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Ranking every NFL position group from 1-32 - ESPN In$ider
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Cornerback and running back show up as the Eagles’ only obvious weak spots, although they have a lot of young depth at the former and revamped the latter with Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. The key to their 2019 chances will be the health and production of Carson Wentz. [BLG Note: ESPN has the Eagles only behind the New Orleans Saints.]

Eagles Training Camp Practice Notes: A fight, a trick play, injury news, and much more - BGN
Another practice in which 6-6 receiver Carlton Agudosi stood out. You know, a lot of times these tall receivers get brought into camps, they’re not actually any good. They’re often stiff and can’t create separation. That’s not exactly the case with Agudosi, who showed off some good route-running to get open in 1-on-1 against a veteran defender like Orlando Scandrick. Agudosi later beat Jeremiah McKinnon on fade touchdown pass from Sudfeld. Sudfeld found Agudosi again on a deep play in 7-on-7. Agudosi is making his case for a practice squad spot at the very least.

Eagles Training Camp Recap, Day 8 - BGN Radio
Day 8 of the Eagles’ 2019 training camp is in the books and Brandon Lee Gowton & Michael Kist are here to give you all the details of what went down! Bad news strikes the linebackers and cornerbacks, a new face at safety, a rookie shows of his trump card and much more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Miles Sanders stands out in crowded RB picture - PE.com
When Miles Sanders has the football in his hands, he reverts to his natural instincts, his pure talent. He’s got the vision, the foot speed to make defenders miss, the burst, and speed to make big gains in the running game. Those innate skills are why the Eagles used the 53rd pick in the NFL Draft to select Sanders, who has been impressive to date in his first Training Camp. But for Sanders to contribute this season in a talent-heavy offense, he’s going to have to be more than a brilliant player with ability. He’s going to have to know every assignment. He’s going to have to have the mental part of the offense down stone cold. That’s all part of the process.

Fantasy football power rankings 2019: Teams 8-5 - PFF
8. Philadelphia Eagles: No. 1 Name to Know: Zach Ertz, TE. With Philadelphia, our projections are nearly perfectly in line with ADP. Ertz ranks second among tight ends, Carson Wentz ranks eighth among quarterbacks, Alshon Jeffery ranks 24th among wide receivers, and Miles Sanders ranks 28th among running backs. These numbers all just about match up perfectly with my own rankings. I argued earlier this offseason why Zach Ertz should be a second-round pick and the second tight end drafted in most fantasy leagues, and also why we shouldn’t be too concerned with Dallas Goedert’s ascending role (TE26 in our projections) in the offense. Similarly, I argued why I felt Carson Wentz is an ADP value, and it’s encouraging to see our projections agree. Alshon Jeffery ranked 22nd and 24th in fantasy points per game over the past two seasons. His projection feels sound. DeSean Jackson (WR43 in our projections) should be productive but he’s never been a true target-hog (102 projected targets for Jeffery, 74 for Jackson). We’re projecting Sanders to be the lead back in a three-way committee, commanding just a 46% market share. That’s about in line with what Philadelphia’s beat writers are predicting. Though that seems low, it’s still enough to make him a value at current ADP (RB35).

Why are the Eagles the only NFL team to charge fans for their lone open practice? - Inquirer
While the Eagles have other team-funded fan events, they can’t match the experience of watching the players in action, even if for just a practice. The team typically puts on a good show and the players are encouraged the interact with fans — as much as they can from the field. “We have fans, obviously, at the facility, but when we go over [to the Linc] it’s a different animal,” Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said Saturday. “The fans show up in the thousands and it gives us a little extra boost.” A good turnout Sunday could boost the campaign for more open practices. Smolenski said the door isn’t closed on having more than one open practice. “I think that’s the nice thing with the schedule. It allows us to have the flexibility to have more than one if that warrants,” Smolenski said on the radio. “Our coach is very supportive. He’ll adjust his schedule to accommodate what’s best for the organization.”

The other Eagle from Bismarck: The improbable journey of cornerback Jay Liggins, Carson Wentz’s crosstown rival - The Athletic
The dead body on the doorstop outside his childhood apartment in Memphis signaled it was time to move. Jay Liggins was 11 years old. His mother had already considered uprooting their family, which then included 10 children, away from the growing violence in the area. He awoke one morning and saw the corpse. Liggins was too young to understand life and death, but he was becoming too close to learning the difference. He now acknowledges the sight was shocking. In the same breath, he called it “just another day.” “But weeks coming, we moved away after seeing all that,” Liggins said. His family settled in Bismarck, N.D. There was no particular reason for North Dakota. It was safe. It was “near” Mount Rushmore. But mostly, it was different. And that’s what Liggins and his family needed — a family that swelled to 11 children.

Carson Wentz explains how he comforted Andrew McCutchen before his surgery - NBCSP
“I just wanted to keep him in high spirits,” Wentz said. “I know he’s a man of faith as well and let him know that God’s got control of this and he knows that. I just wanted him to know I was praying for him and that I was with him on it and just talk about what to expect from it as well.”

Giants claim LB Joey Alfieri off waivers from Eagles - NJ.com
[BLG Note: The Eagles waived Alfieri on Friday in order to sign tight end Alex Ellis.]

Colts sign Zach Conque, waive Billy Brown - PFT
Brown signed a futures contract with the Colts on Jan. 13. In 2018, he spent time on the practice squads of the Colts and Eagles. Brown spent the entire 2017 regular season and postseason on Philadelphia’s practice squad. He originally signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2017.

The 7 most memorable Pro Football Hall of Fame speeches in the last 20 years - SB Nation
7. Cris Carter, Class of 2013: Cris Carter didn’t have an easy path to Canton. Carter was selected by the Eagles in the supplement draft, but battled drug and alcohol abuse until he turned things around with the Vikings, where he played for 12 seasons. He also had to wait until he was elected to the Hall of Fame, finally getting in during his sixth year of eligibility. When he got there, he didn’t waste any time, sharing his passion and appreciation right off the bat.

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