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Can DeSean Jackson bring Carson Wentz back into the MVP conversation in 2019? - PFF
As a deep threat, Jackson’s playmaking ability is unmatched, and it is undoubtedly something Wentz has been yearning for. However, as dominant as Jackson has been overall on his deep routes, perhaps his greatest skill is his ability to attack defenses deep in a variety of ways, not just on vertical streaks. On non-go routes of 20-plus yards, Jackson has netted a 98.9 receiving grade, trailing only Julio Jones in the PFF era. In what will also be music to the Philadelphia faithful’s ears, Carson Wentz just so happens to excel when throwing to the routes that DeSean Jackson runs best. More specifically, both have been much better off at their respective positions when targeting or running a hitch route, an out route, or a go route. When targeting these three routes throughout his career, Wentz has registered a 91.1 passing grade – on all other routes, Wentz’s passing grade drops to 85.7. Moreover, Jackson has earned a receiving grade of 91.3 when targeted on a hitch, an out, or a go route throughout his career – on all other routes, Jackson’s receiving grade falls to 82.9. And this is no great secret; Tampa Bay obviously recognized his comfortability on these routes, as nearly 60% of his targets in 2018 were either to a hitch, an out, or a go route.

The Eagles have shown heavy interest in drafting a wide receiver early - BGN
Having to avoid creating a serious logjam and a waste of resources, who’s the odd man out? The obvious answer is Nelson Agholor. He’s currently on his fifth-year option worth approximately $9.4M. I’ve been a staunch Agholor supporter, but if put my personal opinion of him aside, it makes sense that his role is the one up for grabs. Without any serious needs in the starting twenty-two, drafting for a future that may be here sooner than next offseason makes sense. If Agholor is on the move, framing the discussion under that umbrella leads to an interesting conversation.

The QB Scho Show #22: Draft Fits & The NFC South QB Rooms - BGN Radio
Michael Kist has Mark Schofield take stock of the NFC South QB rooms and take a look at Daniel Jeremiah’s latest mock to discuss the four quarterbacks he selected in the first round and their landing spots! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Game-by-game Eagles 2019 win-loss predictions - PhillyVoice
NFC Championship Game: (3) Eagles at (1) Saints: Again, new year, same result. The Saints’ offense is just too much for the Eagles’ back seven, and for the second straight year, the Birds’ season ends in New Orleans to the crybaby Saints.

Speed is Good - Iggles Blitz
DJ had the Eagles picking Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, the explosive WR from Oklahoma. Would the Eagles really take a WR in the first round? Sure. Howie Roseman is on record as saying that is a position where you draft more for the future than for immediate impact. Receivers can struggle as they adjust to life in the NFL. The more time you give them, the better off they’ll be. While Brown could offer help in 2019, you draft him with the expectation that he’ll primarily be a role player as a rookie and will offer more impact in 2020. And Brown could be an impact player.

Eagles’ Rodney McLeod says he’s on track to be ready for season following ACL tear recovery - Daily News
Eagles safety Rodney McLeod says he is “right on pace to come back for the start of the season” after tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament in 2018′s third game. McLeod, who will turn 29 on June 23, three weeks before his July 13 wedding, said Thursday he won’t be ready for next month’s organized team activities but hopes to be available for training camp in mid-July. “I’m counting down the days until this is over and I’m back on the field with my teammates,” he said. Before last season, McLeod missed only two games in six years. “I never understood the process that [knee-injury rehab] took and how much time you have to devote to your body,” he said.

Based on history, look for Eagles to draft a lineman first again - NBCSP
Since 1991, the Eagles have had 25 first-round draft picks. Three receivers. Two quarterbacks. One cornerback. And 19 linemen. This is Howie Roseman’s philosophy. It’s Joe Douglas’s philosophy. It was Andy Reid and Tom Heckert’s philosophy and, even before Big Red got here, it was Tom Modrak’s philosophy. Build up the lines first. And nobody has done it more than the Eagles. Since 1991, the Eagles have drafted more linemen in the first round than any other team. They’ve taken 11 defensive linemen — tied for most in the league during the last 28 drafts — and they’ve taken eight offensive linemen, third-most behind the Seahawks and Lions.

How Beckham, Bell and Brown Impacted the Creation of the 2019 NFL Schedule - Sports Illustrated
The problems with the schedule were minimal … Although one team did push back a little bit. Katz sent a memo to the teams on Wednesday explaining what they had tried to accomplish over time, and that they only gave one team a three-game road trip (the Eagles), and only had one team playing a road game the week after playing on Monday night on the road. “I call the Eagles with their schedule, I call (team president) Don Smolenski and I start reading him his schedule,” Bose says. “And he’s like, ‘Uh, I was really hoping not to be that guy.’” “And oh by the way, Doug Pederson’s my next-door neighbor,” says Katz, who’s not exaggerating. “So I’ll hear about it.”

