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Every NFL Team’s Most Exciting UDFA Addition - B/R
The Philadelphia Eagles may have landed one of the steals of undrafted free agency in the form of former Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Edwards. The 6’1”, 242-pounder possesses a physical mindset that should mesh perfectly with the Eagles defense. ”Stout four-year starter who shows up and does his job each week as a banger in the box with surprising ball skills to flip the field,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote of Edwards. Edwards’ high motor regularly got him involved for the Badgers. In 2018, he racked up 112 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. While he isn’t likely to produce those kinds of numbers as a rookie, he should slot in as a backup inside linebacker who can start in a pinch.

Contract details show which undrafted rookies Eagles value the most - NBCSP
[BLG Note: T.J. Edwards, Nate Herbig, and DeAndre Thompkins received the most guaranteed money out of the Eagles’ UDFA signings.]

Eagles Question of the Day: Which player would you invite to your 4th of July party? - BGN
Which player would you invite to your 4th of July party? Sound off in the comments!

The QB Scho Show #26: Did Caesar Have the First Burner? - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield do a deep dive on the Battle of Alesia, RPOs, and also chat about the upcoming crop of college QB prospects!Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Should the Eagles have interest in any players in the 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft? - PhillyVoice
Jalen Thompson, S, Washington State: If the Eagles were to have interest in a player in the 2019 supplemental draft, it would probably be Thompson, as the Birds don’t have much in the way of young safeties in the pipeline. Additionally, Jim Schwartz likes his safeties to have corner experience in their background, and Thompson has that, having played his share of nickel corner at WSU. Thompson would likely be a deep safety in the Rodney McLeod role for the Eagles in Schwartz’s scheme. He seems to have good speed and range, but is undersized and clearly a drag-down tackler.

Why the Cowboys should be wary about giving Dak Prescott a record-setting deal - PFF
If it were us, it would be a tough sell to keep Dak for anywhere near the top end of the quarterback market. Prescott was a top-10 player at the position when everything went right in 2016. Some things improved on the surface in 2018, allowing them to reclaim the division title. However, a deeper look shows a 0.500 team propped up by a pretty good defense and solid support around a profoundly average quarterback. Once more resources are allocated to said quarterback, the combination of decreased support subjected to additional statistical variance will likely yield an investment that will be a long shot to pay off. While it would be difficult to cut bait on one of the better stories at the position in recent seasons, it is likely the best decision for the ‘Boys to make.

2018 Defensive Personnel Analysis - Football Outsiders
While nickel-base-dime is the predominant defensive structure out there, it can be more interesting to look at the exceptions. Nickel-dime-base has been the Patriots way for quite some time, as the Patriots routinely spend among the most time in the league with five or six defensive backs out on the field. Belichick was ahead of the curve on this, trotting out five- and six-back groups back at the turn of the millennium to shut down the Greatest Show on Turf Rams; he may still be ahead of the curve as his teams use base defenses less and less. That Belichick way also has gone to Detroit (Matt Patricia, ex-Belichick defensive coordinator) and Philadelphia (Jim Schwartz, ex-Belichick assistant in Cleveland).

Eliminate the Franchise Tag to Make NFL Free Agency More Fun - Ringer
Football’s offseason will never be able to match the excitement of the NBA’s free-agency frenzy as long as the league continues to prioritize restricting player movement

Madden 20 was not generous to Daniel Jones - Big Blue View
Madden 20 is set to hit stores in exactly one month, and as always rookie ratings have been released first. The most noticeable one is the overall rating for the Giants sixth overall pick Daniel Jones, who clocked in at a depressing 63.

Looks Like Someone Has A Sixpack of the Mondays - Hogs Haven
Once a summer, we engage in the age-old game of “What if?” with all of our SB Nation brethren. Instead of picking just one scenario and chasing it deep into the rabbit hole, I thought I would lend the Sixpack format to the concept this year. Let me just save you from the #1 “What if?” that every Redskins fan suggests every time we play this game: “What if Dan Snyder never bought the team?” First of all, we have to give ourselves a break from that —every time I allow myself to go down that road, it’s like I’m in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “Inception.” If you stay too long, you could get trapped in that dream forever. As glorious as it is when I imagine such a world, envisioning all the Super Bowl trophies and respect we would have earned only makes the gut-punch of reality that much worse. So I figured we would stick to a different brand of “what if” game-playing.

What’s next for Ezekiel Elliott? - PFT
It’s important to remember that Elliott already has been suspended for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy. This makes him a “repeat offender” in the eyes of the policy, and the policy plainly states that “[r]epeat offenders will be subject to enhanced and/or expedited discipline, including banishment from the league with an opportunity to reapply.” So unless the NFL Media employees are getting their information from the guy who signs their paychecks, it’s impossible to know what said paycheck-signing guy will be doing when it comes to whether Elliott will be forfeiting one or more of his own paychecks during the 2019 season. Soon enough, we’ll all know what Goodell has decided to do.

For Jaguars’ Nick Foles, bigger feats have come with better feet - ESPN
Nick Foles has a Super Bowl MVP trophy, a $91 million contract and his own team to lead again, but the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback wants one more thing: better footwork. Foles has always been concerned about his feet -- having size 16s will wreak havoc with your footwork -- and his recent run of success has only reinforced his commitment to keep improving in that area. He can’t afford to let that slip as he and coordinator John DeFilippo try to rip the Jaguars out of the offensive funk that was a major reason for the team’s step back in 2018. “If you go back to high school or go back to college, I always have talked about my feet because they are always [a concern],” Foles said. “... I’ll always work on my feet. Playing for coach [Andy] Reid and coach [Doug] Pederson, it’s always about rhythm. That’s how it is always taught. They are great at the QB position. ‘Flip’ [John DeFilippo] was my coach, my quarterback coach with Frank Reich in Philly. They always harp on feet and target line, and anytime you can keep your feet under you and you work the pocket, you can buy some time.

10 potential NFL player holdouts, ranked from most to least likely to happen this summer - SB Nation
The No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft may not be the unstoppable sack machine that many expected him to be, but Clowney has emerged as a perennial Pro Bowler. He’s valuable enough that the Texans gave him a franchise tag that guarantees him $15.967 million in 2019. That’s a good pay day for Clowney. The problem is that it lacks long-term security and is below market value for the position. Clowney got things started by sitting out offseason workouts, but the only date that matters is July 15. That’s the deadline for franchised players to sign an extension. If no deal gets done by mid-July, a training camp holdout would be a bit of an exercise in futility for Clowney. It’d be a (perfectly justifiable) protest of the tag, but — barring a trade — wouldn’t yield a new contract.

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