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The NFL’s most underrated player at each position - PFF
Linebacker: Zach Brown, Philadelphia Eagles. Even after Brown earned his due credit with a three-year, $21 million deal last offseason, he was once again disrespected by being released only a year later. Last season, Brown finished with an 89.2 overall grade that trailed only Bobby Wagner and Luke Kuechly among off-ball linebackers. Over the last four seasons, his grades for run defense and coverage both rank in the top 15 for starting linebackers.

What if Jeffrey Lurie had bought the Patriots? - BGN
Yesterday we traveled back in time 20 years to wonder what if the Eagles never hired Andy Reid. Today we travel even further back in time for some more mind bending. What if Jeffery Lurie bought the Patriots? That too almost happened. In 1993 the New England Patriots were put up for sale. A pair of long time Patriots fans entered the bidding process: Robert Kraft, who wound up purchasing them, and Jeffrey Lurie, who would purchase the Eagles a year later. The history of the NFL would be massively different if Lurie had been able to purchase the Patriots. But how different? There are infinite possibilities here, but I’m going to base my alternate universes with some semblance of our universe.

At the Podium: The Lost Pressers from Minicamp - BGN Radio
Are you a couple pressers short? We got ya covered, as Kist finally decided to air the last press conference of the Eagles’ mandatory minicamp from Doug Pederson PLUS Duce Staley talks to the media!Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

A collection of hate mail from our dumpster fire series - PhillyVoice
This past week, all week long, we published 10 reasons each of the NFC East teams will be a dumpster fire in 2018, in which we pointed out the biggest flaws of each team heading into the season. The series drew a lot of angry emails, as it does every year. The whiniest of the bunch were Giants fans. Anyway, we’ll post some of the better emails here for your enjoyment. I remain stunned by the level of illiteracy in this country. We’ll leave grammar and spelling errors unedited. In other words, these emails appear exactly as they were received.

Five NFL Teams That Could Drop Out of the Playoff Field in 2019 - MMQB
Dallas Cowboys: This is either going to be the beginning of Jason Garrett’s new life as the CEO of Dallas’ coaching staff, or a fizzling out amid a last-ditch effort to rescue the offense. The hasty promotion of Kellen Moore was smart in that it gives Dallas a chance to explore some new horizons offensively without straying from a staff that they are largely comfortable with. At the same time, without any major additions this offseason, there is a lot of pressure for a green coordinator to maximize Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper before they all become far too expensive to keep together.

Why the NFL must make increasing diversity a bigger priority, both at its highest levels and among coaches and GMs - CBS Sports
The recent decision of Minnesota Vikings highly-esteemed team president Kevin Warren, one of the most prominent African American front office executives in the NFL, to depart to become commissioner of the Big Ten was a topic of private conversation at the summit as well, as one might expect. The topic seems more timely now than ever, with Ravens ex-general manager Ozzie Newsome now in a reduced role, with the number of diverse head coaches dwindling, with a slew of African American general managers let go in recent years without landing anything close to similar positions elsewhere (Jerry Reese, Ray Farmer, Martin Mayhew, Rod Graves, Sashi Brown, Doug Whaley and Reggie McKenzie come to mind), and with the Houston Texans, in the eyes of many, making a mockery of the Rooney Rule with their “general manager search” this month. The issue runs deeper than just at the head coaching level. The NFL is searching for ways to address the lack of diversity in all disciplines of football -- beyond just the coaching and GM ranks -- and it is a cause that Troy Vincent, the league’s head of football operations and one of the hosts of this event at Morehouse College, is championing.

Dorial Green-Beckham charged again, after jail sentence - PFT
Former NFL wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham was recently released from jail, after being sentenced to 90 days when a drug arrest violated his probation from a previous DWI arrest. He now has more charges to worry about. According to Harrison Keegan of the Springfield News-Leader, Green-Beckham was also formally charged Thursday with resisting arrest and possessing 10 grams or less of marijuana.

Bucs Add C Josh LeRiebus - Bucs Nation
[BLG Note: LeRibeus previously spent some time with the Eagles.]

June Winners: Underclassmen Who Match The Hype - The Draft Network
Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace: Wallace was a guy who caught my eye last season, during a 7 catch, 62 yard, 2 TD outing against West Virginia. When it came time for the rising junior to slide under the microscope, I walked away still mightily impressed. In an impossibly strong WR class, Wallace deserves to have his name mentioned up with some of the top players. Wallace is a superb athlete with explosiveness, body control, and snappiness through his route breaks. As is the nature of Oklahoma State’s spread, most of his stems are vertical and come unencumbered by press coverage, but he has the shiftiness to separate when he is challenged in the contact window.

LeBron James’ alternate history as a football player, as imagined by experts - SB Nation
LeBron James’ first sports love wasn’t basketball. Before becoming one of the all-time greats on courts, his first passion was football. And if he decided to play football, he may have been one of the all-time greats at that too. The first time people talked about James as an athlete, it was as a peewee football player in Akron, Ohio. He was the ambidextrous kid who wrote with his left hand and threw with his right. Willie McGee, one of James’ close friends and high school teammates at St. Vincent-St. Mary, told SB Nation he could remember hearing stories about James throwing with both hands and making people miss when he had the ball. “Before he got a growth spurt, he was one of those little athletes who returned punts and kickoffs because he could make people miss,” according to McGee. “Early on, football was his first love so I think that was a dream of his. But then basketball grew into something he couldn’t refuse.”


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