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Picking the top bounce-back candidates for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN In$ider
VINNY CURRY: What went wrong in 2018: This one is a no-brainer with Curry’s return to Philadelphia. After five consecutive years with 32-plus quarterback pressures while with the Eagles, Curry’s one-year stint in Tampa Bay saw him finish with a career-low overall grade and only 24 total QB pressures. His grades were down across the board, and returning to where he has had documented success has “bounce-back” written all over it. -- Cam Mellor, PFF ... Outlook for 2019: Curry is going to be a regular part of the defensive end rotation, so he’s going to have plenty of opportunity. Playing in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s attack system is never a bad thing for a D-lineman’s production. Healthy and happy to be back in Philly, Curry should experience a statistical uptick from a season ago. -- Tim McManus

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: Nelson Agholor shines, Joe Ostman dominates, and much more - BGN
CARSON WENTZ UPDATE: Overall, more good than bad for Wentz. In a clear effort to mocking Spongebob meme his “cAn’T tHroW tHe DeEp BaLl” critics, Wentz connected down the field with a number of targets. During wide receiver versus defensive back 1-on-1, Wentz found DeSean Jackson, Nelson Agholor (multiple times), and Marken Michel for long gains. Wentz continued to excel during team drills. He didn’t have his first incompletion until 10:36 AM (for context, practice started at 9:15 AM) ... and it was a drop by JJ Arcega-Whiteside. The Wentz-to-Agholor connection was especially tough for the defense to stop. Nelly showed great concentration/coordination to stay with a bouncing ball that was disrupted by a tightly contesting defensive back. Wentz then hit Agholor clean for some big chunk gains, including a 40-yarder. Another Agholor reception came on a flea flicker throw from Wentz. Wentz placed a ball perfectly high to 6-6 wide receiver Carlton Agudosi 25 yards down the field and over the middle. (Agudosi is a long shot to make the team but he’s had some flashy catches.)

Eagles Training Camp Review, Day 5 - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton & Michael Kist are on the training camp grind again as they recap a day of Wentz going deep, Sidney showing out, a Kamu’s stock rising up PLUS so much more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles training camp practice notes, Day 5: The legend of Joe Ostman - PhillyVoice
In yesterday’s notes, we noted that Clayton Thorson had one of the worst passes I’ve ever seen in a training camp practice. Today, he tried to top himself. On a rollout to his right, he had a wide open Boston Scott no more than 10 yards in front of him, and he threw it into the dirt, short of him. Like, what the hell? When spring practices began, I figured Thorson was a near-lock for a roster spot, and the only way he could get cut is if he looked absolutely dreadful. I have him at about 50-50 right now.

Practice Notes Roundup - Iggles Blitz
DE Joe Ostman got a lot of attention. He made several plays in practice and Jim Schwartz was asked about him afterward. Schwartz made sure to say we need to pump the brakes on the hype train a bit. This is just practice and rushers aren’t even sacking the QB. They’re just tagging him. Finishing is a huge part of rushing the passer. Still, Schwartz did talk about the fact that Ostman is being used in a Joker type of role, as a stand-up rusher/DE/LB. Schwartz said they were trying to create a role for Ostman. Coaches don’t create specific roles for backup players very often. Almost never. This tells you that Ostman has their attention. Schwartz also pointed out that Ostman works really hard on STs. That’s huge for a fringe player like him. He’s embraced STs. Some fringe players don’t think of themselves as STers and that hurts their value to the team. Ostman seems to be doing everything he can to impress all of his coaches. That’s how you win a roster spot and even get active on game days.

Let’s take a few moments to give Carson Wentz the hype that, for some reason, he is not getting - Inquirer
Not that anyone is accusing Wentz of mediocrity. There are probably some skeptics still remaining out there, but it is hard to believe they are anything other than a small minority. Still, I don’t get the sense that a critical mass of football watchers fully appreciate what they’ve seen out of the guy over the last couple of seasons. He is one of 15 quarterbacks to throw at least 70 touchdown passes in his first 40 career starts. He is one of 13 to throw for at least 10,000 yards. And he is one of seven to do both, joining Rodgers, Manning, Warner, Stafford, Marino, and Tony Romo. Again, this isn’t strictly about numbers. Go back and watch Wentz’s highlight film from the past couple of seasons. On each play, list the number of other quarterbacks you’ve seen who were capable of what Wentz pulled off. In 2017, he was Patrick Mahomes before Mahomes was Mahomes. And in 2018, he was better in a “down” year than most quarterbacks are in their up years.

Jason Peters’ ‘Jason Peters’: How Jonas Jennings guided the future mentor during his 2004 rookie season in Buffalo - The Athletic
Peters, though, said he has no scheduled plan to retire. He didn’t expect to play this long. He said he’ll decide at the end of the season whether to return for a 17th season and acknowledged there was no decision to make about 2019. He called 2018 a “down year,” after recovering from a torn ACL and enduring other ailments as he compensated for the knee injury. So he wanted to keep going, to play like the Hall of Famer again — if not for anyone else, then for himself. “I really don’t have anything to prove,” Peters said. “I love playing the game, and that’s what I do.”

