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NFL’s deepest position groups: Eagles’ D-line reigns -
1) Philadelphia Eagles defensive line: Should we throw in the offensive line, as well? The Eagles dominated in the trenches en route to the Super Bowl LII title, pushing teams around on offense and sending waves of pass rushers on defense. While reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald of the Rams is the cream of the crop, Philadelphia’s earth-moving Fletcher Cox isn’t far behind among interior linemen. Cox has plenty of help in the form of Super Bowl hero Brandon Graham, run-stuffer Tim Jernigan, veteran Chris Long and second-year edge rusher Derek Barnett. To that impressive quartet, Philadelphia has added three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett and former All-Pro Haloti Ngata to go with athletic fourth-round pick Josh Sweat. Considering the success of coordinator Jim Schwartz’s defense, it’s no surprise that other teams have begun copying Philadelphia’s blueprint up front. That brings us to the next-deepest group ...

10 Eagles players who could be surprise cut candidates - BGN
It’d hardly be a shock to see the Eagles cut a guy who was their fifth-string running back last season before he was placed on injured reserve. Still, cutting Pumphrey would be notable considering the Eagles TRADED UP in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft to get him. Pump’s 2017 preseason showing was incredibly uninspiring. He just didn’t look like an NFL player out there. Pump stans have defended him by attributing his struggles to a hamstring issue. Pump deserves the chance to prove himself this summer. But if he doesn’t, he could be gone. Word is the Eagles favor Matt Jones as the fourth running back right now.

How will Duce Staley manage Eagles running backs in 2018? - PhillyVoice
“It’s a big asset simply because once these guys get that experience,” Staley said of the committee approach. “Say one goes down, it’s part of the league. You can plug a guy in and you’re not trying to change the offense because you know the guy you are plugging in. With our situation last year, you look at LeGarrette, you look at Corey, you look at Jay, we sprinkled in Kenjon [Barner] a little bit too, and defensively it’s frustrating because they can’t pinpoint one thing with one guy and Doug takes pride in that. I take pride in that.”

McAdumb Speaks - Iggles Blitz
One other note…while the Eagles haven’t been a great team in recent years it isn’t like they were awful. Rock bottom for them was going 7-9 in both 2015 and 2016. Each year they were a handful of plays away from making the postseason. The Eagles were 10-6 the two seasons before that. The players have had some success. This isn’t like a team going 3-13 and then suddenly becoming champs.

What Philadelphia can do to replace Patrick Robinson on defense - PFF
While Avonte Maddox has yet to play a snap in the NFL, his listed height and weight of 5-foot-9 and 184 pounds, are prototypical of an effective NFL slot cornerback. To build on this, a look at Maddox’s combine numbers will show you that he is one of the quickest cornerbacks in the 2018 draft class, recording a 4.39-second 40-yard dash and a 4.00-second 20-yard shuffle. Throughout his four years at Pittsburgh, Maddox played 43 coverage snaps from the slot, but a successful transition to the inside position could be the rookie’s ticket to more playing time.

Doug Pederson Updates Carson Wentz, Injury Picture -
“I honestly really don’t know when Carson will be cleared,” Pederson said. “I’m asked about it every day everywhere I go. This is one of those deals where you have to trust your medical staff. I want Carson to play for 15, 20 years if he can. We’re in Year 3. He and I are married together and we’re just going to make sure this is right before he plays.”

Jalen Mills says Ben McAdoo’s comments “kind of irrelevant” - PFT
Mills was asked about McAdoo’s thoughts on the Eagles during an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday night. “As far as the outside noise, I think we handled that well this past year, and it showed,” Mills said. “. . . It’s kind of irrelevant.”

Hear audio of the 911 call made from inside LeSean McCoy’s Georgia home - PennLive
In a recording released Thursday of Cordon’s 911 call she can be heard describing her alleged attacker to a dispatcher and saying she believed the attack was connected with her ex-boyfriend. ”My face is demolished right now,” Cordon said during the call.

Michael Bennett Opens Up About All of It - GQ
Michael Bennett wants you to take him seriously. Not just seriously in the way that offenses take him, an imposing defensive end who made the Pro Bowl in each of his last three seasons playing for the Seattle Seahawks. (He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.) But seriously in the way we’ve struggled to take athletes in the past, trying in vain to maintain the increasingly shaky separation between the Church of Sports and the State of Politics. If that wall was already crumbling before Colin Kaepernick and Donald Trump, it lay in ruins after. Sticking to sports is no longer a thing. Nor should it be. And if athletics and activism have drawn ever closer, guys like Bennett are a big reason why. He has also—perhaps not so unexpectedly given that outspokenness—become something of a lightning rod.

Are 2018 Eagles better or worse at wide receiver? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Swapping Smith for Wallace was instantly labeled a success back in March, and four months later, it’s still difficult to argue. Not only did the change in personnel save the Eagles money, it also appears the offense added a better all-around weapon as well. Wallace is known for being a deep threat, thanks in part to his 4.3 speed, but he’s actually more versatile than that. The 10th-year veteran has been a model of consistency for most of his NFL career, averaging 59.8 receptions for 896.9 yards and 6.3 touchdowns per season. Postseason performance aside, Smith had 36 catches, 430 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles. He was a bit of a one-trick pony as a vertical receiver and has developed a bad case of the dropsies. There’s no reason Wallace can’t be more productive.

Ranking the NFC East: (Inside) Linebackers - Hogs Haven
The Eagles return starters Bradham and Hicks, though Mychal Kendricks left in free agency. They have draft picks from ‘16 & ‘17 to rely on, but they didn’t have the salary cap available in free agency or enough draft picks available to upgrade the LB position this offseason.

How ‘All-Go Special Halfback Seam,’ other plays came to be - ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs were evaluating North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz as a draft prospect when they came across a pass play that, more than a year later, would spring rookie running back Kareem Hunt for a 78-yard touchdown catch against the New England Patriots. Damn right, they stole it. The NFL playbook has long been a revered document packed with foundational text and illustrations, but it isn’t a static one. New plays find their way into the huddle any number of ways.

Two-Point Study - Riley-Koste Football
In the 2017 NFL season, there were 96 two-point conversion attempts, many of those coming in key situations which decided the outcome of the game. There were also several 3rd/4th and goal plays that had a critical impacts on the outcome of games. In the past two super bowls alone, there were four 2-point conversions attempted. Without converting on both of their attempts in Super Bowl LI, the Patriots don’t beat the Falcons. In that same game, the game winning touchdown was on the 3rd 2-point play the Patriots had in their game plan. Also, the famous “Philly special” that helped the Eagles win last year’s Super Bowl was run on 4th and goal (which is a similar situation to a 2 point play). Since many games are won and lost on 2-point conversion type plays, it is important for a coach to have a great plan to convert.

Top 50 remaining NFL free agents heading into training camp - SB Nation
With LeSean McCoy staring down legal trouble, our friends at Buffalo Rumblings took a look at the best running backs on the free agent market, should the Bills need to sign a replacement for Shady. DeMarco Murray leads off the list as the best back available, and someone the Bills could be considering. But what about the other position groups, and are there any other serviceable running backs on the market? Let’s take a look at the best players still available to be signed heading into training camp. These players are not ranked, but broken down into three categories based on what they bring to the field.


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