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Top 10 cornerbacks by passer rating allowed in 2018 - PFF
2. Avonte Maddox, Philadelphia Eagles: Passer Rating Allowed: 59.9. As a rookie, Maddox allowed just 18 catches on 33 targets for a total of 218 yards and a touchdown to go with two interceptions. The fourth-round pick led all qualified cornerbacks by allowing a reception just once per every 21.7 coverage snaps, and he ranked second among the group by allowing only 0.56 yards per coverage snap. Maddox’s best game of the season came in Week 15 against the LA Rams; he surrendered just one catch on six targets to go with an interception and a pass breakup.

Brian Baldinger seems to know who the Eagles want in the 2019 NFL Draft - BGN
Is it Christian Wilkins? The Clemson defensive tackle has obviously been discussed as a potential Eagles target. And Baldinger did reply to someone talking about why the Eagles might still draft an interior defensive lineman despite signing Malik Jackson. The Colts have also been connected to Wilkins through the draft process. Mel Kiper Jr. previously mocked Wilkins to Indianapolis. Our friends over at Stampede Blue see Wilkins as “one of the best fits in this draft” for the Colts.

Fireside Chats #9: Matt Manocherian of Sports Info Solutions - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Matt Manocherian of Sports Info Solutions to talk about the role of analytics in football, bad analytics that bother them, and they debunk some Carson Wentz myths along the way! PLUS everything you need to know about the 2019 SIS Rookie Handbook! Presented by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!

Soooooo, are the Eagles going to add a good running back or not? - PhillyVoice
“Going into free agency, it was very important for us to stay true to our beliefs,” Roseman said. “That’s the O-line, the D-line, getting an opportunity to get Ronald Darby back, look at playmakers for our quarterback. And when we talk about playmakers, we don’t just talk about running backs, wide receivers, or tight ends. We talk about that position group as a whole. There’s a long way to go in this offseason.”

Howie Speaketh - Iggles Blitz
Howie was asked a lot about the RB position. He said about what you would expect. Howie talked up Corey Clement, Josh Adams and Wendell Smallwood. He pointed out that the Eagles have won a lot of games with these guys. Howie stressed that there is plenty of time left in the offseason. He made the point that all the RBs from the Super Bowl were acquired after the 2017 draft. I mentioned something similar the other day. RB is a position where you don’t have to rush. There will be options.

Exclusive: One-on-one with head coach Doug Pederson - PE.com
Jackson represents a piece that Wentz has never had in the offense – a jet at wide receiver who changes the way defenses play. Jackson has led the NFL four times in yards per reception and he’s got a league-best 63 receptions of 40-plus yards in his career and, geez, how much fun is Wentz going to have knowing that he can air it out and Jackson will track it down anywhere on the field. The feeling is that, yes, Jackson changes everything. Even the way Wentz gets rid of the football. “You’ve got to get the ball up extremely fast. That’s one of the things we saw on film with DeSean, that he can still run,” Pederson said. “You pair him with Nelson on one side or Alshon on one side, you’ve got some weapons going down the field. The tape we watched on him, there was definitely a lot more free-access coverage on DeSean. That obviously helps a quarterback, too.”

Why Howie Roseman believes comp picks are key to building a contender around Carson Wentz - The Athletic
“When we look into the evaluations of the players, if we have equal or better grades on guys who aren’t part of the compensatory formula and we can combine them with a draft pick, that to us makes the decision even better,” Roseman said. “Really, it’s about the things that we’ve done here to try to win championships over the last couple of years. And when you do those things, some of the things that you do are more short term in nature. Wouldn’t go back and do those things any differently because obviously that’s the goal is to try to win a world championship. But at the same time, you have to look at what the future of the team is. I think it goes without saying that we have a quarterback that we are committed to that we want to sign to an extension. And so how do you balance that and not look at 2019 in a vacuum but also look at how are you gonna look in 2020 and 2021?”

Howie Roseman says there’s plenty of time for Eagles to add a RB - NBCSP
We’re pretty set in how we believe we should build this team and we’re going to be committed to that until something shows us that there’s a different way.

Josh Jacobs 2019 Yards Created Profile - Yards Created
Although Jacobs’ pro day numbers disappointed and he was never a featured back at any point in college, Josh Jacobs earns yards on his own and can bust through tacklers with ease. Alabama’s offensive line paved the way for Jacobs’ success, but his top notch missed tackle figures showcase an elusive playmaker waiting to be unleashed. More importantly in an NFL offensive environment that is more pass-heavy than ever, Jacobs can be entrusted as a versatile receiver and an accomplished pass protector the moment he is drafted. Jacobs easily deserves to be the first back taken in the NFL draft.

Our 6 favorite things about the 2019 NFL coaches photo (that actually has Bill Belichick this year!) - SB Nation
Andy Reid is still the coaches photo MVP. The undefeated king of the annual photo retained his title by again being the easiest person to spot by a mile. It’s not a coincidence that he’s front and center. The photographer knew who the money maker was.

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