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Eagles News: Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders can be Philadelphia’s thunder and lightning

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“I feel like I’m more of a power back and he has power as well but he’s shifty, too,” Howard said of teaming with Sanders in a potentially 1-2 punch backfield (Thunder and Lightning?) “We can definitely work off each other.” While tandem of Howard and Sanders is something to watch, the Eagles have other pieces that fit into a dynamic picture in the backfield. Third-year man Corey Clement continues to rehab from a 2018 knee injury and figures to compete as an all-purpose performer, a role he’s done so well over the past two seasons. Clement is a terrific pass protector and receiver, and he has shown a hard-charging running style as well.

Report: Eagles working out free agent safety Johnathan Cyprien - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles are working out free agent safety Johnathan Cyprien on Tuesday, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. Schefter adds the “Eagles have been looking to add safety help, and Malcolm Jenkins has been a no show this off-season - with no end in sight.”

The Kist & Solak Show #97: Eye On the Enemy - New York Giants - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak begin their yearly Eye On the Enemy series with their first installment - The New York Giants! A top-to-bottom breakdown with predictions PLUS some thoughts on a safety that visited the Eagles today! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

To Pay Or Not To Pay - Iggles Blitz
I’m sure Roseman and the Eagles are trying to figure out a way to take care of Jenkins. They do have to be careful. If you give in too quickly and easily, that can send a dangerous signal. And this makes me wonder about Cyprien coming in for a workout. Is this a signal to Jenkins that the Eagles are going to play hardball? This could just be a move from the Eagles to make it look like they aren’t going to just hand Jenkins his money. It really will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Eagles making changes to try and reduce rash of injuries - NBCSP
Pederson said he’s altered the way the strength and conditioning staff prepares the team before practice, and just watching the team’s pre-practice routine so far, there does appear to be more of an emphasis on core exercises that strengthen the area from the hips to the shoulders. Pederson said he’s given the strength and conditioning guys more time to work with the players, as well. “We focus a little more on the core,” Pederson said. “We’re trying to be proactive with soft tissue, with stretching and core exercises. One of the things I did this spring was give our strength and conditioning a little more time to be a little more proactive in some of this so we could be ahead of the curve and really try to focus on eliminating as many as we can. Obviously, they’re going to come up, but we’re taking steps to be proactive in it

The NFL’s prototypical receiver for each alignment heading into 2019 - PFF
Deep Threat – DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson returns to Philadelphia where he did a lot of his early damage on deep threats in his career, returning as the NFL’s leader in deep receiving yards over the past 10 seasons. He leads the league not only by a handsome margin in deep receiving yards but also leads the entire cast of WRs in receptions, yards after the catch, touchdowns, explosive plays all while averaging the second-highest yards per reception (40.0) among receivers with at least 100 deep targets over the past 10 years. Jackson, even at this stage of his career, has speed to burn and an incredible burst when necessary while possessing the skills to locate, navigate to and track the ball while keeping his top-end speed.

Eagles vets missing OTAs means first-team work for hungry players, like Tre Sullivan and Rasul Douglas - Inquirer
Practicing with the starters right now, without pads, is “just building my confidence,” Sullivan said Monday. Sullivan said he wants to show he really knows Jim Schwartz’s scheme and can make the adjustments now the way Jenkins or McLeod can. “Really knowing what’s going on – this will be my third year in this same defense, I’m blessed to have the same coordinator. … I feel a lot more comfortable this year,” Sullivan said. “Showing I’m reliable. Consistency, Jim says all the time, is a big thing. That’s really what I’m working on this year, being very consistent, not being just a flash player, you know -- good plays here, good plays there. It’s a big difference from Year 1 to Year 3, and even from Year 2 to Year 3.”

Expected Sacks: Enhancing the evaluation of pass rushers - Beast Pode
Remember that Player X from above? That’s the Philadelphia Eagles’ Fletcher Cox. Finishing the year with double-digit sacks is a great accomplishment, but it wasn’t enough to finish in the top 15 for the year. And yet, Pro Football Focus gave him the second best pass rushing grade of 2018, just a shade below Aaron Donald and his 20+ sacks. According to this xSacks model, Cox should have finished with 19.5 sacks, second to Donald. It was a dominant season, but if you don’t have a chance to watch him on tape, and you only see his sack numbers, it can be difficult to see why PFF saw him as the second best pass rusher in the NFL last year.

