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Donovan McNabb calls criticism of his Carson Wentz comments ‘unfair’ - Philly.com
Donovan McNabb says all the criticism he’s received from fans and at least one Eagles player over his comments about Carson Wentz is “unfair.” During an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic Tuesday morning, McNabb called himself an “Eagle for life,” but said fans have a hard time separating his role as an analyst from the 11 seasons he spent as the Eagles’ starting quarterback. “If I’m an analyst and a question is presented to me, I’m supposed to answer the way I see fit,” McNabb said. “Sometimes when its certain people, we want to judge it or we want to have a different type of emotional feel to their answer because of who it is. And that’s unfair.” [...] So does McNabb have a theory why there remains such a disconnect between him and Eagles fans? “No, not at all,” McNabb said. “I guess I’m in the same category as Eric Lindros.”
10 free agents the Eagles could sign now that they don’t have to worry about the compensatory pick formula - BGN
Ansah would be a great addition to the Eagles’ defensive end rotation, which is looking thin if Chris Long doesn’t return. For a team that likes to heavily rotate their pass rushers, the Eagles’ depth really drops off after the trio of Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Vinny Curry. If one of those three guys gets hurt, the Eagles are suddenly looking at one of Josh Sweat, Shareef Miller, Daeshon Hall, or Joe Ostman being a top three defensive end on the team. That’s not ideal. Signing Ansah makes a lot of sense for the Eagles but one would imagine he’ll be looking for a bigger role than what Philly will be offering him. Ansah has already taken some free agent visits and the Eagles seemingly haven’t been among those trips. It’d be nice if Schwartz could convince his former draft pick to spend a year with the Eagles before allowing Ziggy to test the market again in 2020. Just not counting on it to happen.
Draft Special #5: The Eagles’ Class w/Mike Renner of PFF - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus to talk about the first three selections of the Eagles’ 2019 NFL Draft class! Thoughts on Andre Dillard, Miles Sanders, JJ Arcega-Whiteside and more!Presented by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Preseason All-NFC East team: Offense edition - PhillyVoice
Quarterback: Carson Wentz, Eagles. This was pretty easy. While Dak Prescott has certainly been more durable and has a better overall record, there’s no question that Carson Wentz is the more talented player, though he’ll have to prove he can stay healthy. Without Wentz’s contributions in 2017, the Eagles almost certainly would not have won the Super Bowl, and I believe he gives the Eagles a better chance to win it all than any of the other quarterbacks in the division give their respective teams.
Dynasty Rookie Rankings - Rotoworld
4) Miles Sanders is tough for me because I admittedly wasn’t overly impressed with his tape, but he profiles well as a workhorse back in the NFL. The Eagles chose him in the second round and made him the second running back chosen in the draft. It’s certainly a crowded backfield entering 2019 with Jordan Howard, Corey Clement, and Wendell Smallwood all lingering in Philadelphia. None of them possess the talent to hold off Sanders for long though. A potential long-term concern for Sanders is Doug Pederson’s lack of willingness to make any back a bell-cow in his three seasons in Philly. No running back has even exceeded 200 touches in a single season during his tenure. It may not be entirely a strategical approach as the Eagles never really had a back that was good enough or capable to handle that type of workload. If you believe it’s a coaching trend, Sanders won’t return value. If you believe it was due to the lack of talent, Sanders could be a workhorse back on an efficient and upward-trending offense.
Defense continues its rise with creative, efficient roster adds - PE.com
What we saw from Tim Jernigan last season was not representative of the kind of player he’s been throughout his career. A post-Super Bowl injury that required surgery limited Jernigan to only three games and 46 snaps in the 2018 regular season. Jernigan just never had a chance to knock off the rust and get into prime-time football shape. But now he has that chance, and he has a chip on his shoulder from not signing a big-time deal in free agency, and, well, you just know that Jernigan is going to play with tremendous energy and raw power and explosiveness working into what is a terrific three-man defensive tackle rotation that includes All-Pro Fletcher Cox and veteran Malik Jackson, who has fit right into the culture of the team in the offseason program. This is a lethal three-man rotation, but the Eagles also are high on Treyvon Hester and Bruce Hector, and they traded for Hassan Ridgeway on Day 3 of the draft, so the defensive tackle position has been upgraded in a very large way in this offseason.
