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Sophomore standouts from the 2018 NFL season - PFF
Treyvon Hester, DI, Philadelphia Eagles: 2017 Overall Grade: 67.3. 2018 Overall Grade: 89.7. Whether it was the change of scenery or a player who simply needed a year to adjust to the league, Hester played much better for the Eagles as an NFL sophomore than he did during his rookie season for the Oakland Raiders. As a rookie, Hester graded out as the 63rd-best interior defender out of 131 players who logged at least 200 defensive snaps. During his second season, he graded out at 13th out of 129. As a pass rusher, his win rate jumped from 6.6% to 13.2% from Year 1 to Year 2, and his average depth of tackle in run defense dropped from 2.62 yards to 1.44 yards.

Are Eagles eyeing any 2019 NFL Supplemental Draft targets? - BGN
Thompson makes sense for the Eagles’ secondary room in that he’s a Maddox-like player. Nickel coverage primarily, but could provide some safety/switch versatility given his range of experiences in college. The Eagles are still looking for a young safety to develop behind Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod — and if Thompson is that guy, they could cut Andrew Sendejo and return the comp pick he’s currently blocking. Thompson would likely cost a 4th or 5th-round selection. I wouldn’t hate him in the fifth for the Eagles at all.

The Kist & Solak Show #103: Did Schwartz Save the Eagles’ Season? - BGN Radio
Michael Kist asks Benjamin Solak, “Did Jim Schwartz save the Eagles’ season?” PLUS the gang discusses the MVP odds headed into the 2019 NFL season! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Mailbag: Nonsense, (mostly) non-Eagles, July 4th edition - PhillyVoice
Cowboys: They’re delusional about how good they are, and don’t let recent, numerous failures get them down for too long. They also have resorted to celebrating modest accomplishments, like, saaaayyy, sweeping a division rival ravaged by injuries, for example. Those are qualities I like in my cornerbacks.

Making Plays - Iggles Blitz
Most defensive coaches focus on points allowed. Jim Schwartz is a disciple of the Buddy Ryan coaching tree and those guys wanted their defenses to make plays. It is surprising that the Eagles out-performed the Cowboys in so many categories when you think about how banged up the Philly secondary was. Rookie Avonte Maddox had two INTs for the Eagles in less than a full season. That total would have tied for the team lead in Dallas. Schwartz and his staff preach the importance of takeaways. They make that a focal point of gameplans. Rod Marinelli has been on some teams that came up with a ton of takeaways, but you wonder how much of that was scheme and how much just individual talent. Coaching guys like Derrick Brooks and Peanut Tillman can make anyone look good.

Mike Tanier Fixes the NFL Fanbase Rankings - B/R
The misunderstood, much-maligned grandchildren of the folks who booed Santa Claus in 1968 now heckle and initiate road fans and boo their own team out of a sense of tradition and ceremony, not malice. The national media still follows Eagles fans around like a crooked sheriff hoping to pull them over for a flickering taillight, but going to Lincoln Financial Field is more like going on a haunted hayride than attending the medieval witch burnings at old Veterans Stadium. Eagles fans know their stuff, tailgate like champions and have proven they can get through Super Bowl celebrations while being a danger only to themselves and awnings. Some are even downright friendly. So long as you aren’t wearing a Cowboys jersey.

Studs & Duds - The NFL’s All-Time Best And Worst Free Agent Signings - The Draft Network
DUD - Philadelphia Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha signed a 5-year, $60M contract with the Philadelphia Eagles back in 2011. And heck, considering his status as a three time Pro Bowler and two time All-Pro defender (all in the three seasons prior to leaving Oakland, no less), who could blame them? Asomugha faced only 87 pass attempts in his final three seasons with the Raiders, he was considered a bona-fide stud. There’s just one *little* problem here. Asomugha was a press man defender who thrived beating up receivers early on in reps and riding them out from there. The Eagles? They asked him to play in space. The “Dream Team” of 2011 lived up to their name with this signing -- because you’d have to be dreaming to think that kind of transition after 8 years of press man would work.

Who Is the Best Wide Receiver in the NFL? - The Ringer
There may be more receiving talent in the league than ever, and five players have a claim to be the best at their craft. Does Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, or DeAndre Hopkins reign supreme?

From Brady’s Nightmare to Dallas Sucks, the best NFL-themed beers - ESPN
When it was brewed: Weyerbacher put it out in the beginning of the 2017 season -- the Eagles’ Super Bowl-winning season. In the first year, Weyerbacher thought they would do 500, maybe 1,000 cases. They ended up doing 14,000 over three months. Now they brew it on a limited basis.

Jared Lorenzen performed miracles right in front of me - SB Nation
Lorenzen, who tragically passed away today at age 38, was more than the largest quarterback anyone has ever seen.

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