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NFL’s top 10 offenses: Saints, Colts, Eagles best of bunch -
3) Backup QB extraordinaire Nick Foles may have thrown a better deep ball and shown a proclivity for hitting the open receiver in his progressions, but Carson Wentz’s raw talent is undeniable. If he returns to the form that placed him in the driver’s seat for MVP honors in 2017, the Eagles might just boast the most improved offense in the league. Considering he’s still working his way through the back injury that ended his 2018 season prematurely, that’s far from a given. Miles Sanders was rated by some evaluators as the best back in the 2019 draft class. Saquon Barkley’s understudy at Penn State, the second-round rookie is a more versatile playmaker compared to bull-dozing power back Jordan Howard, who came over from Chicago in a pre-draft trade. A position that loomed as a liability throughout the 2017 season is suddenly flush with depth -- even if free agent Darren Sproles opts against returning for another year.

Eagles Draft Profile: Six things to know about Andre Dillard - BGN
Of course, everyone will point to his pass protection, since that’s the way he set up on about 70% of his snaps at WSU. But I’d also point to the “intangibles” that allowed him to become what he became -- the time he spent in the weight room, the way he developed and refined his technique over the years to anchor the left side of the line, the leadership he displayed. Additionally, once he made his first start, he was in the lineup every week until the end of his career; he started every game for the final three years of his career.

The QB Scho Show #24: Clayton Thorson aka Azor Ahai - BGN Radio
Michael Kist has Mark Schofield analyze Clayton Thorson, the Northwestern product selected by the Eagles in the 5th round.. plus a side bar on the pass rush vs pass coverage debate and the usual historical reference! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Preseason All-NFC East team: Defense edition - PhillyVoice
Interior defensive line: Fletcher Cox, Eagles; Jonathan Allen, Washington. Fletcher Cox is by far and away the best interior defensive lineman in the division. At No. 2, I’d go with Jonathan Allen, who racked up 61 tackles (11 for loss), eight sacks, and 15 QB hits. He’s primed to take off in his third season in the NFL.

Young vs Old - Iggles Blitz
It will be interesting to see if the Eagles give Josh Sweat, Daeshon Hall and Shareef Miller a chance to show what they can do or if the team wants a sure thing at DE and goes for a veteran. All three of those players are young, athletic and have decent size. You can argue that there is a good chance one of them will prove to be at least an effective role player. The flip side is that the Eagles scheme is built on D-linemen who can pressure the passer. If the pass rush struggles, the defense is going to have major issues. DE is a critical spot for the Eagles. Can you take a chance there? The Eagles have very little depth at C/G. That feels like a spot where they need to add someone. One of the problems is that there aren’t good options. The OL market wasn’t great to start with and there are slim pickings left. This is a spot where the Eagles have to look long and hard at their internal options.

Howie Roseman: We go as Carson Wentz goes - PFT
“First, it goes to his intangibles,” Roseman said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “The guy’s always in the building. He’s always studying film. He’s a great leader. He’s tremendously smart and passionate about his job. He’s got everything off the field you look for in a quarterback. Then, his skill set. He can make every throw. He’s tremendously athletic. He’s big and strong. Really, we’ve seen it in action. This guy was the MVP of the league before he went down with an unfortunate injury. We saw him even last year coming back off that injury and how he played. And so, we think in Philadelphia that we go as he goes. We’re very excited to have him back and start feeling really like himself. So he’s poised for it, but it was also our responsibility to make sure we surrounded him with talent.”

2019 Eagles roster preview: Carson Wentz has some things to prove - Inquirer
The feeling here is that the Eagles advised Wentz to downplay his recovery publicly so as to not raise expectations only to have them possibly thwarted. If he can’t partake in some team drills for part or even all of the spring, then so be it. Yes, he could use the work. The team and Wentz said that the time he missed during workouts might have hindered his play last season. But spring practices pale in comparison to training camp, and the Eagles don’t want to jeopardize his involvement when the team reconvenes in late July. Wentz’s health is of the utmost importance for this coming season, of course, but the Eagles have his future to consider, as well. Howie Roseman has been uncharacteristically outspoken about wanting to sign the 26-year-old to a long-term extension this offseason. A deal now could benefit the team fiscally, especially if Wentz were to wait until next offseason and regain his 2017 form. But he might not want to take that gamble and play this season without the extension hanging over his head. Either way, he has some things to prove: that he can be durable and finish the season, and that he can perform with the season on the line and in the postseason.

