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Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins ‘tired of the narrative being about the anthem’ - ESPN
“I’m tired of the narrative being about the anthem, about the White House or whatever,” he said following a meeting in downtown Philadelphia with top public defenders from around the country on the issue of bail reform. “The issues are the issues. And the reason that we’re doing any of this is because we have these huge disparities in our criminal justice system; we have this issue of mass incarceration; we have issues of police brutality; our children and access to education and economic advancement is nonexistent in communities of color. And these things are systemic; there are ways that we can change them. And for me, I feel like this is the time to do that. And so, that message can’t continue to be ignored. And that’s what I think has been happening up until this point. So we just have to continue to stay on topic and continue to push the issues -- and not this narrative of who’s right and who’s wrong, but what are the reasons why players are even so passionate about this.”

Eagles Practice Notes: Carson Wentz continues to make progress, Dallas Goedert shows off red zone dominance - BGN
Carson Wentz update: The Eagles’ franchise quarterback continues to look good in practice. Wentz participated in 7-on-7 drills for the first time in a practice that was open to the media. He previously did some 7-on-7 work earlier this week, according to a report from ESPN (Doug Pederson confirmed as much). Wentz’s reps in 7-on-7 were limited. He only took two at a time; four in total. Three of his dropbacks were short passes (within 10 yards) completed to Zach Ertz and only to Mike Wallace. Wentz did more work in 4-on-4 drills. He looked good stepping into his throws and delivering accurate passes. When the rest of the team was going through 11-on-11s, Wentz took off his brace to run some sprints on an empty practice field. One last Wentz note: the Eagles played country music for the entire practice. I’ve never experienced that since I started attending practices in 2013. Just another sign this is really Wentz’s team.

The Kist & Solak Show Ep 41: Eye On The Enemy - Los Angeles Rams - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak continue to plow through the top NFC contenders with Eye On the Enemy: Los Angeles Rams Edition! Is McVay capable of handling a potentially volatile locker room? Let’s find out!

Eagles OTA observations: Trading a pair of current players becoming more likely - PhillyVoice
In the three practices the media has attended, Isaac Seumalo has not participated in any way during team drills other than to serve as the shotgun snapper during 7-on-7’s, 2-on-2’s, and 3-on-3’s. In other words, he has done no blocking at all. This is the role that is typically reserved for the fourth string center, if there is one. At times in the past, this job went to Jon Dorenbos. Seumalo does not appear to be injured in any way, so his near non-existent role during OTAs is interesting. Clearly, Seumalo would be the second string center if the season began today. So why isn’t Seumalo participating in team drills? I’d ask him, but he’s never around during locker room sessions. One theory could be that the team is keeping him from getting injured and potentially shopping him.

OTAs Roundup - Iggles Blitz
Joe Ostman is a guy I go back and forth on. There are times when I see NFL potential. There are other times when I see a try-hard guy from a mid-major who doesn’t look like NFL talent. I do think he chose the right scheme for him. Ostman is an excellent fit for the Wide-9.

Philly Doesn’t Care What Trump Says About the Eagles - New York Times
I’ve covered sports in Philadelphia for more than three decades. Never have I seen a group of players more dedicated to one another, their fans and the city in which they play: Safety Malcolm Jenkins, perhaps the most visible leader in the players’ protest against racial injustice, spends his time off riding along with police officers, visiting prisons and meeting with public defenders and lawmakers. He headed the players’ coalition that prodded owners last December to commit up to $89 million to help grass-roots organizations battle injustice.

’We’ve Always Been A Family. We Live It Every Day’ - PE.com
The players confirmed that by brushing aside the media’s attempt to drag out the story in the afternoon. “We’ve always been a family. We always preach it and we live it each day,” Agholor said. “It’s about us. It’s about the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s about the guys in the locker room, it’s about our fan base. We take care of ours. “We’re grinding. That’s the most important thing right now. We’ve already won the big game last year and now we’re trying to focus to put ourselves in position to have the opportunity to do it again.” And that’s that. The Eagles handled it beautifully on Wednesday, not allowing a national media story to take away from the locker-room love and the sense of purpose for 2018.

The top 50 NFL players for 2018 - PFF
25) Brandon Graham. Graham has had the two best years of his career over the past two seasons. As part of the most dominant defensive front in football last year, Graham notched 78 total pressures in 2017 including the playoffs to go with the 83 he had the season before. He backed up his overall PFF grade of 93.9 in 2016 with one of 91.6 last season en route to a Super Bowl win. Graham also finally saw his relentless pressure turn into a double-digit sack season, notching 11 in the regular season.

Wentz’s velocity is the best indicator of his remarkable progress - Inquirer
Wentz’s throws seemingly are moving at a clip as fast – and possibly faster — than they were before he was hurt. There could be myriad reasons. Throwing a football is as complex as mechanics get in sports, but if Wentz’s surgically repaired left knee wasn’t close to being healed, his passes wouldn’t be traveling at near the speed they have been over the last few weeks. “The ball has the same zip, if not more,” Eagles tight end Zach Ertz said Wednesday. “It’s definitely coming.”

Rather than crush Fox News, Zach Ertz flies high - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Zach Ertz could have crushed Fox News after the cable network used photos of him kneeling before games in a misleading fashion during a broadcast. He didn’t. Instead, the Eagles’ 27-year-old Pro Bowl tight end took the high road. “I wasn’t mad, I wasn’t upset, I think it was just kind of disappointed,” Ertz said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m not going to judge who created the video and I don’t know what they’re going through as an individual, what the network wanted them to do. I’m not here to judge anyone. I was disappointed a little bit, obviously, but at the same time, I’m not there to judge them. I just go about my day. I think that was kind of sad.”

Moore: The Eagles’ Chris Long can’t help wading into White House flap - Bucks County Courier Times
But then one of the 80 media members at the NovaCare Complex asked if he wished NFL commissioner Roger Goodell came out in support of the Eagles after President Trump uninvited a small contingent to the White House for the traditional post-Super Bowl victory visit. “Listen, I don’t speak for the commissioner,” the 32-year-old Long said. “If he doesn’t want to stand up for his players, that’s not really my business.” Five questions later, in response to a query about LeBron James and Steph Curry saying Tuesday that whichever team wins the NBA Finals doesn’t plan to go to the White House, Long replied, “I mean, hopefully we won’t have to make decisions like that in a couple of years.” Each time somebody wondered about the impact of the Birds not being able to go to the White House, his answer was something like “I was never going to go the White House anyway, so I’m the wrong guy to ask.”

President Donald Trump replaced Eagles’ celebration with parody of patriotism - SB Nation
We stand together for freedom. We stand together for patriotism. And we proudly stand for our glorious nation under God,” President Donald Trump said from his lectern Tuesday afternoon before wading down a path decked in American flags. This was a familiar tone from the White House. Truly, it could have been any day. The presidential outlook was that the “Star Spangled Banner” must be honored, and Americans should stand for White America’s original song. A presidential decree, especially in the age of Trumpian authoritarianism, was to be respected. This day wasn’t to prop up protesting athletes, rather, it was made for rebuke.

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