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[#] Tue May 16 2017 07:48:52 EDT from rss

Subject: Alshon Jeffery says Kelly Green is his favorite Philadelphia Eagles jersey

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Make the change, Jeffrey Lurie.

Not all athletes show an understanding that they "get" Philadelphia. In the case of Alshon Jeffery, he totally gets it.

Excellent work, Alshon. Paying homage to Randall Cunningham and Kelly Green is a great way to score extra points with the fan base.

Yes, I realize not everyone loves Kelly Green. But the truth is it's more popular than not. Check out these poll results with over 9,300 votes cast.

The good news for Alshon is that he soon might be able to wear the Kelly Green himself. Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie admitted earlier this offseason the team is trying to bring the jersey back as an alternate. He also didn't rule out Kelly Green becoming the Eagles' full time primary jersey one day in the future.

Jeffery's contract is going to be up at the end of this year. Here's hoping he has a big season and then stipulates that he'll only stay if the Eagles switch back to their best uniforms.





[#] Tue May 16 2017 07:23:38 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Philadelphia created a competition system where players get prizes

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/16/17.

Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...

Turning Workouts Into Games For Big Prizes - PE.com
Competition winners? Huh? What’s that mean? Well, it means a lot to the Eagles' players and coaching staff. Created collectively by Pederson, Howie Roseman, and the Eagles’ performance team prior to the start of the team’s voluntary offseason workout program, a weekly series of competitive "games" was started to, as Pederson says, “create some friendly competition and build camaraderie. We wanted to allow the guys to have some fun with some off-beat competition.” Whether it’s a tug-of-war battle between the offensive line and defensive line, a series of agility tests on the field, or a competition in the weight room, the Eagles' players are loving it, attacking it, and very hungrily going after the grand prizes each week.

Football Outsiders projects Eagles to have toughest 2017 NFL schedule - BGN
Yikes.

The Eagles May Have Found A Gem In DT Charles Walker - BGNRadio.com
Charles Walker is a fascinating prospect. At 6'2”, 310 the Oklahoma product has noticeable talent on the field. He's surprisingly agile for his size. He's shown flashes of impressive power. Walker even had the awareness to deflect four passes in the four games played of his junior season. Those are fun, exciting qualities in a modern defensive tackle. I'm really excited to see what he'll do in training camp.

Jim Schwartz has a history of playing rookie cornerbacks early - PhillyVoice
Of the 20 players listed above, 18 played in at least one game in their rookie seasons. 12 started at least one game. Seven started at least four games. In other words, rookies play under Jim Schwartz, so Douglas has a good chance to contribute if he shows anything.

Reflecting on the Draft - Iggles Blitz
I liked the Eagles draft. I didn’t love it. The big hang-up for me is taking RB Donnel Pumphrey and not getting a workhorse type of RB. Beyond that, I really like what the Eagles did. As I’ve written about, this draft was all about the passing game. On offense, that meant getting weapons for Carson Wentz. On defense, that meant finding pass rushers and cover guys. The Eagles did a good job on both fronts.

Eagles rookie Derek Barnett could start right away at defensive end - ESPN
The first-round pick out of Tennessee will have to fend off Vinny Curry and Chris Long for the starting job. We'll say he does.

Greg Ward Jr., a quarterback in college, is hoping to catch on as a receiver for Eagles - Daily News
On the surface, Greg Ward Jr.'s journey to a roster spot would seem to be considerably steeper than that of the other 10 Eagles undrafted rookies. He not only wasn't drafted, but also is making the switch to a new - or at least semi-new - position. Ward began his career at the University of Houston as a wide receiver, but spent the last two years as a dual-threat quarterback. He finished with the fourth most passing yards (8,705) and fifth most passing touchdowns (52) in school history. His 39 career rushing touchdowns tied the school record.

Corey Clement disappointed by not being drafted, but glad to be with Eagles - CSN Philly
The expectations may not be quite that high for Glassboro, N.J. native Corey Clement, but the Eagles thought enough of the Wisconsin product to sign him to a deal. "Being able to play home," Clement said when asked what was appealing about the Eagles. "Growing up near Philadelphia and being able to represent my family and friends in the right manner. There was no hesitation where I wanted to go."

