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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/5/19.

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Fantasy Football 2019: 16 Rookies Who Could Make an Impact - MMQB
Miles Sanders, Eagles: Philadelphia has one of the deepest running back corps in the league. Where will the second-round pick out of Penn State land on the depth chart? His obstacles are not insurmountable—the Bears traded Jordan Howard to Philadelphia for a reason, and Josh Adams’s usage settled last year after a midseason spike—so don’t be surprised if Sanders emerges, though it may not be until later in the season.

Reexamining Eagles roster battles ahead of training camp - BGN
Josh Adams, the 2018 leading rusher for the team, has his work cut out for him if he hopes to make the team again. Not only is he nursing a shoulder injury that ended his 2018 campaign, but he offers almost no flexibility in terms of his skill set. He is not the straight-ahead rusher that Howard is, nor the shifty back that Sanders is, can’t make plays in the passing game like Clement can, and doesn’t return punts like Scott does.

Eagles 2018 dropped passes tally, with analysis - PhillyVoice
It’s also worth noting that earlier this offseason, we posted video of all of DeSean Jackson’s targets in 2018. Within the analysis of that piece, I wrote that I would ding him for two drops. Because he had 41 catches, his drop rate would be 4.7% in 2018, which is very good for an outside receiver. On the negative side, Corey Clement and Jay Ajayi excluded, the Eagles’ running backs did a terrible job of catching the football, with Wendell Smallwood’s third down drop in the red zone against the Vikings serving as the most costly. Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders have a low bar to clear in improving the Eagles’ passing attack from the running back position.

League reveals slate for NFL100 Game of the Week - NFL.com
The NFL celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019. To commemorate the notable benchmark, the NFL has 17 matchups with historical significance in mind. [...] Week 11 (Nov. 17): New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles, CBS — The two teams met in Super Bowls XXXIX and LII, with a split in the matchups. The last meeting produced the “Philly Special” and an Eagles’ win behind backup QB Nick Foles.

Audible: Ken Flajole During 2019 Offseason - PE.com
Go inside one of our recent practices with linebackers coach Ken Flajole in this edition of Audible.

Connor Barwin Receives Magis Award for Work in Philly - NBC Philadelphia
Mayor Jim Kenney presented former Eagle Connor Barwin with the Magis Award for his positive impact with his foundation Make The World Better. His mission is to connect people by building and revitalizing parks and playgrounds throughout Philadelphia.

The 2019 NFL All-Retirement team: Gronk headlines a stacked squad - ESPN
Chris Long, DE. 2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles. Long’s ability on the field stands alone, but the way he ended his 11-year career elevated his profile. He was a key member of two Super Bowl teams (Eagles, Patriots) and became the 2018 recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Long became known as much for giving up paychecks for social causes as for sacks. “Been a hell of a journey. Eleven years and I can honestly say I put my soul into every minute of it,” said Long, who had 70 career sacks, in a retirement statement in May.

A Second-Year Head Coach Is Guaranteed to Make the Super Bowl This Season - The Ringer
Colts GM Chris Ballard has been lauded for his staff’s scouting and salary-cap management, but Reich is the key to a Super Bowl run this season. The second-year head coach was the offensive coordinator in Philadelphia who elevated Carson Wentz to an MVP candidate and kept the offense chugging with Nick Foles all the way to a Super Bowl win over Bill Belichick. Kansas City’s 31-13 demolition of the Colts in the divisional round has wiped away the memory of just how good Indy was at the end of last year. After the Colts started 1-5, they finished the regular season 9-1. By Football Outsiders’ weighted DVOA, which puts more emphasis on games later in the season, the Colts finished fourth behind only the Chiefs, Saints, and Chargers. Indy’s success is rooted in Frank Reich’s scheme maximizing the team’s talented offensive line. Andrew Luck had the second-most pass attempts in 2018 but was sacked just 18 times, the least of any qualifying quarterback. Indy has more versatility than they did last year in their skill positions with free agent Devin Funchess and rookie receiver Parris Campbell, and they added former Kansas City outside linebacker Justin Houston to help their pass rush, plus second-round cornerback Rock Ya-Sin. Out of all the coaches that could join the elite tier of Super Bowl contenders in 2019, Reich is the most likely.

What’s the first NFL game you remember? - SB Nation
You probably don’t remember your first glimpse of an NFL game. You probably saw part of a random game on, or a highlight on TV — nothing that ever registered in the deep recesses of your brain, worthy of taking up precious memory space. But you almost certainly remember the first time you really connected with the game, whenever you were struck with an “oh yes, this is football. I am enjoying this” eureka moment. On that note, please join us on a little nostalgia trip as we here at SB Nation reminisce about the first NFL game we can vividly recall, whether it happened in the 80s, 90s, or egads, the ‘00s. (Anyone who remembers dialup internet — or life before the internet — be forewarned: We’ve got some babies on staff.)

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