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Eagles News: Brandon Brooks talks trade rumors, confidence in bouncing back

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Brandon Brooks describes his reaction to offseason trade reports - NBCSP
So in a sense it’s understandable that the Eagles did talk to other teams about Brooks. The one thing that bothered him was how he heard that the Eagles were shopping him. “The only thing I wish about that actually was instead of hearing it from my mom — my mom being like, ‘Hey, where are we going?’ - it would have been nice to get a phone call (that) this was going on. But other than that? It’s a business, man, and I never lose sight of that. Hey, man, (if) something happened the biggest thing I’d miss was the fans in the city. There are no better fans, and I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else or go anywhere else. But it happened and it is what it is.” Brooks not only pronounced himself healthy and ready for training camp, he said his rehab went so well that if the Eagles won the NFC East last year and reached the playoffs he would have been able to play.

Brandon Brooks: ‘There isn’t any doubt in my mind’ - PE.com
Said Brooks: “Me and Lane, within ourselves, there is no doubt. I think it’s more the outside – for example, basically, I’ve had back-to-back Achilles tears, I’ll be 32 this year, things like that – but I think the biggest thing that everybody is forgetting is, I’ve torn my Achilles before and when I came back I was the best. Period. So, with that said, what tells you it would be any different this time? That’s exactly how I feel.As far as proving ourselves, yeah, I mean I guess there could be a debate. Prove it that you’re going to be healthy. Prove it if you can make it through 17 games now, things like that. As far as proving yourself, what haven’t we done? That’s the question. What haven’t we accomplished? So, there is no doubt or ‘Hey, we’re in our 30s coming off injury and we don’t know if we can do it.’ We’ve done it. We’ll be fine.”

Eagles football operations department changes include former GM hire - BGN
BCC also had this to say in an article titled “Don’t feel bad for Dave Caldwell getting fired”: Dave Caldwell was very bad at his job. He was not good at some of it. He was not good at one or two things. He was very bad at everything. He was the worst general manager this franchise has ever known and arguably the worst at his position throughout the league. And it’s okay to be happy he’s been fired. The bread and butter of any general manager in the NFL is two-fold: franchise quarterbacks and first round draft picks. If you don’t do either one of those well, your football team will struggle. Dave Caldwell failed at both. Caldwell is said to be close with Howie Roseman so I imagined that played a part in the Eagles hiring him. He might be able to offer some worthwhile insight in a contributing role as opposed to making big-picture decisions.

At the Podium: Day 2 of OTAs, Darius Slay steals the show - BGN Radio
Javon Hargrave, Anthony Harris, Rodney McLeod, Greg Ward and Darius Slay spoke with the Philly media on Wednesday after Day 2 of OTAs. Darius Slay had the most memorable presser out of all the players, he was absolutely hilarious, very playful and goofy.

GamePlan: How the 2021 Offseason May Foreshadow the NFL’s Future in More Ways Than One - Sports Illustrated
And over the last day, I’ve heard people with teams and throughout the league office say they believe she’ll [Catherine Raiche] wind up as the NFL’s first woman to become GM (though she may have some competition for the distinction with Denver’s new executive director of football operations, Kelly Kleine).

Philadelphia Eagles make history, promoting Catherine Raiche to vice president of football operations - USA Today
In 2015, Catherine Raiche was a corporate and tax attorney by day. She was a Canadian taxation master’s student at night. On weekends, she volunteered for the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes. “I had a solid plan B to be strategic and confident with my plan A,” Raiche told USA Today Sports over Zoom earlier this month. “My plan B was law, and my plan A was football.” Plan A is working. Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles announced they were promoting Raiche to vice president of football operations, the most senior-ranking team personnel position a woman has held in NFL history. The promotion launches Raiche to the same position Andrew Berry held in Philadelphia in 2019.

The six reasons the Cowboys are having one of the best OTAs in the NFL - Blogging The Boys
That is seven positions that are instantly upgraded from last year, and not just the tail end. Martin’s was the latest to occur, on Thanksgiving of last season when the Cowboys were still somehow in the hunt for a playoff spot thanks to how incredibly bad the NFC East was. It is almost certain that no other team in the league has that much talent coming back after they were lost to IR. That alone means that the Cowboys should be considered one of the most improved teams already in the offseason. It does not require projection of how draft picks will perform at the next level, or guessing how much improvement a coaching change will bring. In Dallas, at least, the OTAs are already a roaring success just because of who is back. [BLG Note: BTB is in peak offseason form.]

Giants’ Daniel Jones is NFL’s best deep passer, per Next Gen Stats - Big Blue View
The addition of wide receiver Kenny Golladay is the key acquisition in the effort to get the ball down the field. Since 2018, Golladay’s contested catch rate of 63 percent is second in the NFL to Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints, per Pro Football Focus. Golladay’s Average Depth of Target (aDOT) of 14.6 yards in each of the past two seasons is far more than any Giants receiver is 2020. Darius Slayton had an aDOT of 12.6, Sterling Shepard was at 8.3 and Evan Engram 6.9. John Ross, the speedster signed from the Cincinnati Bengals had an aDOT of 15.6 in 2019, his best season. He caught 28 passes that year. First-round pick Kadarius Toney isn’t necessarily a vertical receiver. He had an aDOT of just 7.68 yards last season. He averaged 6.81 yards after catch in 2020.

The complete history of Aaron Rodgers’ rocky relationship with the Packers - SB Nation
Aaron Rodgers’ tenure with the Green Bay Packers is hurtling towards an unceremonious end. The reigning NFL MVP has been frustrated in recent years by a perceived lack of support from the front office, and now he’s fed up to the point he wants out. The story of a veteran seeking a change is a familiar one, but it’s unheard of to see a future Hall of Famer coming off one of the best seasons of their career, one game removed from the Super Bowl, and deciding it’s time to make a break. It’s indicative of a relationship that has been souring for a decade and only bubbling to the surface now, and not even success can mend this rift.

NFL Daily Kickoff, Friday - Catherine Raiche is the new VP of Football Ops in Philly - The SB Nation NFL Show
The Philadelphia Eagles announced some personnel changed on Thursday and one of them is particularly notable. Also, there could be a reunion happening under Dan Campbell’s watch in Detroit. Check out the latest NFL Daily Kickoff as we catch you up on all of it.

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