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NFL secondary rankings: All 32 teams entering 2018 - PFF
18) The loss of slot cornerback Patrick Robinson and the question marks his absence leaves cannot be understated. With all the draft picks in recent years at the corner position, no one besides Darby should be safe in their starting spot. The good news is that their is so much competition, the bad news is that none graded higher than Mills’ 77.1 overall grade a season ago.

The 7th Annual Definitive Twitter List for Philadelphia Eagles Fans - BGN
Follow me! And some other people too, I guess.

Don’t sleep on Kamu Grugier-Hill as a possible ‘starter’ at linebacker - PhillyVoice
While he isn’t Ray Lewis against the run, Grugier-Hill also showed willingness to stick his nose in there against the run, and has athletic traits that will enable him to make plays on the edge using his speed. It is my belief that with more experience, he can be competent against the run as well. Grugier-Hill may very well have every bit as good a chance of winning the third linebacker job as Nelson or Gerry. [BLG Note: As a card-carrying member of the #KamuClub, I fully endorse this article.]

Minor Moves - Iggles Blitz
There is always the possibility the team is going to re-sign Corey Graham to add depth at safety. That’s the weakest position on the team, in terms of depth. Unless the Eagles love Tre Sullivan or their UDFAs from this spring, safety needs help. There are good players on the market. The problem is that I don’t know if those guys want to come to Philly to be backups. Tre Boston, Kenny Vaccaro and Eric Reid are starting quality players.

Carson Wentz eyes next hurdle as Eagles open training camp - ESPN
Trade(s) in the cards?: Executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman does not believe roster building is restricted to free agency and the draft. He likes to wheel and deal as much as any GM in the league. Last August, he traded WR Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for CB Ronald Darby. Interestingly enough, there’s been trade buzz around Darby this offseason. Would they be willing to part with Foles if a QB-hungry team came calling, like the Vikings did a couple years back for Sam Bradford? As with most anything, it all comes down to the offer.

Your 2018 Training Camp Primer -
BIGGEST CONCERN: Probably the linebacker group as a whole, given that there is no clear-cut answer at the moment at WILL, and Hicks is coming back from injury and Nigel Bradham is suspended for the first regular-season game. Know that the Eagles will keep their eyes open around the league if they don’t like what they’re seeing early in camp.

Eagles training camp preview: Carson Wentz’s recovery, presence will be intriguing - Inquirer
The expectation is not much more than he did six weeks ago, according to team sources. Wentz will partake in most positional drills, he’ll take snaps in various truncated drills opposite defenders, but he won’t yet take repetitions during team drills. Nick Foles will continue to take reps with the first team offense, as Nate Sudfeld works with the second team and Joe Callahan with the third stringers. Wentz, for the most part, will run through exercises on another field under the watchful gaze of a trainer when taking a break from team activities. But how long will it take before he lines up under center and faces a pass rush? Even when and if he does, he won’t likely work with the first team offense with Foles expected to start for at least the first preseason game. Wentz has said that he doesn’t need to play before the season, a point he nearly proved two years ago after he fractured ribs in the preseason opener.

Eagles training camp roster breakdown: How the 87 players stack up - The Athletic
Donnel Pumphrey — Pumphrey is a good example of the inverted focus of training camp compared to the regular season. Last year’s fourth-round pick will be one of the stories of this training camp after a desultory performance last year earned him an early “bust” label. But the truth is that even if he somehow earns a roster spot, we’re still talking about a fourth running back who is likely to make little impact during the regular season. Then again, we would have undersold Clement in the same way this time last year. The good news is that after the events of last February, Roseman’s reputation is no longer inextricably linked to Pumphrey’s career.

Roob’s 10 observations: Jerome Brown memory, challenge for 2018 Eagles and more - NBC Sports Philadelphia
One of the biggest challenges for the 2018 Eagles will be how seamlessly the offense can move on from offensive coordinator Frank Reich and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo to offensive coordinator Mike Groh and QBs coach Press Taylor. My hunch is they’ll be fine. We all saw what happened to the Eagles when Andy Reid began losing quality assistant coaches and failed to adequately replace them. The whole thing fell to pieces. Everything I’ve seen and heard about Groh and Taylor is overwhelmingly positive, but these are huge changes. What helps tremendously is that Groh and Taylor were both here in 2017, and they already speak the same language as Carson Wentz, Foles and teammates. There’s a familiarity already in place that will serve everyone well. Groh and Taylor know Doug Pederson’s system, they know the personnel, they have strong existing relationships with their players and they’re well respected. The Eagles’ offense was a machine last year. I don’t expect that to change.

Zach and Julie Ertz’s foundation raises more than $200K to share faith, aid students - SportsSpectrum
A month after they announced the start of their foundation, Zach and Julie Ertz have already raised more than $200,000 for their mission of sharing faith, empowering students and building community. The Ertz Family Foundation held its official kickoff in California on Saturday, and the foundation said it had nearly 200 guests in attendance. Among them were San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, who like Ertz graduated from Stanford University; Philadelphia Eagles-connected pastor Kyle Horner; and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Owusu.

Todd Gurley’s New Contract Extension Could Completely Obliterate the Running Back Market - The Ringer
For the first time in what feels like a lifetime, an NFL running back is getting paid. On Tuesday, the Rams and Todd Gurley agreed to a four-year contract extension with $45 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal ultimately could be worth up to $60 million, and would keep the AP Offensive Player of the Year in Los Angeles through the 2023 season. Gurley’s new deal doesn’t just reset the going rate in the running back market—it obliterates it.

David Irving off the hook in alleged DV case, but won’t report to training camp on time - Blogging The Boys
The troubled pass rusher did not report to training camp with the rest of the team on Tuesday, according to the Star-Telegram. What this means exactly as far as when he will return is anyone’s guess. It’s hard to know what the team has in a player when he’s just not around. The raw ability of Irving has such a strong appeal, but when they can’t count of someone to be there - well, that’s just no fun for anyone.

26 of football’s greatest JUCO alumni show there are many paths to greatness - SB Nation
LeGarrette Blount, RB, East Mississippi Community College —> Oregon. Blount signed with Auburn in 2006. But he didn’t academically qualify. So he ended up one of the top JUCO running backs when it was time for him to come out in 2008.


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