5 potential Eagles position battles between a rookie and a vet - PennLive
1) Derek Barnett vs. Vinny Curry or Chris Long: The Eagles drafted Barnett, a defensive end out of Tennessee, with the 14th overall pick last month in an attempt to bolster their pass rush. But Vinny Curry has four years left on a lucrative contract, while the 32-year-old Long signed with Philly this offseason in hopes of earning a more expanded role than he played last season in New England.

Philadelphia Eagles Sign Victor Salako - Cowboys Ride For Free
I was surprised not to see Salako’s name called in the draft, but am not surprised to see him land with an NFL team. The Eagles’ line needs work, and since Philly didn’t draft an offensive lineman, Salako should have a good chance to stick with the team long-term.

Report: Saints expected to sign Clay Harbor, Khalif Barnes - Canal Street Chronicles
Former Eagle alert.

Colin Kaepernick to the Seahawks makes too much sense to not happen - SB Nation
Kaepernick is a perfect fit for Seattle in more ways than one.

BLG answers your Eagles questions - Facebook
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[#] Mon May 15 2017 16:47:02 EDT from rss

Subject: 13 notes from Eagles rookie minicamp 2017

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Some quick updates.

The Philadelphia Eagles held their rookie minicamp over the weekend. Picks from the 2017 NFL Draft, undrafted free signings, and tryout players all participated. Here are some notes from the minicamp. Shoutout to BGN Radio’s John Barchard for shooting the videos embedded below.

Derek Barnett’s contract isn’t an issue

Barnett is the only Eagles draft pick who hasn’t signed his rookie contract yet. Thanks to the new CBA, however, that probably won’t be an issue. Barnett himself said he expects a deal to happen soon.

Check out video of Barnett via the Bleeding Green Nation Facebook page.

1st RD Pick Derek Barnett!

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Friday, 12 May 2017

Sidney Jones gives a status update

Doug Pederson said the Eagles don’t have a timeline for Jones, but Jones himself revealed the next mini-step in his recovery: his walking boot will be removed on May 21. Jones also denied a report that indicated he’d be back on the field by October.

Jones had the best quote of minicamp.

Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones: The next Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown?

Eagles rookie Shelton Gibson had the following to say about Douglas, his old West Virginia teammate. Via NJ.com:

"We had a lot of fights on the field," Gibson said, when asked about the competitive nature of practicing against Douglas on a daily basis. "We had to stop a couple of practices on the field. We competed at a very high level every single practice, and we went against each other every practice."

Check out video of Douglas via the Bleeding Green Nation Facebook page.

3rd RD Pick Rasul Douglas talking about his technique

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Friday, 12 May 2017

Mack Hollins is catching attention

In case you missed it, anonymous sources are already “raving” about the Eagles’ fourth round wide receiver. In addition to Hollins’ on-field performance, he also draws attention for his eccentric off field behavior.

Check out video of Hollins via the Bleeding Green Nation Facebook page.

WR Mack Hollins talking about his offseason workout with Carson Wentz

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Friday, May 12, 2017

Donnel Pumphrey needs to add weight

The diminutive Pumphrey currently weighs in at 176 pounds, but he told reporters the team wants him up to 180-185.

Check out video of Pumphrey via the Bleeding Green Nation Facebook page.

RB Donnel Pumphery on who he talked to coming into Rookie Camp

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Friday, May 12, 2017

Shelton Gibson earns a strong review

In addition to Gibson giving a scouting report on Douglas, Douglas returned the favor. Via NJ.com:

His speed," Douglas said of Gibson's greatest attribute. "It's like ... You know he's fast, but when you're running with him; 'damn, he's fast.' It's like 'how fast is fast with Shelton?' You can run with him, but once the ball is in the air, you see the separation.

"When you cover him, you'll see the ball in the air and next thing you know, Shelton is already blowing past you. Anytime, he can just throw on that 4.2 gear."

Nathan Gerry talks about his transition

The Eagles are moving Gerry from linebacker. The change doesn’t surprise him.

