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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/15/18.

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NFL’s best and worst offensive arsenals: 32-1 weapons ranking - ESPN
The team that beat Belichick’s Patriots in Super Bowl LII is structured in a similar way, combining a star tight end with a rotation of useful running backs. Zach Ertz isn’t as dominant as Gronkowski, but his injury history isn’t as pressing. I’d also argue that the Eagles have a better group of wideouts for 2018, especially given that Edelman is guaranteed to miss at least four games. Philly can expect more out of Alshon Jeffery, who played through a torn rotator cuff last season. To the shock of everyone, Nelson Agholor emerged as a useful slot receiver, and he should continue to improve in that role, while Mike Wallace should be an upgrade on the departed Torrey Smith and could be pushed by further improvement from second-year wideout Mack Hollins.

There’s reason to be excited about the Eagles’ running back situation heading into 2018 - BGN
Ajayi will receive a bulk of the Eagles’ carries, especially early on in the season. He might never get to a 20-carry game given the Eagles’ penchant for rotating their backs. But he will see some significant playing time.

Loving the Eagles Lines - Iggles Blitz
Every NFC East team has won a Super Bowl. The teams that won titles all had one thing in common: good play by the offensive and defensive lines. That was certainly true of the Eagles in 2017. The OL was outstanding the DL was arguably the most feared group in the league. PFF had some praise for the Eagles OL. They had the Eagles rated as the league’s top OL heading into 2017. They rated the line as the best for the 2017 season and now have the Eagles at the top of their 2018 preseason rankings.

Doug Pederson’s Latest Gamble Could Benefit The Eagles Autism Challenge - PE.com
If Pederson bests Payton again, the Eagles Autism Challenge receives the money. KultureCity in New Orleans cashes in if Payton emerges on top of the leaderboard.

Gil Brandt’s greatest NFL punters of all time - NFL.com
15) Donnie Jones - Has averaged 45.5 yards per punt throughout his career.

Eagles Mailbag: Trading Nick Foles; will Carson Wentz be ready? - NBC Sports Philadelphia
I think it would have to be a first-rounder. The Eagles already didn’t trade Foles for an early second-rounder this year and if Sam Bradford was worth a first-rounder, the Super Bowl MVP damn-well better be. Now, it’s rare to have a Teddy Bridgewater-type situation arise, but if it does, the Eagles will be waiting by their phones.

Eagles training camp mailbag: How Carson Wentz is progressing, and more - Morning Call
The short answer is yes. But ACL recovery is rarely a linear process. Not every day will be better than the last, though it seems that way so far from watching Wentz move and throw. Also, don’t expect to see much of him during the preseason, if at all, even if he’s fully cleared by the medical staff by then. However, that shouldn’t prevent him from starting in Week 1 if healthy. He proved as a rookie, when he obviously had much less command of the offense, how effective he can be with essentially no preseason work. After a rib injury in the first preseason game sidelined him until the opener, he came out on fire, leading the Eagles to a 3-0 record that should have gone to 4-0 if Ryan Mathews hadn’t fumbled in Detroit.

2017 Run Defense by Number of Backs - Football Outsiders
We would like to remind fans of Arizona and Philadelphia that it is, in fact, legal to have multiple players in the backfield at the time of the snap. The Cardinals and Eagles faced the fewest and second-fewest two-back runs in 2017. They also had the fewest and second-fewest two-back runs in 2017. This isn’t, as far as we can tell, a charting glitch or some kind of weird data entry error; this is a real thing that occurred.

Ranking the NFC East head coaches - Hogs Haven
Pederson’s first season as a head coach in 2016 was rough -- not unusual for newly hired coaches trying to rebuild wounded franchises — but Pederson didn’t disgrace himself. In his sophomore campaign in 2017, he won the super bowl despite losing Darren Sproles, Jason Peters and Carson Wentz to season-ending injuries. The question may not be, is he the best coach in the division; it may be, is he the best coach in the NFL? Will Pederson be able to motivate his players to climb the mountain again in 2018?

Terrell Owens says he’s boycotting HOF enshrinement for those who “had to wait” - PFT
“I’m SO HAPPY for JERRY [Kramer]!!” Owens said in response to someone on Twitter who was criticizing Owens by citing Kramer’s decades-long snub. “[He] shouldn’t have had to wait that damn long either! I’m doing this for guys like him. Past, present and the future.”

What you need to know about the NFL’s franchise tag extension deadline in 2018 - SB Nation
The NFL’s franchise tag guarantees the player who receives it is due a sizable sum on a one-year deal. But the player and team have until the middle of July to negotiate a long-term contract extension. This year that deadline comes at 4 p.m. ET on July 16, and it affects four players.

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