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Fantasy projections for the top offseason addition for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN In$ider
Philadelphia Eagles: RB Miles Sanders. 2019 projection: 174 carries, 733 yards, 5 TDs; 39 receptions, 311 yards, 2 TDs. The Eagles have been searching for a dynamic feature back since the Chip Kelly era and might have finally found one in Sanders. The fast and super-elusive third-round pick is 5-foot-11, 211 pounds and an effective rusher, receiver and kick returner. He figures to kick off his career as the lightning to Jordan Howard’s thunder. That could limit the rookie’s carries and touchdowns, but Sanders has a path to 200-plus touches due to his receiving skills. That would be enough to push for RB2 production in a good Philadelphia offense.

Adam Schefter talks Malcolm Jenkins potentially missing Eagles mandatory minicamp, the latest on Nick Foles, and more - BGN
“There’s been nothing [new] there that has transpired. I don’t think we’ll see Malcolm Jenkins for a while. Frankly, I would be surprised if we saw him at the mandatory minicamp. […] I’d be surprised if he’s there, based on everything that I’ve gathered over the last few weeks. It would surprise me if he’s there. But, look, things could change. And it’s up to the Eagles to try to get that done. But I don’t think we’ll be seeing him for a little while, until they can figure something out.”

At the Podium: Mike Groh’s Prove It Year - BGN Radio
Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator addresses the media at OTAs PLUS Michael Kist gives his thoughts on what went wrong with the Eagles offense in 2018 and the expectations for Groh in 2019! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Practice Talk - Iggles Blitz
It is important for DJax and Wentz to develop chemistry. Wentz has never played with anyone as fast as him. It takes time to adjust. Jackson is also smaller than other receivers that have played with Wentz. It can take time to adjust to that as well. [...] J-JAW won’t be a volume receiver for the Eagles this year, but he could be an important role player. Love to hear that he’s already making plays in the Red Zone.

Riddick explains his ‘Carson Wentz for MVP’ take - 94WIP
“And look, he has got all kinds of stuff to prove this year,” Riddick said. “One, he wants to be known as someone other than the guy that Nick Foles took over for and won a Super Bowl. You know that he doesn’t want that anymore. Carson was on his way to winning an MVP two years ago, Carson wants to finish that, he’s that kind of competitor. Number two, when Doug Pederson was hired here how much crap, for lack of a better word, did he take over not necessarily maybe being the best qualified for this job? Ridiculous. He’s one of the best play callers in the NFL, he’s one of the best offensive minds in the NFL. He wants to help Carson reach new heights as well, I know this for a fact. Three, they put together a spectacular team around him offensively. This offense line, if it stays healthy, is everything that he needs it to be for him to have ample protection to go ahead and do what he needs to do, as far as distributing the football to what are I think the best set of weapons on the perimeter and in the backfield in totality, as any team in the NFL.

Thor’s 2020 Mock Draft - Rotoworld
29. Eagles - Boise State EDGE Curtis Weaver. Weaver isn’t getting a lot of Round 1 buzz right now, but I think he’s got a real shot at crashing the party if he tests as an above-average athlete. He was ludicrously productive from the start of his freshman year on. In fact, with only two years logged as part of a rotation, Weaver already ranks No. 6 on Boise State’s all-time sack list with 20.5. He’s also averaged more than one TFL per game played (28.0 in 27 career games). We should finally see him fully unleashed in 2019, ala Epenesa — Weaver has taken 960 career snaps. With 47 hurries in 444 career pass-rushing snaps, he’s harassing quarterbacks on more than 10% of his snaps. He posted a 90.3 pass-rush grade last year and has even shown some coverage chops in a small sample. He also improved against the run last year. There’s a lot to get excited about, here.

A Philly native returns to his roots as annual Playground Build unites entire Eagles organization -
One of the special parts of Wednesday was rookie Shareef Miller, who grew up not too far away from the Allen M. Stearne Elementary School neighborhood, in a classroom speaking to the children. Miller made it out of the tough environment in Frankford. He’s doing what he can to ensure that others have a path to follow. ”This is great. This is great. I’m so happy that this school was selected, especially in the Frankford area because I know how tough it is. For these kids to have a playground that’s painted, to have the Eagles come, it brings a lot of smiles to their faces. I’m happy to be a part of it,” said Miller, who went to Harding Middle School about a mile from Stearne.

