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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/7/18

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Philadelphia’s sports teams have gone from the worst in North America to among the best - PhillyVoice
Fast forward to July 6, 2018. The Eagles just won the Super Bowl, the Sixers closed their regular season with a 16-game winning streak (and won a playoff series), the Phillies are 10 games above .500 and just one game back in the NL East, and the Flyers were a quick out in the playoffs, but at least they made it there. The combined winning percentages of the current Philadelphia franchises? That’s .630.

31 NFL teams that didn’t win the Super Bowl this year, and one that did - BGN
Have you ever wondered which NFL team won the Super Bowl this year? Well, if so, you’re in luck. I’ve gone through the lengthy process of making a list of 31 teams that did NOT win the Super Bowl this year and one that did. This is useful reference material so make sure to bookmark this page and share with others.

Ranking all 32 NFL backfields: Projections and 2018 outlook - ESPN In$ider
Projected unit stats: 376 carries, 1,614 yards, 9 TDs; 74 receptions, 610 yards, 2 TDs. Outlook: The Eagles leaned heavily -- and successfully -- on a committee last season, with LeGarrette Blount leading the way in snaps (337) and carries (173). Ajayi joined the team in Week 9 and, including three playoff games, handled 39 percent of the backfield snaps during his 10 games. Blount is gone, but Sproles is back after missing all but three games due to injury last season. Ajayi is expected to be the first man up in rushing situations, especially considering that his 2.4 YAC since entering the league is best among all backs with 500-plus carries during the span. Sproles is now 35, but he could still be the primary back on passing downs. Clement was a solid find as an undrafted free agent last season who will see some snaps.

Former Eagle uses championship rings to help local track team - 6ABC
Torrey Smith helped the Eagles catch their first Super Bowl ring and now he’s using that ring to help another team. The former Eagles WR is raising money for the Conshohocken Electric Force Track club. He’s trying to fund their trip to the AAU Junior Olympics at the end of the month in Des Moines, Iowa by letting fans take pictures with his Ravens and Eagles’ championship rings. ”I know how much the win meant to the people here. The ring means a lot to me as well, but it will also be sitting in my safe for the next year or few years, so I think it will be a great opportunity to take a picture with it and make money for the kids, “ said Smith. Next Friday night, Smith is running a fundraiser at the Conshy Corner Tavern. For a $20 minimum, you can take a picture with his rings. The proceeds will hopefully help these kids bring home some flashy bling of their own.

Where Are They Now? K Paul McFadden - PE.com
What are the odds? There were 336 players selected during the 1984 NFL Draft. Just five were kickers, and the Eagles chose two of them. Manny Matsakis out of Capital (Ohio) in the eighth round and Youngstown State’s Paul McFadden in the 12th.

Report: Arrest warrant issued for Jabar Gaffney vandalizing Lito Sheppard’s car - PFT
In June, former NFL cornerback Lito Sheppard accused former NFL wide receiver Jabar Gaffney of doing $14,000 of damage to his car by slashing the tires and pouring a contaminant in the gas tank while Sheppard was dining at a restaurant. Gaffney denied Sheppard’s claim, which was made after watching surveillance video of the parking lot, but it seems authorities in Jacksonville feel otherwise. WJXT reports that a felony criminal mischief warrant has been issued for Gaffney’s arrest in relation to the incident.

Which NFL Basement Dweller Will Win Their Division This Year? - The Ringer
No team has won the NFC East crown twice in a row since 2004, so the Eagles aren’t exactly a lock to defend their division title, but they’re far and away the deepest and most talented team from top to bottom. While the Giants are almost sure to improve (Vegas has their win total over/under pegged at 6.5), projecting them to finish above Philly is a bridge too far.

Michael Vick to headline flag football semifinals in Atlanta - The Falcoholic
“Everything happens for a reason, and obviously you get the right people involved and you’ll be able to make it work,” Vick said. “And I’m just thankful for any opportunity that I get if it helps change the course of the way people think or the way people may look at me as an individual. So it was very gratifying. Those are moments that you don’t take for granted, and you thank the people that are involved.”

Report: DeMarcus Lawrence, Cowboys expected to talk contract extension in coming week - Blogging The Boys
It could go either way. After a career filled with injuries, suspension, and inconsistency, the Cowboys might just wait for Lawrence to show them one more time how dominant of a player he is in 2018. On the other hand, the Cowboys could take a gamble and try to lock Lawrence up early instead of letting him play out the season on the franchise tag and then having to worry about an extension next season.

Is Jordan Reed down to his last chance with Jay Gruden? - Hogs Haven
The Redskins will have 23,621,000 reasons to cut or trade Jordan Reed at the end of the 2018 season. Will he be able to give the team enough reasons to keep him?

Janoris Jenkins speaks out on the death of Roosevelt Rene - Big Blue View
Jenkins added in his statement that, as there was an ongoing investigation, he wouldn’t be able to answer any questions regarding Rene’s death. However, he did say that the two had been collaborating on a music project and that he was praying for Rene and his family.

Los Angeles Rams RG Jamon Brown suspended two games - Turf Show Times
Los Angeles Rams starting Right Guard Jamon Brown has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2018 season for violating the leagues policy on substance abuse, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The NFL updated its helmet contact rule, making it even harder to decipher - SB Nation
The NFL attempted to clean up their rule regarding helmet contact, but their explanation only made the rule murkier and more difficult to explain in real time. According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL is adding a provision to the rule that will eliminate fouls for incidental contact. The goal here isn’t that difficult to comprehend: they want to eliminate the excessively violent head-to-head collisions that are intentional, while taking away some of the grey area created by the new rule.

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