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Eagles News: Lane Johnson co-created an offensive line summit

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What happens when 26 of the NFL’s best offensive linemen get together? - SB Nation
As Duke’s business has grown, he’s wanted to have an offensive line summit in the mold of Von Miller’s pass rush summit he’s done the last two offseasons. While watching the NFL Network’s top 100, he heard a comment from Lane Johnson. Duke called Lane and OL Masterminds was born. Lane told me his idea behind the summit was simple: “There are two different games being played, seven-on-seven and in the trenches. We need to have more focus on our game as a group. We (OL) need to have a game plan how to attack the DL and this summit can help add tools to the arsenal.”

Eagles training camp preview: 10 questions and answers - BGN
It’s not just about Wentz, of course. The Eagles had a large handful of veterans miss much, if not all, of the spring practices. Players like wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, offensive tackle Jason Peters and running back Darren Sproles should be ready early in camp, if not right at the very start. Defensive end Brandon Graham says he is, no doubt, going to be ready for the opener, so while he may not be on the field early in camp, he’s trending in the right direction to be ready for the Falcons. Safety Chris Maragos is still a ways away, it seems, from practicing. Middle linebacker Jordan Hicks, so critical to the defense, is likely to be brought along slowly as he comes back from his Achilles tendon injury. Defensive tackle Tim Jernigan has gained back all the weight he lost from his back surgery, but it’s unknown how soon he’s going to be on the field. Running back Josh Adams, signed after the draft, didn’t practice at all after suffering a foot injury and is a question mark for the start of camp. He’s a prospect from Notre Dame, but a foot injury for a running back? It’s important to bring him back at the right pace so the injury doesn’t become a career-threatening one.

The Eagle Effect - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles had a creative, aggressive offense last year. Do you remember the 2016 version? With a rookie QB, mediocre skill players and an O-line that missed players due to injury and suspension, the offense focused on the short passing game. The Eagles were 22nd in yards and 16th in points. Not many people were trying to copy Doug Pederson’s playbook. When you have great blocking, star QBs and skill players who can make big-time plays, that changes things. You can start with basic runs and passes. You can mix in RPOs. You can run a flea-flicker or the Philly Special. None of that works without the right blocking and execution.

Eagles’ RPOs have NFL defenses searching for an antidote - Daily News
Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland gave his players a homework assignment this spring. He asked them to pretend they were NFL defensive coordinators and to come up with a strategy for effectively defending the run-pass option plays (RPOs) that were so effective for the Eagles’ offense last season on the way to the franchise’s first NFL title in 57 years. “I said, ‘You’re the defensive coordinator playing us and I want you to come up with one defensive scheme that will hurt this part of our game,’ ’’ Stoutland said. “It’s been interesting. We’ve got some really smart players, and it’s been interesting to hear some of the theories. We’re not done yet. We’re still collecting those thoughts. But we’re just trying to stay ahead of the curve and be ready for what we might see.’’

Dominance In The Trenches Big Reason For Optimism -
How did the Eagles win the Super Bowl in February? There were many factors, of course, and many intangibles that included incredible chemistry and confidence from the front office to the head coach to the roster. The Eagles overcame significant odds to win it all, and they enter 2018 as a very good, confident football team with one goal in mind. To try to boil it all down, the Eagles will have a chance to win every week as long as they take care of business at the line of scrimmage.

10 Reasons the Eagles Will Repeat as Super Bowl Champs - NBCSP
The roster is better. The Eagles should be better at wide receiver (Mike Wallace for Torrey Smith), defensive line (add Haloti Ngata and Michael Bennett), offensive line (presumably Jason Peters for the entire season) and tight end (Dallas Goedert for Brent Celek). Linebacker may be weaker, but with Jay Ajayi for a full season running back is a push even without LeGarrette Blount, adding Sidney Jones and losing Patrick Robinson is a push and safety and quarterback are pushes. Better roster. The Eagles have 17 starters back from a championship team, and they seem to have the pieces in place to fill those spots seamlessly.

Dog masks aside, can Pederson, Eagles make another Super Bowl run? - DelawareOnline
Or as Pederson put it: “There are things that we can do and continue to do to grow that entire package. Once defenses understand who you are sort of reading and keying on, they can try different things with [line]backers and [defensive] ends and things. But the thing for us is if we’re going to stay ahead of everything, we’ve got to just make sure that a lot of things look very similar: formations, the same guys are on the field, the tight ends are right.”

My Brother’s Imagination Goes Beyond Football - B/R
After 10 years in the NFL, Martellus Bennett is still an author, rapper, director and cartoonist. Why WOULDN’T he retire? A family salute to the next chapter, as part of the B/R POWER 50 Boss Up list.

2018 NFL predictions: Prisco picks every game for every team, plus Super Bowl champion - CBS Sports
Prisco has the defending Super Bowl champs going 11-5 before losing in the Divisional Round.

Report: OLB Connor Barwin to sign with the Giants - Big Blue View
Ian Rappoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Giants signed Barwin to a 2-year deal worth up to $5 million. The exact details and money breakdown of the contract are still unknown. Fans and the media have wondered all offseason how the Giants would generate a pass rush without having to rely on the blitz, or scheming pressure. The move to sign Barwin, an outside linebacker and pass rushing specialist, is an attempt to address that obvious shortcoming on the defense.

Tim Tebow suffers broken hamate bone, likely out for season - Amazin Avenue
With the Mets out of the playoff race in the National League and with Tebow improving in Double-A, there was speculation that the left fielder could be a September call-up. If the recovery time estimate is accurate, this news effectively ends that possibility.


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