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Jenkins: CBA talks ‘won’t be as simple’ this time - ESPN
Eagles player rep Malcolm Jenkins forecasts that the upcoming collective bargaining agreement negotiations between the NFL Players Association and owners “won’t be as simple” this time around, now that Jenkins’ generation of players has assumed a leadership role. ”That’s yet to be seen,” Jenkins told ESPN, when asked if he believes these talks will grow contentious. “But I’ve got a feeling it won’t be as simple as it was last time just because you have more players like myself who have been through the lockout before, saw how the NFLPA leadership handled that into where we are now, which I don’t think was a bad deal but there is a lot that I feel like we want to get back as players, or get as players.” The current agreement, signed in 2011 following an offseason lockout, expires after the 2020 season.

Jordan Howard can be a three-down back for the Eagles - BGN
While there have been different reasons for Doug to favor one running back over the other during his time as head coach, one underlying theme is that he values pass protection in his running backs. This is because having a pass-blocking running back helps makes Doug’s offense unpredictable. I say this with full knowledge that “predictability” was a big reason why Howard wasn’t a fit in Matt Nagy’s offense - “if he was on the field, he was going to be handed the ball” - but Matt Nagy’s offense is not Doug Pederson’s offense (despite the identical coaching lineage), and there’s more than one way to make an offense unpredictable.

The Kist & Solak Show #88: Live Eagles’ 7-Round Mock - BGN Radio
The last time Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak did a 7-round Eagles’ mock, their consensus selection at #25 unfortunately tore his ACL less than 24 hours later... who have they doomed this time?! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles Only Mock Draft 1.0 - Iggles Blitz
First Round (No. 25 Overall): OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College: The Eagles most important player is Carson Wentz. He has been injured each of the past two seasons. I think it is imperative that the Eagles do everything they can to protect him. While the offensive line looks good on paper, depth is a concern on the inside. Brandon Brooks is recovering from an Achilles injury. He plans to be healthy for the season, but you cannot count on that. Lindstrom is a terrific guard prospect. He was a stud right guard in college and could be plugged in right away if Brooks isn’t ready to go for September. Lindstrom is 6-4 and 308 pounds. He is a lot of fun to watch. He fires off the ball on run plays and is able to get good movement. Lindstrom is strong and athletic. He is a solid pass protector. He reads stunts and loops well and has the agility to get them blocked up. Lindstrom has good athleticism. He blocks well in space.

Eagles’ Darren Sproles leaning toward playing again: Weinberg - Press of AC
“I’ve had some calls from other teams,” he said. “But if I come back, I want to come back with the Eagles.” His decision will be based entirely on his health. Injuries sidelined him for the bulk of the last two seasons. A knee injury and broken arm — suffered on the same play against the New York Giants — limited him to just three games in 2017. He watched from the sideline while the Eagles won Super Bowl LII. Last season, a nagging hamstring injury forced him to miss 10 games. “I pushed myself too hard in the beginning,” Sproles said. “Coming off that knee (injury), I tried to ‘go-go’ early and put a strain on my hamstring. Then I tried to come back from that too soon and wound up just making it worse.”

Eagles’ offseason moves shouldn’t change their draft plan - NBCSP
The truth of the matter is this: Nothing the Eagles have done this offseason should significantly change their outlook when the NFL draft kicks off on April 25. In fact, they filled enough of their major holes, to the point where they shouldn’t feel the temptation to draft for need over best player available. Good organizations don’t reach for need in the draft. That’s when you end up with Marcus Smith in the first round. The key here is that, sure, the Eagles filled some holes in free agency, but they didn’t really commit a ton of money long-term to any player in free agency. And because many of the players they added or kept are aging (there’s a reason for that), there’s still a need to get younger at those very same positions. Howie Roseman talked about the importance of finding rotational players in the draft after these additions. That’s what the Eagles are going to do later this month.

Eagles Autism Challenge contributes $2.5 million to fund research projects at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health - PE.com
The Eagles Autism Challenge presented by Lincoln Financial Group has revealed eight research projects that will receive $2.5 million in funding for exploratory work in the field of autism. The founding beneficiaries of the Eagles Autism Challenge – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health – submitted research proposals that were evaluated and, ultimately, approved by an independent team of scientists who have demonstrated a clear and steadfast commitment to autism research, services and programs. The $2.5 million came directly from the funds raised through the inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge in 2018.