These Will Be the Best Games of the 2019 NFL Season (We Think) - The Ringer
November 17: Patriots vs. Eagles. The Giants are not the only Super Bowl rematch for the Patriots. These teams have not met since Philly beat them in Super Bowl LII, and Eagles fans will surely spend the entire week reminding Pats fans of that. Nick Foles is gone, but the Philly Philly jokes are forever.

Breaking down the schedules — and must-watch games — of all 32 NFL teams - The Athletic
The Eagles lucked out before the schedule even came out, given that they get six games against NFC East opponents and are also matched up with the AFC East this year. Their toughest stretch comes in the middle of the season with three straight road games (at the Vikings, Cowboys and Bills), followed by three home games against playoff teams (Bears, Patriots and Seahawks) from a year ago. The Eagles have to get on a plane just once after Week 8, and even if they struggle early, they can make up ground late with a trip to Miami before four straight division games to close the season. — Sheil Kapadia. Must-watch game: Nov. 17 vs. New England: It’ll be a rematch of Super Bowl LII — only Nick Foles is on the Jaguars, and the Eagles will be hoping that Carson Wentz can lead them to another title. Both teams have a bye the week before this matchup. The crowd will be amped, and my guess is they’ll show the “Philly Special” clip roughly 400 times on the in-stadium monitor throughout the course of the afternoon

NFL Odds: Redskins open Week 1 as the biggest underdogs of the week against the Eagles in Philly - Hogs Haven
The next biggest point spread in Week 1 this year also comes from an NFC East matchup. The Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants, and are 7.5 point favorites in the opening line with a 46 over/under. The Giants and Redskins are expected to fight for the #3 spot in the division according to most oddsmakers, while Dallas and Philly go for the top prize. No team has been a repeat division champ in the NFC East since the Eagles from 2001-2004. The Eagles opened up as favorites to win the division with even odds. The Cowboys were next at 5/4, Washington was third at 8/1, and the Giants are at the bottom at 16/1. [BLG Note: Check out Washington fans already talking trash in the comments.]

OTAs Phase 1, Week 1 Highlights - PE.com
The wholesome OTA content you didn’t know you needed. (You’re welcome.)

BackCAST 2019 - Football Outsiders
Darrell Henderson is by far BackCAST’s favorite prospect in this class, and it likes him far more than conventional wisdom does. Scouts, Inc. rates Henderson as only the sixth best running back prospect and the 95th prospect overall. So what does BackCAST see in Henderson that others do not? Henderson’s best data point is his fantastic yards per attempt number. Henderson averaged an absolutely bonkers 8.2 yards per attempt in three years at Memphis. BackCAST adjusts that down slightly because Henderson only has 431 career attempts, but Henderson still comes out of the adjustment with a great 7.74 adjusted yards per attempt, better than all prospects in the BackCAST database except for Melvin Gordon. Henderson may have had good circumstances at Memphis, but he should also get credit for capitalizing on those circumstances in a big way.

Picking best NFL fits for the 2019 draft’s top quarterbacks - ESPN In$ider
With the Giants holding two first-round picks -- Nos. 6 and 17 -- general manager Dave Gettleman could use his first pick to draft a pass-rusher or a big boy up front on the offensive line, then land Jones with his second pick to give New York a young quarterback to compete with veteran Eli Manning, who has just one year left on his contract. And taking Daniel Jones, who has a lot of upside, meshes with Gettleman’s profile on building the roster. I would like to see Jones speed up his release for coach Pat Shurmur’s offense, but he’s a fundamentally sound thrower who would fit in a system that blends West Coast and spread concepts. Jones has shown accuracy in the short-to-intermediate route tree, plus he has enough arm strength to challenge the top and manipulate post safeties when given the opportunities.

Damion Square visits Titans - PFT
With the draft a week away, much of the attention focused on the NFL is on that event but there are still veteran free agents looking for places to play in 2019. Defensive tackle Damion Square is one of those players and Field Yates of ESPN reports that he had a visit with the Titans. [BLG Note: The Eagles’ 2013 undrafted free agent signing is still around.]

Ranking each NFL team’s schedule release - Fake Teams
21. Philadelphia Eagles - Nothing like celebrities awkwardly telling you what games are being played when.

The NFL’s ‘Thursday Night Football’ schedule for 2019, ranked by watchability - SB Nation
7. Eagles vs. Packers, Week 4. Carson Wentz vs. Aaron Rodgers should be a grand ol’ time, especially if both teams are playing to the best of their abilities. Plus, Rodgers has been known to do good things on Thursday Night Football. Please stay healthy, Wentz.

Donovan McNabb joined Calling All Sports With Roc & Manuch - SB Nation Radio
[BLG Note: McNabb touches on his Eagles career, the Giants needing to draft a quarterback, and more.]

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