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

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Redrafting The 2012 NFL Draft - The Draft Network
3. Cleveland Browns - Fletcher Cox, IDL: This pick was just one in a long line of first-round mistakes for the Cleveland Browns, as running back Trent Richardson quickly fizzled out of the NFL. Fletcher Cox is one of the three best interior defensive lineman in football, and has been for quite some time. Cleveland has attempted to find answers at defensive tackle since 2012, taking Danny Shelton in the first round in 2015. Cox would’ve solved their issues at that position in a major way. Original pick - Trent Richardson, RB.

Eagles continue to find a competitive edge in analytics - BGN
The reason I cite this evolution in the Eagles’ offense is because we saw a similar shift from a similar analytic in 2018. I charted every play following a first down that didn’t gain five yards or more and found that the Eagles were aggressive in their decision-making on second down. Rather than trying to grind the ground game to create a “third and manageable”, the Eagles preferred to let it fly. I broke these findings into three groups. First half of the season, second half of the season (conveniently located after a bye), and the playoffs. What we see is yet another hard shift in come playoff time with the data likely driving the decision-making process.

A look at Vegas’ MVP candidates for the 2019 NFL season - PhillyVoice
Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles, 10/1: The Eagles’ offense is loaded, and in spring practices, Wentz looked a whole lot like the quarterback he was in 2017. Of course, all “If he can stay healthy” disclaimers apply, but even though he has the fourth-shortest odds, I still like him at 10/1.

Top 10 NFL teams of the decade: 2013 Seattle Seahawks No. 1 - NFL.com
3) You might be surprised to find the Eagles here, given that they do not appear in the top-10 decades-long rankings in any of the big-picture categories I looked at. No individual player topped the 1,000-yard mark in either receiving or rushing, while quarterback Carson Wentz threw for just 253.5 yards per game. And, of course, Wentz didn’t even participate in Philadelphia’s improbable Super Bowl push, felled by a knee injury in Week 14. However, as fluky as Nick Foles’ playoff run might have felt at the time, the truth is, the 2017 Eagles were one of the more dominant title-winning teams of the decade. Along with the 2016 Patriots, these Eagles are the only team to win the Super Bowl and rank in the top five in both scoring offense and scoring defense. They outscored their regular-season opponents by a margin of 10.2 points -- which nearly matches the margin by which they defeated the Pats in one of the more entertaining Super Bowls of the era.

Who was your sports hero? NFL stars talk Jordan, Ali and more - ESPN
Rodney McLeod, S, Philadelphia Eagles: ”For football, Deion Sanders, and I would say for basketball Kobe Bryant -- his whole mentality and his ability to blossom into being one of the best players in the game. And then Sanders’ ability to change the game and the impact that he made not only on the defensive side but on special teams and occasionally offense. It was always good to see those guys growing up, just watching them play.”

Ranking how NFC East teams are set up for future at offensive line - Big Blue View
1. Philadelphia Eagles: Like the wide receiver and tight end group, the Eagles take the top spot here due to the best current group and a plan in place to transition over the next few seasons. Philadelphia has a potential claim for the best player in the league at two positions on the line, center Jason Kelce and right tackle Lane Johnson. Despite some retirement rumors in the offseason, Kelce (32 years old in November) signed a contract extension through the 2021 season. Johnson (29) is also signed through 2021 and even with a recent restructure that increased the cap hit in 2020 and 2021, Johnson is set to count for less than $14 million in each of those seasons. 10 tackles will count for more than $14 million on the cap in 2019 but only one (Trent Brown) is expected to play right tackle. Despite recent data and trends showing the difference in impact at left and right tackle is negligible, the Eagles are benefiting from the historical premium put on the left side of the line.

NFL Supplemental Draft 2019: Longtime scout discusses what happens before selection process (Q&A) - NJ.com
Jim Nagy: “You get an email from the [team] office -- with the official list -- once it becomes finalized from the league office. You’ll get an email from your college scouting coordinator. Every scout in the country has his fingers crossed that he doesn’t have a guy from his area on the list. That’s really what starts it off. Once you get that [list] -- you usually only get a couple of weeks -- it’s usually a mad scramble to track down numbers at the school, call the different sources and then the other thing is tape. Some of these schools are so small that the NFL dub center doesn’t even have tape from that particular school. So, you’re having to go to the school and get their Hudl account and there’s a lot of hoops to jump through in a short period of time.”

How many passes can you throw in an NFL game? - SB Nation
A quarterback dropping back time after time and slinging the ball all over the field from start to finish may be a difficult concept for football’s forefathers to grasp. After all, for the first few decades of the sport, the forward pass ranged from illegal to frowned upon. Then Davey O’Brien came along and turned the sport upside down with a 60-pass performance way back in 1940, when the forward pass was generally frowned upon and not far removed from being an altogether illegal transgression.

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