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Who’s the best NFL player from the 2016 draft class (so far)? - SB Nation
Carson Wentz got his nine-figure payday. Dak Prescott won’t be far behind. Jared Goff has another year and a half to come to terms on a megadeal that would cement his status as the Rams’ quarterback of the future. In three seasons in the league, that trio has helped swing the balance of power in the NFC. Wentz and Goff both played significant roles on teams that won conference championships. Prescott has been the force that eschewed a rebuild in Dallas and pushed the Cowboys to a pair of division titles. But are they the best players to come out of a potent 2016 NFL Draft class? To find out, I factored in three years of production and their still-growing potential moving forward — with a stronger emphasis on total performance and how these players have made their teams better. Their ability to stay on the field is a factor as well; injuries and off-field concerns also played a role in the rankings. [Spoiler alert: This list has Wentz as only the second best player from the 2016 NFL Draft.]
Five people who could replace Joe Douglas in the Eagles’ front office - BGN
ANDY WEIDL — When the Eagles hired Douglas in 2016, they also hired Weidl to be his right hand man. Weidl originally held the title of “assistant director of player personnel” before having the “assistant” label dropped last year. Perhaps that change was made in anticipation of eventually losing Douglas. One would think Douglas would prefer to bring Weidl with him to New York. Of course, the Eagles can deny Weidl from leaving assuming he’s still under contract. Philadelphia might want to promote Weidl to the title Douglas used to hold. The Eagles value promoting from within so Weidl could be a natural Douglas replacement. The Pittsburgh native has “football guy” experience after playing college football at Villanova.
The Joe Douglas Round Table - BGNR
Michael Kist, Benjamin Solak, and Brandon Lee Gowton join forces to analyze the recent news of Joe Douglas leaving the Eagles to accept the New York Jets’ general manager position! PLUS BLG weighs in on the Carson Wentz extension! Presented by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Wentz Deal is Official - Iggles Blitz
There were some questions about the timing of the deal. Did Wentz consider waiting? He said that he wanted to get the deal done. He wanted to be an Eagle and the team wanted him to stay. The two sides worked hard to find common ground and get the deal done. Right now, this is a happy marriage. He might have a big contract now, but Wentz remains very hungry. He was asked to look back and the highs and lows of the previous three years. Wentz said he preferred to focus on the future. He talked about how talented the team is and how they’ve got a chance to do something special.
PFF50: The NFL’s 50 best players entering the 2019 season - PFF
41. Edge Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles: Sacks don’t tell the whole story for any player in the NFL, and no player epitomizes that more than Graham. He’s only recorded double-digit sacks in PFF’s system once (2017) but has been as consistent as they come from an overall pressure and pass-rush grade standpoint. He has recorded 45 or more pressures in six of his last seven seasons in the NFL and has earned 81.0-plus pass-rush grades in five of them.
Carson Wentz’s injuries could be a blessing in disguise for Eagles - Inquirer
Odd as it might sound, Carson Wentz’s injuries might prove to be as beneficial to the Eagles as any other occurrence over the next six years. The injuries, to some degree, made the contract extension Wentz agreed to last week possible because it gave each side an incentive to do it now. The Eagles would be locking down a franchise quarterback through 2024, but not doing so at an expense that would hamstring their ability add talent to the rest of the roster. And Wentz, besides getting a boatload of money, would be able to perform without having the specter of another injury, and what that could mean for his future, hounding what might the most important season of his career.
Takeaways from Eagles assistants: Addressing Miles Sanders’ fumbling, in-game analytics and a player to watch - The Athletic
The bad news with all this? According to SportRadar, Eagles running backs have fumbled 38 times since Staley took over in 2013. That’s second-most in the NFL. On a percentage basis, they’ve fumbled on 1.35 percent of their touches during that span, which ranks fourth-worst. Miles Sanders will have to demonstrate he can hang on to the ball and pick up the blitz if he’s going to carve out a big role in 2019. The opportunity is there, but Sanders has been hampered by a hamstring injury since last month’s rookie camp.
Howie Roseman hints how Eagles will replace Joe Douglas - NBCSP
We’re very fortunate we have a LOT of talented people in this building and we prepared for the day we were going to lose someone,” Roseman said Monday. “We certainly did not want to lose Joe. Joe’s just been a great asset to us and a great resource, but we are deep. We are deep in the front office.
Press Conference: Carson Wentz | June 10, 2019 - PE.com
QB Carson Wentz speaks to the media after signing his contract extension.
