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5 more rule changes the NFL needs - BGN
Move to the college replay system: The NCAA has an official solely for replays, and empowers them to initiate their own review if they feel that there was a “reasonable evidence” that an error was made. Think of all the times a coach has to use a challenge because the call on the field was so obviously wrong. Coaches can still challenge a play, but they shouldn’t have to waste a challenge when there’s a clear cut mistake. The NFL already has every turnover reviewed automatically and plays inside the 2 minute warning. They’ve laid the groundwork for reviewing plays without a coach requesting it, and the NCAA has shown that it won’t ruin the game. It’s time to expand.

Eagles OL coach Jeff Stoutland’s thoughts on his players, non-Andre Dillard edition - PhillyVoice
On Jason Peters’ injury battles last year, and the possibility of taking his offseason / in-season practice rest to another level this year: “I know him like the back of my hand. I think that what we did last year is exactly what we need to do (this year). I don’t think we need to (rest him) any more than that. Have you ever had an ACL? It takes (a long time) to come back from that. A lot of people will say a year, not only just physically, but mentally. “I really do believe – I always felt this way – he’s going to be a better, more productive player this year than last year. I really do believe that.”

Dallas Goedert: Breakout fantasy tight end? - PFF
Goedert stood out again in his rookie year, ranking: top-10 in PFF grade (overall), yards after the catch per reception (5.4), and missed tackles forced per reception (0.12); top-15 in yards per target (7.77) and passer rating when targeted (110.0). He also ranked third-best in run-blocking grade (of 36 qualifiers), while teammate Zach Ertz ranked third-worst.

2019 Minicamp Highlights -
Next stop: Training camp.

Who will rule the NFC East? - ESPN
The Live crew debate whether the Cowboys or the Eagles win will the NFC East.

Ranking how NFC East teams are set up for future at wide receiver and tight end - Big Blue View
For 2019, the Eagles might be too deep with pass-catching options. At wide receiver, they have Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor, and second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. All but Agholor, on his fifth-year option, are signed through at least 2021. Jeffery has been a true No. 1 since he showed up in Philadelphia and that helped through a season that saw up and down quarterback play from Carson Wentz and Nick Foles in 2018. Last season, Jeffery was 19th among skill position players in receiving EPA, per Sports Info Solutions, 14th among wide receivers in Football Outsiders’ DYAR (a counting stat) and 13th in DVOA (efficiency). He was also one of the best wide receivers in the league at creating more receptions than expected. His contract is through his age-31 season in 2021 and his AAV of $13 million per year is only 15th among wide receivers and is likely to go down as more top-tier receiver contracts are signed over the next two off-seasons.

Ranking the NFC East, 2019: Safeties - Hogs Haven
Malcolm Jenkins has improved his performance since arriving to Philly from New Orleans in 2014. He’s been manning the back end of the defense for his entire career so he has given up a number of touchdowns with the Eagles, but he also has 11 Interceptions in 5 years in the NFC East, and has been effective against the run as well! I personally think he’s one of the most — possibly the most — well-rounded of the safeties in the division.

Why each NFC East team will go over and under their Vegas win total in 2019 - SB Nation
Why over: The 2018 Super Bowl champions arguably have one of the best quarterback-head coach duos in the league with Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson. Wentz easily could’ve been NFL MVP in 2017 had he not torn his ACL late in the season. There’s reason to believe Wentz can have another great year now that he’ll have a full offseason to prepare for 2019. The addition of DeSean Jackson also gives Pederson’s offense a deep threat they’ve sorely lacked. Philly’s running back situation is significantly improved with Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders in the fold. An improved offense paired with an Eagles defense that features one of the league’s better pass rushing units should lead to success in 2019.


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