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Carson Wentz responds to PhillyVoice hit piece: ‘I can be selfish’ - NBCSP
“I know I’m not perfect,” he said in a recent interview with half a dozen Eagles beat writers. “I know I have flaws. So I’m not going to sit here and say it was inaccurate and completely made up. I’m not going to do that.” Wentz said that while some anecdotes in the PhillyVoice story were factually inaccurate, there’s some truth in the characterizations of him as aloof, stubborn and selfish. That’s probably true of every NFL quarterback to an extent, but Wentz thought it was important to take whatever strands of truth were in the piece and grow from them. “I’ll be straight up,” Wentz said. “It hasn’t been the easiest last year for me on the physical level, just battling the injuries, but then just personally going through it, sitting on the sideline and then playing and then sitting on the sideline again. So I realize like I maybe wasn’t the greatest teammate at times because I was emotionally kind of all over the place. To the outside world, I probably didn’t show it much. But internally, I mean, you’re definitely fighting some sort of emotions. So there’s things to learn just about how to handle myself in certain situations.”

Eagles reportedly prefer to trade Nick Foles to Jaguars - BGN
Conveniently enough, the Jaguars happen to have two third-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft after trading Dante Fowler Jr. to the Los Angeles Rams prior to the trade deadline. But just because the Eagles potentially want to send Foles to the AFC South doesn’t mean the feeling mutual in Jacksonville. The Jags definitely need help at quarterback with Blake Bortles clearly not the answer, yes, but it’s not like it HAS to be Foles or bust for them. Tagging and trading Foles is not an impossible task. It can be done. But there are significant road blocks to work through, as BGN’s Benjamin Solak previously noted.

QB Carson Wentz: ‘The Sky Is The Limit’ Moving Forward - PE.com
Having a full offseason to train, rather than rehab a serious knee injury, will be a great benefit for Wentz. He’ll be on the field for the Organized Team Activities, building chemistry and camaraderie with his teammates on and off the field. Wentz was named by his teammates the recipient of the Eagles’ 2018 Ed Block Courage Award. The locker room recognized the hard work and dedication Wentz put into his rehab. It wasn’t easy. In fact, it was downright rigorous and lonely and difficult. This offseason is going to be much different. This offseason allows Wentz to move forward in every way. “It’s going to help me tremendously,” Wentz said. “I just think back to my rookie year and having that full offseason all the way through Training Camp. That’s where I think a lot of work is done. Unfortunately, I missed a lot of that last year and hopefully, I never have to miss that stuff again. It’s such crucial work and I’m excited for it.”

Making a Market - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have two things going for them. First, Foles is a QB and that makes more valuable that a typical position player. Teams do crazy things for a QB. The Vikings gave Kirk Cousins $84M guaranteed. Multiple teams have given Sam Bradford big money to come fail for them. The other key here is that Roseman is one of the most active traders in the league. He knows how to get deals done. He got something in return for Matt Tobin and that’s impressive. Roseman has also brokered big trades. He dealt Sam Bradford a couple of years ago. He traded for Michael Bennett just a year ago. If anyone can pull this off, it is Roseman.

Players who leveled up for all 32 NFL teams in 2018 season - ESPN
Tight end Zach Ertz. He had not only a career year, but one of the best statistical seasons ever at his position. Ertz set a new NFL record for single-season receptions by a tight end (116). He posted 1,163 receiving yards, besting his previous high by more than 300 yards.

Eagles reportedly prefer to trade Nick Foles to Jaguars - Big Cat Country
The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly the leaders when it comes to the Nick Foles sweepstakes, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL insider Chris Mortensen. Our friends at Bleeding Green Nation were kind enough to transcribe Schefter and Mortensen on ESPN Postseason NFL Countdown on Sunday morning.

Can the Giants still win with Eli Manning? - Big Blue View
Honestly, that might not be realistic. Manning isn’t what he was. The biggest difference to me? Not arm strength or mobility. His game was never based on those things, anyway. The biggest difference to me is that after 15 years of taking NFL hits, the last several of those spent playing behind putrid offensive lines that got him hit way too much, Manning simply doesn’t stand in the pocket as confidently and take hits as willingly as he once did. In 2018 we saw that when Manning was comfortable in the pocket he was effective. When he didn’t trust what was happening around him, he wasn’t. The other issue with talking Super Bowl? Right now, Manning’s supporting cast isn’t at that level. Not close. He’s got Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley. He’s got Beckham. He’s got Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard. That’s not enough.

New Orleans Saints: Two weeks after the “No-Call” it still feels wrong - Canal Street Chronicles
After nearly two weeks of not being able to write or talk about the NFC Championship game (due to being emotional distraught), I thought I would share some of my observations and thoughts on the situation. Over the course of the last two weeks I have seen many Who Dats on Twitter expressing their thoughts and feelings on the outcome of the Championship game. Many Saints fans have dubbed the NFL as the “new WWE”, or believe a conspiracy theory that the NFL wanted the Rams in the Super Bowl. While this feels good to say, the NFL is not the WWE, but could be well on their way. How could the NFL allow four officials with Southern California ties officiate a CHAMPIONSHIP game in which their hometown team was participating? At the very least, there was a MASSIVE oversight on the league’s part. At the worst…

The Winners and Losers of Super Bowl LIII - The Ringer
Loser: Offensive Genius Sean McVay. The Sean McVay hype train screeched off the rails Sunday night. Before we talk about that, I’d like to make sure we still acknowledge that what McVay has done is still incredible: He took a moribund Rams franchise and in two years turned them into an offensive powerhouse capable of reaching the Super Bowl. The 36 games we’ve seen him coach over the past two years should receive more weight than the one dud he just put up. OK, now that that’s out of the way: How did a team coached by Schemey McScoresalot just put up ONE OF THE WORST OFFENSIVE GAMES IN SUPER BOWL HISTORY? Three points! Back in the 1960s, when quarterbacks smoked cigarettes on the sideline and wide receivers showed up hungover? They scored more points. Back in the 1970s, when everybody thought you had to run the ball 50 times a game and quarterbacks threw three picks in wins? They scored more points. There’s no other way to say it: McVay was outcoached tonight. Take it from Sean McVay, who remembers every football play he’s ever seen and summarized tonight’s win by saying, “There’s no other way to say it, but I got outcoached tonight.”

Super Bowl 53: Ego-less Pats Figure It Out In Time To Beat Rams For Sixth Title of Brady-Belichick Era - FMIA
“For all the evils in the world, I see apathy as the most dangerous.” —2018 NFL Man of the Year Chris Long.

7 reasons Super Bowl 53 was one of the most boring Super Bowls ever - SB Nation
Jared Goff threw a pass off C.J. Anderson’s butt at one point. Like, it appeared Goff was trying to throw the ball away under pressure, but he just threw it off Anderson’s ass. Goff missed an extremely open Brandin Cooks for what would’ve been a 29-yard touchdown to put the Rams on the board in the third quarter. The Rams punted on their first eight drives. The best play of the game for them was arguably Johnny Hekker’s 65-yard punt on the eighth of those. It was the longest punt in Super Bowl history, which is great, but not if it’s the most exciting your team does in three quarters in the biggest game of the year.

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