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The top 50 NFL free agents of 2019 - PFF
4) Brandon Graham: Graham may be 31 next season, but he’s aging like a fine wine. He’s notched 213 pressures over the past three seasons, and he is arguably the best bull-rushing edge defender in the NFL. Graham may never be a high sack total guy, but he impacts both the run and the pass at a high level. 10) Ronald Darby: He’s only 25, but there is already a legitimate injury tag attached to Darby after playing all of 921 snaps the past two regular seasons. The high level is still there though, as we saw in the Eagles’ Super Bowl run. That year he allowed a catch rate of only 53.7 percent and a passer rating of 72.3. 16) Golden Tate: He’s not a true number one receiver – and you won’t find one in the FA class – but he’s an excellent complementary piece. He’s one of the most elusive receivers in the league and deadly on screens. His 58 broken tackles over the last three years are the most of any receiver in the NFL. 17) Jordan Hicks: Hicks looked on his way to becoming one of the league’s elite linebackers early in his career before injuries took their toll. He earned 84.6 and 91.1 coverage grades in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Hicks has only managed 1,043 snaps since though with injuries, but the talent is still there.

Chris Long discusses potential retirement, thoughts on Carson Wentz report - BGN
“In all seriousness, you know what was funny about that shit, was like … Carson Wentz is like the greatest person, like, character wise, to walk the Earth, bro. […] He’s the type of guy that like […] All I’ll say is, like, literally I limit my time around Carson Wentz because he makes me feel bad about myself. You know what I mean?”

The Kist & Solak Show #74: Senior Bowl Finale & Foles Trades - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak wrap up the Senior Bowl talk by reviewing the game and the week of practices PLUS how does the gang feel about the proposed trade between the Eagles and Jaguars? Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Analysis of all 24 of Doug Pederson’s 4th down ‘go for it’ calls in 2018 - PhillyVoice
While the Eagles could not replicate the nearly impossible feat of adding 74 points vs. 3 points lost on fourth down “go for it” decisions in 2017, they proved once again in 2018 that good things happen more often than bad things when you’re aggressive on fourth down. Also, it’s, you know, fun! It boggles my mind how some teams around the league aren’t catching up to Pederson and the Eagles’ analytics team on fourth down decision-making.

To Be Super Again, How Much ‘Tweaking’ Must Eagles Do? -
Let’s understand one thing first, though: This team is not in “rebuild” mode. That isn’t part of the Eagles’ thinking. “There is only reloading. There is only re-tooling,” Howie Roseman said in the days following the playoff loss in New Orleans. “We are not in a ‘Let’s get younger, let’s rebuild (approach).’ We want to win every year. I see that being our philosophy for the foreseeable future. Every year we’re going to say, ‘What are the steps we need (to take) to be the best we possibly can be for this year?’ Now, we’re also going to make sure that we’re not sacrificing everything for one year and we’re building also as we go. We feel we can balance that and also give ourselves a great shot to win a championship next year and also put in a situation where we’re not sacrificing so much of the future that we can’t do that in 2020, 2021.”

Eagles report card: Grading every defensive player’s 2018 performance - The Athletic
Avonte Maddox: EE. He played free safety, nickel and corner. Maddox struggled in the two playoff games, but he was a rookie playing his third different position. He started eight games in the regular season and played well. The coaches were clearly big fans of Maddox, and I really liked his playing personality. He’s smart and competitive and plays with a lot of energy. Overall, Maddox played 52 percent of the defensive snaps. The challenge will be determining where he best fits going forward. Given the state of the roster, I wonder if the answer might be free safety.

Tom Brady: Losing the Super Bowl leaves “mental scar” - PFT
“Hopefully we learned that lesson and hopefully that serves as some motivation. The whole point of this week is to win the game. If you win it, you’ll have something to celebrate the rest of your life. If you don’t, it will be some mental scar tissue that you’ll have to deal with the rest of your life.” The Patriots lost to the Eagles 41-33 in Super Bowl LII last year.

NFL Trade Rumors’ Top-50 free agents list for 2019: Inside Linebackers - Hogs Haven
All this is to say that — as important as Jordan Hicks is for the Eagles defense — salary cap limitations may mean that the team won’t be able to keep him, and Philly may turn to the draft to replace him. Hicks’ talent on the field will put him in demand in free agency, but his market value might well be suppressed by the ‘injury prone’ label that some have given him. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sign a one or two-year deal aimed at proving he can stay healthy, or an incentive-laden deal with a fairly limited floor but lots of upside based on playing time. For the Redskins, who face an uncertain situation with Reuben Foster, and the opportunity to upgrade the ILB position by replacing Mason Foster or Zach Brown (or both), signing Hicks away from their division rival could offer an intriguing opportunity.

It’s been 23 years since the Dallas Cowboys won the Super Bowl - Blogging The Boys
23 and counting.

Ranking the top 53 Patriots, Rams players in Super Bowl LIII - ESPN In$ider
32. Patrick Chung, S, Patriots. Grade: 71.4 | Pos. rank: 37. While he might have allowed quite a bit of yards in coverage (449), Chung was subjected to a ton of targeted passes his way in New England’s defensive scheme. Still, he did a more than admirable job at keeping receivers in front of him on the 75 targeted passes his way and didn’t allow a reception longer than 29 yards all season long.

Tom Brady vs. Aaron Donald Is the Must-See Matchup in the Super Bowl - The Ringer
The Patriots-Rams matchup is a football nerd’s dream. How the NFL’s smartest quarterback contends with its most dominant pass rusher will be the game’s most significant story line.

The Super Bowl advanced tale of the tape - SB Nation
EdjSports compiled the top play-call errors of the season — decisions that, before the outcome of the play was factored in, significantly lowered a team’s chance of winning a given game. When McVay elected to have Zuerlein attempt a 19-yard field goal to tie the NFC Championship Game late in the fourth quarter, instead of going for the touchdown, it lowered the Rams’ Game Winning Chance (Edj’s win probability measure) by 12.4 percentage points. Zuerlein is a security blanket, and because of it, McVay was by far the most conservative coach in the league in fourth-and-short situations. On fourth-and-2 or fewer yards in opposition territory, the Rams went for it just 20 percent of the time — one run, one pass, and eight field goals. Not only was that the lowest go-for-it rate in the NFL in those situations, but only two other teams were even under 40 percent (Tennessee was at 30 percent, Chicago at 36). New England? 70 percent. There’s conservative, and there’s that.


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