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Sneaky strengths for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN In$ider
Offense: Red zone passing. The Eagles weren’t just the best pass offense in the red zone last season; by DVOA, they had the third-best pass offense in the red zone since 1986. Only the 1999 Chiefs and 1993 Eagles were better. Defense: Stopping spread runs. The Eagles had the best DVOA in the league against runs from formations with three or more wide receivers, as well as the best DVOA in the league against runs from shotgun formations.

Doug Pederson’s Fearless is a must read - BGN
The more we are exposed to Doug Pederson, the more impressive he becomes. His trademark aggressive philosophy may lead to a shift in how football is played. He’s a leading offensive mind throughout the league, and a strongly respected leader by his players. He’s a Super Bowl champion, out-coaching the best coach of his era. And now we can add to the list: he’s a pretty good author. Like most coaches who have won a Super Bowl, and some that haven’t, Doug Pederson has his own book out, “Fearless: How an Underdog Becomes a Champion”. However unlike most coaches books, it is a good read. The writing style by Pederson and his presumptive ghostwriter isn’t anything special, but the material, as Kevin Clark of the The Ringer has pointed out, makes it a page turner.

The Kist & Solak Show #3: Protecting Carson - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak have some ideas on how to protect Carson Wentz that expand beyond offensive line play, PLUS a special interview with Betz aka @alltwentytwo to talk about RPOs!

Previewing the Preseason Finale - Iggles Blitz
Josh Adams – The coaches like the UDFA rookie, but injuries have limited his availability. Adams could win a roster spot with a strong showing. He has a good combination of size and speed. The Eagles put a high value on chunk plays and Adams has shown that kind of potential. A couple of 20-yard runs would do him a world of good. If he’s just moving the chains, that might not be enough to push him past Wendell Smallwood. Adams needs to show he can help in the passing game as well.

Practice Squad An Important Part Of Team -
“I’m in a position where I just want to go out there and execute the offense and have fun,” said quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who has practice squad eligibility. “I think my performance helps dictate my future. I’m only 23 years old. I’ve got a lot of football left to play in my lifetime.”

Meet Bruce Hector, the least-known guy who could make Eagles’ roster - NBCSP
A few weeks ago, before the Eagles played their first preseason game, I asked a bunch of veterans on the team to give me a name of one of their younger teammates who they were eager to see play. Fletcher Cox, looking down at his phone, didn’t hesitate. As soon as he heard the question, he popped up his head and named Bruce Hector, the relatively unknown undrafted defensive tackle. Turns out, Cox was right. Because just a few weeks later, I think it’s pretty clear Hector is going to make the Eagles’ 53-man roster

Jets-Eagles: 5 Questions With Bleeding Green Nation - Gang Green Nation
With the Jets (backups) and Eagles (backups) set to face off to conclude their respective preseasons, I asked Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation a few questions on the state of the reigning Super Bowl champions.

Browns release LB Mychal Kendricks - Dawgs By Nature
The Browns will no doubt look to add another piece to the linebacker room to take pressure off of Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey, and Joe Schobert. Genard Avery could have been that guy, but is out indefinitely with an injury.

Browns could end up facing a grievance for cutting Mychal Kendricks - PFT
So, yes, this one stinks. And Kendricks, who very likely will be ostracized in the aftermath of his looming guilty plea to insider trading, should consider filing a grievance aimed at getting the pay he otherwise won’t see, all because the Browns at best failed to do their homework before signing him and at worst implemented a decision that was foisted upon them by a league office that doesn’t want NFL games to be marred by the periodic mention of the presence of a player who is facing possible jail time for insider trading.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers agree to 4-year, $134 million extension, per report - Acme Packing Company
The negotiation over Aaron Rodgers’ next contract has finally reached its conclusion. According to NFL Network’s James Jones, the Green Bay Packers and Rodgers have agreed to a four-year extension worth $134 million in new money. As part of the deal, Rodgers will receive $80 million between signing and March 2019, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The deal, which reportedly includes over $100 million in guarantees, shatters the previous record for highest average annual value ($30 million per year, held by the Atlanta FalconsMatt Ryan). It remains unclear whether Rodgers’ new contract replaces his old one or simply attaches additional years and money to the existing agreement. In the latter scenario, the Packers would have their franchise signal-caller on the books through the 2023 season at a total cost of nearly $175.7 million. Such a contract would keep Rodgers in Green Bay through his 40th birthday.

Why Aaron Rodgers’s Record-Breaking Contract Will Soon Be a Bargain - The Ringer
As evidenced by the New Orleans Saints trading for Teddy Bridgewater, NFL teams are still desperate for quarterbacks. And with the salary cap expected to keep rising, they’re not going to stop paying them anytime soon.

TRADE! New Orleans Saints deal for Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater - Canal Street Chronicles
The New Orleans Saints completed a trade for New York Jets quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday afternoon, according to multiple sources. New Orleans is sending a 3rd round selection in the upcoming 2019 draft while receiving Bridgewater and a 6th round pick. Bridgewater, who came into the league as a first round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 2014, has started 28 games with a 17-11 record. He has a 64.7% career completion percentage with 28 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions.

Report: Vikings WR Cayleb Jones arrested on multiple charges - Daily Norseman
[BLG Note: Former Eagles wide receiver is in trouble again.]

Every NFL team’s biggest strength, weakness, and question for 2018 - SB Nation
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