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The top 50 NFL players for 2018 - PFF
25) Brandon 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. 26) Fletcher Cox - There may not be a defensive lineman in the NFL with more brute force and power than Cox. The Eagles interior stud has dominated even the best offensive linemen and was the only player to give Zack Martin trouble in 2017. He notched 67 total pressures including the playoffs and averaged more than five total pressures per game in the postseason while also being a formidable run defender. In a crowded position group in today’s league, Cox is still a standout.

Carson Wentz looks spectacular and other Eagles OTA observations - BGN
John, BLG, and James go over the craziness of the media attention from the national media on Tuesday and how Doug Pederson handled it all. PLUS Carson Wentz continues to impress and it’s hard not to be convinced he’s starting Week 1. We also talk about how the biggest roster question marks are backup positions and depth guys. Life of the Super Bowl champions. All that and more!

Video: See Carson Wentz’s noticeable progress over 16 days at Eagles OTAs - PhillyVoice
Since May 22, Wentz has made even more noticeable improvements, as you’ll see in the video below. As Dr. Chao correctly noted, Wentz did not fully extend his plant foot or really step into his throws in the May 22 practice, but you can see significant improvement over the span of 16 days in that regard in the June 6 and June 7 practices. Take a look.

In Carson Wentz and Aaron Rodgers, ex-Wesley star has top mentors - DelawareOnline
During the individual drills, Callahan is right there with the other three quarterbacks — Wentz, Nick Foles, the Super Bowl MVP, and Nate Sudfeld — working on their footwork as they move around the pocket, trying to avoid imaginary rushers as they deliver the ball. ”That was an emphasis in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers’ style of play,” Callahan said. “I was pretty excited to come here because of that. I had seen a little of Carson over the past two years. Coming here, knowing that he was a mobile quarterback, I was excited knowing that they put such an emphasis on pocket movement.”

Jenkins, Long lead Players Coalition group pushing bail reform - ESPN
Just hours after Malcolm Jenkins held up signs to gathered media in the Philadelphia Eagles locker room Wednesday, he addressed a group of about 100 public defenders at a reception. He explained how the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile motivated him into action. How Anquan Boldin’s cousin also was killed by a police officer after his car broke down on the side of the road, leading to Boldin’s involvement and the eventual forming of the Players Coalition, which convinced the league to contribute $89 million over seven years to projects dealing with criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education.

WR Markus Wheaton Hopes To Catch On With Eagles - PE.com
The strange NFL career of wide receiver Markus Wheaton has landed in Philadelphia, and every day Wheaton looks to be better than the previous one. He is keeping his mouth shut and his eyes narrowed and his focus only on what he can control. For a guy who, in 2015, had 44 catches for 749 yards and five touchdowns, the moral of the story is that the National Football League is a topsy-turvy, unpredictable, and never settled world. Things change in a hurry. “I’m a lot different now than when I was a younger player,” said Wheaton, a third-round draft pick of the Steelers in 2013. “I’m not as hard on myself. I understand you’re going to go through ups and downs in this league and in life. For me, now, I can only focus on what I’m doing and not what’s going on around me.”

For Philadelphia Eagles’ secondary, versatility is more than a talking point - PennLive
De’Vante Bausby opened eyes during Philadelphia Eagles practices this spring with his strong play at nickelback, shadowing slot receivers and picking off two passes Thursday. He concedes, though, that a few weeks ago, he found himself at times taking the wrong first step in coverage or losing track of his surroundings. Bausby hasn’t only been playing on the inside. He spent the entire first practice of OTAs as an outside corner, and each session since, the third-year pro has bounced from the slot to outside through each individual practice. ”It’s a different ballfield inside and outside,” Bausby said. “You might have a couple mental lapses, but we’re at like practice No. 7 or No. 8 now. So right now, it’s getting even better for me.”

What is Rasul Douglas’ mindset? ‘Every spot is open’ - NBC Sports Philadelphia
For now, we assume that Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby are the Eagles’ starting cornerbacks and that Sidney Jones will be pushing for significant playing time. So where does that leave Rasul Douglas? When Darby went down in last year’s season opener against Washington with a dislocated ankle, Douglas was the next man up. Over the next nine games, he averaged 42 snaps and played well. But when Darby returned to the lineup, Douglas’ game reps evaporated. The next five games, Douglas played a grand total of 16 defensive snaps, then closed out the regular season with 68 snaps in a meaningless finale against Dallas. When the playoffs rolled around, Douglas’ snap count was zero. He spent part of the offseason reflecting on his roller-coaster rookie campaign and vowed to get better.

Sources: Colin Kaepernick’s legal team expected to subpoena President Trump in case against NFL - Yahoo
After months of circling President Donald Trump during NFL depositions and discovery, Colin Kaepernick’s lawyers are expected to force Trump directly into the ongoing legal battle between the quarterback and league. Kaepernick’s legal team is expected to seek federal subpoenas in the coming weeks to compel testimony from Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other officials familiar with the president’s agenda on protesting NFL players, sources with knowledge of the quarterback’s collusion case against the NFL told Yahoo Sports.

So the rumor is that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was almost traded - Pats Pulpit
“From multiple sources, here’s what I have regarding the Gronkowski rumors: I was told Belichick wanted to trade him and there were offers on the table with both the Titans and 49ers. He and Robert Kraft had a closed-door meeting to discuss. Tom Brady threatened to retire if the deal went through so Kraft nixed it.”

A theory emerges on T.O.’s decision to skip Canton - PFT
For the Hall of Famer, induction weekend can be an expensive proposition, with travel and lodging for multiple family members and friends, and the cost of a party commemorating the honor. As one source explained it, most Hall of Famers get financial support from the team with which they are most associated, or possibly from a sponsor. Given that Owens played for so many teams — and routinely nuked the bridge back to each one — it’s possible that Owens realized during his initial visit to Canton that: (1) Hall of Fame weekend won’t be cheap; and (2) the 49ers, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, and/or Bengals won’t be chipping in to cover the tab.

Terrell Owens skipping his Hall of Fame induction is the perfect ending to his career - SB Nation
Terrell Owens announced Thursday he would be snubbing the Pro Football Hall of Fame of his presence at the induction ceremony this year after being snubbed the past two years. OK, he didn’t say it exactly like that, but he would have been justified. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that he’s not attending — after not even finishing in the top 10 in voting last year, Owens tweeted that the Hall was a total joke and it didn’t mean anything for him to get in anymore. The snub was silly. Owens had a 15-year career with nine seasons of 1,000 or more yards receiving. He finished eighth in NFL history with 1,078 receptions, second in receiving yards with 15,934, third in touchdowns among wide receivers with 153, and with six Pro Bowl and five First-Team All Pro honors. He’s one of the best receivers of all time.

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