in free agency. The Eagles traded speed receiver Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers this offseason and brought in Wallace to replace him. It may prove to be an upgrade. While Smith was a good presence in the locker room and came up with some big plays for the Eagles, particularly in the postseason, he totaled 430 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season and was inconsistent at times. Wallace nearly doubled that production (748 yards, four TDs) as the top target for Ravens QB Joe Flacco last season. Wentz will benefit from Wallace’s big-play ability.

If the NFL wants better QBs, it should develop them in a minor league - SB Nation
Currently, the NFL maintains ridiculous profit margins thanks in part to having zero player development costs, via not supporting a minor league system. Instead, the NFL uses the college system as its de facto minor leagues. And that has efficiency consequences due to imperfect incentives.


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