“Not very surprised. I talked to quite a bit of teams through the [draft] process. Just my versatility. I was able to play a lot of positions. I think that’s one of the things that benefited me most going into the whole process was that I could play into multiple spots. I think right now I just need to add a couple pounds on. Otherwise, throughout Day 1, I felt pretty comfortable.”

Elijah Qualls might be a ninja

I didn’t see any mention of Qualls from rookie minicamp. No tweets. No interviews posted anywhere. Maybe he’s the stealthiest 6-1, 321 pound man in the world.

Corey Clement needs to lose weight

The Eagles want Pumphrey to beef up and they want Clement to beef down (or put the beef down). Via Philly.com:

Clement said that he weighed in at 225 pounds on Thursday. While Staley wants him to get down to 217, he's almost 50 pounds heavier than Pumphrey, who said he tipped the scales at 176, 17 pounds heavier than Smallwood's listed weight and 35 pounds heavier than Sproles.

"I think I can be utilized in short yardage situations," Clement said, "but at the same time I can always hit the hole and run if need be."

Clement is easily the biggest running back the Eagles have (excluding Ryan Mathews). He’ll have a chance to earn a spot on the team with a strong summer.

Check out video of Clement via the Bleeding Green Nation Facebook page.

UDFA RB Corey Clement on his first practice

Опубліковано Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans 12 травня 2017 р.

Weston Steelhammer is more than just a great name

Steelhammer was the most notable tryout player at Philadelphia’s rookie minicamp. He has connections to Doug Pederson. The Eagles head coach revealed Steelhammer played football with his son when Pederson was coaching at the high school level.

Steelhammer also has an interesting story in the sense that he thought he’d be able to join the NFL right away after playing college football at Air Force. But very late in the process the Air Force decided the players hoping to enter the NFL would need to serve at least two years after finishing school. So, Steelhammer may have just auditioned for a shot with the Eagles in two years.

The Eagles’ new coaching addition was on display

The Eagles fired Greg Lewis and hired former Rams wide receiver coach Mike Groh to the same position in Philadelphia. We got our first look at Groh on Friday. He already has the Eagles doing a drill that I’d never seen them do before at practice.

Yes, that’s Gibson who drops a pass in this video. Let’s hope to see less of that.

Eagles made a new locker room addition

The Eagles found a way to fill some empty space in the back of their locker room. The offensive line and linebackers will have the closest access to this new game machine.

Watch Eagles rookie minicamp practice

Watch more than 30 minutes of video from Eagles minicamp below. Or click here if the video doesn’t appear.

LIVE Eagles Rookie Camp

Опубліковано Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans 12 травня 2017 р.




[#] Mon May 15 2017 14:16:33 EDT from rss

Subject: Football Outsiders projects Eagles to have hardest 2017 NFL schedule

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Fun!

Football Outsiders is back with some 2017 NFL win projections. Prior to this year’s NFL Draft, the FO folks had the Eagles finishing third in the NFC East with an 8-8 record. Their latest statistical prediction model, however, has the Eagles dropping down to another fourth place finish. Via ESPN In$ider:

Dallas Cowboys: 10-6 (9.7 mean wins, SOS: 2)

New York Giants: 8-8 (7.8 mean wins, SOS: 4)

Washington Redskins: 8-8 (7.5 mean wins, SOS: 3)

Philadelphia Eagles: 7-9 (7.3 mean wins, SOS: 1)

Last year, all four NFC East teams finished in the DVOA top 10, and this again looks like the strongest division in the NFL. Our projections are a little lower for Washington and Philadelphia in 2017, but the entire division still comes out as above-average in mean projected DVOA. The problem isn't just these teams beating up on each other for six games -- the NFC East also draws the two West divisions, which means facing many of the league's top defenses. Right now in the NFC East, it isn't good enough to be good. You need to be great. With an easier schedule, an NFC South or West team doesn't have to play as well as an NFC East team to make the postseason as a wild card.

We still have Dallas repeating as the most likely scenario, although our projections may underrate the importance of their defensive losses because there may be a compound effect from losing so many players at the same position (defensive back). The Giants should be better on offense but may face regression on defense (where they went from 30th in 2015 to second in 2016). Philadelphia was better than its record in 2016 but has dropped slightly since our April forecast, while Washington has moved up a little bit. However, we still have Washington lower than last season, as the Redskins must adapt to a new offensive coordinator and overcome the loss of their top two wide receivers.

