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6 Philadelphia Eagles who could have new roles in 2018 - PennLive
WR Mack Hollins - Hollins, a key special teams contributor, had a couple cameos at wide receiver and averaged 14.1 yards per catch as a rookie. The Eagles signed Mike Wallace to replace the traded Torrey Smith as the offense’s vertical threat, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Hollins be the target of a couple deep balls per game.

Eagles cornerbacks: youth, talent, and uncertainty - BGN
Ronald Darby is likely the only corner who comes into camp with a starting job locked up. It’s easy to forget that the Eagles gave up a decent package for Darby (WR Jordan Matthews and a third-round selection) not one year ago. His Week 1 injury kept him off the field for long enough that the Birds were already good by the time he came back—and as such, how he impacts the defense is a little unclear. He’ll have a starting role by virtue of the capital spent on him, but Philadelphia is not tethered to him beyond this season (contract year), and with many young players waiting in the wings behind him, 2018 represents a key season for Darby. His second contract hinges on a healthy, productive year.

My Favorite MLB - Iggles Blitz
Nick Foles is a great backup and spot-starter, but he’s never started a full season and played at a high level. That’s what makes him so interesting. How do you evaluate Foles? How do you quantify his accomplishments? 90 percent of Twitter answered me with “Super Bowl MVP”, but I think that’s somewhat of an overly simplistic answer. The topic interested me more than anyone else. The rest of the world saw this as a rhetorical question.

Byron Evans: Gang Green’s Man In The Middle -
Gang Green featured a lot of preeminent Eagles, but that defense would not have been the same without Byron Evans as the man in the middle.

Know your Cowboys enemy: Scouting the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles - Blogging The Boys
Perhaps the biggest challenge on the Cowboys’ schedule in 2018 is the Philadelphia Eagles. The reigning Super Bowl champs return a lot of their team from last year, and have even added some big talent. Dallas split the series last year but one of those games was against the backups, as the Eagles had already locked up a playoff berth. The other game was a situation where Dallas, without Ezekiel Elliott, Sean Lee, and Tyron Smith, had a 9-7 lead at halftime and then was blown out 30-0 in the second half. Given the intense rivalry and all the factors from last season, the Cowboys will want to beat this team probably more than anyone else. Both teams have seemingly gotten better from last year, so how can Dallas fare against them? First, let’s hear from Brandon Gowton, manager of our Eagles counterpart, Bleeding Green Nation, on what he thinks of the Eagles so far.

Former Syracuse LB Zaire Franklin provides uniforms to Philadelphia school - Syracuse
After being selected in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts, Zaire Franklin decided that he wanted to give back to his hometown of Philadelphia. So on Friday, the former Syracuse football linebacker traveled to Kenderton School in North Philly and announced his plan to outfit and provide uniforms for every student in kindergarten through 5th grade.

Minnesota Vikings Offensive Line Coach Tony Sparano passes away - Daily Norseman
Sparano joined the Vikings’ coaching staff prior to the 2016 season after the firing of Jeff Davidson. He had a history of working with head coach Mike Zimmer, as the two of them were on the coaching staff of the Dallas Cowboys together from 2003 to 2008 under Bill Parcells. Sparano also served as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins from 2008 to 2011, and was also an interim coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2014.

Matt, Mark and Mitch: Odd Offensive Triumvirate Tries to Bring Back Bears - FMIA
As the 2018 camp season dawns, expect to hear those initials more and more and more. You saw the plays last year—the quarterback putting the ball in the back’s gut and “riding” the back for a step or two while deciding whether to yank it back and throw, or give the back the ball. Last year, the Eagles with Carson Wentz and Nick Foles used run-pass-option schemes to throw changeups at teams, and it became fashionable for teams to dabble in it. Some teams worry about the risk of injury to the quarterback, which is valid. But the reward makes it a worthy consideration.

”What’s the Next Thing?” Matt Nagy, Bears Focused on Staying a Step Ahead - The MMQB
Training camps have kicked off—for Chicago and Baltimore at least—and that’s exactly where we’re starting this week. The Bears have a new head coach who’s embracing being open-minded this season, drawing from all levels of football to keep ahead of the game and figure out what’s next. Plus, the Ravens have a bevy of young players who are expected to step into huge roles this season, looking back on Darrelle Revis’s (Hall of Fame?) career with the man who drafted him, remembering Tony Sparano and much more

Jameis Winston vs Marcus Mariota: Three years in, who has the edge? - PFF
After three seasons, both quarterbacks hold the exact same PFF grade of 71.1, sitting tied for 18th out of 36 qualifying quarterbacks from 2015-2017 (minimum of 500 pass attempts). While doing it in a different ways stylistically, they both find themselves as Tier 2, Cluster 3 quarterbacks. Both quarterbacks in their first three seasons have shown they play aggressively and not afraid to let it go down the field, with Winston’s 10.7 average depth of target ranking first over that span, and Mariota’s 9.7 being tied for seventh.

What the NFL’s halted anthem policy means for the players, teams, and league - SB Nation
The NFL’s national anthem policy lasted less than two months before it was shelved by the league Thursday. In a joint statement with the NFLPA, the NFL announced that “no new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced” until the league and players’ association find a resolution regarding protests during the national anthem. The policy said players had the option to stay in the locker room, but everyone on the field had to “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.” Teams would be fined by the NFL for violations. After the NFL and NFLPA’s agreement, there is no league-wide policy for how to handle players who protest, at least not for the time being.


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