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Derek Barnett poised to take next step at defensive end - PE.com
”I’d say every time he’s on the field, he’s rewarding our investment in him,” Howie Roseman said. “We have a lot of confidence in him as a player and he’s a huge part of our football team. He’s shown that this isn’t a guy that’s going into his third year and we haven’t seen what he’s done. We’ve seen what he’s done in big games. We saw what he was doing last year before he got hurt. We expect him to come in and be a huge part of our team.” Barnett is a quiet young man who spends limited time talking to the media. His focus is on full recovery and keeping it that way. Year 3 is a big one for Barnett, who is being counted on to take that crucial next step. The Eagles reconfigured their defensive end picture with the trade of Michael Bennett to New England and the retirement of Chris Long, so it’s especially important that Barnett is on the field this season. He and Brandon Graham are the leading contenders to get the most reps and to do that, you have to be healthy and you have to be productive. A first-round pick coming into his own as a standout, a 16-game standout, is the perfect tonic for the Eagles’ defensive line picture.

PFF says Jason Peters would be in the Hall of Fame if he retired today - BGN
At the not-so-ripe age of 37, it’s hard to put into words just how impressive it is that Peters is still playing at a high level. While he is projected to start the 2019 season at left tackle yet again, it’s only a matter of time until the metaphorical baton is passed to 2019 first round draftee Andre Dillard. Peters has been in the NFL since 2004 when he was signed as a UDFA by the Buffalo Bills as a tight end. He was ultimately traded to the Eagles in 2009 for three draft picks, and the rest is history. Many Eagles fans consider Peters to be a surefire Hall-of-Famer, but it’s nice to see a national outlet agreeing with such a sentiment.

Sneaky Eagles Concerns - BGN Radio
John Stolnis and Brandon Lee Gowton discuss potential concerns for the Eagles as they approach the 2019 NFL season! Presented by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

NFL Quarterbacks As Stranger Things Characters - The Draft Network
[SPOILER ALERT] — Bob Newby - Carson Wentz. This one hurts my soul. In 2016, Carson Wentz went down for the year after tearing his ACL in the middle of what was shaping up to be a potential MVP season. The rest of the team moved on without him, but they never forgot what he did for them up to that point. Just months later they were Super Bowl champs. Wentz’ MVP season had to die so that the team could live on and achieve their goal. Such was Bob’s sacrifice in season two. RIP in peace, Bob.

Ranking the NFC East, 2019: Cornerbacks - Hogs Haven
Jalen Mills was a promising college prospect who fell to the 7th round in the 2016 draft due to injury and maturity concerns. He has good length (6’0”), was a little light (191 lbs), and had a slow combine 40 time (4.61s), but had a better pro day (4.48s). Originally projected to play a slot CB or safety, Mills has instead played boundary CB for the Eagles. Based on video review of Mills, I think he is a below average starting NFL CB with good (not great) speed and mirroring ability, great effort, and slightly below-average field awareness. He is below average in run support and tackling ability. His biggest weakness is his over-aggression, which may be partly due to the lack of help on offer in Schwartz’s scheme. He bites hard on fakes and often gets beaten for big plays. As a result, he often seems like a very up-and-down player; good against the more limited WRs he can match 1-on-1, but not nearly as good against the NFL’s better WRs, against whom he receives little to no support.

Future PFF Hall of Famers by team heading into 2019 - PFF
LeSean McCoy has a slightly more compelling argument, finishing 10th in PFF grade over that time period among qualifiers. However, that along with some other metrics over his career — such as yards after contact per attempt and missed tackles forced per attempt — fall more under the category of good, not great. Both have a decent shot at finding themselves in Canton, but in our eyes, they fall just outside.

Kendrick Norton involved in car accident, has arm amputated - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins released a statement on Thursday indicating defensive tackle Kendrick Norton was involved in a car accident. The team stated, “We were made aware this morning of a serious car accident involving Kendrick Norton. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kendrick and his family during this time.”

All For XI World Cup Final Roundtable - All For XI
We dish on our favorite moments from the tournament and give our predictions for the final. [...] The best player on the USWNT has probably been Julie Ertz or O’Hara, but we all know they won’t get [the Golden Ball].

Ask a former NFL player - SB Nation
Good question. I think I was fairly naïve to PED use in the NFL. No one discussed it openly (sometimes we discussed it privately), and there’s not much public stigma about PED use in the NFL. I started to understand more about the possible use of PEDs in the NFL later, when you’re just older, wiser, and pay attention more distinctly to whispers. I believe more players use PEDs toward the end of their career just to stick around. We’ve seen more veterans in recent years get busted for using PEDs and it’s honestly not surprising. Players, including those in baseball, use PEDs to help with training and rehab from injuries. As you get older, it’s tougher to rehab and train, and PEDs can help that. So, I think there’s more PED use than I (or we) think, but I don’t have a number or percentage to give you.

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