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Ten most talented teams in the NFL ahead of the 2019 season - NFL
1) Philadelphia Eagles: What puts the Eagles in the top spot isn’t just the roster assembled by GM Howie Roseman -- it’s the fact that so much core talent is locked into contracts through at least 2021. That core includes several who are considered among the best at their respective positions, like quarterback Carson Wentz (signed through 2024), defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (2022), tight end Zach Ertz (2021) and center Jason Kelce (2021). The Eagles are also at the point where the NFL draft can be used to build for the future rather than being relied upon as a source of players who can provide an immediate impact. For example, Philly was able to snag offensive tackle prospect Andre Dillard, who can essentially redshirt for a year while being groomed to replace Jason Peters next season, in this year’s draft. [BLG Note: Gil Brandt also ranked the Eagles No. 1 at this time last year.]

The Eagles have an easy schedule. It doesn’t matter. - BGN
The 2016 Eagles had what appeared to be an easy schedule, turns out it was the hardest, which was really saying something considering they played the 1-15 Browns. The 2017 Eagles were thought to have had an average schedule strength, instead it was quite easy. And then last year it was harder than anticipated.

The Kist & Solak Show #100: The One About Nothing - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak take a break from their Eye On the Enemy series to celebrate their 100th show on the new BGN feed! Featuring a revived segment from the gang’s early days together: Five Questions! Eagles, Super Bowl contenders, history, books, dogs and more dogs! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Shareef Miller - PhillyVoice
Miller can indeed run, but where does he still have to develop? I think a lack of strength shows up in his play, and it certainly showed up at the Combine, when he only put up 16 reps on the bench press (5th percentile at DE) and a vertical jump of 29 1/2” (12th percentile). He also lacks a pass rushing repertoire. In college, he could get to the quarterback on raw athleticism. In the pros, he’ll need to develop go-to pass rush moves. His skill set reminds me a little of Mathias Kiwanuka, the former DE/LB for the Giants. Coming out of college, Kiwanuka was a little bigger than Miller, slightly more athletic, and much more productive (over 30 sacks in college). As a result, he was drafted much higher than Miller. However, he also had some of the same functional strength concerns, and was clearly a better pass rusher than run defender.

Q&A with Joe Banner: Carson Wentz’s contract, Eagles’ roster concerns and the ‘disappointing’ training camp decision - The Athletic
“I’d love to understand what the thinking is, because I know Jeff, I know most of the other people involved in these decisions, and they value the aspect of training camp that was so fan-friendly with the opportunity to be near the team, watch it, feel connected to it. The idea that whether you had money or not you could come see the team, even get in a line and get an autograph afterward. So, I’m a little surprised by this. It’s a little disappointing. And I’d love to know kind of what the thinking of it was. It is a lot of work to put a practice together and open gates at the stadium, but despite some people’s accusations, I know how much the people running the organization cherish the fans’ connection to the team and I’m not sure this is reflective of that. So I’m not really sure what drove (the decision), and I’m kind of hoping they reconsider and kind of go back to the policies they’ve had in the past.”

Fantasy football: Players on new teams and their outlooks for 2019 - ESPN
6. WR DeSean Jackson traded to Philadelphia Eagles: Jackson’s return to Philadelphia, where he played the first six of his 11 NFL seasons, might actually have greater all-around impact than either of the two wide receiver transactions ranked higher on this list, but he’s ranked here mainly because the move was of greater interest to his team than to him individually. He fits a key need for the Eagles: a deep threat who has been noticeably absent for four years running, best evidenced by the fact that the Eagles haven’t had any receiver amass 15 catches or 400 receiving yards on throws at least 15 yards downfield in any of those years. Jackson has reached both of those thresholds in two of the past three seasons. That’s big news for the offense as a whole, but especially so for Carson Wentz, whose 38.9% completion rate, 1.3 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 82.5 passer rating on such throws during his three-year NFL career have all been beneath league-average during that time span. No one Eagles player should see a significant boost in value as a result of Jackson’s arrival, but it’s good news across the board and for Wentz, in particular, as a potential top-10 quarterback. Jackson, meanwhile, shouldn’t have trouble finishing among the 50 best at his position.