Andre Dillard’s journey of learning the left tackle position -
Dillard had a good day on Tuesday. He wasn’t perfect by any means, and he knows that he’s got a long way to go before he gets to where he wants to be, which is basically a clone of what Jason Peters has been for the last decade-plus in Philadelphia, but Dillard measures his progress incrementally. “I think I did pretty well,” Dillard said, after first saying “thank you” when I noted that he looked good throughout the morning on the field. “I’m getting acclimated more and more every day with the way the organization runs things in every aspect. I’m having a lot more fun. Everything is slowing down. It was pretty fast at first. I’m not gonna lie. I can honestly say that every day it improves.”

Fantasy takeaways from DraftKings’ Week 1 DFS salaries - PFF
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles ($5,700) (vs. WAS) — Wentz is easily the most mispriced quarterback of Week 1. Over the past two seasons, Wentz ranks fourth in fantasy points per game (19.8). He also ranks eighth at the position in 2019 season-long ADP. In spite of this, he ranks just 13th in salary. If he performs in line with his average over the past two seasons, his $5,700 salary offers a 3.4X value. If he performs in line with his average against Washington over the past two seasons (23.6 fantasy points per game), he offers a 4.1X value.

Rotoworld’s top 20 QB rankings - Rotoworld
[BLG Note: Carson Wentz ranks just outside the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks at No. 11.]

Brandon Lee Gowton joins Farzetta & Tra in the Morning 7/30/2019 - 975 The Fanatic
Brandon Lee Gowton, Bleeding Green Nation, joined the show to discuss Eagles training camp thus far in further depth!

Surviving Camp Part 1: T.J. Edwards learns to fulfill rookie duties - NBCSP
Goal for next week: “I think I have every play down, knowing what to do and how to do it, but there are certain details in each play that I want to get more comfortable with. Not just playing MIKE, but knowing what the SAM and WILL are doing, too. I think just getting more comfortable with the schemes in general has been what my goal has been. Every day I’ve been getting better and better at it, so I’m really confident with how I’m doing.”

Jaguars Defense Improves, But Foles Fails to Elevate the Offense - MMQB
Nick Foles looks more like a journeyman than a former Super Bowl MVP. The Jaguars simply don’t have enough talent around the mechanically methodical 30-year-old QB, whom they signed to a four-year, $88 million contract. Second-year wideout D.J. Chark improves on the outside, but not enough to elevate a receiving corps comprised mostly of agile role players (Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, ex-Chief Chris Conley and Marqise Lee). New offensive coordinator John DeFilippo knows how to scheme for Foles from their days in Philadelphia, and he employs the clever 3x1 formations, three-level play-action passes and switch release routes. But because Jacksonville lacks dynamic receiving backs and tight ends, the schematic wrinkles only help so much.

LeSean McCoy pays $55,000 to officer over Philadelphia bar fight - PFT
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy paid $55,000 to an officer for injuries sustained in a 2016 bar fight in Philadelphia. According to Chris Palmer of the Philadelphia Inquirer, an arbitrator ruled that McCoy and Tamarcus Porter, a friend of McCoy’s and former teammate at the University of Pittsburgh, each had to pay $55,000 to off-duty officer Roland Butler for the February 2016 incident.

Cowboys accused of covering up accident details after Ezekiel Elliott’s 2017 car crash, sued for $20 million - Blogging The Boys
While this has nothing to do with the current state of Elliott’s holdout, it sounds as if the Cowboys and Ezekiel Elliott may have to come together to work out the details on a potential court case. The lawsuit is for the incredible number of $20 million. There always seems to be something going on with Ezekiel Elliott, and this is just the latest of issues (that we know about) since being drafted with the fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Are the Redskins in a Rebuild? - Hogs Haven
The final part I wanted to discuss about a rebuild is a change at head coach. This has yet to happen, and while Jay Gruden remains under contract until 2020, many surmise that another poor season will lead to his firing. If Jay is relieved of his duties at the end of 2019, it could signify the final piece to the rebuild puzzle. Now, I know many would suggest a rebuild in full could not take place unless Bruce Allen is relieved of his duties, but that seems a bit least in the immediate - but one can only hope and dream!

The QB Commitment Index, Training Camp Edition - The Ringer
For some teams and their signal-callers, love is in the air. For others, it may be wise to sign up for Hinge now.

How The Los Angeles Rams Won Super Bowl 54 - The Draft Network
That’s what makes Year 3 with McVay/Goff so consequential -- and so enticing to prophesy upon. I, for one, believe that the Rams generally regress in 2019, with a weak stretch to end the 2018 regular season and a just-barely-enough offense through the postseason to boot. I see a team struggling for the next innovation, as defenses wisen up to the strategies (3rd down blitzes, 5 man fronts, robber safeties) that have now proven successful at slowing the McVay Machine over time. McVay must introduce something new under the sun to remain ahead of the league’s pace -- otherwise, he’ll fall back into the pack, still among the leaders in the NFC, but no longer distinguished as the next exception. That newness will be an invention, and accordingly will be borne from necessity -- never forget, McVay’s strict discipline of 11 personnel waned when Todd Gurley was injured and C.J. Anderson was the lead back. Suddenly, 12 personnel runs with DUO and Inside Zone ideas powered their running game

It’s an uphill battle for late-round draft picks trying to make an NFL team - SB Nation
Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz knows how hard it can be, so he shares his tips for what these fringe players can do now to earn a roster spot.


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