Barnwell: The 233 players who could win NFL MVP in 2019 - ESPN
My colleague Louis Riddick tweeted out a prediction last week: Carson Wentz is going to win the MVP award in 2019. It’s a great pick given what we know about MVP winners. History tells us the ideal pick is an ascending quarterback who hasn’t won the award recently, plays for a great team, and is likely to improve in 2019. Wentz fits all those criteria. Of course, Riddick was ahead of the curve on last year’s MVP winner too. It seemed like an obvious pick by the time the season ended, but this time last year, no one would have put Patrick Mahomes forward as a potential MVP. The Chiefs had drafted Mahomes in the first round in 2017, but he started just one game during his rookie season, a meaningless Week 17 contest. Mahomes would have fit the criteria I mentioned, but most people would have named the likes of Deshaun Watson, Marcus Mariota or Jimmy Garoppolo as trendier picks than the eventual winner.

Wentz to return to Fargo for charity softball game at Newman Outdoor Field - Inforum
The softball season isn’t over for Carson Wentz just yet. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback is returning to his alma mater later this month for a Charity Softball Game at Newman Outdoor Field. The former North Dakota State standout and his Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation will host a home run derby and seven-inning game on Wednesday, June 26. Rosters will be announced at a later date, but they will include former Bison football players. A video on AO1’s Twitter account on Monday had shots of former Wentz teammates Billy Turner, Ryan Smith, Colten Heagle and Kyle Emanuel.

7 teams likely to make a change at quarterback, and when it will happen - CBS Sports
3. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins is still pretty raw -- as I saw first-hand at OTAs last week -- as one would expect from a one-year college starter. He also can do things no Skins QB has been able to do for a long, long time. Even some close to Haskins believe quietly that sitting for at least a few weeks into the season makes the most sense, and while he will undoubtedly flash at camp and in the preseason, after ruining so many QBs in the past the Skins must have learned something, right? No reason to rush him in any way, and the way the Skins are splitting the reps between him and Case Keenum sets a template for steady growth into September and October, building up Haskins while giving Keenum the lead spot. The handoff is gonna occur at some point this fall, regardless. Key Date: Sept. 29. The Skins open with the Eagles, Cowboys and Bears, which means by Week 4 head coach Jay Gruden and his staff might already be getting hot under the collar. Owner Dan Snyder will be watching very closely, and he loves a good marketing ploy, and how about unleashing Haskins against the woeful Giants, who traded up for Daniel Jones over Haskins? The Giants hinted they thought the Skins were Team Jones, which is why they moved up for a QB no one else was thinking about with a top 10 pick. If not Sept. 29, then by a month later, when the 49ers come to town (Oct. 20) I would expect Haskins to be running the offense.

Why Gerald McCoy Will Love the Panthers (and Vice Versa), Redskins QBs and Jets D Heat Up, More NFL Notes - MMQB
The NFL’s conference calls with the 32 head coaches are set for Tuesday and Wednesday, so we should have word soon on whether or not the competition committee will use the power the owners granted it last month to tweak the pass-interference replay process. Two changes are on the table. One would give the coaches power over pass-interference replay challenges (taking it from the officials) in the final two minutes of halves and overtime, excluding Hail Mary plays. Another would be Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie’s idea of giving coaches a designated challenge, outside the normal challenge system, for those situations

The Fate of the Panthers Is Resting on Cam Newton’s Bum Shoulder - The Ringer
Quarterbacks throwing footballs usually does not count as news, but the NFL media machine isn’t as well oiled in the heat of June. Last week, a fan captured a Zapruder-esque video through a fence of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton—wait for it—throwing footballs. It’s the first known instance of Newton throwing since arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder in January, and The Charlotte Observer confirmed Newton was throwing not just any footballs, but regulation-sized footballs. (Andrew Luck taught us that makes all the difference.) Panthers head coach Ron Rivera declined to provide a timeline on Newton’s shoulder but said the team will Trust the Process™ and seemed far more irked that a fan was snooping on private property.

‘Bachelor’ and ‘Bachelorette’ football careers, power-ranked - SB Nation
3. Clay Harbor, Missouri State: Bachelorette 2018. Unranked by 247Sports as a recruit in 2006, the tight end accounted for 1,906 receiving yards and five touchdowns over his college career. He earned All-American honors, too. He spent seven seasons in the NFL, starting with the Eagles, and then spent time with the Jaguars, Patriots, Lions, and Saints. He accounted for 1,170 yards and eight touchdowns during his career, and made 38 starts. Harbor left Season 14 of The Bachelorette after he tore a ligament in his wrist during a flag football game.


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