Zen-like Nelson Agholor is in a good place after offseason rumors - NBCSP
Nelson Agholor is in a good place. For now, that place is still Philadelphia. The Eagles’ 2015 first-round pick, going into his fifth NFL season, is happy to be back with the Eagles, happy to be back in Philly. He’s grown so much here in the past two seasons, some physically and a ton mentally. He still has a hunger to get better, but after going through some tribulations early in his career, Agholor has reached a Zen-like level of calm and comfort in the NFL, in this city. None of that was going to be derailed by rumors this offseason. I didn’t really worry about it. At the end of the day, I love this place. We have unfinished business. When asked if he pays attention to the reports and rumors about him, Agholor said he doesn’t — “I know what kind of player I am,” he said.

The 100 best single-game grades of the PFF era - PFF
37. Shawn Andrews, Philadelphia Eagles. 96.8 OVERALL GRADE, WEEK 10 OF THE 2007 SEASON. Andrews was one of the greats at his position during his time in the PFF era and earned elite overall grades each year from 2006 to 2008. Andrews allowed just one pressure from 40 pass-blocking snaps in this one, and he was an absolute animal in the run game, earning a 95.0 run-blocking grade on the day. 34. Shawn Andrews, Philadelphia Eagles. 96.9 OVERALL GRADE, WEEK 16 OF THE 2006 SEASON. Andrews’ best single-game performance of the PFF era came in Week 16 of the 2006 season. He kept a completely clean slate in pass protection, earning a 86.6 pass-blocking grade for his effort, and in typical fashion, he topped off a great game with a dominating performance as a run-blocker, for which he earned an elite run-blocking grade of 93.6.

‘You deserve the world’: Miles Sanders buys his mom a new car after signing with the Eagles - PennLive
Sanders posted the purchase on Instagram with a caption that read: “You deserve the world momma, everything you’ve done and taught me help me be the man I am today, my gift to you ?? I dreamed to do something like this, I Love You.” If Sanders is as productive and talented as the Eagles’ coaches and front office believe he can be, he could have plenty more gifts to give in the future. He is expected to compete for prime backfield reps as a rookie with Jordan Howard and Corey Clement.

Report: Joe Douglas to interview for Jets general manager job this weekend - Gang Green Nation
The buzz in the media has suggested that Douglas is the early favorite to get the job. Anybody who remembers past searches knows this could go in any number of directions. Sometimes the early favorite lands the job. Sometimes he doesn’t. He might stumble in the interview process. Another candidate might have a great interview and end up impressing the decision makers enough to get the offer.

Peyton Manning says he never heard from the Jets - PFT
“Nobody ever contacted me … And I’m not sure I was qualified anyway,” Manning said, via Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post. Opinions will vary about Manning’s qualifications, but it appears to be a moot point as far as the Jets’ job is concerned. Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer are set to interview with the Jets with Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly, Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton and Saints director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot also in the mix.

Ezekiel Elliott Victim Considering Pressing Charges, Wants ‘Sincere’ Apology - TMZ Sports
Cops asked Johnson if he wanted to press charges and at the time he declined because, “I didn’t want to make a rash decision that soon without evaluating it further. It was 3 AM. I was shocked.” Johnson says all he wanted at the time was an apology from Elliott -- a guy he used to look up to -- but got a fake lip-service apology instead. ”I did get an apology from him, it wasn’t a sincere apology. He didn’t maintain eye contact. It didn’t seem sincere at all.”

Roundtable: Haloti Ngata retires as a Baltimore Raven - Baltimore Beatdown
What do you think of when you hear the name, “Haloti Ngata?” Is it the warmonger in the trenches, crashing through blockers on his way to ruin a quarterback’s day? Is it the silly Thompson Creek commercials you couldn’t help but laugh at, or the 10, yes, 10, Royal Farms commercials he starred in? It’s likely both, as Ngata’s time in Baltimore is something all Ravens fans will lean back in their chair and smile upon.

The NFL’s best and worst running back stables, ranked from teams 1-32 - SB Nation
This array doesn’t only count star power at the top. The lineup is a look at depth and versatility at running back, so while stars like Todd Gurley, Saquon Barkley, and Christian McCaffrey may lead individual tailback listings, a relative lack of power behind them ultimately kept their groups from cracking the top five. The teams at the top of the rankings are the ones that can carve up a defense in a hundred different ways both on the ground and through the air — and the ones that won’t get derailed if their No. 1 back goes down. So, with an eye on depth, power, and flexibility in mind, let’s take a look at the strongest — and weakest — backfields in the league.


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