Eagles mailbag: Starting LBs, Jordan Howard, return for Big V - NBCSP
I don’t know if Sanders will need to go over 1,000 for the Eagles to not re-sign Howard. We have to see how this season goes, obviously, but if Sanders at least shows he can be a true feature back, I can’t imagine the Eagles would re-sign Howard. Sure, Howard is still relatively young and maybe he’d be worth keeping. But Sanders can grow into a three-down back, so I don’t really see the need in keeping Howard if Sanders is what the Eagles thought he was. The great thing about Sanders is he’ll be cost-controlled for three years after 2019, so if he’s about as good or better than Howard, why would the Eagles spend money to keep Howard?

Best-Ball WR Tiers - Rotoworld
Alshon Jeffery (WR32) -- Team-high 757 air yards in 11 games with Carson Wentz under center last year. DeSean Jackson (WR61) -- Boom-or-bust tendency best formatted for Best Ball scoring. Nelson Agholor (WR71) -- Slot duties secure, but averaged a lackluster 3/41 in Wentz’s 11 starts. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (WR78) -- Likelier to burst onto the scene in his second year barring an injury to Agholor.

Doug Pederson Visits Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia -
There were plenty of smiles and unforgettable experiences during Doug Pederson’s recent visit to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Q&A with Bleeding Green Nation: Eagles Expert Discusses 4 Penn State Rookies - Black Shoe Diaries
Penn State fans who transform into Eagles supporters on Sundays were in for a major treat on NFL Draft weekend, as four Nittany Lions headed to Philly to chase their dreams of playing at the next level. To learn more about how Miles Sanders, Shareef Miller, Ryan Bates and DeAndre Thompkins fit with the Eagles, we sat down with Brandon Lee Gowton, manager and editor of SB Nation’s Eagles blog, Bleeding Green Nation.

Chiefs sign free agent wide receiver, finalize other transactions - Arrowhead Pride
Rashard Davis has already been under contract with two NFL teams. He spent 2017 bouncing on and off the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad. In 2018, he did much the same with the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders eventually signed him to a reserve/futures contract in January, but released him at the end of April.

Report: Seahawks sign Ezekiel Ansah to one-year contract - Field Gulls
The Seattle Seahawks are going to do the expected, signing defensive end Ezekiel Ansah on to a 1-year deal, per Ian Rapoport. Ansah will reportedly fly to Seattle to sign his contract on Thursday. The Seahawks have a lot of competition at the starting defensive end positions still following the trade of Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs and Ansah figures to be an immediate starter. That is if he’s healthy, which is the constant concern with Ansah.

Seven all-decade forgottens need to be remembered by the HOF - Talk Of Fame Network
Whether the Hall offers up an extra five, 10, 15 or 20 senior candidates in the centennial class, there are seven players who should be on the front-burner for those available slots: receivers Lavern Dilweg and Drew Pearson, tackles Jimbo Covert and Al Wistert, guard Bruno Banducci and Ox Emerson and safety Cliff Harris. [...] If you are deemed by this same Hall of Fame selection committee as one of the best players of your era with that coveted first-team all-decade designation, you deserve to have your career scrutinized as to where it fits among the game’s greats. Dilweg, Emerson, Banducci and Wistert have all been denied that scrutiny to this point. None of the four has ever been a finalist. Dilweg played for Green Bay in the 1920s, Emerson with Detroit in the 1930s and Banducci with San Francisco and Wistert with Philadelphia, both in the 1940s.

The XFL is returning in 2020. Here’s what you need to know - SB Nation
WWE chairman Vince McMahon is going to bring back the XFL, his ill-fated professional football league that lasted for only one season in 2001. In an announcement on Thursday, McMahon said the XFL would begin competition in 2020. The announcement itself pushed a few key elements: player safety, a simpler game, and a family-friendly version of football that would be created with extensive input from fans. Competition will begin with eight teams of 40-man rosters and what McMahon called a “faster, more fan-centric game.”


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