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Top 10 NFL players older than 35 in 2018 - PFF
3. Jason Peters, OT, Philadelphia Eagles – 36 years old. While injury cut his 2017 season short, Peters still had significant success in his 423 offensive snaps before tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 7. And his play in seasons prior has been among the best despite his older age. Through Week 7, Peters tied to rank second among qualifying offensive tackles in overall grade (86.4). He also allowed just seven total pressures (six hurries, one sack), which was good for the second-ranked pass-blocking efficiency (97.7) among offensive tackles with at least 100 pass-blocking snaps in that same span. Even at 36 years young, Peters is a top-five talent at the tackle position when healthy.

LaRoy Reynolds ‘could be a nice pickup’ for the Eagles - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles added to their linebacker depth a few weeks ago by signing LaRoy Reynolds. The 27-year-old isn’t a lock to make the final roster but his chances have certainly increased recently due to Paul Worrilow suffering a season-ending ACL injury and Mychal Kendricks getting released. In order to get to know more about Reynolds, who may end up being more important to the Eagles than originally thought, I reached out to several writers who used to cover him: Dave Choate from The Falcoholic, Ryan Day from Big Cat Country, and Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. from Windy City Gridiron.

Mailbag: How long before the NFL copies the Eagles’ analytics-based aggressiveness on fourth down? - PhillyVoice
Doug Pederson embraced his green light on aggressiveness, and didn’t fear backlash. In the aftermath of the Eagles-Giants game Week 3, Pederson got torn apart both by print media and local radio. How could he go for it on 4th and 8?!? The horror! Personally, I loved the call, and explained why in detail in a post titled ‘Dislodge yourselves from Doug Pederson’s butt for that 4th-and-8 call, people’ from back in September. After seeing what can happen in the aftermath of a game (A WIN, NO LESS!) when a fourth down call doesn’t have the desired result, Pederson could have become less aggressive. Luckily for the Eagles fans who killed him for that call, Pederson didn’t care what you thought.

Doug Freaking Pederson - Iggles Blitz
Pederson is interesting, insightful and even humble. He gives credit for Philly Special to Press Taylor. Pederson then talks about taking an idea from Chip Kelly that helps the RPOs work smoothly. There is a play from the Vikings game where Pederson came up with a wrinkle on his own and he’s embarrassed to take credit for it. There are times when he feels too good to be real. One Vikings DB says “They scheming us” as a complaint about how the Eagles are moving the ball so easily. That ties into something I saw in the All or Nothing special on Dallas. LB Anthony Hitchens notes that Eagles receivers are always wide open. Hearing comments like that from opposing players is about as good a compliment as an offensive coach can get. Amazing.

Jim Schwartz is still with Eagles, but how long can they keep him? - Inquirer
There’s no doubt he knows defense. But is Schwartz, who has one year left on his contract, content with being just a coordinator and holding that position for an extended period with the Eagles as Jim Johnson once did? The topic wasn’t broached during his lone news conference of the spring, but it’s not hard to imagine him finding some creative way to avoid the question. Schwartz’s enthusiasm for coaching defense hasn’t appeared to wane. The tenets of his scheme — a 4-3 attacking one-gap front — are the same as they’ve been for the last two decades. But he has always tried to adapt to his personnel and to ever-evolving offenses. According to safety Malcolm Jenkins, the Eagles’ coverages changed significantly from Year 1 to Year 2. “We were huge when he first got here with single-high, press-man,” Jenkins said. “Where last year we still played single-high, but we played the majority of our snaps in two defenses.”

Candidates to take Mychal Kendricks’ old starting spot - NBC Sports Philadelphia
On the other hand, Bradham also feels good about the Eagles’ depth at linebacker, lauding the versatility of the competition for Kendricks’ old job. “Nobody is really playing one position anymore,” Bradham said. “You’re trying to learn every position.” The Eagles currently have seven linebackers on the roster who aren’t named Bradham or Hicks, or Paul Worrilow, who already suffered a season-ending injury at OTAs. Surely, somebody will be able to fill the vacancy at weakside linebacker, a role that had Kendricks on the field for less than 30 percent of the defensive snaps in 2016. The current favorite is free-agent signee Corey Nelson, though even he doesn’t sound overly confident the job is his.

Philadelphia Eagles’ Avonte Maddox always had speed, family and a plan to rise out of Detroit - PennLive
Michael Maddox’s mind drifted to a particular memory last week, one that started with a harmless stroll nearly two decades ago. Every day, Maddox said, he used to walk his son, Avonte, three blocks from their house in Detroit to the neighborhood preschool. At some point, the pace became too slow for the 4-year old. So Avonte took off running. And fast. As Maddox tried to keep up, he envisioned for the first time a future for his son that would in some form come to fruition over the next 18 years -- an athletic ascent that steered Avonte away from the allure of trouble in Detroit, toward stardom and eventually to a place in this year’s Philadelphia Eagles draft class as a fourth-round cornerback. It was a lot to draw from a sprinting preschooler. But Avonte was moving that quickly. And Maddox was thinking that far ahead for the son he viewed as a new symbol of purpose in his life.

2017 Rookie Class All Grown Up Now -
Mack Hollins has heard the expression, “What a difference a year makes.” But now that he’s living it, he understands what it truly means. A year in time for Hollins has made, well, all the difference in the football world. A rookie last season, Hollins has a year under his belt as an Eagle and it’s showing on the field. “Think about it,” Hollins said after practice this week at his locker at the NovaCare Complex. “I’ve been in the system for a full season and I know what’s going on. Last year, I was given information in the morning and then I’m on the field that day running routes. Knowing the offense now allows to me play faster. It’s a world of difference.” That’s the way it is for all of the Eagles’ 2017 Rookie Class, who look to make even more of an impact in 2018. Here is an update on a group pushing to break into the lineup on many levels.

Answers for 32 of NFL offseason’s biggest fantasy questions - ESPN
Will Jay Ajayi average more or less than the 15.7 touches per game he handled from Week 14 onward last season? More. Ajayi begins the season as the Eagles’ clear No. 1 back. He’ll be sharing the load with Corey Clement and Darren Sproles, but with LeGarrette Blount out of the picture and a half-season in Doug Pederson’s system under his belt, Ajayi is in line for a bigger role.

7 teams that might want to target Teddy Bridgewater in a trade with the Jets - SB Nation
After missing all but one game over his last two seasons, newly acquired quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is a low-cost lottery ticket for the New York Jets. With Josh McCown and 2018 first-round draft pick Sam Darnold on the roster, however, the best way for Bridgewater to maximize his value for Todd Bowles’ team could be to play somewhere else. That’s not to say that Bridgewater can’t earn the starting job with the Jets. But in a league where even average quarterback play is rewarded with eight-figure annual salaries, a 25-year-old passer with a Pro Bowl pedigree like Bridgewater would bring a solid return in a preseason trade. His inexpensive one-year, $5 million contract and encouraging reviews from the start of Jets’ official team activities (OTAs) could even be enough to wipe away concerns about his relatively meager numbers in Minnesota or, more importantly, the catastrophic knee injury that cost him nearly two full years of his NFL career.


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