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Kapadia: On a Super Bowl reminder, a testy Doug Pederson and the Eagles battling complacency - The Athletic
Hanging​ high​ on​ the​ wall​ between the​ linebackers and​ offensive​ linemen in the​ Eagles locker​ room​ is​​ a sign that reads “Super Bowl LII Champions” along with a picture of the Lombardi Trophy. It’s part of the interior decorating makeover that’s taken place at the NovaCare Complex this offseason. “I hate it, personally,” said Malcolm Jenkins. “My focus is all on adding another ‘I’ to the end of that. And so it’s great. But I’m well beyond celebrating last year’s accomplishments because they don’t mean anything this year, they don’t get us anything. I said it earlier this offseason, it’s not boxing where we get to hold the belt and somebody has to come beat us and take it. We don’t have anything. We’re at the bottom just like everybody else.”

NFL insider thinks Eagles won’t be able to risk cutting Josh Adams - BGN
If the Eagles truly want to not risk losing Adams (who received one of the biggest undrafted free agent signing bonuses) on waivers, they’ll have to keep him on the 53-man roster. That likely means keeping him over Wendell Smallwood, who is a more experienced option. But how much is experience valuable when the fourth running back isn’t even likely to be active on game day? Couldn’t that better be used for a developmental spot? That’s the decision the Eagles have to make.

Eagles 2018 roster: Locks, near-locks, bubble players, and long shots - PhillyVoice
RB Josh Adams: He’s done some nice things in the preseason games when he has gotten opportunities, and presents more upside than guys like Wendell Smallwood, Donnel Pumphrey, and Matt Jones. The question here is whether or not the Eagles will even bother keeping four running backs. (I think they will, and I think it will be Adams.)

Busy Day - Iggles Blitz
When the season starts, Nelson Agholor will play in the slot and Mike Wallace on the outside, leaving AJ’s spot to fill. I don’t think the Eagles will look to one man to take his spot. Mack Hollins will likely get the most work. He’s big, like AJ, and got plenty of experience last year. Hollins had a quiet offseason, in part due to injury. Doug Pederson said he should be ready to go for next week.

Time to panic or not as Eagles’ terrible preseason nears end - USA Today
Don’t panic: Even if the offense struggles in the early part of the season, the defense is strong enough to keep the games close. The Eagles are as deep as they’ve ever been at defensive end, especially with Brandon Graham pushing to be ready for the season opener, along with the expected emergence of Derek Barnett. The secondary is also much stronger than it has been, with cornerback Ronald Darby healthy and familiar with the system. He was acquired last August in a trade, then broke his ankle in the second game and never fully recovered.

NFL Power Rankings: Eagles Drop, Vikings Rise in Latest B/R Expert Consensus - B/R
5) Philadelphia Eagles - OK, this is where things get complicated. There was a three-way tie between the Eagles, Patriots and Saints. But since Philly’s highest individual ranking was the lowest of the lot, the defending Super Bowl champs fell three spots. Davenport was the one who ranked the Eagles third. But that marked a drop—in the first few editions of these rankings, he slotted Philadelphia in the top spot. Davenport said he just couldn’t do it again. ”I’m all for not overreacting,” he said, “and for giving the defending champions their due. But Carson Wentz hasn’t been cleared for contact. Nick Foles doesn’t look right. There’s still no sign of Alshon Jeffery. And the offense has been hot garbage. Maybe the Eagles will flip a switch against the Falcons and I’ll look like a fool. But as things stand, the Eagles have real problems.”

How an Explosion of Offensive Coordinator Turnover Will Affect Each NFL Team - Ringer
John DeFilippo—who coached quarterbacks last year for the Super Bowl-winning Eagles—will certainly bring a few of that team’s staple concepts to Minnesota, and we may see an uptick in RPOs (Philly used RPOs on 17.6 percent of snaps last year, second-most in the league, while the Vikings used RPOs on just 4.4 percent of plays, per PFF) and an increased emphasis on tight ends and running backs in the passing game. But there shouldn’t be major wholesale changes, philosophically, from the West Coast-style scheme we saw last year under Shurmur. When he was hired, DeFilippo even told reporters that “the first thing we are going to do is sit down and see what the Minnesota Vikings did well last year. If they did something really, really well and their players are good at it, there is no reason to change it.” By the way: The Vikings did do a lot of things really, really well, and their players were good at it, so there’s no reason to change a lot of it. Though, fitting the play sheet to new quarterback Kirk Cousins’s strengths will be key.

How all 32 NFL teams can win 10 games, and predicting which ones will - ESPN In$ider
How they can get to 10 wins: The Eagles are absolutely loaded on paper again this season, so they shouldn’t have much trouble reaching double digits as long as Carson Wentz (torn ACL) returns to his 2017 form. A step forward by the young cornerback group would go a long way toward the team repeating as NFC East champions. Realistic expectations: The NFC is loaded with some of the league’s best teams, which makes the path to the Super Bowl tougher than it has been in a long time. It also means the Eagles will face one of the league’s hardest schedules. Injuries (Timmy Jernigan, Paul Worrilow) and off-the-field drama (Nigel Bradham’s suspension and Michael Bennett’s felony charge) also have popped up this offseason. Still, the Eagles are stacked with talent and depth at most positions, so they’re a strong bet to overcome a few red flags.

The story behind new Eagle ‘Ironhead’ Gallon’s unusual nickname - NBCSP
I set out Monday afternoon in the Eagles’ locker room to find new safety Deshawntee Gallon, who was signed just hours before. It’s not always easy to find a new player like that; basically you have to look for a face you haven’t seen before. It didn’t take long. He was sitting at a pop-up locker without a name plate and with jersey No. 36, which had been vacant. “Deshawntee?” I said, questioning whether or not that was him, while also questioning the pronunciation of his name. I was right on both accounts, but asked again if I was getting his name right. He said I was, but shrugged. “Everyone calls me Ironhead,” he said.

The rise of the pass-catching running back - PFF
Looking only at the offensive side of the ball from a season ago, just two of PFF’s top-five teams in team rushing grade made the playoffs – the second-place Minnesota Vikings (78.6) and the fourth-place New Orleans Saints (77.6). Meanwhile, all five of the top-graded passing offenses made the playoffs: the New England Patriots, Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

What could the Raiders get for Khalil Mack if they actually trade him? - SB Nation
If the Raiders lose faith that a new contract with Mack will get done, they may decide they’re better off getting what compensation they find on the trade market. The New York Jets have already reportedly come calling with interest in the pass rusher, and Pro Football Talk says four teams have serious interest. But what would a trade for Mack look like if it actually happens?

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