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Eagles spring wrap-up: Lingering questions and the locker room decides which player impressed most - The Athletic
Cornerback Jalen Mills: “Who impressed me? Dallas Goedert. In that red zone, he crazy. He’s dangerous in the red zone.” [...] Informed that he received the most votes of any player on the team (seven), more than twice that of the next-closest players (Hawkins, Ostman and Michel), Dallas Goedert delivered a brief victory biceps flex and a deflective laugh. “I’ve had a pretty good spring,” he said. “It’s cool to be recognized like that, so I appreciate my teammates.”

Let’s remember some minicamp guys - BGN
You’d be excused if you have never heard of, let alone can recognize, Marken Michel. Sony Michel’s brother was an undrafted free agent from UMass in 2016 who got cut from Vikings camp and spent the next three years in Canada. He’s a 5’11” wide receiver. He wears #80, which was last seen looking weird on Jordan Matthews, and before that was given to such luminaries as Markus Wheaton, Adam Zaruba, and Ronald Johnson. He shouldn’t stick out. He should be just another warm body for late round pick developmental players to get some reps against.

Eagles OL coach Jeff Stoutland’s many thoughts on OT Andre Dillard - PhillyVoice
On what he has seen from Dillard in spring practices: “Consistent improvement. He improves every day. He’s exactly what he was when we evaluated him. He’s just smooth, a great athlete. A lot of people have asked me, or said, ‘His weakness is run blocking.’ I’ve heard that a million times. I kind of needle him with that a little bit. But I don’t necessarily believe that. Because a player was not asked to do that in college doesn’t mean that he’s deficient in that area. We do a lot of things here where we combination block. If we’re going to combination block, one of the important factors is for the trail player to get hip-to-hip, shoulder-to-shoulder. Well, to be able to do that, you have to be able to close the distance, and man can he close the distance. And that was on the video that we analyzed before the draft. You saw how fast he got into the guard, how quickly he surfaced that double-team block. That’s part of run-blocking -- a huge part of it.”

Interesting Angle - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are heavy at CB. The 2017 starters, Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, are working their way back from injuries. The team still has high hopes for Sidney Jones, who is healthy this spring and playing well. Avonte Maddox showed tremendous potential last year and is someone the Eagles definitely want on the field. Rasul Douglas started 12 games over the past two years and could push for a starting role this season. Cre’Von LeBlanc came out of nowhere to have a terrific season in the slot last year. His ability to play inside makes him a valuable DB. The Eagles need to keep five CBs. That means someone could be dealt. The flip side is that the team had to deal with all kinds of injuries last year. Howie Roseman may not be in a rush to trade anyone, especially with Darby and Mills still on the mend. If Roseman does want to deal someone, the Jets make a lot of sense.

Lawlor: Stability remains a hallmark of Eagles organization - PE.com
Carson Wentz recently signed a four-year extension with the Eagles. The talented young quarterback has high expectations for himself and the team. One of the reasons is that this is his fourth season and quarterback is a position where experience really matters. Beyond just general experience, this will be Wentz’s fourth season in the same scheme. It will be his fourth season playing for the same head coach. He knows the playbook, but also has a strong relationship with the man calling the plays. They are very much on the same page and that has helped Wentz to develop into the star player who he is. Players need stability if they are to develop and reach their full potential. Teams need stability to win games.

The Jets Got Their Man. What Now for GM Joe Douglas and Gang Green? - MMQB
Leaving Philly wasn’t easy. And it wasn’t just because there were some pratfalls waiting for him 90 minutes north in Jersey. It was also because of where the Eagles are, which both promised to insulate his place as a hot young executive and provide chances to compete for championships. “I really feel like that franchise, that football team, they’re firing on all cylinders,” Douglas said. “It’s as deep of a team as I’ve ever seen there. And that’s including the ’17 team. There’s a lot of good going on. And so that made it a really tough decision.”

Generating Buzz: 3 NFC Deep Sleepers to Monitor Heading into Camp - Rotoviz
Of the new guys, Sanders finished his college career with 32 receptions for 193 yards. Howard’s struggles as a pass catcher are well documented, even though Eagles coach Duce Staley claimed to not be aware of the issue. Howard is one of only 16 RBs with at least 500 rush attempts in the last three seasons. Only four of the 16 have fewer receptions than Howard. None of them have a lower catch rate than Howard’s 66 percent. Darren Sproles has struggled with injuries in the last two seasons, and at the time of writing, he is not on the Eagles roster. Enter Boston Scott.

PFF On How Data Is Changing NFL’s Present And Future - FMIA
We think the NFL now has a plethora of reasonable starting quarterbacks outside of the true superstars and any number of them can create top-10 production in any given year. Mid-tier quarterback production is more dependent on playmakers and scheme than ever before, so mid-tier quarterbacks need mid-tier contracts.

The 7 best moments from ‘Hard Knocks’ we hope the Raiders can live up to - SB Nation
The Oakland/soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders were announced as the subjects of HBO’s Hard Knocks, much to the delight of NFL fans everywhere. The Raiders have always been one of the more newsworthy organizations in NFL history, whether it be for good or bad reasons. Prior to their headline-grabbing moves this offseason, it seemed like the Raiders would have been the right choice for next year’s show, when their move to Las Vegas is set to begin. And yet, this couldn’t come at a better time for them. With characters like Jon Gruden, Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict, and Richie Incognito, the Raiders were a slam dunk choice.

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