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Fantasy football sleepers, busts, breakouts for 2019 - ESPN
Jordan Howard, RB, Philadelphia Eagles — Over the past two seasons, there are just two players who have more rushing touchdowns than Howard’s 18: Todd Gurley II and Alvin Kamara. The crown jewel of the Philly backfield right now appears to be Miles Sanders, the exciting second-round pick out of Penn State, but Eagles football czar Howie Roseman knows value when he sees it and swooped in to grab Howard from Chicago. The path to success for Howard doesn’t need to be as a workhorse; if he could earn a backfield share comparable to LeGarrette Blount in 2017 (~12 carries a game as the lead red zone threat), he’ll return value.

Life After Peters: How future Eagles OTs performed in preseason Week 1 - BGN
Jordan Mailata had some strong reps in pass protection as well, as we see above. With his size, Mailata struggles to settle his weight and sit back on his heels the way Andre Dillard does, but his length is suffocating and his mass is such that, even when he’s initially displaced by power, he doesn’t surrender ground the way Dillard does (more on that in a bit). I would call both of these tackles backup caliber in terms of their current play, with Dillard certainly earning the tag of potential starter — as you’d expect from most early-round tackle selections. Starting in Week 1 probably wouldn’t kill him or Carson; it just wouldn’t be ideal. Mailata...yeah, it’d probably kill him.

Eagles training camp practice notes, Day 12: Andre Dillard’s impressive attempts to get better - PhillyVoice
Above we mentioned that Dillard went up against Graham. Normally, Graham rushes against the Eagles’ right tackles. With Dillard exclusively playing left tackle, he typically wouldn’t face off against Graham. However, Dillard specifically asked Graham if he would rush against him so that he could be tested against the team’s best edge rusher. ”I asked him to line up on my side after practice one day,” Dillard said. “I asked, ‘How come you never line up on the left side and never gone against me.’” Graham was happy to oblige. ”I wanted to test him out and see how he’d handle the bull rush, so I bull rushed him twice,” Graham said. “The whole thing is to get him better. I respect that he came to me.” That reminds me a little of DeSean Jackson, when he was a young player. He used to purposely face off against Asante Samuel in WR-CB 1-on-1’s.

For the rookie class, first taste of game action kicks off next stage of development -
“I feel more settled in and comfortable with what I’m doing and what’s going on,” first-round draft pick Andre Dillard said. “At first, everything is fast. I remember that first weekend, being drafted and doing all the media and then flying to Philadelphia and meeting so many people and doing more media. It was pretty crazy. A lot is thrown at you. It happens so fast. And then you go away for a couple of weeks just to catch your breath and you’re back again and this time they’re teaching you a new system. The more you do something, the easier it gets. That’s the way it is with everything. Football is no exception. Things become more familiar the second time around.”

Passing out of heavy sets provides a competitive advantage for NFL offenses - PFF
WHICH TEAMS STAND OUT? Philadelphia Eagles: The team that has garnered the most buzz with two tight end sets this offseason has been the Eagles and for good reason. Both Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert were top-15 tight ends last season in terms of PFF grade and serve as legitimate threats in the passing game. For that reason, it comes as no surprise that in 2018 they led the league in passing plays with two or fewer wide receivers on the field. That number could be on the rise in 2019 with another year under Goedert’s belt.

NFL’s top nine offenses for 2019 season: Falcons own No. 1 spot -
8) Philadelphia Eagles. Carson Wentz is healthy and he’s going to get back to the MVP form we saw before he ripped up his knee two Decembers ago. GM Howie Roseman has given Wentz the most talent he’s ever had around him. DeSean Jackson is going to fly and perfectly complement big-bodied playmaker Alshon Jeffery. The tight end duo of Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert is highly versatile and devastatingly effective. And I expect second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside to provide immediate returns as a jump-ball specialist. In the backfield, rookie Miles Sanders is going to star, with Jordan Howard leading a capable cavalcade of additional options at RB. The offensive line should, once again, be among the NFL’s best. Even if LT Jason Peters begins to show signs of aging at 37, Philly scooped up Andre Dillard as the ultimate insurance (and future blind-side starter) in Round 1. I love this offense.

Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta as trade chips? The Eagles have a need - Big Blue View
Here at Big Blue View, we receive a lot of questions regarding why the Giants have kept Tanney around. He’s a former undrafted free agent who has been bouncing from team to team (nine in all) since 2012 and has played in only one game, going 10-for-14 while playing a half for the Tennessee Titans in 2015. Despite the lack of regular season opportunity, Tanney looks like a perfectly capable NFL backup quarterback when you see him in practice and preseason opportunities. Schofield sees the same thing. “I certainly think he is (a competent backup.) I think you saw that again last (Thursday) night. The numbers were good, the production was good, the efficiency was good, the completion percentage was good,” Schofield said. “Look, he’s shown that sort of backup, spot starter type. He has that ability. He might become a valuable commodity here as we get, say, two weeks from now.”

Ravens Sign Defensive Tackle Elijah Qualls -
The Ravens signed defensive tackle Elijah Qualls Saturday, filling the open roster spot left by the trade of Alex Lewis to the New York Jets. Qualls was a sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. He played in six games and made four tackles for the Super Bowl LII champions. The 6-foot-1, 321-pound University of Washington product didn’t make the Eagles’ 53-man roster the following year and landed on the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad. He was waived with a non-football injury on July 24 as training camp was about to kick off. [BLG Note: Qualls will be returning to Philly for the Eagles-Ravens joint training camp practices next week.]

XFL’s plan to target NFL quarterbacks who don’t make the cut could help Kaepernick - PFT
Four weeks from today, the NFL’s 32 teams will trim all rosters from 90 to 53. As the waiver-wire dust settles, the XFL will try to persuade some of the available players to commit to the resurrected spring league — and to remove themselves from the mix of the never ending in-season roster churn that will happen in the NFL. At quarterback, that will create a potential problem for the NFL. If teams keep two quarterbacks on the roster, an injury to the starter will create a need for a new backup. And if eight to 16 of the third-string quarterbacks who fail to make an active roster choose to accept jobs with the eight teams of the XFL, they won’t be available to the NFL.

Report: Detroit Lions signing QB Josh Johnson - Pride Of Detroit
The Detroit Lions have apparently made a decision regarding their quarterback situation. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Lions will be signing former Washington quarterback Josh Johnson.

Grading 6 rookie quarterbacks on their NFL preseason Week 1 performances - SB Nation
Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones combined for one incompletion in their debuts.


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