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Eagles News: SB Nation picks an Eagles breakout candidate

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Let’s try this again: THIS will be Derek Barnett’s breakout season with the Eagles - SB Nation
The guy is just relentless when he is on the field. Even if he weren’t as talented and as skilled as he is, he would still find a way to make plays because his motor never stops running. You combine that kind of drive with a guy who is very athletic and who also has great, consistent technique like Barnett does, and the playmaking potential shoots through the roof. Barnett isn’t the biggest defensive end you will see at 6’3 and 259 pounds, but he plays with a lot of power and explosion. He comes off the ball like a bat out of hell and just makes life miserable for anybody trying to block him. He is quick as hell too, so Barnett makes it extremely hard for an offensive lineman to be able to predict what he’s going to do. More than anything, the guy just understands how to play the game. His football IQ is off the charts, and that gives him a decided edge with the physical gifts he has already been blessed with.

Doug Pederson talks Eagles injury updates, Andrew Luck’s retirement, and more - BGN
The head coach was asked about getting some players — like Nigel Bradham and Fletcher Cox — back at practice this week to feel the intensity and urgency, and whether he’s concerned about them being ready for the regular season. Pederson noted that they’ve been getting some walk-through work in, and Bradham was able to get some individual work, but his main goal is having these players ready to go Week 1. Pederson also said that he was confident that Cox would be ready to go and that while everybody is different, he expects him to be there in two weeks. He was also asked about Brandon Brooks, and the head coach noted that the OG was cleared to increase his workload this week. Pederson said they’ll give Brooks some team reps this week and see where he’s at.

PS Game Review – BAL 26, PHI 15 - Iggles Blitz
Jordan Mailata – RT. This is the kind of game that shows you how far Mailata still has to go. Ravens and their blitz packages test your brains, skills and athleticism. Ravens beat him for sack on 4th down. Had edge rusher slant hard inside. Mailata watched him while blitzer came untouched off edge. This is the kind of blitz you study tape to plan for. With minimal game prep in the preseason, you need a lot of experience or great instincts to get something like this. That’s not Mailata. Whiffed when trying to block DE on pass play. Didn’t get his hands out quick enough. Terrific downblock on run play. Knocked DL off balance. Slow with his hands on 3rd down and got beaten by edge rusher. Rusher beat him to inside and got a big hit on McCown. Still gets too far over his feet at times. Love watching him get to 2nd level and getting clean shot on LB or DB. Can really move those guys.

A shoutout to an outstanding Eagles coaching staff -
“Part of, for me as the head coach taking this job a few years ago and hiring assistant coaches, I wanted guys who could teach football and take the complex situations or concepts and make them easy to understand for players. That’s what we have here,” Pederson said. “You take a guy like Justin Peelle, who played the position (10 years in the NFL), Mike Bartrum, who played the position (13 years in the NFL), and they know how to teach these concepts. They know how to teach these routes. We’re detailing these routes and we’re teaching the players how to run them off of coverage and that’s what you’re seeing with some of these young players as they come in. They’re growing every single week and you’re single those types of improvements.

How the Colts Are Pushing Forward Without Andrew Luck - MMQB
6. I’d similarly push some chips into the middle of the table on Eagles rookie tailback Miles Sanders, who’s shown the three-down ability that he did in his brief time as the lead horse at Penn State. Sanders’s story is interesting because he signed with Penn State before Saquon Barkley’s abilities became obvious, and as a result, he was relegated to spot duty his first two years. Not great for him then, but the benefit now is that he enters the NFL with fewer miles on his legs than most high-end prospects at his position. The smart money, for now, says that Jordan Howard opens the season as Philadelphia’s bellcow, but winds up ceding carries to Sanders as the season wears on.

’He’s found his peace:’ An emotional Ertz reflects on Luck’s retirement - NBCSP
“Saw a very emotional Andrew,” Ertz said. “It was emotional watching it for me knowing him so personally and knowing how much he loves the game of football. … I’m proud of him, for sure. It’s not an easy decision to make, but this game is tough as it is, and it’s impossible to play if you’re 50 percent in and 50 percent out. It’s not good for yourself, it’s not good for your team. At the end of the day, I’m proud of him. I’m happy for him. It feels like he’s at peace with this whole thing, and that’s all I care about.

Andrew Luck, the Colts and the Retirement That Rocked NFL’s World - FMIA
FMIA: How did this come about? — Carli Lloyd: “I love the Eagles. I’ve been an Eagles fan my whole life. I had an off-day and I figured I’d come out. Randy Brown, the former mayor of a town near me in New Jersey, is a [assistant special-teams] coach with the Ravens, has been bugging me for years to go to a practice. I brought my boots. I could kick all day long. I could kick field goals all day long. I absolutely love it. There’s a lot the same with kicking a soccer ball and kicking a football. I love kicking long balls in soccer, and it carries over the football. The technique is the same, and I think I’m very accurate. So I started at 25, and they kept moving me back. I hit one short, I think. There were a couple with the wind that went wide. I got to 55, and that was it. One take. It was good. I had no idea anyone was videotaping it or putting it on cell-phone video. I tried from 57, but it was wide; distance was good. I would have kept going—my competitive nature. But I felt like I was holding them up out there.”

Completely accurate tight end rankings for 2019 - Fake Teams
16. Dallas Goedert - Philadelphia Eagles. It’s pretty easy to start seeing those huge fantasy weeks when you look at Goedert’s size and relative quickness. I think taking him any higher than this, though, is more wishful thinking than sound draft strategy. Now, if we see a few injuries in Philly... Dallas might become a coveted waiver wire pickup.


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