Eagles mailbag: Playing time for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, man out at CB - NBCSP
This is an interesting question because if everything goes well, Arcega-Whiteside might not play much as a rookie. So for this answer, we’ll assume a healthy group of receivers and tight ends on the roster. It’s pretty hard to find playing time on offense for the rookie, but he could become an immediate contributor on special teams. With a much different roster in 2018, the most the Eagles’ fourth receiver (in terms of snaps) played in any game last year was 29 and that was former Pro Bowler Golden Tate. In most games, the fourth receiver played fewer than 10 snaps and that was with a less-talented top three. And this year, the Eagles want to incorporate even more two-tight end sets. That means less playing time for Nelson Agholor, so it’ll be even harder for JJAW to get on the field. Really, if Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Agholor stay healthy, there won’t be much playing time for Arcega-Whiteside. But he should be ready. Because Alshon has had some serious injuries in the last couple years and DeSean has played just two full seasons in 11 NFL years. Arcega-Whiteside will be the next guy up.
Donovan McNabb Elaborates on His Carson Wentz Comments - Crossing Broad
I agree 100% with Donovan when he suggests that people are going to judge his opinions a certain way because of who he is. Whenever Donovan says something critical of a current Eagle, a portion of fans will just automatically accuse of him of doing the sour grapes routine, which is unfair. I don’t know if 75% of Eagles fans are mad that Nick Foles is gone. I can’t put a number on it, but I feel like it’s closer to 50%, the number of people who felt like the Birds should have kept Nick around and done something else with Carson instead.
Entering Legacy Crunch Time, Episode 4 of ‘Game of Thrones’ Left More Questions Than Answers - Sports Illustrated
“We’re on to King’s Landing.” Echoing this Belichekian mantra would serve Winterfell’s population well. All the characters not piled up onto a human bonfire outside of castle walls have no time to waste. Everything feels rushed for the remaining characters, including the task of saying goodbye to the fallen. And it’s almost as if the writers of the show were under the same duress in weaving their Season 8 storyline. With a multitude of plotlines demanding resolution (and little time to do so), there’s an unsettling feeling in the halls of Winterfell and in living rooms across the world. The series has had eight years to land this plane. With only two episodes remaining, the worried whispers echoing the halls of House Reddit and Castle Twitter Dot Com are that there’s not enough runway left for it to land poignantly. And Episode 4 did little to quell those concerns. In fact, Sunday’s “Last of the Starks” has been anything but critically acclaimed, receiving a nearly historic low score of 59 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. It was part de-escalation, part build up. Heartbreak and political posturing were among the headliners. But the episode was mostly comprised of characters choosing sides in an impending fight. Only you can’t help but worry that this next bout may feel out of sequence -- as if Jon Snow and company returned to the dressing room after the main event with an undercard still to go. And it’s almost midnight.
Eagles Autism Challenge
Now it is well known that millions of people around the world are connected to autism. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 1 in 59 people under 21 living in the United States are on the autism spectrum, making it the fastest growing developmental disorder. For the Eagles owner and CEO, Jeffrey Lurie it is personal. With autism in his own family, Lurie knows his is just one of many families dealing with this condition and has seen firsthand the difference the right resources can make. At the Eagles, we take our responsibility to the community very seriously and look for how to best leverage our brand and ability to bring people together in order to drive critical resources and funding to autism. We want to give a voice to families who live with autism – the ones who are out there every day advocating, promoting, supporting and seeking out opportunities for their loved ones. One organization can’t do it alone, so we are partnering with thought leaders to advance scientific breakthroughs. Together all of us can shift from autism awareness to action for transformational impact, not only in Philadelphia, but throughout the country and the world.
Source: Cowboys making more progress on Dak Prescott’s contract than on Amari Cooper’s - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys are going to get a deal done with Prescott, and it’s going to be a whopper. Jerry Jones has made it clear that Prescott is the long-term future of the Cowboys and expectations are that the deal will be, at least, in the $30 million-a-year range. The Cowboys are reportedly making some headway on this deal. The news from the Cooper negotiations are not as promising, although these types of things always seem to go this way until a deal finally gets done. Think of the recent DeMarcus Lawrence negotiations. The Cooper camp is setting the bar high according to a source.
5 NFL free agents who should be back in demand now - SB Nation
But when he’s on, Ajayi brings a game-breaking extra gear to the backfield, even if the salad days of his 200+ rushing yard performances are two years in his rear view. His 2017 performance with the Eagles, in which he ran for 5.8 yards per touch in a reserve role for a Super Bowl team, showcased what he can do for a needy club. While it seems unlikely he’ll sign for the kind of big-money deal that would have cost an acquiring team its third- or fourth-round compensatory pick, the veteran back should still be able to find a welcoming home in the next phase of free agency, assuming all goes well with his recovery.
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