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The NFL’s pass-rushing triple-double: Double-digit sacks, hits and hurries - PFF
DI FLETCHER COX, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. 11 sacks, 24 hits, 60 hurries. Fletcher Cox ended the year ranked second among interior defenders with an overall grade of 92.5, and his 95 quarterback pressures were the most we’ve ever seen from an interior defensive lineman not named Aaron Donald. Cox produced a 20.9% win rate and a 16.6% pressure rate on his 572 regular season pass-rush snaps last year — both second at his position.
Adam Schefter believes Eagles will sign Carson Wentz to long-term contract before 2019 season - BGN
“My belief, OK, my belief is that that deal will get done at some point this offseason. Before the  season begins, they’ll get a deal in place. I think, from everything I’ve gathered, that the two sides have begun talking. I think both sides are motivated to get it done. I don’t think they’re close right now to getting it done. But when I talk to people around the league who look at that deal, they believe it’s going to get done. Now, I think the Eagles probably are confident that it’ll get done. They know that there’s still work to do and there’s progress to make. But the fact that the two sides have begun their discussions, are talking … we’ll see how this shakes out. But my sense is that the Eagles think it’ll get done and it’s a matter of when they can finish that off and get it together. But I think the signs point to that deal getting done this offseason at some point in time and they’ll lock up Wentz. I don’t know how it’ll shake out in terms of numbers. But the important thing is for Carson Wentz, he’ll get some guaranteed money with his injury history. And then I think he’ll get a chance to get another bite at the apple when the deal that he signs, the extension that he signs, expires. So me, that’s what I’m looking for at some point before the season begins.”
The Kist & Solak Show #95: We Expect Big Things for Reasons - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak are back with two big topics.. 1) Is the Eagles 2019 roster as good, better, or worse than the 2017 Super Bowl squad?.. 2) Just how banged up were the Eagles in 2018 compared to the rest of the league? Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Philadelphia sports’ best late-game victories of the last 30 years - PhillyVoice
2) DeSean Jackson’s walk-off punt return. I’ll understand if some believe this should be lower, since it was only a regular season game, but this was the gut-punchiest game I’ve ever seen, and it did help the Eagles win the division. I mean, the entire back half of the fourth quarter must have been an absolute nightmare for Giants fans. The Eagles were down 31-10 with just over eight minutes left in the game, and after three quick scores, Jackson delivered the final blow. We’d show just the punt return, but that would be doing a disservice to everything else that happened in that final eight minutes. Michael Vick was simply amazing.
Douglas on the Move? - Iggles Blitz
If things do work out and Douglas heads to NY, that would hurt the Eagles. The team has built up a deep scouting staff and front office so this wouldn’t be devastating, but Douglas is a veteran scout and good football mind. He could take Andy Weidl with him, or possibly some scouts. It is possible that Weidl would want to stay and step into Douglas’ current role. Or that could go to Andrew Berry, who the team hired back in February. The Eagles will have some good options. While I’m sure Douglas wants the position, he does have to decide if this is the right fit. Usually, you only get one chance to be a GM. If things don’t work out, you go back to being a senior scout or some other semi-executive role. We should get answers pretty soon.
Ranking NFL QB commitment: How married all 32 teams are to their starters - ESPN
23. Philadelphia Eagles. Starter: Carson Wentz | Signed through: 2020Tier: On the verge of commitment | Ranking in tier: No. 2. Contract: Four-year, $26.676 million, fully guaranteed contract signed in May 2016, plus a 2020 team option worth $22.783 million that was exercised in May 2019. The Eagles want Wentz around for the long term as well, but his health history likely means they’ll wait until after the 2019 season to talk about an extension. As the Rams do with Goff, the Eagles have the right to rescind the option and move on after 2019 as long as Wentz is healthy. But if he’s healthy, it seems extraordinarily unlikely that they would do that.
Eagles undrafted LB T.J. Edwards got noticed as a bad quarterback - NBCSP
In high school Edwards was a self-described “pretty bad” QB who Wisconsin noticed on film for his … blocking? “Threw a couple blocks as a quarterback,” he said. “So that was it.” Talk about a strange road to the NFL. Edwards barely played any defense in high school and never played linebacker. Just “a couple snaps” at safety. But whenever Lakes’ running backs reversed direction? Guess who was out front of the play laying out opposing safeties and linebackers? The pretty bad quarterback.
Clayton Thorson enters NFL ‘unfortunately pretty familiar’ with Philadelphia Eagles teammate Shareef Miller - PennLive
Clayton Thorson, though, remembers the game for some different reasons. The Penn State defense was swarming that day, and Thorson, the former long-time Northwestern quarterback, was sacked four times. The Lions held the Wildcats to 2.2 yards per carry and recorded seven tackles for loss, too. When Thorson arrived with his fellow Philadelphia Eagles rookies at the NovaCare Complex last week, he ran into a familiar face. Thorson was drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round. The fourth-round pick, Shareef Miller, was one of the Penn State players who sacked him. “He did. He sacked me,” Thorson said last week. “He was sure to remind me of that yesterday when I saw him, but no, I remember he was a beast.”
