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Eagles News: Jordan Hicks says he is “coming back with a vengeance”

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/23/18

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Jordan Hicks Has ‘Vengeance’ On His Mind - PE.com
“I do it all the time,” Hicks said, smiling. “I think about what’s to come, and I’m excited. It’s been a long time for me. I want to be out there with my guys. I am coming back, and I am coming back with a vengeance. I’m hungry and I’m excited.” Instead of feeling any sense of frustration over the injury, suffered last season two snaps into the October 23 victory over Washington at Lincoln Financial Field, Hicks has kept a positive attitude. He has attacked his rehabilitation from an injury that used to be, way back when, a career-threatening concern. Now, Hicks is aiming for the opener on September 6 against Atlanta. “I’m feeling good,” he said. “I’ve said this all along: I’m ahead of schedule. It’s coming along great. At the same time, we’ve got a little bit of time here. We’re being smart about it. No need to rush anything. I want to get out there when I’m ready and stay out there.”

Reliving the best memories from the Eagles’ Super Bowl season - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #319). In this episode, we reflect back on the Eagles’ Super Bowl season.

Nick Foles is a legend, but Eagles still need Carson Wentz - NBC Sports Philadelphia
But there’s a reason the Eagles view Wentz, not Foles, as their future. There’s a reason that before the Super Bowl, when the team took a team photo, Wentz was the only player not in position by jersey number. He instead was in the direct center, as the face of the franchise. He’s special. Last week, I was on Philly Sports Talk and guest co-host Danny Pommells suggested that Foles start the opener because of the fear of rushing Wentz back too soon. I understood the point, but disagreed. In this league, there aren’t any easy games; there’s no time to wait for a healthy player to get healthy. Because if Wentz gets cleared by doctors, there’s no decision to make. He’s still the starter because he’s the better player.

Where the Eagles are deep, and not so deep, heading into 2018: Defense edition - PhillyVoice
The top three candidates to win the “third linebacker” spot, a spot I personally consider the 15th most important position within the Eagles’ defense, are Corey Nelson, Kamu Grugier-Hill, and Nate Gerry. Nelson played well in a dominant Broncos defense in a similar role in 2016, before his season was cut short in 2017. His specialty is in coverage, which is what the Eagles prioritize in their linebackers. Similarly, Grugier-Hill and Gerry were both safeties in college, and bring coverage ability to the table, but their effectiveness overall in the regular defense is mostly projection at this point. And then there’s Joe Walker, who is still on the roster, and recently signed LaRoy Reynolds, who has mostly been a special teams guy in the NFL. Should Hicks or Bradham go down, Nelson would probably be the top candidate to step into one of the two main linebacker roles. Guys like Grugier-Hill and Gerry offer solid potential, but I could certainly see the Eagles continuing to look for ways to add more experience to the unit before the season begins.

Howie the Genius - Iggles Blitz
There is no question that the video is completely correct about investing in the LOS and QBs. Howie has done a great job of that and those are definitive points. I also agree he has adapted well in the last couple of years. Howie’s year of exile proved to be hugely important to him and the team. That’s just one more thing Chip Kelly got wrong, but somehow it ended up working in the Eagles favor. It is cool to see Howie finally getting praise from all over. He did an amazing job in building the best roster in the NFL. The challenge is to see if he can sustain that.

How a 6-8, 346-pound rugby league star landed with the Eagles - ESPN
“They got their paper cup and they poured their Gatorade into the cup, and they both stood there for a good minute. I’m about a hundred yards away from them and I’m like, ‘What are these guys doing?’ After about a minute of standing there looking at one another, they both tried to drink the Gatorade through their helmet, and literally splashed it all over themselves,” Dunn said with a laugh. ”A coach comes running over and he says, ‘Mates! Mates! That’s not what you do. You’ve got to take your helmet off!’ Well, I’ll tell you what, they didn’t know how to put a helmet on, let alone take a helmet off.”

Scoring, Drives and Plays - Rotoworld
With a healthy roster, added pieces, and Carson Wentz making a significant stride in his second season, the Eagles became one the premier scoring offenses in the league last season and that spike could’ve been higher as Wentz missed the final three games of the season, the final two of which saw the Eagles score just 19 total points. While their efficiency rose across the board, the Eagles were already above the league average in terms of scoring per drive in 2016. The main area where they succeeded in elevating themselves amongst the elite was they were able to convert a much higher rate of drives into touchdowns over field goals. That’s also the area of scoring efficiency that is the hardest to maintain elite efficiency at.

Julie and Zach Ertz created a foundation - Ertz Family Foundation
Mission: Empower others by sharing faith, learning through sportsand advancing education to build supportive communities. Vision: Transforming lives through faith, hope and love.

Saints waive Paul Turner - PFT
Turner signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spent most of the season on the practice squad. Turner was promoted to the active roster in November and caught nine passes for 126 yards in four games. He was out of the league last year after being waived by the Eagles in early September.

The latest revelation may be the straw that breaks Jameis Winston’s back - Bucs Nation
It appears that the latest on the Jameis Winston-Uber case is what will finally bring the investigation full circle. On Friday, ESPN reported that former Vanderbilt player Brandon Banks serving time in jail for rape was the third Uber passenger along with Winston and Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Ronald Darby. However, the three were together only for one Uber ride. It was the second that is in question, where Banks said Winston left alone.

Gene Steratore, catch rule controversy extraordinaire, retires from NFL officiating - SB Nation
The last assignment for Steratore was the Philadelphia Eagles’ 41-33 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. It wasn’t an easy game to call, but the officials got a pair of razor-close plays called correctly and saved the NFL from another catch rule disaster.

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