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Inside Eagles camp: Defensive line looks special, believe the Carson Wentz MVP hype, trade talks and more - CBS Sports
As deep and talented as this roster is, I continue to hear aggressive GM Howie Roseman is already working the phones and staying in contact with other teams on potential trades. That market is ripe for exploitation, and the Eagles under Roseman have been at the vanguard of it. In the past they have dealt low picks for capable veterans in many instances, but I suspect he has too many skill position players to get on the field at roster cutdowns and adds ample draft capital in exchange for veterans. Regardless, he is on the prowl. Already.
A look at the 26 training camp trades the Eagles have made over the last 10 years - PhillyVoice
This training camp, if the Eagles were to deal a player, the best bet would probably be G/T Halapoulivaati Vaitai. For the last three seasons, Vaitai has served as the team’s swing tackle, and was a good enough starting LT during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run not to derail the offense. In 2019, Vaitai has been getting first-team reps at RG while Brandon Brooks recovers from a torn Achilles. With Brooks avoiding the PUP list to start camp, there is optimism that he may not miss much time during the regular season, if any, in which case Vaitai could become expendable on a team that has other quality OL depth.
Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Carson Wentz and DeSean Jackson are connecting on the deep ball - BGN
CARSON WENTZ UPDATE: Wentz struggled with the deep ball during Saturday’s practice and he got off to a bad start in that regard on Monday as well. Wentz targeted Alshon Jeffery deep with his first 3-on-3 pass attempt but the ball was overthrown once again. Rasul Douglas made a pretty nifty one-handed pick on the play. Wentz really bounced back after that early mistake, though. The fourth-year quarterback hit DeSean Jackson on a comeback for about 25 yards. The offense then hurried up to the line and Wentz aired it out to Jackson deep down the field for a 40-plus yard touchdown (Avonte Maddox was the burn victim). Wentz found Jackson again on a post for at least 30 yards. He went back to Jackson yet again on a post for at least 20 yards. The Eagles must be very happy to see those guys getting on the same page. It’s also just very clear that Jackson hasn’t lost a step. Wentz threw to Jackson on a slot screen and the wide receiver took it to the house after a block gave him an opening to out-run the defense. Ain’t nobody catching No. 10 from behind.
Training Camp Review, Day 4 - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton & Michael Kist report back to camp after the day off and bring you more coverage from Day 4 of the Philadelphia Eagles training camp! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Wentz Strikes Back - Iggles Blitz
You could focus on Jordan Mailata getting beat, but I think BLG did the smart thing in talking about Joe Ostman. There were regular reports in the spring about Ostman playing well. I have had my doubts about him being able to play in the NFL. I hope I’m wrong. Ostman could be a great practice player or he could be a young guy that is going to find his way onto the field this year. Eagles coaches have said good things about him. Ostman will get a legit chance to show what he can do if he continues to practice well and then has a good preseason.
Nelson Agholor won’t let contract year be a distraction, but will a crowded Eagles offense limit the receiver’s opportunities? - Inquirer
His production was also affected by the midseason addition of Golden Tate, a slot receiver with many similar traits, something Pederson acknowledged in March. Agholor was targeted 61 times before the trade, only 36 times after as he lined up more on the outside. Was the lack of production evidence that he isn’t as consistent outside the numbers, or were the Eagles’ overall struggles more the issue? The offense will, obviously, look different this year. The Eagles utilized their “12” personnel package (two tight ends) as much as any team last season, partly because of Wallace’s injury. But Goedert’s development could compel Pederson to use it more, which would often leave Agholor on the sideline. “Who do you want on the field, who do you want off the field?” Pederson said Monday. “There’s a fine line there. Both guys are talented and very explosive in our offense, and it’s all about the matchups in this league.”
Observations, notes, and news early in Training Camp - PE.com
The work in offensive line/defensive line one-on-one drills is fascinating to watch because there are so many dynamics at work. So let’s focus on some of the young guys. On the defensive side, players like Shareef Miller, Joe Ostman, and Daeshon Hall take some reps and come off the ball fast and transition from speed to power in an impressive fashion. And then you see offensive tackles like Jordan Mailata and top draft pick Andre Dillard move their feet and look so athletic and use their leverage well and stone the pass rush. It’s a great watch every day in practice. Of course, the Lane Johnson battle against Brandon Graham is the main event, but we know about those two players. For a team knowing it needs some young players to step up in the pass-rush game off the edge, the Eagles have some promising prospects. And they’re equally excited about the youth at offensive tackle.
PFF ranks the top-10 interior defensive linemen ahead of the 2019 NFL season - PFF
2. Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles2018 OVERALL GRADE RANK: 2. It’s a shame that Cox plays in the same league as Donald; he’d be the unanimous decision for top defensive interior if it weren’t for the Rams superstar. Cox’s pass-rush win rate in 2018 (20.9%) is the fourth-best single-season mark of any defensive interior in the PFF era. And his 91.2 pass-rush grade this past season, another career-high for the big man, also ranks inside the top 10 among qualifiers since 2006. From PFF’s Austin Gayle in his latest feature on Cox comparing him and Donald: “Among the 125 interior defensive linemen with 500 or more pass-rush snaps since 2015, Donald ranks first in pass-rush grade (95.9), total pressures (375) and pass-rush win percentage (22.1%). Cox ranks second behind Donald in all three metrics. And the trend continues, as Donald led all at his position in pass-rush grade in each of the past four seasons (2015-18). Cox ranked second two of the years (2017 & 2018) and third in another (2015).”
