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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/12/18.

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NFL’s top wide receivers on 3rd and 4th down - PFF
3. NELSON AGHOLOR, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES – WR RATING: 132.6 — As you look deeper into Agholor’s 2017 stats, it becomes quite obvious that he has evolved into something far superior than what he was during his first two seasons in the NFL. He had the second-most yards on third/fourth down in 2017, not to mention he didn’t drop a single pass when targeted on those downs. On third/fourth down of 10 or more yards, Agholor was virtually unstoppable, reeling in 10-of-12 targets for 263 yards and three touchdowns – all tops among wide receivers. No more needs to be said about a receiver who has put himself on a path to stardom for years to come.

The unheralded plays from the Eagles’ Super Bowl win (Volume 1) - BGN
The little things can make a big difference.

Is the Eagles’ roster better or worse in 2018 than it was in 2017: Defense edition - PhillyVoice
Determining whether or not the Eagles are better or not all depends on Hicks’ health, which is essentially impossible to predict. If he’s healthy, they’ll be better at linebacker. If he goes down again, I don’t think that replacing Kendricks is some kind of impossible hurdle, but it has the potential to be some sort of small downgrade.

The Third Man - Iggles Blitz
Under Ted Thompson, the Packers were hesitant to use free agency. They focused on the draft and retaining their own players. I think you can make an argument that’s one of the reasons that Green Bay has only won a single Super Bowl despite having one of the greatest QBs in NFL history. Dallas has struggled to get serious help from pro personnel moves. You have to think that’s one of the reasons they’ve struggled to win in the postseason. Try to imagine the Eagles last year without Malcolm Jenkins, Brandon Brooks, Alshon Jeffery, Patrick Robinson, LeGarrette Blount, Chris Long, Corey Graham and so on. The Eagles get significant impact from those moves. And they aren’t just flashy names that got mega-deals. Those were smart, strategic moves. The Eagles have hit some home runs in recent years. It will be interesting to see how this year’s moves pan out.

NFC East Q&A: Who is on the hottest seat in the division? - ESPN
Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Both Jason Garrett and Jay Gruden will be sitting on hot seats if their teams don’t make the postseason. But there was no chatter about getting rid of them in the offseason. There was talk about whether the Giants should draft Manning’s successor, and a lot of wondering about what he had left. Manning must prove the Giants right for bypassing one of the top quarterbacks in the draft to stick with a 37-year-old coming off consecutive lackluster seasons (a combined 45 touchdown passes and 29 interceptions). New York’s offense has been hit hard by injuries, particularly last season with receiver Odell Beckham Jr.. His return, as much as the addition of running back Saquon Barkley, will help Manning. But the veteran passer still has to show he can compete at a high level. If he doesn’t, and if quarterbacks New York bypassed do well, it’ll be a bad look for Manning and the Giants (unless backups Davis Webb or Kyle Lauletta emerge).

Walking Nine Holes With Doug Pederson - PE.com
“Pretty busy offseason. A short one,” Pederson says, laughing. “I’ll take it. My golf game isn’t where it could be, but, boy, I love that Lombardi Trophy.” Pederson’s world has turned upside down since last year at this time, when as a first-timer playing this event he compared the Eagles entering 2017 to the Packers team he played with that won the Super Bowl. Pederson’s confidence raised eyebrows, but who was right in the end?

Roob’s 10 observations: Missing Lehigh, Sidney Jones, Doug Pederson’s wins - NBC Sports Philadelphia
I totally get why the Eagles and so many other NFL teams are abandoning the long-standing tradition of holding training camp at a remote small-town university. With teams allowed just one practice a day it doesn’t make sense to spend a few weeks an hour away. And when you have world-class medical and training facilities in Philly, just a few feet from your own practice fields, why would you want to leave? That said, I really it. I miss the sense of community among fans spending the day in a sleepy old steel town. I miss the interaction between players during practice and fans lining the fence watching from just a few feet away. I miss seeing tiny little wide-eyed kids dragging shoulder pads and helmets across the field with a player after practice while their parents take pictures they’ll treasure for a lifetime. I miss the unique mixture of small-town America meeting big-time NFL football. I miss all of it.