This isn’t the start Eagles rookie guard Nate Herbig envisioned, but he can determine what happens from here - Inquirer
A year ago, Herbig was coming off his sophomore season at Stanford, in which he’d been chosen first-team All-Pac-12. His plan was to take another step forward as a junior, declare for the NFL draft, then wait for a phone call on draft weekend, as one of the top guards available, a 6-4, 334-pound road grader with a solid resume. Those things did not happen, except for the part about declaring for the draft. Herbig was dogged by injuries, playing on a Stanford offensive line that was dogged by injuries, and when he played, he was less of a force than he had been previously. The NFL Scouting Combine was a disaster, Herbig’s 5.41-second 40 going down as the slowest run by any of the 260 participants, including quarterbacks – slower than everyone except the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, whose 6.00 would have put him almost on Herbig’s heels. The other athletic drills were no less embarrassing – 24-inch vertical jump, 8.15-second three-cone drill, 5.04 20-yard shuttle. Herbig’s only good number was 29 reps on the bench press.
NFL Rookie of the Year Odds and Best Bets - Rotoworld
[BLG Note: Miles Sanders is tied for fifth.]
Eagles Autism Challenge set for this Saturday - PE.com
Spearheaded by Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie, the Eagles Autism Challenge presented by Lincoln Financial Group is the team’s one-day cycling and 5K run/walk signature event that aims to support innovative autism research and programs in Philadelphia. One hundred percent of participant-raised funds will be directed to the groundbreaking work being conducted at three nationally recognized institutions: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. By bringing together the region’s top autism research organizations, the Eagles Autism Challenge aims to drive scientific breakthroughs and establish Philadelphia as a major center for autism research and care.
King’s Landing ‘Thrones’ Episode Criticism Overcooked, Says Chris Long - Sports Illustrated
Admittedly, I’m a contrarian, but it’s not a terrible strain playing devil’s advocate here. I understand a lot of the general frustrations. My issue is that they’re being heaped on what is far from the worst episode of the season, and on the writing of a twist that is far from the worst culprit of the spring. Even in its imperfections, it’s writing that follows a waypoint George R.R. Martin set. A viewership that’s ballooned from 2 million to nearly 20 million over a decade span has grown accustomed to a character web that Martin intricately spun. Benioff and Weiss have seemingly discarded much of that effort, but however imperfect Dany’s heel turn may have been, the vitriol it’s received is more fitting elsewhere. And this episode has been no exception.
Joe Douglas has emerged as a candidate to replace Mike Maccagnan as Jets general manager - Gang Green Nation
Douglas’ name has been floated for weeks as a potential replacement if the Jets did fire Maccagnan. Having a relationship with Gase is probably going to be a requirement for any new general manager. The new head coach has quickly consolidated power within the organization, and team CEO Chris Johnson suggested he would play a role in the interview process. Douglas joined the Eagles in 2015 after spending 16 years in Baltimore’s front office. In the event Douglas is hired, NFL Network analyst Dan Jeremiah might join the front office.
Dolphins meet with Connor Barwin, no deal reached - The Phinsider
The team may believe they already have the answers they need, but that is not stopping them from looking to improve. According to the Miami Herald’s Adam Beasley and Barry Jackson, Miami did exactly that on Wednesday, hosting rusher Connor Barwin on a free agency visit. The veteran pass rusher has 56-1/2 sacks in his career, playing for four teams over ten seasons. He most recently spent one year with the New York Giants, playing in 15 games with three starts, with 12 tackles, four passes defensed, and one sack. New York cut him after one year into a two-year contract.
Ranking the first four QBs taken in the 2019 NFL Draft, and Josh Rosen, by their chances of success - CBS Sports
5. Daniel Jones, Giants. Had the Giants taken him at No. 17, maybe some of the madness would be mitigated and it wouldn’t already be a tabloid circus in Gotham. But that’s not how GM Dave Gettleman rolls. Maybe, had they not sold all-world WR Odell Beckham Jr. for pennies on the dollar (this GM is notorious for running off his most talented players) I’d feel better about the cast around Mr. Jones. And if there weren’t already Peyton Manning comparison bombs being tossed around in some parts due to their connections with coach David Cutcliffe, maybe I wouldn’t have a lump in my throat about how this will all play out. Oh yeah, and if Gettleman wasn’t talking about him maybe sitting for three years because ELI IS TIMELESS AND PERFECT AND DEFINITELY NOT WASHED, THAT IS JUST A STOOPID MEDIA NARRATIVE, then maybe I wouldn’t spell doom. And if the Peyton comparisons aren’t tough enough stuff, then what about the inevitable comparisons to come across town from Sam Darnold (didn’t pass Gettleman’s smell test a year ago) or in the division from Haskins or to Josh Allen, the potential All-Pro pass rusher they passed on with the sixth pick to nab Jones instead. Good luck, kid. This franchise has been as backwards as any in football since the demise of the Tom Coughlin era, and this kid is walking into a total firestorm. Godspeed.
Should anyone actually want the Jets general manager job? A debate - SB Nation
Less than a month after allowing him to make the Jets’ selections at the 2019 NFL Draft, general manager Mike Maccagnan is out. Now the once-quiet May-June stretch of New York’s offseason will now be occupied with a job search predicated on finding the latest architect of the club’s oft-delayed revival. But is it a job the league’s hottest power brokers will want? Whomever takes over will inherit a rising team with a young franchise quarterback in place and a defense loaded with potential. He’ll also take the reins for a team that hasn’t made it to the postseason since 2010 and has won just 14 total games over the past three years. The Jets are also relying on a new head coach who just delivered back-to-back losing seasons with an AFC East rival — and that coach, Adam Gase, is currently the interim general manager, a taste of power from which Gase may be unwilling to part.
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