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Eagles News: Dak Prescott has no plans on giving the Cowboys a discount

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Team-friendly deal? Dak Prescott explains why Cowboys shouldn’t need to go that way - USA Today
“For somebody to say you can only take so much because of the salary cap or you can only do this or that, I don’t know how fair that is to say,” Prescott said. “Because with gambling, with everything going into this league, everything is going to continue to keep going up. It’s important for all these guys to get every bit of their worth. I want to see Zeke the highest paid. I want to see Amari the highest paid. I want to see myself up there. And I don’t think any of that is too far-fetched. Because at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, a year or two later, you’re not going to be the highest paid. That’s just the way the game goes.” — [BLG Note: Remember that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones previously said Prescott’s new deal needs to be “team friendly.”]

The Jury Should Remain out on Dak Prescott, Potential $34M Contract - B/R
In taking a stance in favor of a blockbuster new deal for Prescott, Pro Football Focus contributor and former NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski made one particular point in a video Friday that could actually work against Dak. ”Dak Prescott just has to do his job,” Gradkowski said, “distribute the football to those weapons around you, hand it off to that beast behind you [and] let that running game get going.” Is a player in that role worth nearly 20 percent of your team’s payroll? It’s at least worth a closer examination, and it’s something the Cowboys would be smart to wait on. Because investing in Prescott will inevitably make it harder to invest in Cooper, Elliott, Smith and Jones. And we just don’t know what Prescott will bring to the table with less support on either side (or both sides) of the ball.

What’s your confidence level in the Eagles’ defensive end rotation heading into 2019? - BGN
The Eagles’ defensive end depth took a big hit this offseason with Michael Bennett traded to the New England Patriots and Chris Long deciding to retire. In 2018, those two edge rushers combined for 15.5 sacks (35.2% of the team’s total), four forced fumbles (33%), 35 quarterback hits (41.7%), and 67 quarterback hurries (28.8%). That’s some serious production gone missing. How will the Eagles replace it?

Random thoughts, news, and notes to ponder -
Finally, a thought of what positions are going to make for the most difficult roster decisions when it comes time to reduce to 53 players. These things generally work out in a fairly straight forward manner through the course of camp and the preseason games, but the Eagles are going to have very, very tough calls to make at cornerback, along the defensive line, and at running back. And don’t sleep on the wide receiver position here. Yeah, you can basically say that DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside are pretty strong candidates to make the 53, right? After that, it gets cloudy, as third-year players Shelton Gibson and Mack Hollins will battle with a veteran like Charles Johnson and some younger prospects for a fifth and perhaps sixth roster spot at wide receiver. Should be fun. Can’t wait. Enjoy the quiet now, because we’ve got all kinds of Eagles fun ahead.

The NFL’s offensive iron men of the 2018 season - PFF
C JASON KELCE, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: Overall Grade: 84.9, Offensive Snaps: 1,037. There are only so many different ways to say that he’s arguably the best center in the league. Kelce was recently named to our “most balanced” offensive linemen list, and he’s the anchor of an Eagles’ offensive line that we think is the best in the NFL. Kelce led all centers with an 83.6 overall grade in 2018.

Top 10 cornerbacks, safeties in NFL: Stephon Gilmore, Derwin James sit atop DB lists - CBS Sports
7. Malcolm Jenkins, Eagles: Like McCourty, he’s been doing it the right way for Super Bowl contenders for a while now. Jenkins’ turnover totals aren’t outrageous, but he’s good in the clutch, solid all-around and maybe the most versatile of this bunch. A model of both leadership and durability, he’s also probably the most underpaid of the group, especially considering ...

Redskins Injury Updates: Derrius Guice tweaked his hamstring a few weeks ago - Hogs Haven
Derrius Guice reportedly tweaked his hamstring several weeks ago while rehabbing from the torn ACL that wiped out his rookie season. Guice was expected to be given a light workload when the Washington Redskins start training camp in less than two weeks(July 25th). Derrius Guice has already had several setbacks in his recovery from the knee injury. He had ACL surgery with Dr. James Andrews last year, but there were setbacks and infections that slowed his recovery.

EDC security guard files charges against pro NFL player - Fox 5 Vegas
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police will conduct an investigation before charges can officially be filed. If there is enough evidence to move forward, Elliot could be charged with battery. “To not have anything happen to him, the NFL is basically saying it’s okay to go to Vegas, get obliterated and shove people over fences,” said Johnson. Elliot apologized shortly after the altercation but Johnson said his apology lacked sincerity. “Just very unsympathetic. Like ‘I have to do this, I’m being forced to do this. I don’t want to be here right now’ kind of thing,” said Johnson.

15 NFL draft prospects to know for 2021, 2022 and 2023 - ESPN In$ider
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue: Moore doesn’t have prototypical size, but with smaller, diminutive players having seen success in the NFL in recent years, there is a definite lane for Moore to succeed. He’s listed at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds but ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash in high school and is a home run threat every time he touches the ball. He is a Swiss Army knife, accounting for 213 yards and two touchdowns rushing, 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving and 662 yards returning kicks last season. An NFL team could put him all over on the field -- as a receiver and in the return game -- and let him loose.

Just how badly would the most diehard NFL fanbases react if their team relocated? - SB Nation
Relocating sports teams causes sadness. A lot of fans don’t ever have to consider the possibility, but if they did, they probably would NOT HANDLE IT WELL.


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