Morning Show discusses LeSean McCoy incident - 94WIP
Later on the 94WIP Morning Show, Philly.com’s Marcus Hayes told a story about McCoy during his time in Philadelphia. According to Hayes, McCoy confronted him “in the green room” of the Comcast studios “seven, eight years ago.” Hayes said McCoy “threatened to beat me up and called me an m-fer” for a previous article Hayes wrote, which criticized McCoy as a player.

Potential Legal Ramifications of the Disturbing Accusations Against LeSean McCoy - The MMQB
Along those lines, consider the wide spectrum of potential outcomes for McCoy. He faces enormous legal and career ramifications. Georgia, like most states, considers home invasions, robberies, assaults and conspiracies to be felony-level offenses with lengthy prison sentences. Any involvement with a home invasion would be disastrous for McCoy. To be sure, law enforcement officers will review physical evidence found in the home as well as electronic evidence. Such evidence includes video surveillance as well as emails, phone records and texts of persons connected to the property. Even if investigators do not suspect that McCoy is connected in any way to the assault, they will seek his cooperation if he owns the home or has some relationship to it.

Bills need to be ready for possibility LeSean McCoy ends up on exempt list - PFT
It’s still too early in the investigation regarding the injuries inflicted on Delicia Cordon to know whether the proof will ever point to Bills running back LeSean McCoy as being in any way responsible for them. And before the situation ever would get to the point where there would be enough proof to convict McCoy of a crime, there could be enough proof to result in the placement of McCoy on the Commissioner Exempt List.

Timeline: What we know about the domestic violence allegations against Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy - Buffalo Rumblings
The explosive allegations levied against Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy on Tuesday, July 10, began a hectic day of updates. McCoy’s estranged girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, was assaulted and robbed in a home owned by McCoy in the early morning hours. With new information coming every hour, social media posts being deleted, and statements made by police and attorneys, it’s time to reset the coverage. Here is a complete timeline of what we know so far.

Ranking the NFC East: Cornerbacks - Hogs Haven
Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Sidney Jones, and Rasul Douglas all return from last year’s championship squad. They are joined by 4th round draft pick Avonte Maddox out of Pittsburgh.

Looking back, DeMarco Murray greatly altered the NFC East’s top two teams - Blogging The Boys
This of course raises the question, would the Eagles have won the Super Bowl last season with (or potentially in spite of) DeMarco? Would he have singlehandedly either prevented them from other acquisitions or just been enough individually to weigh them down so that they wouldn’t have won it? Would DeMarco have a Super Bowl ring himself had he not begged to be traded away from Philadelphia? These questions don’t have answers, but they exist because of the domino effect that Murray’s decisions had.

2017 Run Offense by Number of Backs - Football Outsiders
Philadelphia continues to hold on to their streak; they are the only team to have had less than 10 percent of their carries in two-back sets in every season stretching back to 2013. Yes, that means the Super Bowl was between the team which uses the most two-back rushes in recent history versus the team which uses the least. If that’s not anecdotal evidence that neither strategy is inherently right or wrong, I don’t know what is.

What we know so far about the ‘targeted’ home invasion at LeSean McCoy’s house - SB Nation
Police in Georgia are investigating a “targeted” home invasion and assault that took place Tuesday morning at a house owned by Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy. Two women in the home were attacked, including Delicia Cordon, McCoy’s former girlfriend who was staying there. No suspects in the home invasion have been named. McCoy was accused by two people on social media claiming to be friends with the victim as being responsible for the attack, but he denied those allegations in a statement released via his own social media accounts. McCoy was in Miami at the time of the home invasion and said he has not had direct contact with the victim in months. The Bills and the NFL are both aware of the situation and looking into the matter, according to statements made by the team and the league on Tuesday.

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