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Terrell Owens won’t attend his Hall of Fame induction ceremony after he finally stopped getting snubbed - SB Nation
Terrell Owens never shied away from being an individual during his NFL career, and it’s still the case in his post-football life. On Thursday, the former NFL receiver announced he’ll skip the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in August and instead celebrate elsewhere. “While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton,” Owens said in a statement Thursday. “I have already shared this information with the hall. After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere. At a later date, I will announce where and when I will celebrate my induction.”

Philadelphia Eagles Practice Notes: What’s going on with Isaac Seumalo? - BGN
Carson Wentz update: Another positive day for No. 11. New QB coach Press Taylor put the Eagles quarterbacks through a drill where their footwork was tested and Wentz seemingly aced it. You can see for yourself around the 9:00 mark this video. One reporter even remarked that Wentz, despite recovering from an ACL and wearing a knee brace, looked better than a fully healthy Nick Foles in this drill. Wentz went on to take some limited reps in 7-on-7 but he’s obviously still not doing 11-on-11.

The Kist & Solak Show Ep. 42: The White House Disinvites The Eagles - BGN Radio
Michael Kist, Benjamin Solak & special guest John Barchard all discuss the Eagles getting disinvited to the White House. If anyone thought the NFL’s new anthem rules would help, they didn’t. We are frustrated that we can’t talk about a lot these issues and even more frustrated that politics keep having a spotlight on the NFL podium.

Final OTAs - Iggles Blitz
Interesting that Fran sees Ostman as a player to watch. Fran isn’t prone to hyperbole so this is a player he’s genuinely impressed by. You can talk about the fact these were coverage sacks or the fact they came in non-contact practices. The key is that Ostman found a way to stand out. He got people’s attention. You can bet he got the coaches attention as well. He will need to have success in TC and against starting blockers to really be considered possible roster material, but it is good that Ostman is flashing and making people take notice of him. I mentioned the other day that I think he’s a good fit for the Wide-9. I also think he’s the kind of ultra-competitive guy who will go just as hard in practice as in the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl. Effort isn’t everything, but it means a lot.

NFL’s best defenses: Who got better, worse, and who’s next up - ESPN
The Eagles’ defensive line -- one of their great strengths during the Super Bowl run -- has dealt with its share of turnover and injury this offseason. Curry and Allen are now in Tampa Bay, DT Tim Jernigan has a long road back following surgery to repair a herniated disk, and DE Brandon Graham is recovering from ankle surgery. The Eagles imported a pair of accomplished players in Bennett and Ngata to help fortify the front, though both are in the twilight of their careers and dealt with injuries of their own in 2017. Things will have to break right on the defensive line for the Eagles to experience a similar level of success as last year. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz will also have to find replacements for contributors Robinson and Kendricks. Robinson in particular played a critical role as the standout nickel corner. Fortunately for him, CB Sidney Jones (Achilles) is healthy and full of star potential. He should help stabilize the secondary. With a lot of miles on the odometer from last season and a few question marks hanging over this group, it wouldn’t be surprising if the defense took a half-step backward. But there’s enough talent here to keep the Eagles among the elite.

Cox, Graham selected to the PFF 50, to lead Eagles’ defensive front in 2018 - PFF
While much has been made of the Eagles deep rotation up front, 145 of their pressures a season ago were generated by Graham and Cox alone. That’s the second-most of any duo in the NFL behind the heralded Chargers pair of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. And in the biggest game of the season, it was Graham and Cox who once again came up big. They combined for 13 total hurries and four total sacks and hits while the rest of the team combined for 13 and three, respectively.

2017 Receiving Plus-Minus - Football Outsiders
How about the Super Bowl champion Eagles? We said a year ago that Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith might not give Carson Wentz the efficiency boost he needed since both are traditionally low-percentage receivers. As it turns out, Smith (-3.9) and Jeffery (-7.6) both had bottom-20 seasons, with Jeffery actually having the second-lowest number in the league. That’s not all on Wentz though -- he was +1.2 to Smith and -4.8 to Jeffery. Nick Foles finished the season after Wentz’s torn ACL, and it is hard to argue with the way things ended there with the Super Bowl win, but the last three regular-season games were not good. Jeffery also had an impressive postseason, and we’ll see if he can develop a stronger connection with Wentz in 2018.

Mychal Kendricks holds ‘no animosity’ toward Eagles - NBC Sports Philadelphia
In a recent 30-minute phone conversation I had with former Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks, he talked about how he felt his release was coming, especially after he was asked by the organization to take a $4 million pay cut and he refused. Kendricks was released on May 22. Was he angry? No. In many ways, to him, it was a release of frustration that had been mounting for the past couple of years. During the 2017 offseason, he asked for his release but his request was denied. Then, during the season, when defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz used a lot of two linebacker sets, Kendricks was the odd man out.

Press Pass: Rasul Douglas -
Cornerback Rasul Douglas speaks with the media after practice and talks about the competition in the defensive backfield, the rotation both outside and inside, and his potential role in the Eagles defense this fall.

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles’ rescinded White House invite - PhillyVoice
1) The ‘Racial Divider’ Award: Donald Trump. To begin, allow me to state the obvious: Donald Trump couldn’t care less about the national anthem. He’s an opportunist who knows that self-proclaimed “patriotic Americans” who have zero clue what NFL players’ protests are about (mostly police brutality and racial inequality, to be clear) will applaud his rhetoric that the players are aiming to disrespect the flag, the national anthem, the United States military, apple pie, or any other patriotic symbolism one can think of.

We Had To Choose Between Trump And The Philadelphia Eagles. We Chose The Eagles. - BuzzFeed
Does it matter if Donald Trump is mad at the Eagles for not showing up to his flag celebration? It does not matter. Sarah Huckabee Sanders bemoaning the Eagles “playing politics” is just noise (as if an official visit to the White House is ever apolitical), and the Eagles understand this. By refusing to show up to the White House and watch the president mumble his way through “God Bless America” like a kid who hasn’t prepped for the school pageant, they have embarrassed him and made enemies of lots of people who were never going to listen to or like them in the first place. The Eagles are unique, so far, in understanding how stupid all of this is. Angry tweets and passive-aggressive press releases cannot hurt them. Trump prevails in his public fights when his adversaries overestimate one or more of the following: his intelligence, his attention span, and/or his power to harm them.

White House used interns to fill out crowd at Trump’s replacement Super Bowl event - ThinkProgress
The White House sent an email to all staff members inviting them to come to the event that morning. Many in attendance had White House badges tucked into their jackets and shirts. Reporters who asked people in the crowd who had traveled from Philadelphia received many blank stares. RNC intern Jenna Webster told the Inquirer’s Mike Sielski, “we’re all staffers,” and that the White House had sent a mass email that day with an invitation to attend the event. “She was not visibly bothered that the Eagles had abandoned her,” Sielski reported. Two guests, in fact, knelt during the event’s rendition of the National Anthem — one of whom was directly in front of Trump, shouting, “stop hiding behind the armed services and the National Anthem, let’s hear it for the Eagles,” according to the Daily Mail.

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman faces four-game suspension - Pats Pulpit
[BLG Note: No big deal. Patriots can just throw the ball to Tom Brady.]


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