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Jason Peters has no problems mentoring Andre Dillard, the guy who will likely replace him - PhillyVoice
“No, it don’t bother me none,” Peters said following Friday’s practice. “At some point, you’re going to get replaced anyway, so you might as well help out the guy.” Rather than back off and let Dillard learn on his own, Peters says he’s spending even more time with the young rookie. ”Yeah, because I’ve got to give my knowledge to him,” Peters added. “And whenever I leave [football], I’ll leave it to him. Because you know how hard you all [writers] are on the left tackle. [laughs]” According to Dillard, it hasn’t just been Peters who’s been helping him along so far this summer. It’s been all the veterans. And it’s helped the 23-year-old lineman adjust to life in the NFL.
Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Sidney Jones, Mack Hollins, comp pick update, and more - BGN
Sidney Jones took first team reps in the nickel today with Avonte Maddox and Rasul Douglas lining up on the outside. Jones logged a nice breakup on a Wentz pass to Marken Michel, who ran a whip route. Jones didn’t get his hands on the ball but he did contact Michel as the pass arrived and the wide receiver couldn’t hold on. Good break on the ball by Jones. [...] Mack Hollins made a sweet one-handed grab on a screen before taking off down the field. Nice to see him looking healthy.
Eagles Training Camp Review, Day 2 - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Michael Kist continue BGN’s training camp coverage by breaking down all the big stories from Day 2! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Giovanni Hamilton has special moment with Carson Wentz: ‘You’re my hero’ - ESPN
The most important moment at Philadelphia Eagles training camp Friday didn’t happen on the field, but rather a few yards off it, where a boy got to meet his idol, Carson Wentz. Positioned at the edge of the guest tent and rocking a green mohawk to match his No. 11 jersey, Giovanni Hamilton was overcome with emotion as Wentz stood in front of him. When Wentz was done penning his autograph on the spare Wentz jersey that Giovanni had brought with him, Giovanni reached out for a hug.
2018-19 Deep Ball Project - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: Carson Wentz ranked as the 8th most accurate quarterback on deep ball tight window throws. Nick Foles was 31st.]
PFF ranks the top-10 offensive tackles ahead of the 2019 NFL season - PFF
9. Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles — 2018 OVERALL GRADE RANK: 12. Though Johnson did earn a career-low run-blocking grade (74.4) a year ago, he’s proven in years past that he’s more than worthy of a spot on this list. His three-year run-blocking grade (84.7) ranks inside the top-five among qualifiers, and his 79.9 pass-blocking grade in the same three-year span (2016-18) ranks inside the top-20.
Eagles RB Corey Clement done with rehab, ready for 2019: ‘I knocked the negativity right out the window’ - PennLive
Clement said he’s through the rehab process. He’s participated in individual drills so far in training camp, and his workload should increase in the coming weeks. With the new additions to the offense, which include wide receivers DeSean Jackson and JJ Arcega-Whiteside, in addition to Howard and Sanders, Clement expects it to keep rolling. It remains to be seen how much of a part Clement plays in it. Every year is different is a reliable football cliche, but from the highs of 2017 to the lows of 2018, Clement’s mind wasn’t there. And right now, it’s focused on carving out his role in 2019. “I really didn’t come into question with that, to be honest,” Clement said. “I’m just working every single day I come out here. I have a rookie mindset. Nobody’s stamped in this offense, nobody’s stamped on this defense, so really my role isn’t different than anybody. You gotta work, you gotta compete if you want to earn a roster spot on this team.”
DeSean Jackson warns against believing the Super Bowl hype for Eagles - NBCSP
“We don’t want to get caught up in putting a phrase or putting a word on the name of our team,” Jackson said. “In the past, we were the Dream Team, that’s kind of putting extra attention, extra hype on you that you really don’t need. We all want to win, we all want at the end of the season to hold up the trophy, everybody starting training camp has that same common goal. But the legwork has to be put in, and that’s what I strive for being a part of this team: What can I do to better myself every time I step on this field? What can I teach these young guys to help them be the best professional athletes they can be?”
The Most Important Story Lines of the 2019 NFL Season (So Far) - The Ringer
I’ve been around the Eagles a lot over the past few years, and they are among the smartest organizations in sports. Their roster is always well managed, and this offseason they plugged some of the holes they had: They brought in a handful of solid veterans on dirt-cheap deals: Vinny Curry, Andrew Sendejo, and Jordan Howard among them. They signed mid-priced veterans who could become bargains: Ronald Darby re-signed for $6.5 million, Malik Jackson is getting just $10 million per year and DeSean Jackson is on a three-year, $28 million deal. Having a bunch of great contracts doesn’t mean you are going to win the Super Bowl, but only teams with a bunch of great contracts win the Super Bowl. The Eagles, like the Patriots (and, lately, the Rams), have cornered the market on great contracts. No Eagle accounts for more than 7.4 percent of the salary cap—that’s Alshon Jeffery. There’s a healthy mix of young and veteran talent. The Eagles built one of the deepest rosters in football.
