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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/19/18.

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The NFL’s most outsize contracts: 20 players with bloated deals - ESPN
10 - Fletcher Cox’s raw statistics are deflated by how the Eagles heavily rotate their defensive linemen throughout the regular season. We saw evidence of that in the postseason. The 27-year-old lined up for only 59 percent of Philadelphia’s defensive snaps during the regular season, but when January rolled around, Cox played more than 86 percent of the snaps during the Eagles’ run to Super Bowl LII. He also delivered in the playoffs, as Cox’s six quarterback knockdowns during the postseason ranked second behind only New England’s Trey Flowers.

Eagles’ o-line is a big reason why Philly has a chance to repeat as Super Bowl champs - BGN
Peters was legitimately playing like one of the best offensive linemen in the league prior to suffering an ACL injury last year. He finished the season as PFF’s fourth highest graded offensive tackle. It’s fair to wonder if the 36-year-old will be the same player coming off injury. But considering Peters is a genetic freak who is super motivated to get another ring, I wouldn’t bet against that man. Peters has averaged 13.2 games played per season ever since becoming a full-time starter back in 2005.

Insight on the Biggies - Iggles Blitz
It isn’t hard to love the Eagles offensive line. You watch the guys play and see a great combination of skill, attitude and effort. Think of them as the Mean Green Blocking Machine. O-linemen rarely get much publicity so it can sometimes be hard to get a feel for their personalities. After the Super Bowl parade, there is nothing mysterious about Jason Kelce. We have a pretty good feel for Lane Johnson as well. He’s not shy around the camera or microphone. He also speaks his mind, which is rare for pro athletes. They tend to obsess on playing it safe so as not to offend anyone.

Eagles fans: Were years of heartbreak worth Super Bowl LII triumph? - PhillyVoice
Dolton and MacKerron found that the heartbreak was much worse after a loss in which your team was expected to win. They acknowledged that they didn’t take some things into account, like the social aspect of being a fan. Again, I think a lot of Eagles fans might contend that the euphoria after winning Super Bowl LII was well worth decades of watching games without a title. Although there might be some who wish they had spent those Sundays that ended poorly doing something else.

Brian Dawkins Recalls Steamrolling Alge Crumpler - PE.com
The Pro Football Hall of Fame safety unloaded three years’ worth of pain, disrespect, and disappointment with one swift blow.

The tricky business of defending Terrell Owens - Inquirer
Owens has every right to be angry that it took three years to gain entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was not selected in his first two years of eligibility for the simple reason that the voters didn’t like him. Again, that’s understandable. It’s also not the primary reason the electors are there. Terrell Owens is a Hall of Fame player, something the voters got around to admitting this year. His career accomplishments place him in the all-time top 10 for receptions (eighth), receiving yards (second) and receiving touchdowns (third). There just isn’t any question that he belongs, but the Hall stuffily kept him out as long as possible because he was a pain in the ass. During the same time, Marvin Harrison was elected despite career numbers that weren’t as good and despite some off-the-field issues that went beyond having an annoying personality.

Roob’s 10 observations: Brian Dawkins’ Hall of Fame, Nate Gerry & Zach Ertz vs. Jason Witten - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Can we take a moment to talk about how insanely consistent Wentz was before he got hurt? Wentz’s lowest passer rating last year was an 83.0 in the loss to the Chiefs. He threw for 333 yards with two TDs and one INT and that was his worst game of the year. Wentz is one of just four quarterbacks in NFL history to open a season with a rating of 83 or higher in every game through the first 13 games of a season. Which of course is when his season ended. Including the last week of 2016, Wentz goes into 2018 on a streak of 14 straight games with a rating of 83 or higher. That’s seventh longest in NFL history, and the longest active streak. Wentz’s 21 career games with a passer rating of 83 or higher are tied for third most in NFL history by any QB after two seasons, behind only Dan Marino (23) and Russell Wilson (23). And he missed the last three games of the season. What a talent.

Predicting the 2018 NFC East winner & losers: consolidating the position rankings - Hogs Haven
Unsurprisingly, the Eagles came out with the best average ranking following their Superbowl win. The Eagles were rated either a clear first place or tied for first in 9 of the 11 rankings. Further, they were ranked last in only a single position group — running back. The Eagles, when all the position group rankings were averaged, had the best ranking at 1.8, indicating that readers are expecting them to, once again, win the division title.

PFF ranks the Eagles offensive line ahead of the Cowboys, but who’s really better? - Blogging The Boys
[BLG Note: 85% of Cowboys fans think Dallas will have a better o-line than the Eagles in 2018.]

How Brandin Cooks Explains the Modern NFL - The Ringer
The Rams just handed their new receiver a five-year, $80 million deal. It speaks volumes about how L.A. prizes Cooks—and it’s the latest example of Cooks’s career reflecting the NFL’s value structure at large.

NFL: Titans star Jurrell Casey says he’ll protest during anthem and take fine - CNN
With less than three weeks to go until the start of preseason, Tennessee Titans star defensive end Jurrell Casey told CNN Sport on Wednesday in an exclusive interview he will remain on the field and protest during the US national anthem, while accepting any fines levied on him this season.”I’m going to take a fine this year, why not?” said Casey at an NFL promotional event in London. “I’m going to protest during the flag. That’s what I’m going to say now.”

An ode to Darrelle Revis, The Mercenary - SB Nation
Few NFL players are able to match elite on-field skills with a savvy sense of business that allows them to maximize their career earnings. Darrelle Revis was one of those few. Whether it was his 15 minutes of fame in Tampa Bay, his Super Bowl season in New England, or his second stint (read: robbery) with the New York Jets, the money always followed Revis wherever he played. Of course, that money was completely worth it when Revis was at the peak of his powers. Revis officially retired on Wednesday after an 11-year career spent with four different teams.

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