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Brandon Brooks says Andre Dillard is up to 335 pounds - NBCSP
Brandon Brooks, a day after his Achilles surgery, appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Quick Slants on Friday and said Dillard now weighs 335 pounds! “None of that college body, that noodle body, none of that,” Brooks said. “He’s been hitting the weights, man, getting strong. I tried to push him every day. You know how it is playing O-line, there’s no excuses, you gotta get it done.” For reference, Dillard is listed at 315 pounds and said he was 320 at the end of last season. He spent most of his rookie year at 320 pounds but felt like he changed the composition of his body. In the five months since the end of the season, Dillard has been working on his body even more.

Eagles Question of the Day: What is your favorite sports video game? - BGN
It’s video game week here at SB Nation so today’s Eagles Question of the Day asks: What is your favorite sports video game?

Juneteenth Special w/Michael-Shawn Dugar - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic Seattle on this special Juneteenth edition of BGN to talk about racial inequality/police brutality & the NFL! Brought to you by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles rookie NFL player comparisons: Casey Toohill - PhillyVoice
The comp we came up with for defensive end Toohill is former Eagles training camp great Eli Harold. Probably bored on a Friday evening during the third week of training camp last year, Howie Roseman and Bills general manager Brandon Beane made a back-of-the-roster trade in which the Bills got UDFA OT Ryan Bates, while the Eagles got Harold. Harold was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the 49ers. He played there for three years, before the Niners traded him to the Lions in 2018. During the 2019 offseason, Harold signed with the Bills, who then traded him to Philly. Harold had almost no chance of making the team, and after the Eagles cut him, he hasn’t been on a roster since.

Early 2020 Fantasy Football Rankings: Tight ends - Fake Teams
3) Zach Ertz — Year in and year out, Ertz continues to be Carson Wentz’s most trusted target. [...] 16) Dallas Goedert — The Eagles love running two tight ends, especially when they have no wide receivers.

Part 2: 50 things I wanted to observe at the Eagles’ mandatory minicamp - The Athletic
28. Will the Eagles give Jackson snaps at defensive end? That’s been an offseason talking point, although he doesn’t appear ideally suited to play the nine-technique. It might be a look the Eagles use on early downs to get Jackson on the field with Hargrave and Cox, but offseason workouts would reveal whether they want to give Jackson time on the outside.

The best NFL teams and players of the decade - ESPN+
Best special teams — 3. 2014 Philadelphia Eagles (+8.3%). Another Pro Bowl year for Darren Sproles, who had two touchdowns with 13.0 yards per punt return. Josh Huff and Chris Polk each scored a touchdown on a kickoff return. Kickoff coverage forced two fumbles and stopped a league-leading 20 returns short of the 20.

Celebrate Juneteenth by supporting these organizations leading the way for equality -
On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform the nearly 1,200 Black people in bondage that they were finally free, over two and a half years following the enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation. Every year since, Juneteenth has been a holiday to celebrate the end of slavery, which was officially abolished with the ratification of the 13th Amendment on December 6, 1865. As we celebrate Black culture and history today, we recognize we have a long way to go toward true equality. We’re committed to using our platform for good, and hope that you join us in supporting these organizations who are leading the way.

Gerald McCoy has called on Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to speak up about life - Blogging The Boys
It was two weeks ago that the Cowboys released a video statement condemning racism and hatred in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. In that video a handful of Cowboys players can be seen, but there is no appearance from Jerry Jones. Noted First Take personality Stephen A Smith said on Thursday’s edition of the show that he was highly disappointed to not see any sort of statement from Jerry Jones specifically and added that he had yet to see any Cowboys player call for Jerry Jones to speak out. McCoy appeared on the show on Friday and called for that to happen.

Six Redskins who could surprise in 2020 - Hogs Haven
Caleb Wilson (TE). The Redskins’ second Mr. Irrelevant (with Trey Quinn being the first), Wilson was taken by the Cardinals with the last pick in the 2019 draft. He was placed onto the Cardinals’ practice squad before the 2019 season and poached by the Redskins in December (a couple of months after TE Hale Hentges was claimed by Washington after being waived by the Colts). Wilson finished his college career at UCLA as their single-season record holder for tight end receptions (60) and receiving yards (965). He was also named first team PAC 12 and second team All American in his junior year. He’s primarily a receiving TE, without a lot of value as a blocker, and there are questions about his level of effort. However, in a very crowded tight end room - and without any clarity on the depth the chart - Wilson will likely be given a fair shake to prove himself. If he can’t beat out Jeremy Sprinkle or Hale Hentges, he’ll probably be fortunate to end up on the practice squad. [BLG Note: Caleb is the son of former Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson.]

Big Blue View mailbag: Position battles, Matt Rhule vs. Joe Judge, more questions - Big Blue View
Do I think the Giants are on the right track? I think the first two Dave Gettleman draft classes have been a net positive. I like the emphasis (offensive line/defense) of the 2020 class. We just have to wait and see how they play. I like the fact that they emphasized adding to the defense in free agency. Did they sign the right players? We’ll know when the games are played. So, yes, I think the Giants are on the right track. Question is, are they running a mile or a marathon? Fans hate the idea of having patience, but I think it’s closer to a marathon, and it’s going to take time to know for sure whether they are getting it right.

Thoughts on the Jamal Adams Saga - Gang Green Nation
Joe Douglas’ life as Jets general manager has been pretty easy. He was hired along with a lot positive media attention. Nobody could blame him for the team’s struggles in 2019. It wasn’t the team he built. This year if the Jets disappoint, fans will likely put much more blame on Adam Gase than him. The Adams situation will likely be his first major test. Can he deflate the situation and get Adams to buy into being a member of the Jets for the long term? If not, can he maximize the return in a trade? It is a tricky situation. On the one hand, I mentioned how Adams’ value won’t get any higher as time goes on. On the other hand, it isn’t in Douglas’ interest to make a panic deal right now for a lame return like only a first and a third round pick or a player like Michael Gallup and a day two pick. Douglas will need to strike the right balance waiting for the right deal to come along while not waiting so long that Adams’ value drops. He needs to thread the needle the way Jacksonville did with Jalen Ramsey. It is easier said than done.


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