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Carson Wentz’s new approach: Make more plays from pocket - ESPN
One noticeable change in Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz’s play this summer is that he hasn’t been using his legs as a weapon. During practice, he has been operating almost exclusively from the pocket. He drops back, surveys and fires. There’s the occasional bootleg or rollout, but it’s hard to remember an occasion when he clicked into backyard-football mode and scrambled around until something broke open downfield. “That part of my game is definitely not gone -- it’s still going to be there -- but if I don’t need to, why would I get out of the pocket when the O-line is holding up and I can find guys to get the ball to?” Wentz said.

Eagles fans chant “F*** Chip Kelly” during a DeSean Jackson appearance - BGN
Another “Welcome home” moment for DJacc.

The QB Scho Show #30: ‘Member Andrew Luck? - BGN Radio
Benjamin Solak and Mark Schofield take a look at Andrew Luck’s career and retirement, PLUS a look at the NCAA Week 0 quarterback performances! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

What Can We Learn? - Iggles Blitz
DL — I think the top 10 guys are set. Shareef Miller is the man on the outside. If he were to play well enough, the Eagles could consider keeping 11 DL. I am curious to see if Daeshon Hall plays. I would sit him out, unless needed due to injury.

PFF projects win totals, division title probability and Super Bowl odds for each team in the NFC East - PFF
In 2018, the public narrative for Wentz was that he took a substantial step back. The truth is that Wentz maintained strong play in the more stable facets of quarterback play as he recorded a 110.5 passer rating from a clean pocket and avoided negatively graded plays at the seventh-best rate in the NFL. What did take a hit? The results in situations where consistency is not to be expected — Wentz’ passer rating on third down fell over 30 points, and he averaged nearly four yards per pay less than his astronomical 2017 mark. Wentz was still money in the all-important intermediate depths from 10-19 yards downfield (yes, most first-down conversions can be had with a pass completed 10 or more yards downfield) where he posted a 127.0 passer rating which dwarfed the NFL average of 96.7. Wentz returns with a supporting cast of players and coaches that can rival the best in the NFL, and his level of play should not diminish expectations for 2019.

Eagles poised to end preseason as they opened the offseason: In a position of strength -
If you’re going with the idea that Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, and Vinny Curry – who honestly looks better to me than he was an Eagle the first time around – are the top three defensive ends, who is number four? Who is number five? Could the Eagles possibly keep six ends? The spotlight throughout the preseason has been on Daeshon Hall, Shareef Miller, and Josh Sweat. That spotlight continues through Thursday night.

Pros and cons of Eagles’ potential trade for Jadeveon Clowney - NBCSP
Con: He’d take snaps from Graham/Barnett. The main reason Chris Long didn’t return to the Eagles was because he wasn’t prepared to take a very diminished role in the defense. If Clowney comes here, he needs to start, which means sending either Brandon Graham or Derek Barnett to a diminished role. The Eagles paid Graham this offseason and Barnett was a first-round pick not that long ago. The addition of Malik Jackson has changed the potential workload for that third defensive end this season because in past years, a DE would slide inside on third downs in the NASCAR package, creating opportunity for the next DE. But Jackson will stay on the field on third downs this year. Their top pass rush group now would be: Barnett, Jackson, Fletcher Cox, Graham. If Clowney comes, he’d be on it.

Fantasy football undervalued RB roundtable: Projecting Miles Sanders’ 2019 season - The Athletic
Miles Sanders’ ADP is No. 27 among RBs — at that valuation, is Sanders undervalued? Funston: Another Goldilocks (just right) ADP, as he’s No. 27 on my RB board. I love him, though. After Josh Jacobs, he was my No. 2 RB coming into the NFL draft. He’s an exciting, athletic RB with three-down potential. Unfortunately, Philly HC Doug Pederson treats his backfield like the Tampa Bay Rays treat their pitching staff — specialized roles for all! That said, this is the most talented RB Pederson has employed in Philly, and I think we’ll see that work into a bigger workload than is typical under his direction. And if he ends up not being able to hold him back, Sanders has the kind of surroundings that can propel him into the RB top 20.

Tom Brady Edges Patrick Mahomes As NFL’s Most Marketable Player - Sports Business Daily
17th) Eagles QB Carson Wentz.

Jets vs Eagles: Five Questions With Bleeding Green Nation - Gang Green Nation
The early returns on the Eagles’ 2019 draft class are encouraging. First-round pick Andre Dillard has impressed. He looks like a legitimate replacement at left tackle once Jason Peters retires (or gets hurt this year). The Eagles have the luxury of not forcing Dillard into the starting lineup right away since Peters is still around. Dillard will benefit from learning from Peters -- a future Hall of Famer -- and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

2018 DVOA by Routes: Defenses - Football Outsiders
The Colts and Packers again finished close to the top at second- and eighth-best against deep crossing routes, but the Eagles bested both of them and took the top spot. The Eagles ran extremely hot and cold against different routes. They finished top-five defending dig, comeback, and fade routes, but bottom-five defending drag, go, and post routes. Given that, their ranking of 15th in overall pass defense DVOA seems appropriate.

Ex-wife of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie steps away from day-to-day role with team - Inquirer
Christina Weiss Lurie, ex-wife of Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie, sent an email to Eagles employees Sunday announcing she has “decided to leave my day-to-day role with the Eagles.” Lurie has continued to direct the Eagles Charitable Foundation since the couple’s divorce was announced in 2012. She remains a minority owner, but in the email she told Eagles employees, “As some of you know, my other longtime passion has been producing for film and television. I have worked hard over the past few years to create new opportunities and begin new projects as the demand for content has reached an all-time high. The time has now come for me to make the transition and focus singlemindedly on this work.”

Jadeveon Clowney could miss regular-season games -
Houston’s season opener is in less than two weeks and Jadeveon Clowney is not under contract. That could remain the case into the regular season and beyond. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Texans pass rusher, who has yet to sign his franchise tag, is willing to miss regular-season games as he awaits a resolution to his contract situation. ”This one could go into the regular season,” Garafolo said on NFL Total Access on Wednesday. “I know a lot of people are looking at this, saying is Jadeveon Clowney really going to punt on $1 million per week and sit out a game, two, three or whatever? Yeah, at least according to what he has told other people.” Garafolo added that Clowney has communicated to people that he is “hurt by the fact that the Texans are even entertaining trade offers.”

NFLPA looking into Cowboys’ direct dealing with players - PFT
On Wednesday, NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo pointed out a dynamic that the Dallas Cowboys haven’t tried all that hard to hide: Their propensity for cutting out the middleman and dealing directly with players who are represented by agents. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL Players Association views the situation as “not good,” and currently is doing its due diligence before taking any official action and/or issuing any formal statement.

Why NFL Teams Find It So Hard to Quit QBs - The Ringer
Cheap, young quarterbacks are the holy grail of modern football building blocks. So why do teams keep handing out $30 million extensions to less-than-elite passers?

7 familiar names (and more!) on the roster bubble heading into 2019’s NFL cutdown day - SB Nation
Carlos Hyde, T.J. Yeldon, and other players who weren’t Jaguars last season.


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