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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/29/19.

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Lawlor: Remembering the legendary Jim Johnson - PE.com
It is hard to believe, but Jim Johnson has been gone for 10 years. It doesn’t seem that long since he was prowling the sideline, dialing up exotic blitzes for his players to unleash on opposing offenses. Johnson retired after the 2008 season and passed away on July 28, 2009 after battling melanoma, a form of cancer. The Eagles have been lucky to have some of the greatest defensive minds in the history of football. From Greasy Neale to Marion Campbell to Buddy Ryan to Bud Carson and now Jim Schwartz, that is an amazing tradition of defensive geniuses. For my money, Jim Johnson is the greatest defensive coach in franchise history.

Eagles schedule preview: Giants - BGN
Why the Eagles will lose: Because the Week 17 game is meaningless and so Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz and others sit, the Eagles B team loses to the Giants starters. This is the best case scenario for the Eagles: they have their playoff spot locked up with a game to go and can potentially cause a little bit of damage to the Giants draft.

At the Podium: The Return of the Coordinators - BGN Radio
Eagles’ defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and offensive coordinator Mike Groh spoke to the media over the last couple days to talk training camp and we have it covered here at BGN! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Pads Make a Difference - Iggles Blitz
Last year the Eagles didn’t have three good safeties. They had two and when McLeod got hurt, they only had one. Corey Graham, who I’m tired of picking on, didn’t get the job done and Tre Sullivan wasn’t ready to be on the field that much. Avonte Maddox moved to FS and did his best, but he was a rookie playing out of position. Adding Sendejo was a really smart move. He gives the Eagles a physical, veteran presence on the back end of the defense. This is what you want in a #3 safety. Hopefully McLeod will be back by September so Sendejo can focus on being a role player.

Cam Newton Puts Away Cape, Feeling ‘Like a Rookie’ After Surgery - FMIA
On Saturday morning, Wentz was the sixth of 90 Eagles out at practice. He stretched, and he jogged forward and backward, and he smiled, and he had a hell of time in the oppressive summer humidity for the next two-and-a-half hours, even when he had an interception taken to the house by linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill in a team period of training camp. No question in my mind this is a happier soul than a year ago. I don’t think that’s because he’s $128 million richer; the Eagles signed him to this huge four-year contract extension in June. I think it’s because now he’s playing without the knee brace that limited him last year, and he’s playing with a healed vertebra in his back that he hurt last year. [...] “I wasn’t necessarily setting out to lose weight. It was just a byproduct of some of the things I’ve been doing but at the end of the day it’s all about how I feel. By no means do I think I’m now too skinny or anything. I’ve lost a couple pounds. I’m not making a big deal about that. But just overall, being healthier … I think will help the longevity of my career. Having played a couple seasons now knowing the rigors of this game, obviously I’ve gotten hurt a few times but it wasn’t because of not being able to take a hit or anything.”

Super Bowl timeline tiers: When all 32 NFL teams will contend for a title - ESPN
“On the cusp” — Tight end Zach Ertz called this the most talented team he has played on, and that includes the 2017 Super Bowl squad. Carson Wentz is healthy and surrounded by playmakers, from Ertz to Alshon Jeffery to speed demon DeSean Jackson. Wentz might never be blessed with a stronger supporting cast than the one he has now; he needs to take advantage.

The Eagles receiving corps is deep and talented, but can Carson Wentz keep everybody happy? - Inquirer
And last, but not definitely not least, with just one football at his disposal, will Wentz be able to spread the ball around enough to keep everyone happy? “As long as the guys catching the ball don’t make it an issue, we’ll be fine,” Ertz said. “No matter what anybody says, Carson’s a guy who goes through his progressions. It’s never about who it is. It’s about who’s open.” [...] “The good thing about our team is that most of us have had individual success and we’ve had success as a team,” Ertz said. “I won a Super Bowl and I set the record for receptions by a tight end the last two years. I can tell you I had way more fun when we won the Super Bowl.”

So far at camp, we’re seeing a different Sidney Jones - NBCSP
“I feel better physically, spiritually, health-wise,” Jones said. “I feel really good about everything. It’s been pretty good. A lot of positives, still a lot to get better at … It’s good for me just to be able to realize if something (bad) happens, know what happened and know how to not have it happen again.”

Report: No end in sight for Trent Williams holdout - Hogs Haven
The Redskins officially signed LT Corey Robinson yesterday, and moved Williams to the reserve/did not report list. The team is still interested in signing Donald Penn, but he left Richmond without a contract after spending two nights there. Williams has no guaranteed money left on the final two years of his contract. He is scheduled to earn an $11 million base salary this year, and $12.5 million next year. Recent contract signings have dropped him down to the 7th highest paid LT in the NFL. How much of a raise will it take to patch up this relationship?

Which sport has the worst instant replay system? An investigation - SB Nation
Sports. Technology. Two great tastes that go great together. OK, that is a barefaced lie. As much as we have fallen in love with the innovations technology has brought to sports, we also often hate the implementation of things like instant replay and referee review. It’s because, somehow, no matter how good this stuff sounds on paper, it always ends up sucking and makes us all furious anyway.

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