How did Orlando Scandrick, Eagles come together? DeSean Jackson and some history played a part - NBCSP
On the field, DeSean Jackson has been dismantling the Eagles’ defense in practice. But off the field, the wide receiver has been busy building the unit back up, aiding in the recruiting of cornerback Orlando Scandrick to the team. Jackson and Scandrick have known each other since childhood, so when the Eagles had the free agent defensive back in for a workout on Saturday, of course the longtime friends discussed the possibility of playing together — for the first time at any level. “He called me asking, ‘Should I come? What do you think?’” Jackson said after Monday’s practice, Scandrick’s first with the team. “I was like, ‘Yeah, that would be a good opportunity for you to come play in this defense.’ “To add his experience to what we already have, it’s going to be good.”
The Dak dilemma: Do teams succeed when they pay Tier 3 quarterbacks top-tier money? - The Athletic
As the 2018 season wound down, I asked a salary-cap analyst how much he’d pay Prescott if the choice was his. This analyst said he would offer $15 million to $18 million a year, and then trade Prescott if the quarterback balked at such a relatively modest number. He called Prescott great for the Cowboys, but only at a low price. He did not think the Cowboys could realistically win a Super Bowl with Prescott as a highly paid starter. This analyst projected at the time that Dallas could sign someone such as Nick Foles or Joe Flacco in free agency. Those quarterbacks are earning $22 million to $23 million a year. Both were below Prescott in QB Tiers balloting. All three are in the third tier.
Jerry Jones On Zeke Holdout: ‘You Don’t Have To Have A Rushing Champion To Win A Super Bowl’ - CBS Local
The owner was asked about the comparison between Elliott and Cowboys’ legend Emmitt Smith as the two have made impressive marks on the team’s history at running back. Jones quickly pointed out how Smith was the first running back to win the season’s rushing title and a Super Bowl, which happened in 1993. “The point there is, you don’t have to have a rushing champion to win a Super Bowl… Emmitt was the first one to do it,” Jones said.
Without Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys’ run game would look far different - ESPN
With Elliott, the Cowboys are 28-12, have averaged 361.5 yards per game and 4.7 yards per rush, and have outscored opponents by 188 points, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In the eight games they have played without Elliott, the Cowboys are 4-4, have averaged 297.3 yards per game and 3.9 yards per rush, and have been outscored by opponents by 36 points.
Looks Like Someone Has a Sixpack of the Mondays - Hogs Haven
The news of the day concerning Trent Williams has gone from bad to worse—or at least that is how it feels...every...day...this...goes...on. One outlet (B/R) was reporting that Trent will never play for the Redskins again because of Bruce Allen. I have heard there is still open speculation about whether Trent would even be cleared medically if he were to report to camp right now. Other rumors suggest Trent wants the entire medical staff fired before he steps foot into camp. If you poke your head into a new room, you are bound to hear a new story. I can tell you that I, Ken Meringolo, have not spoken to Trent Williams or his people in over a year, so I have nothing substantive to add—at this point, the only substantive additions should come from #71 himself. I do sincerely hope that we hear from Trent sooner rather than later, because he could mobilize the entire fanbase around his anti-Bruce Allen cause.
Only the Giants Could Generate Season-Ending Anxiety Before Training Camp Really Begins - The Ringer
New York has watched Sterling Shepard and Corey Coleman go down with injuries and Golden Tate fall to a PED suspension. Has the team already lost its season?
Ravens expected to sign QB Joe Callahan - Baltimore Beatdown
The Ravens found themselves a quarterback down following Saturday night’s practice after top backup Robert Griffin III injured his hand on a hit to a defender’s helmet. They initially sought to fill his spot by signing veteran journeyman Josh Johnson with whom they’re familiar, but he rebuffed their offer in favor of waiting for one that may prove to be more long term. It appears they’ve already honed in on a backup (backup) plan, and it comes in the form of a relatively low-level signing of a guy who’s been around the league for a few years.
Donovan McNabb shouldn’t be defined by the Eagles’ never-was dynasty - SB Nation
It looked like fate. The 2003 Philadelphia Eagles had been the NFC’s bridesmaid after losing back-to-back conference championship games. Now they stood one game from the Super Bowl thanks to a miracle fourth-and-26 completion that turned a fourth-quarter deficit into a thrilling overtime win over Brett Favre’s Green Bay Packers. Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb stood on the cusp of the league’s elite after dragging third-option wideout Freddie Mitchell into the spotlight with him, and a decidedly clutch team appeared to be more powerful than ever before. It wasn’t meant to be. One week later, Philly dropped its third straight NFC title game, losing as favorites at home to Jake Delhomme’s Panthers. The only lasting impressions from the team’s improbable win over Green Bay in the Divisional Round were years and years of extended debates over McNabb’s legacy on Pennsylvania sports radio and a decade-plus of ignoring Mitchell’s pleas for attention.
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