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Eagles News: ESPN projects Jay Ajayi to be a fantasy football bust

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Fantasy football sleepers, busts, breakouts for 2018 - ESPN
Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles - The former Dolphins star averaged 5.8 yards per rush for the Eagles after his midseason acquisition, but the Super Bowl champs boast depth at this position and will not be afraid to use it. Ajayi broke out in 2016 with more than 1,200 rushing yards, but half of them came in three explosive games. The rest of the time, fantasy managers were frustrated. With chronic knee problems and constant backfield competition, Ajayi will struggle to hold RB2 status all season.

Eagles’ defensive line: the lifeblood of the defense - BGN
Directly tethered to that contract is the year Derek Barnett puts out in 2018. The better Barnett looks, the lower the figure Howie Roseman and Co. may feel motivated to send Graham’s way. As many BGN readers know, I lobbied for tempered expectations for Derek Barnett’s sophomore campaign. On Barnett’s film, I saw a player who won often when the cards were stacked in his favor, and failed to generate his own big plays against stiffer NFL competition. He will grow, of course; he’ll get better. Expect to see more effective counter moves in Barnett’s 2018 arsenal—likely an improved spin move to start—to improve his pressure rate, and hope for increased explosiveness in Year 2. But more than 6.5 sacks would be, in my eyes, a big surprise.

Bradford vs Foles - Iggles Blitz
I do think Bradford is more naturally gifted and that’s part of why teams keep taking chances on him. When Foles and Bradford struggle, Foles is the worse player. That season finale against Dallas was ugly. There is a chance that both Foles and Bradford could hit the free agent market in March. It would be interesting to see how teams pursue them. I think it is too simplistic to say that Foles has had the better career because of winning the Super Bowl. Is he better than Donovan McNabb or Randall Cunningham? No way. That would be a ridiculous idea.

Eagles hoping no-risk, high-reward veteran signings can rekindle past success - NBCSP
LaRoy Reynolds, now with his fourth team in four years, has played in 68 games with seven starts. He’s only 27 and is considered an above-average special teamer and adequate depth linebacker. The Eagles have some big question marks at linebacker, with Paul Worrilow (Reynolds’ former teammate) out for the year, Mychal Kendricks now with the Browns, Nigel Bradham suspended for the opener and Jordan Hicks able to finish one of his first three seasons.

Philadelphia Eagles Take On The ESPYS -
The Philadelphia Eagles attended this year’s ESPYS in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 18. Check out all the photos from the night here.

Vikings look for positives from loss to Eagles in NFC Championship Game - Star Tribune
GM Rick Spielman said he and his staff have done what they set out to do following the team’s loss to Philadelphia in January’s NFC Championship Game.

Eagles, Waste Masters extend partnership for another 3 years - Philadelphia Business Journal
The Philadelphia Eagles and Waster Masters Solutions have extended their partnership agreement for another three years. Financial terms of the deal, which now runs through the 2021 season, were not disclosed. Based in New Castle, Del., Waste Masters Solutions has managed the football team’s recycling and waste disposal since 2016.

Peterson: I’d pick Sam Bradford to start for Cardinals -
All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson, though, has already decided who should get the nod. ”Well, right now I’d probably take Sam due to his experience. Due to some of the records that he has in the league. Because when Sam is healthy and is on the field and has talent around him, he’s a top-tier quarterback,” Peterson told NFL Network’s James Jones from a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Which sports mascot do you want to fight? - SB Nation
About 30 years ago, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda chased down the Phillie Phanatic, gave him a whack over the head, and pelted him with a baseball. The Phillie Phanatic kinda had it coming, honestly. It wasn’t quite the clean martial arts combo Ace Ventura unleashed on the Eagles mascot that cost him 25 grand, but Lasorda got his shots in.


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