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Eagles cornerback Sidney Jones changes training to fight injuries - Inquirer
The Eagles had asked Jones to get stronger. That has always been an objective. But rather than focus on, say, lifting more weight at a higher intensity, Jones wanted to improve his endurance, and that meant longer workouts with more repetitions. He sought out teammate Jalen Mills’ trainer and spent two long months in Dallas training with track coach Byron Johnson. “I wanted to condition my body so I could just run, run, run, and not have my muscles get fatigued,” Jones said Tuesday after practice at the NovaCare Complex. “So that’s where you get the soft-tissue injuries. I’m just trying to make my limbs primed to just go as long as possible.”

The time for Sidney Jones to begin paying dividends on the Eagles’ investment in him is now - PhillyVoice
“He has a lot of talent,” Schwartz said. “He’s been playing inside and outside for us in the corner position, both right and left. But it won’t just be about where he is in the off-season. It’s going to be about where he is in training camp and where he is at the end of training camp, and at the end of preseason games.” It helps Jones that he has been cross-training at outside corner and slot corner, and has played both sides, but he’ll have his share of competition both outside (Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, and Rasul Douglas), and inside (Avonte Maddox and LeBlanc) in what is a very crowded -- and young -- group of Eagles corners. As Schwartz noted above, it is indeed a very important offseason for him.

Would you buy an authentic Doug Pederson jersey? - BGN
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We Have the Answers - BGN Radio
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Appreciating Lurie - Iggles Blitz
I hope the Eagles can bring home another Lombardi. It would be cool for Lurie to become one of the owners who is lucky enough to have multiple titles. (I might also have some selfish reasons for wanting another title.) Lurie has come a long way since he bought the Eagles. He was not always embraced by fans and the media. I think some of that was blowback from the Braman era, when the owner was seen as the bad guy. Lurie has very much flipped the script on that. He still has critics, but they are in the minority these days. What is harder for an owner, winning the Super Bowl or winning over Eagles fans? Lurie did both.

Fans, teammates rally to support Carson Wentz at his foundation’s softball game -
”The dude is my brother forever. He’s my brother in Christ. He’s my brother in spirit. He’s been a huge influence for me, my family. The bond is a lot bigger than just the game,” Zach Ertz said. “Whatever he tries to do, he’s going try to be the best at it, whether it’s leading a foundation or leading a football team or leading a family. He’s going to give it his all and I think that’s one of the main characteristics why I love him, and a lot of people do.”

Carson Wentz, DeSean Jackson are beginning to find their groove - ESPN
“It’s great, man,” Jackson said of working with Wentz. “He’s a good quarterback. A good young kid, man. He’s very smart, intelligent. At first, he wasn’t back to full speed, but now he’s at full speed, out there throwing. I’m guessing his injury is back to where it needs to be, so just excited to be out there practicing and going at it with the guys.” Besides working on their handshake, Wentz and Jackson spent their time on the sideline talking over plays and situations -- part of a foundation building that the QB couldn’t fully dive into last offseason as he recovered from a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. Wentz now has the benefit of a full offseason with his team, which is key, especially given the importance of syncing up with his new deep threat.

The 2018 NFL Clutch Team - PFF
C – JASON KELCE, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. When you look at all snaps, Kelce was the clear-cut top center in the league last season with an overall grade of 83.6. That was even more apparent in the fourth quarter of close games, as Kelce’s grade rose to 86.6 — a full 8.5 points above the second place Rodney Hudson. It was his 85.5 run-blocking grade that really set him apart. He was one of only three centers to eclipse the 75.0 mark in clutch time.

How Eagles cornerback Josh Hawkins grew from playoff embarrassment - NBCSP
Do the math and Hawkins had a total of 17 practices with the Eagles, most of them running scout team, which means he wasn’t even working on the Eagles’ defense. He was only going to play in the event of an emergency. So while he tried to forget everything he learned in Green Bay, Carolina and Kansas City, he tried to learn as much as he could as fast as he could. “You just try to catch a quick bond with the guys,” he said. “Extra time on the field when you can, pay attention in meetings, extra time before meetings, after meetings, just learning it real quick.” After the Saints game, Hawkins sat in his locker in the visiting locker room at the Super Dome for quite a while before finally showering. It was a nightmare.

Rumors grow Joe Douglas is favored to land the Jets general manager job - Gang Green Nation
The first two notable members of the media to suggest Mike Maccagnan would be fired after the NFL Draft were Tony Pauline and Michael Lombardi. Both are now saying the same thing about the team’s general manager search. If they are to be believed, Joe Douglas from the Eagles front office is likely to get the job.

Raiders sign CB DJ Killings - Silver And Black Pride
With a roster spot open after waiving fullback Ryan Yurachek on Wednesday, the Raiders made a move to get back to a 90-man roster, adding cornerback DJ Killings. The journeyman defensive back has bounced around the NFL the past couple seasons, but has yet to break onto an active roster. Undrafted out of Central Florida in 2017, he signed originally with the Patriots, but was waived in the final roster cuts and signed onto the Eagles’ practice squad.

Vince Young gets DWI charges reduced - PFT
Vince Young may still be unemployed, but at least he got the most recent set of charges against him reduced. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the former quarterback had his driving while intoxicated charges reduced to a misdemeanor obstruction of a highway charge.

Who should REALLY be the 2019 NFL MVP favorite? - SB Nation
Carson Wentz +1600. I think there’s a lot of value in this pick. Wentz is coming off injury and is undervalued. He’s still a great talent at quarterback and the Eagles have reloaded on offense. Wentz’s issue is health, but at +1600 there is value on a Wentz wager.


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