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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/11/19.

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Re-Drafting the 2013 NFL Draft - The Draft Network
2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma. Original Pick: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M. Selecting Joeckel was a massive mistake and while it took the Jaguars awhile to admit it, drafting Lane Johnson at this spot would’ve relaxed their worries a bit more while then franchise QB Blaine Gabbert was dropping back to pass. With Johnson’s versatility, he could’ve filled in at left or right tackle.

Lane Johnson went to school on pass blocking technique from Joe Thomas - PFT
In a video posted on Twitter by former offensive lineman and NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger, Johnson said he copied the technique of former Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas after seeing him discuss his technique to combat power rushes with Baldinger. “One thing I remember watching from the Joe Thomas film,” Johnson explained, “was whenever he talked about power and one thing that he did whenever he talked about the bull rush was they’re trying to generate their power through you and whenever you get your ankles, knees and hands in alignment and it kind of forces that power up.”

The Eagles have a pretty good group of wide receivers - BGN
Jeffery should lead all Eagles wide receivers in targets provided he stays healthy. History suggests Jackson could miss a game or two but he should still be a dangerous deep threat when he is playing. Agholor should be the starting slot receiver in 11 personnel but we’ll see just how much the Eagles will use that package. JJ figures to be a role player who can contribute in the red zone. Hollins might see some occasional offensive snaps but the majority of his work will come on special teams. Gibson, Michel, and Johnson are the strongest contenders for a sixth receiver spot. Whoever wins the job will likely only be playing on special teams. Overall, Wentz has a strong receiving corps to work with. There’s a lot of good talent and diversified skill sets with this group.

The Kist & Solak Show #104: Eagles’ Prop Bets - Offense Edition - BGN Radio
Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak give their over/under prop bet projections for the Eagles 2019 offense! Will Carson Wentz throw for more than 31 touchdowns? Who gets more snaps between Miles Sanders and Jordan Howard? Who wins out in the Dallas Goedert, JJ-Arcega Whiteside, Nelson Agholor log jam? Find out here! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Follow the Plan - Iggles Blitz
Plenty of teams talk about investing in the lines. The Eagles put real actions behind those words. Think about this past draft. The Eagles had one of the best OLs in the league. They had some good depth pieces as well. Not only did the Eagles spend a first round pick on an OT, they traded up to do it. Think about that. The Eagles went out of their way to acquire a player who they hope won’t play at all this year [in Andre Dillard]. That is serious commitment.

Why DeSean Jackson could be Eagles’ biggest X-factor in his Philadelphia homecoming - CBS Sports
Jackson is still feared league-wide. His name alone ensures he’ll be a better decoy out of the gate than Smith. He is an X-factor not because he’ll be asked to be the “No. 1” but because he’s the piece that can put the Eagles over the top -- both literally, in the field-stretching manner, and in the offense’s quest to regain its terrorizing 2017 form. Barring a production drop-off that would defy both the way Jackson has aged and the early reports of his offseason domination, durability truly is the only thing that could prevent No. 10 from galloping straight back into the hearts of Eagles faithful and, more importantly, helping the team back to the promised land.

How Eagles have masterfully rebuilt after winning their Super Bowl - NBCSP
I’ve always thought one of the trickiest things in team sports is figuring out how to stay at a championship level after you win a championship. You can’t sit still. You can’t keep the same team. You can’t just sit around and expect to win another title. Because of free agency and the salary cap and aging players with declining skill and incoming draft picks you’re going to have significant turnover. If you stand still, you fall behind. So the challenge is retaining what made that team special while turning over a minimum 30 percent of the roster. And it’s really hard to do that. That said, here are the Eagles 17 months after winning a Super Bowl and there are 28 guys who were on the Super Bowl roster — either on the 53 or Injured Reserve — who are no longer here. That’s a huge chunk of a championship team. More than half of the guys who played in the Super Bowl in Minneapolis are no longer Eagles. Yet the Eagles are still an elite team, a legit championship contender.

Chris Long, MLS’ Fire win Humanitarian awards - ESPN
Retired NFL player Chris Long and Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire have been honored at the fifth Sports Humanitarian Awards. Long, whose retirement from football in May ended an 11-year NFL playing career that included winning two Super Bowl titles and the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, was honored with the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award. He received the award for “his commitment to giving back through strategic, multifaceted efforts,” which attack larger systemic issues. Long donated his entire salary in 2017 to benefit educational equality and encouraged his fans to join him in the effort, which raised $1.75 million to support St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia -- cities he played in during his career. His Waterboys program has helped more than 225,000 people in east Africa gain access to clean drinking water by building more than 61 water wells to date.

A “Centennial Class in 2020? I’ve got 7 candidates for it - Football Maven
Al Wistert, offensive tackle (1943-51), 1940s all-decade team: Wistert was an all-pro in eight of his nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. His blocking helped Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren win four rushing titles and he served as captain of a team that won consecutive NFL championships in 1948-49. Wistert was a College Hall of Famer at Michigan and his jersey number (70) has been retired by both his college and pro teams. Hall of Fame coach George Allen named Wistert one of the 10 best tackles ever to play the game. There are now 25 tackles in the Hall of Fame and Wistert isn’t one of them.

Defense and Pass Pressure 2018 - Football Outsiders
The league DVOA with pressure had improved for three straight seasons before it plateaued in 2018, but it could have increased for years to come before they threatened the axiom of modern defensive football that pressure is king. Pressure can turn even Patrick Mahomes into an unpressured Josh Rosen, so it’s little wonder that the lion’s share of the league’s best teams were also among the leaders in defensive pressure rate. The following table shows each defense’s success with and without pressure from the 2018 regular season. Pressure plays include sacks, hurries, and forced scrambles. Aborted snaps and coverage scrambles/sacks are not included, but defensive pass interference penalties are. The table is sorted by pressure rate.

NFL Mock Draft 2020: An Extremely Early Look at the Possible Top 10 Picks - MMQB
The scouts I’ve talked to in the last couple of weeks only really have surface knowledge of the 2020 class at this point—they still haven’t done school visits or live scouting specific to these players, haven’t done all the recon work on who they are as people, and haven’t really drilled down on their film study on most of them. NFS has done its work on the seniors (we had their first-round grades in the July 1 MMQB), and teams have a general idea which juniors are likely to come out. My goal is to put 10 players on here that are likely to go in the Top 10 next year, not all of them will.

At a Paulsboro camp, three women in football span generations - Inquirer
Three women got together for different reasons on a grassy field in Paulsboro in June. Their connection: football. Sophia Lewin is a high school coach in North Jersey. Jenica Zanes will be a freshman player at West Deptford High School. And Lori Locust is embarking on her first season as an assistant defensive line coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They met at a five-day summer football camp at Paulsboro High School hosted by Kevin Ross, the cornerbacks coach of the Buccaneers and a Paulsboro alum. Each woman had specific aims for attending.

Which NFL team will be the next to relocate? - SB Nation
Let’s establish one thing right away: No NFL team is loading up the moving trucks any time soon. The dust has settled on a flurry of relocation chatter in the last five years or so, and now the Rams, Chargers, and Raiders all have (or will soon have) new homes. With those situations resolved, there are now no immediate stadium crises to fix. The cities of San Diego, Oakland, and St. Louis probably won’t get replacement teams — not in the near future, at least — and there isn’t any huge prospective city lying in wait like Los Angeles was for two decades. Eventually that’ll change. Stadiums will get old and leases will inch closer to expiration. The NFL is already prepping for that with “stadium credits” — essentially allotted money for constructions and renovations — reportedly a key issue in early collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

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