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Ranking the NFL’s top-five blocking tight ends in 2018 - PFF
5. Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles. Goedert’s rookie season was chock full of strong run-blocking efforts, as he earned 65.0-plus run-blocking grades in seven games in 2018. His 72.5 run-blocking grade ranked fifth among qualifiers in 2018 and ranks inside the top 20 among all rookie tight ends in the PFF era (2006-Present).

How will Doug Pederson keep Eagles’ offense balanced next season? - Inquirer
They averaged more yards per play, however, last season when they were in “12” personnel – two tight ends – and by the end of the year Pederson’s play-calling had reflected this trend. Goedert’s development in his second season should call for more “12” personnel. But that means a receiver will have to come off the field. “Obviously, we have guys now that we can put out on the field that can be explosive,” Pederson said. “A lot of times, too, in your 12 personnel, you’re a little more run-oriented, so your play-action pass becomes a little bit bigger and there’s where you’re seeing the yards per attempt really spike.” Pederson wasn’t giving out secrets, but he said he and his coaches had figured out a different way to use “12” personnel “to hopefully give us an advantage in the fall.”

Antonio Brown seemed intrigued by the idea of playing with Carson Wentz on the Eagles - BGN
It’s cool that a future Hall of Fame talent like Brown was intrigued by the idea of playing with Wentz and actually name-dropped the Eagles quarterback.

Fireside Chats #10: Dan Hatman On Scouting & The Dream Team - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Dan Hatman, Director of The Scouting Academy and former Philadelphia Eagles’ scout, to talk about a day in the life of a scout and crack eggs of knowledge on your head about an experience he lived through, the Eagles’ infamous Dream Team experiment! Want to know more about The Scouting Academy? Visit their website! Presented by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!

The Eagles have gone back to their ‘old guy strategy’ for the third straight offseason - PhillyVoice
Roseman’s “old guy strategy” makes some sense, as he was able to acquire contributing role players at a low cost. It paid off big-time for the Eagles in their run to the Super Bowl in 2017. In 2018, however, the five old guys Roseman acquired missed a combined 30 games, which is a risk with older players, despite the aforementioned “science.” Those players were also largely ineffective when they were on the field, Bennett aside. Best two out of three in 2019, I guess.

Eagles committed to greatness around Carson Wentz -
For the next decade, and hopefully longer, Wentz will be the Eagles’ quarterback and he’ll have a sustained period of success more prolific than any quarterback in franchise history. Included in the plan are Super Bowl wins, and that’s really where the commitment to Wentz means everything. It isn’t just enough that the Eagles will some day extend Wentz’s contract – Howie Roseman said on Monday that the Eagles very much have that plan in mind, with no timetable to announce – it’s that the Eagles want to make sure they give Wentz the kind of weapons that will make him successful. Those weapons include a great coaching staff, a quarterback-friendly scheme, terrific collaboration in the meeting rooms, a strong offensive line, weapons in the passing game, and a productive run game. The Eagles want to give Wentz the best of everything, knowing that he’s going to provide them the best he has to offer.

Pederson: Wentz can lead; ‘he’s got it in his DNA’ - ESPN
Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson believes Carson Wentz can grow as a teammate by being more “vulnerable” with his peers, a key part of the maturation process that he saw greats like Dan Marino and Brett Favre go through firsthand. ”First of all, I think everybody can be a better teammate. I can be a better coach. I think being a better teammate would just be sometimes being a little more vulnerable, being a little more accessible,” Pederson said at the owners meetings Tuesday. “You’re obviously committed to your craft, to developing your skill, but it’s like you want to walk across the aisle and talk to the other side. And that’s all part of the maturation process and the growth process, and it’s something you learn through time.

NFL Draft 2019: Lifelong Eagles fan Brandon Hitner lights up Villanova’s pro day workout -
Brandon Hitner was hard to miss. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound offensive lineman towered over his peers during Villanova’s pro day workout at NovaCare Complex on Monday. His size was notable but his performance was eye-opening.While he only managed 23 reps during bench press drills, Hitner’s athleticism shined in front of scouts from approximately 20 NFL teams. The massive lineman posted a 32.5-inch vertical jump and a 115.5-inch broad jump. Both marks would have placed Hitner within the top five offensive line performers at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Hitner also ran a 5.16-second 40-yard dash.

Giants discussing Josh Rosen as ‘rumors’ swirl around Cardinals’ plans - SNY
The Giants are planning to investigate every possible option when it comes to finding their Quarterback of the Future, and that includes a potential trade for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen. But here’s the thing: At the moment they have no idea if Rosen is, or ever will be, available. And nothing that happened at the NFL owners meetings this week has cleared that mystery up. Multiple Giants sources told SNY this week that all they’ve heard so far are “rumors” that the Cardinals plan to take Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray No. 1 overall and put Rosen on the block. They have certainly discussed the possibility internally, one source said, though those talks were extremely preliminary. They don’t even seem sure at the moment whether they’d prefer Rosen - the 10th overall pick a year ago -- to the quarterbacks in this year’s draft.

6 top NFL pass-rushing prospects walk us through their favorite techniques for crushing quarterbacks - SB Nation
Clemson has four defensive linemen who could wind up being selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, and Christian Wilkins is one who has a chance to go early. You might recognize his name from when he did the splits on camera after the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, but Wilkins is one hell of a player in his own right. Wilkins said his favorite move to get to the quarterback really depends on the offensive lineman he’s facing. “Well, it depends on who I’m playing first and foremost. You know, every guy is different so you can work different moves depending on what’s more effective,” Wilkins said. After a bit of thought, Wilkins came up with an answer. “I feel like one of my go-tos is the flash chop or stab chop. It looks good on tape when you put it all together, and it looks real nice when it works.” That might not be a term that most fans are familiar with, so Wilkins broke it down a bit further.


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