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Deciding top Hall of Fame debates: Revis, Rivers, Eli, Beast Mode, more - ESPN
The HOF case for Peters: Andy Reid called Peters “the best left tackle in football” after the Eagles acquired him from the Bills in 2009. Peters, who began his career as a tight end, has continued to state his case over the past nine seasons. He is freakishly athletic for his size (6-foot-4, 328 pounds) and, though hampered by injuries of late, continues to dominate opponents well into his 30s. A mentor and dedicated student of the game, Peters, who goes by the nicknames “The Bodyguard” and “The Franchise,” has earned near-universal respect in his locker room and around the NFL. “I said, you need to change [your nickname] to the GOAT,” his former teammate Vinny Curry once said. “He’s automatically first-ballot Hall of Fame. There’s no argument about that. And he’s still out here working.”

Training Camp Practice Notes: Eagles fans create awesome atmosphere at Lincoln Financial Field - BGN
The atmosphere at practice was incredible. I’ve never seen so much energy for a training camp practice. It’s almost like the Eagles won the Super Bowl earlier this year or something.

Howie and Doug Sticking Around - Iggles Blitz
Pederson is considered one of the best coaches in the league. His stature will only go up as he gets more experience under his belt (and assuming the team continues to win). Roseman is looked at as one of the best GMs in the league. Amazing what finding and developing a star QB and then winning the Super Bowl will do for your reputation. Pederson and Roseman make a dynamic duo. Both are aggressive and embrace the most modern methods of football. They use analytics, Sports Science and other ideas that some older football types won’t touch.

For Corey Graham, It Was Eagles Or Retirement -
“I think, honestly, it was good that he wasn’t here over the last two weeks to get those guys some reps and some real experience against some ones (starters),” Jenkins said. “I think we’ll still continue to work those young guys knowing that Corey is an experienced guy, knows the defense.” Graham had told the Eagles from the start of the offseason that he wasn’t going to play for another team. It was either the Eagles or retirement. Jenkins never doubted for a second that Graham wouldn’t come back.

FMIA: Luck’s Beautiful Day, Watt’s Dark Moment, More Camp Trail Tales - FMIA
1. I think Sunday’s announcement by the Eagles that coach Doug Pederson and GM Howie Roseman were having their contracts extended through the 2022 season has to be one of the easiest decisions owner Jeffrey Lurie has ever made. Pederson is a relatively egoless coach who entered the job knowing he wasn’t going to be picking the players and still is fine with that. Roseman entered this partnership with Pederson needing an equal partner after the nightmare relationship with Chip Kelly. Lurie did the smart thing, showing faith in both men to keep this excellent organization running smoothly.

The Cowboys Are Now Fully Dak Prescott’s Team. He Says He’s Ready - The MMQB
4. A sign of how good the Eagles feel about EVP Howie Roseman and coach Doug Pederson: Those extensions through 2022 weren’t really extensions at all. Philly did new five-year deals with two, which is a nod to the job they’ve done in building a championship outfit over the last 31 months.

Training Camp Takeaways in the NFC East - PFF
According to NBC’s Peter King, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz “looked absolutely, totally like the Carson Wentz who made this Eagles-rabid place swoon for three months last year.” The Eagles remain non-committal about their Week 1 starter, but if Wentz looks as good as has been reported, there should be little doubt about who should take the reins in Week 1. Wentz enjoyed a spectacular sophomore season last year and ended the campaign with an offensive grade of 84.9 and a passing grade of 84.7, which were good for sixth and fourth among the league’s quarterbacks, respectively.

Five numbers that matter for the 2018 Eagles - The Athletic
31 – Where the Eagles’ defense ranked in variance, a metric that measures the consistency of week-to-week performance. It’s comforting when numbers align with the eye test, and that’s definitely the case here. There were weeks when the Eagles’ defense looked great and others where it looked like a mess. To be clear, there was much more good than bad. The Eagles finished fifth overall in defensive DVOA — eighth against the pass and second against the run. Coaches love to talk about consistency, and in this case, it really applies. Jim Schwartz can look at the numbers and know that his group has plenty of room to get better on a week-to-week basis.

This weekend in Philadelphia sports reminds us of the power of nostalgia - NBCSP
What a weekend. We got to honor Dawk and Doc and the 2008 World Champions of baseball. We got to see our favorite athlete ever get immortalized. We got to shed a tear for our favorite workhorse. We got to remember the team that broke the championship curse. And then we got to see the Super Bowl champions back in their nest. Nostalgia is such a powerful thing in sports, and this weekend was full of it in Philadelphia.

Terrell Owens works out for CFL team - PFT
Terrell Owens spent Saturday inducting himself into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sunday, he spent time working out for a CFL team to show he can still play. According to Stephen Hargis of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Owens tried out for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, along with a handful of other players.

Into the Wildcat - Ringer
Coming off of a 1-15 season and following it up with two losses to start the next campaign, the Miami Dolphins had nothing to lose. So they put a running back at quarterback, shifted their quarterback to wide receiver, and pulled off the most shocking single-season turnaround in NFL history. Ten years later, the wildcat has come and gone, but its reverberations are felt across the league.

It’s too soon to freak out about the NFL helmet rule - SB Nation
Is the NFL’s vague new rule about helmet hits going to be a disaster? Not necessarily, says retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz.


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