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Eagles News: “I still believe there’s a good chance Carson Wentz gets a deal between now and Week 1”

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The Backstory of Ben Roethlisberger’s Contract Extension—and How It Impacts Other QB’s Deals - MMQB
I still believe there’s a good chance Wentz gets a deal between now and Week 1. I don’t think Goff will, just because of the Rams’ cap situation, and the Titans are playing wait-and-see with Mariota. And therein lies how the further escalation of quarterback contracts could create an issue. The best guys are going to keep getting paid. Wentz will. Patrick Mahomes will. But what happens with guys who are a level down? That’s a question that a lot of teams are asking. The Cowboys’ negotiation with Dak Prescott hasn’t been, and won’t be, an easy one. The same, you’d think, might go for Mitchell Trubisky in a couple years, if he doesn’t make huge leaps forward.

Doug Pederson on Carson Wentz’s status, moving tackles to guard, the Sixers, and more - BGN
Doug Pederson spoke prior to the Philadelphia Eagles’ first rookie minicamp practice on Friday morning. He didn’t have anything super interesting to say about the rookies themselves (especially since he hadn’t even seen them practice yet) but there were a few other topics of note from his press conference.

Ranking the Eagles Offense - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton rank the top offenses in the NFL, where do the Eagles rank?! PLUS updates on the Eagles roster moves, and a very important conversation about wide receiver jersey numbers!Presented by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Rookie Talk - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are having a rookie minicamp this weekend. There are a few non-rookies, but these are still young players. What is going on? A lot of teaching. Players are learning the scheme. They are getting a tutorial in fundamentals. These are non-contact practices and none of them really know the schemes so this is nothing like Training Camp. This is very basic football. College coaches do a terrific job with kids, but they have serious time limits and have to focus on winning games. NFL coaches can teach on a more in-depth level. These coaches are the best of the best and they know every little trick in the book. If you could watch the practices, you would probably find them boring. But they do have value for the young players. These guys need every rep possible.

Eagles hope newcomers spark return to dominance in red zone - ESPN
Think about the red zone package the Eagles could roll out -- Howard in the backfield, a two tight-end set featuring pass-catching dynamos Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, and Arcega-Whiteside lined up opposite Jeffery should they prefer his size over DeSean Jackson’s speed near the goal line. Couple that grouping with what the team brass expects to be a healthy Wentz and a top-end offensive line, and the Eagles have everything they need and more to be dominant in the red zone in 2019.

JJ Arcega-Whiteside coveted for his contested-catch ability by NFL teams - PFF
JJ Arcega-Whiteside caught 54.05% of his contested-catch opportunities in his last two seasons with Stanford, ranking 15th among FBS wideouts entering the draft with 25 or more contested targets since 2017. None of the 14 wide receivers ahead of him, however, had more than 59 contested-catch opportunities – Arcega-Whiteside had 74. Arcega-Whiteside’s size, body control, and contested-catch ability paid dividends in the red zone. He caught 23-of-34 targets for 224 yards, three first downs and 18 touchdowns inside the 20-yard line in 2017 and 2018 combined. He also logged just one drop and caught 11-of-16 (68.8%) of his contested-catch opportunities in the red zone, as well.

Eagles get another bargain with Zach Brown contract - NBCSP
Zach Brown’s one-year contract with the Eagles pays him $1.4 million but with a chance to make another million in realistically obtainable incentives. The Eagles signed Brown to a one-year contract last Friday. He was released by the Redskins March 13. Brown’s deal, according to a league source familiar with the details, includes a $400,000 signing bonus and $1 million base salary, and those are the only guaranteed components of the contract. It also includes a $100,000 workout bonus and $1 million in playing-time and performance-based incentives that could raise the total value up to $2.5 million if he meets every one.

What you need to know about the Eagles’ 11 rookie free agents - The Athletic
Even among the rookie free agents, experience at center is scant. Bates, 6-foot-4 and 306 pounds, started for three seasons at Penn State, playing left tackle, right tackle and left guard before declaring for the draft as a redshirt junior. But he also practiced as a center during his redshirt season, which somehow gives him the most experience at the position among the notable rookies. He tested well at the combine, though that athleticism doesn’t necessarily show up in his game tape. Interestingly, his top athletic profile is Isaac Seumalo.

Rookie class gets to work on and off the field -
The reality for running back Miles Sanders happened when he reached into his locker at the NovaCare Complex, pulled out his midnight green Eagles helmet and put it on his head for his first practice at the team’s weekend Rookie Minicamp. “It’s a real moment. It didn’t really hit me until I got here and got my helmet and I was like, ‘Dang, I got drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles,” Sanders said on Friday after the first practice of the three-day weekend. “It’s pretty surreal and a dream come true. After the draft, when things settled down, I got to work and got in shape for this camp. That’s been the focus.”

A recent history of the Chicago Bears’ kicking debacle - SB Nation
Kicking success and the Chicago Bears just don’t go together. The Bears haven’t been able to find any consistency at the position since they cut longtime kicker Robbie Gould before the 2016 season. After 11 years with Gould, the Bears shuffled through Connor Barth, Cairo Santos, and Mike Nugent over the next two seasons. None of them were able to fill the void, and the Bears plummeted from 18th in field goal percentage in 2015 to 27th and 29th. To solve the kicking issues that plagued them, they threw a four-year, $15 million contract to Cody Parkey during the 2018 offseason. At the time, that looked like a solid move. Parkey was 26 when he signed the deal and was an 86.4 percent field goal kicker before his time in Chicago.


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