Don’t overlook this critical rule change for the 2019 season - PE.com
The NFL is making sure all 32 teams understand the new officiating rules and points of emphasis in place for the 2019 season, so the league is sending groups of officials around the country to Training Camps to deliver the message. On Friday, the NovaCare Complex was the first stop as a group of officials worked practice, made sure that the Eagles understand the plan in place for the season ahead, and then met interested media afterward to explain the big picture. Among the changes, the one that could have the most impact is the rule removing blindside blocks. “You’re my hero,” he said through tears. Giovanni is 11 years old and lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania, about 180 miles Northwest of Philadelphia. He has a rare condition called Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, which his mother, Shannon, likened to a combination of muscular dystrophy and dwarfism. He has had 12 surgeries since age 2, from hip construction to eye surgery to, most recently, jaw distraction back in May.
Changing of the NFL Guard: Could 2019 Be the Year NFL’s Rising QBs Take Over? - B/R
Josh Allen. Sam Darnold. Jared Goff. Lamar Jackson. Patrick Mahomes. Marcus Mariota. Baker Mayfield. Dak Prescott. Josh Rosen. Mitchell Trubisky. Deshaun Watson. Carson Wentz. Jameis Winston. Throw in Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins—rookies expected to start—and nearly half of this year’s starting quarterbacks are 26 years old or younger. And they’re all bona fide starters or blue-chip prospects: no wishful-thinking Nathan Peterman/Trevor Siemian types in the bunch. That’s a youthquake. It’s also a very wide tent: pocket passers, scramblers, fit-the-system guys, break-the-system guys, tall guys, tiny guys, brash guys, quiet guys, guys of many colors and creeds, guys who have already made it, are just climbing the mountain or have already reached the crossroads.
Eagles rookie Shareef Miller and others are fighting back against gun violence - Inquirer
Shareef Miller saw himself. Bill Sytsma saw the future. Robert Gay recognized a past he risks his life to keep from continuing into the present. Three men, whose lives have been touched by Philadelphia’s gun violence, used their shared love of football recently to spread messages of peace and positivity. Miller, a Philadelphia Public League product who played for Penn State and was drafted by the Eagles in April, joined Sytsma, Frankford High School’s football coach, at the Practice 4 Peace at Boys’ Latin Charter in West Philadelphia on July 18.
Ezekiel Elliott holdout: He didn’t report to training camp, how should the Cowboys treat his holdout? - Blogging The Boys
This isn’t the news we were hoping for. Expectations are high this year as this squad is loaded with talent and they should be one of the teams contending for a Super Bowl berth. Obviously, it’s important to have one of the team’s most talented players out there on the field. And even if Elliott shows up eventually, how will his absence now affect what everyone else is doing? The Cowboys have a new offensive coordinator who is supposed to shake things up with new wrinkles to help improve the offense. Isn’t it important to have all the moving parts available so the team is in sync come September?
Giants to hold wide receiver workout - Who could they look at? - Big Blue View
Kelvin Benjamin - We pretty much have to start with the former Carolina Panther. Dave Gettleman drafted Benjamin in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft after the former FSU Seminole used his massive frame to dominate the ACC. Benjamin had 1,000 yards in his rookie year but never managed to match that mark in subsequent seasons. Still, he is 28 years old and familiar to the coaching staff.
Redskins sign LT Corey Robinson - Hogs Haven
The Redskins brought in two tackles today, and were interested in signing one of them. They wanted Donald Penn, a former 3 time Pro Bowler, but the contract he was looking for was likely too high for Washington. This leaves Corey Robinson (6’7”, 316 lbs, 27 y.o.), a former 7th round pick who played with Ereck Flowers on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Robinson has started 9 games since entering the league with the Detroit Lions in 2015.
49ers release Cedric Thornton - PFT
Cedric Thornton‘s comeback lasted four months, and unless some other team gives him a chance, it could send the defensive lineman back into retirement. The 49ers announced Friday they have released Thornton, whom they reinstated off the reserve/retired list in April. He announced his retirement Aug. 22, 2018, after seven years in the NFL.
Report: Detroit Lions sign Mike Daniels to 1-year, $9.1 million deal - Pride of Detroit
Late Friday afternoon the Detroit Lions made some incredible news: Per Adam Schefter, they are closing in on a deal for defensive tackle Mike Daniels. Earlier this week, Green Bay made the seven-year veteran a cap casualty, and Detroit was eager to jump on its rival’s missteps.
Ask a former NFL player: Which teams will be surprise disappointments in 2019? - SB Nation
Rams: Their offense concerns me more than their offensive line, though. We saw a blueprint on how to stop their run game. It started against the Lions later in the season and continued to the Super Bowl. Cover 4 is a coverage with the four defensive backs, two corners, and two safeties; each take a fourth of the field. This allows the safeties to play much lower in the box and trigger quicker in the run game. They are unaccounted for often in the Rams’ zone run attack. We saw the Patriots use this coverage in the Super Bowl. The Patriots, and other teams, hammered the edges to force the ball back inside when the Rams ran. When you stop the Rams’ run game, you take away the play-action and force them into third-and-long situations, which they don’t excel at. The Rams love being ahead of the chains and using that opportunity to play action and move the pocket. Of course, Sean McVay knows this as well, so I expect some changes to the offense, but will they be enough? The Rams are too talented and too well coached to be bad, but I think they take a step back.
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