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Eagles News: Philadelphia’s “under-the-radar move to love” from the 2019 offseason

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/19/19.

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1 under-the-radar move to love from each NFL team this offseason - SB Nation
Philadelphia Eagles: Signed S Andrew Sendejo (one year, $1.3 million). Is the soon-to-be 32-year-old Sendejo washed up after missing 11 games last season? The Eagles didn’t have to pay much to find out. If he can return to form, Philadelphia picked up a heady veteran to anchor its secondary at a bargain price. [BLG Note: Curious choice since the Eagles can potentially cut Sendejo to preserve a 2020 fourth-round compensatory pick and save $800,000 million in cap space. Have I ever mentioned that before?]

Chris Long announces his retirement from the NFL - BGN
Long will always be a legend in Philly for helping the Eagles win their first Super Bowl. He sparked the biggest play in Lincoln Financial Field history when he pressured Case Keenum into throwing a game-changing pick six to Patrick Robinson during the 2018 NFC Championship Game.

5 Eagles camp battles to watch heading into OTAs - PhillyVoice
By far, cornerback is the most interesting position to watch during Eagles offseason practices. Why? Well, they have six cornerbacks worthy of playing time, and yet, none who should really be considered slam dunk locks to start. They each also have interesting individual stories: Jalen Mills is susceptible to the big play, but he’s very good in the red zone, he’s a very good tackler, and most importantly, he is a Jim Schwartz favorite. He also had a serious foot injury last year that seemed to get worse as the weeks went on. His recovery apparatuses went in reverse order, as he went from a walking boot, to crutches, to a Roll-a-bout. Ronald Darby is easily the most athletically gifted of the Eagles’ corners, and was expected to leave in free agency this offseason. However, due to a torn ACL in 2018, a strong market didn’t develop for him, and he returned to the Eagles on a cheap, one-year deal. Darby is good in coverage, but he’s simply a bad tackler. To be determined if he can maintain that athleticism after rehab from that ACL tear.

Ups and Downs of Spring Football - Iggles Blitz
Sometimes things do match up. Kamu Grugier-Hill had the best spring and summer of his young career in 2018 and that carried over to the regular season. Nelson Agholor looked like a changed man in the spring of 2017 and that proved to be right on the money. Dallas Goedert stood out last spring. You could just see he was the real deal. That’s what makes spring football so complicated. It really can be hard to figure what is legit and what isn’t.

Instant impact: First Eagles Autism Challenge provides life-changing results for young boy - PE.com
”For the Eagles, it might be a small effort to do it. But for us, it changed everything. We are very grateful for it.” That’s how Kim Hendriks described the difference last year’s Eagles Autism Challenge made for her son, 9-year-old Thijmen (pronounced Taimen). Thijmen traveled with his father, Bram, from their home in Haarlem, Netherlands – a coastal town that is a 10-minute train ride from Amsterdam – to Philadelphia for the Eagles Autism Challenge last May. Thijmen, the oldest of three children, is on the spectrum. He has battled through some “rough years,” as his mother says. He struggled in social situations and had a difficult time making friends. His parents wanted to discover a way to provide a positive experience for Thijmen associated with autism.

Jason Kelce and wife Kylie are expecting their first child - Philly.com
Eagles center Jason Kelce and wife Kylie will have their own little Eagles fan this fall. Kylie this week announced that the couple is expecting their first child in September. As part of the message, Mrs. Kelce included a photo of a pair of baby shoes in between the couple’s dogs, noting that the pups are “due to begin their newest assignment September 2019.”

The Seven Most Underrated Units in the NFL - The Ringer
The Jets pass catchers will give Sam Darnold more help than you think. And the Packers secondary might slow some folks down this year. Who else made the list?

Former Patriots, Rams, Eagles defender Chris Long announces his retirement from the NFL - Pats Pulpit
After the 2016 season, Long moved on from the Patriots. His success continued, however, to the dismay of New England: now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Virginia product earned his second championship when his new club beat his old one in Super Bowl 52. All in all, Long spent the final two years of his pro career in Philadelphia before stepping away from the game at the age of 34. Long, who registered 4.0 sacks in New England, was not just a tremendous player on the field but also an outstanding person off it. The best example of this came in 2017, when he decided to donate his entire year’s salary to charity. The NFL is certainly losing one of its best characters today.

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