Julio Jones and Malcolm Jenkins Show Value of Short Contracts, More NFL Notes - MMQB
Both Falcons WR Julio Jones and Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins are reporting to minicamp this week, after fairly amicable contract holdouts through the spring. Both players’ beefs have to do with a changing market at their positions. Jones and Jenkins were paid like the elite of the elite when they did their last deals (Jones in ’15, Jenkins in ’16). And both have been passed by. Jenkins’ APY of $8.75 million is now just 62.5 percent of what the top safeties (Tyrann Mathieu, Landon Collins) are making; Jones’s APY is 12th among receivers—the Vikings have two (!) wideouts making more than Jones. The lesson? Players should sign shorter deals, because this is always bound to happen. Take Sammy Watkins’ contract (and yes, he made it to free agency, which the truly elite don’t)—he signed for three years, virtually guaranteeing that he’ll remain in the top 10 throughout the length of his deal, and affording him the chance to hit the market again at 27. Remember, almost none of these contracts guarantee anything past three years anyway, making the years beyond that de facto team options.
Who can trigger a review on pass interference? Why NFL coaches are worried - ESPN
As spring turns into summer, a fierce debate is raging among NFL decision-makers: Who should stop the game to review a potential pass interference penalty, and when? The question might seem minor, but it pushes to the core of whether expanded replay can be effective at the NFL level. And for the second consecutive year, the league’s competition committee is attempting to reverse-engineer a major rule change. The new process for reviewing pass interference, approved by owners in March, followed the structure of the existing system. Coaches would challenge calls until the two-minute warning of either half, after which responsibility would be shifted to the on-site replay official. While coaches would be checked by the existing two-challenge limit -- plus a third if the first two were right -- the replay official could initiate reviews whenever necessary during the final two minutes and overtime.
Adjusted Interceptions 2018 - Football Outsiders
Welcome to the world of adjusted interceptions. Unlike the NFL’s raw interception totals, these numbers account for plays when a defender drops a pass that he should have caught, or when a wide receiver makes a big play to turn what should have been a turnover into an incompletion instead. On the other hand, sometimes quarterbacks are charged with interceptions that aren’t really their fault -- passes that bounce off a receiver’s hands and straight to a defender -- or interceptions that don’t matter, like Hail Mary passes. After each season, we go back and account for these discrepancies and account for each quarterback’s adjusted interceptions.
How Jets GM Joe Douglas should replicate the Eagles, Part 2: Investing in analytics - Gang Green Nation
Douglas might not have a big background in analytics, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he lacks respect for the role they can play in building a better team. He saw firsthand in Philadelphia how the marriage of top notch traditional methods with modern analytical thinking can produce top results. I would hope this has left an impression with him. Maybe it isn’t his world. Maybe he will need to hire, delegate, and lean on others to utilize their power. But I hope Joe Douglas will seek a competitive edge by emulating the successful organization which most recently employed him.
Offseason Discussion Question: Where do the Redskins rank in the East on Offense? - Hogs Haven
Eagles: Clear lead in the division on offense. There is no real discernible weakness on offense for this team. Wentz when healthy has played at a really high level these past two years and now he has the best weapons by far he’s seen at WR and TE. The Eagles have a really strong OL and decent RB group as well.
The Cowboys face a decision with Ezekiel Elliott like the Rams did with Todd Gurley - Blogging The Boys
That’s what many Cowboys fans are worried about when it comes to offering Ezekiel Elliott a big contract extension. Zeke doesn’t have the durability issues that Gurley has, but he endures such a huge workload. Elliott already has over 1,000 touches over just the first three years of his career and let’s not forget that he was used extensively over his last two seasons at Ohio State. When is this type of mileage going to take a toll?
New York Giants post-mini-camp 53-man roster projection - Big Blue View
The more I watch the wide receivers — and quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs are all you can really watch in spring practices — the less I worry about the receiving group without Odell Beckham Jr. Shepard and Tate are good players, and in OTAs and mandatory mini-camp Eli Manning has been getting them the ball. Cody Latimer has been good all spring. Corey Coleman should be better with a full offseason and training camp to learn the playbook, and his speed is undeniable. Rookie Darius Slayton has rebounded nicely from a rookie first practice of rookie mini-camp. The speed and potential are obvious.
Vikings, Kyle Rudolph Agree To Contract Extension - Daily Norseman
[BLG Note: Smart move by the Vikings. Rudolph was the only Minnesota player with a receiving touchdown in their 38-7 loss to the Eagles.]
Howie built the deepest/best scouting staff in the NFL. He's going to be fine. https://t.co/ACYdBrdtSC— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) June 10, 2019
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