Ranking all 32 NFL offenses by EPA per pass play in 2018 - PFF
22. Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott is eyeing a new contract of his own after the recent extension given to his NFC East rival, Carson Wentz. However, after coming in at just 22nd on the list of offenses in EPA per pass play last season, the Cowboys will need to improve their passing attack to make what will likely be a hefty extension worth the money. There simply were not enough big plays made in the passing game to elevate them on the list. Prescott only completed 78 passes that traveled ten or more yards in the air, ranking 20th in the NFL. He also took 56 sacks which ranked behind only Deshaun Watson and contributed to keeping down the EPA value.

10 Eagles who might appeal to new Jets’ GM Joe Douglas - NBCSP
RB Donnel Pumphrey: When the Eagles traded up to draft Pump in the fourth round a couple years ago, Douglas praised him, saying Pump was a little dog who plays like a big dog. Pumphrey has never been on an active roster, but having Douglas in another city could possibly give the undersized back one more landing spot, perhaps as a practice squad player.

Eagles formally announce joint Training Camp practice dates with Ravens - PE.com
The Eagles will host the Baltimore Ravens at the NovaCare Complex for joint practices on August 19 and 20 ahead of their preseason battle on August 22 at Lincoln Financial Field. Head coach Doug Pederson announced at the NFL Annual Meeting in March that there would be joint practices with the Ravens.

What should the Giants expect from Eli Manning in 2019? - Big Blue View
Manning knows, though, that he has to play well and that the Giants have to do better than last season’s 1-7 start. He knows that if that happens the Jones era will begin some time during the 2019 season. My expectation remains that as long as he is healthy and the Giants have what they consider to be a realistic shot at the playoffs Manning will continue to play. If they are eliminated from the playoffs or get off to another abominable start, Jones will play.

NFL Officials Still Aren’t Sure How the New Pass Interference Replay Rule Will Work - MMQB
NFL officials this spring had more access to the decision-making process on the rules than ever before. Some were invited to competition committee meetings, others were aggressively questioned by coaches during their site visits at OTAs. And the officials have one more chance to weigh in, at the annual officiating clinic set for July 11-14 in Dallas. The NFL doesn’t do much by mistake, and it’s fair to surmise this wasn’t an accident either. The reason is simple and straightforward: On-boarding pass interference into the review system has been anything but a straight-line process. The Hall of Fame Game is six weeks from today, and the season opener five weeks after that, and we still don’t have finality on how the process will work. Most importantly, the guys who will be charged with overseeing the changes don’t have finality.

Kenjon Barner thankful for unexpected Super Bowl ring from Patriots - PFT
In running through the list of significant contributors to last year’s Super Bowl title for the New England Patriots, running back Kenjon Barner won’t rank anywhere near the top. Barner appeared in just five games for the Patriots last season and ultimately finished the year with the Carolina Panthers. The Patriots cut Barner on three separate occasions before he landed with the Panthers to finish out the season. However, the Patriots honored his contributions to the team with a Super Bowl ring even though his time with the franchise was short-lived.

Why each AFC South team will go over and under their Vegas win total in 2019 - SB Nation
Why under: The issues for the Jaguars that caused them to bottom out went way beyond quarterback. The defense wasn’t its self last year and will go into 2019 without Malik Jackson, Tashaun Gipson, and Barry Church — three players who played huge parts in the 2017 dominance. The Jaguars also traded away Dante Fowler, Jr. and will likely be without Telvin Smith. And aside from the poor play of Blake Bortles and Cody Kessler, the offense dealt with a horrible season from Leonard Fournette, a staggering lack of talent at receiver, and injuries along the offensive line. Signing Nick Foles — an inconsistent quarterback who is notorious for checking down short of first downs — isn’t going to come close to solving all those issues.

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