The Value of NFL Veterans Falls, Replay Expansion is Good and Why Does Gronk Get a Pass? - Sports Illustrated
The Jordan Howard trade—from the Bears to the Eagles for a 2020 sixth round pick (which could become a fifth)—presents an even more troubling scenario for the NFL position with the shortest shelf life. The Bears received great value from Howard early in his career, and now the Eagles will receive similar value as they inherit the last year of his fixed and controlled rookie contract. The Eagles used this same strategy during their Super Bowl year, acquiring Jay Ajayi midseason at roughly the same point of his career, before showing no interest in his return and replacing him with Howard. (Ajayi did suffer a torn ACL in 2018.) Running backs are especially disadvantaged by the rookie pay system, heavily used during their most productive and lowest-paid years before being replaced by younger and cheaper options. Running backs truly need their own union.

Patriots restructure Michael Bennett’s contract to create additional cap space - Pats Pulpit
Now, the Patriots have altered the deal a bit and in the process gave the 33-year-old a pay raise: according to ESPN’s Field Yates, the two sides have agreed to a reworked contract that now has a base value of $16.75 million and includes a $4.0 million signing bonus. While further details have yet to be reported, we already know that the structure of the new deal will free up $700,000 in salary cap space for the Patriots this year.

PFF’s Top-50 Big Board for the 2019 NFL Draft - PFF
7. DI Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame: Tillery tied Quinnen Williams for the highest pass-rushing grade among interior defenders in college football. Tillery’s sack totals don’t tell the whole story as he was a dominant week in and week out.

Why the Phillies remind me of the 2017 Eagles - The Good Phight
It’s uncertain whether chemistry is a byproduct of winning or if teams get off to fast starts in part because of chemistry. Either way, you know it when you see it. The 1993 team got off to a hot start and much of the credit was given to their team chemistry, and the same thing appears to be happening here in the very early stages of 2019. And there’s another example, outside of baseball, in which another Philadelphia sports team, displayed incredible team chemistry early in their season, a season that ultimately ended up with them winning a title. The 2017 Philadelphia Eagles. After each of his home runs this weekend, Harper celebrated in animated and hilarious fashion, conducting coordinated celebrations with many of his teammates outside the dugout.

Five Takeaways From the Collapse of the AAF - The Ringer
5. The XFL is coming. It’s easy to forget now, but Vince McMahon announced the renewed XFL long before anyone had heard of the AAF. McMahon, the chairman, CEO, and demigod of the WWE, was extremely light on details when he announced the move in January 2018, but in retrospect that seems wise. McMahon just watched the AAF flail, and now he can study where the league went right and where it went wrong. McMahon also looks prepared to spend to make the XFL viable. The WWE, a publicly traded company, doubled its stock price in 2018, and that figure is still climbing in 2019. Last week, McMahon sold roughly $261 million of WWE stock—more money than Dundon promised the AAF—to fund the XFL’s parent company, Alpha Entertainment.

The AAF was exciting, fun, shabby, and is now unsurprisingly leaving us - SB Nation
For two glorious weeks, we talked about the Alliance of American Football. The startup league was the methadone to our football addiction, doled out days after an underwhelming Super Bowl and delivering the big hits, interesting rule changes, and shoddy play we’ve come to expect from a fledging gridiron organization. A handful of former fantasy waiver-wire scroll-bys and practice squad regulars were enough to capture our imagination for a chunk of the month-long dead zone from the end of the NFL’s season to the beginning of NCAA basketball’s major conference tournaments. It was an imperfect speed bump for weekend viewers tearing through the pages of their television listings. And now, barring a significant change of heart (or maybe a second unexpected investor willing to buy into a product with more red flags than a Soviet warship), it’s gone. Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon, the man who once planned to put $250 million into the league, has called it quits after allegedly sinking $70 million of payroll into the premiere season. The league planned to suspend operations Tuesday, effectively sounding the death knell for teams like the Salt Lake Stallions and Arizona Hotshots with its action.

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