As you can see, Football Outsiders projects Philadelphia to have the league’s most difficult strength of schedule (SOS) this year. Not great, Bob.

A quick look at the Eagles’ schedule shows that it’s sure not a cake-walk. Along with playing six NFC East games, the Eagles also have to face the AFC West and the Seahawks in Seattle. Three of Philadelphia’s first four games in 2017 are all on the road. In addition to making two separate trips out of the West Coast, the Birds have to play three straight road games in December.

Now, it’s not as if the Eagles’ schedule is without advantages. Philadelphia doesn’t play a single team coming off a bye. The Eagles will have extra rest in several key matchups against division opponents.

Hopefully the Eagles can take advantage of that extra rest and fare better against their NFC East rivals this season than they did last year. Philadelphia went 2-4 in 2016 division games and one of those wins came against the Cowboys’ backups.

Though the division projects to be highly competitive again, I don’t think the Eagles should be shaking in their boots when it comes to playing their rivals. They played better than the Cowboys did in Dallas last year. They deserved to win that game but they let it get away from them. The Eagles also had late shots to beat the Giants and Washington but blew those opportunities. It’s not like they were getting blown out by their rivals.

I’m not expecting the Eagles to suddenly dominate their division, but I don’t think we should just assume they’ll be last again. Carson Wentz is in Year 2 and finally has some legitimate weapons to work with. Philadelphia boosted their pass rush and added some young talent at cornerback. I realize the Eagles’ NFC East rivals haven’t been inactive in addressing their needs as well. Again, the division will still be tough. I just don’t think the Eagles should be completely counted out ... hardest schedule in the NFL or not.





[#] Wed May 17 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Wednesday Morning Fly By: It's too nice outside to read these links.

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*Guys, we are almost definitely going to be drafting Nolan Patrick in a couple of weeks so please enjoy this piece on how big a star Nico Hischier is going to be once he hits the NHL. [CSN Philly]

*In what can only be described as adorably misguided, the Dallas Stars fans thinking about what their team might look like if they draft Nico. [Defending Big D]

*Travis Konecny had a goddamned great rookie year and we should be excited about him moving forward. [BSH]

*Shayne Gostisbehere should be signing a new contract this year; what should we expect to see the Flyers do with it? [Sports Talk Philly]

*In fact, your pal Charlie O'Connor went into some great depth about the potential Ghost contract scenarios on this week's BSH Radio, which you should most definitely listen to right now. [BSH]

*Philadelphia deserves another All-Star Game. And soon. [BSH]

*Friedman's latest 30 Thoughts takes a look at some possible offseason trades and signings. [Sportsnet]

*Evidently, the Predators' normal anthem singer is mad that super famous country stars are stealing his thunder. I mean... [The Tennessean]

*And finally, the 2017 Ottawa Senators are the late-90s New Jersey Devils and it's making us all really freaking bored. [Vice Sports]





[#] Wed May 17 2017 12:48:19 EDT from rss

Subject: Reactions to LeGarrette Blount signing with the Eagles

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Lots of takes.

The Philadelphia Eagles surprisingly signed LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract on Wednesday morning. Immediate reactions to the news can be found below.





[#] Wed May 17 2017 11:23:48 EDT from rss

Subject: LeGarrette Blount, Eagles sign contract

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The Eagles have a new running back.

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed veteran free agent running back LeGarrette Blount, according to an official announcement from the team. NFL insider Ian Rapoport notes the deal is worth up to $2.8 million.

To put it bluntly (ensue booing), this specific signing wasn’t exactly expected. But the Eagles sure did need help at running back.

There’s been a lot of concern about the Eagles’ backfield ever since the conclusion of the 2017 NFL Draft. Despite Howie Roseman calling it an “historic running back class,” the Eagles left the draft without a real lead back.

Blount — who measures in at 6-0, 250 pounds — gives the Eagles an experienced, physical runner that they previously lacked. The 30-year-old rushed for 1,161 yards and 18 (!) touchdowns last year on 299 attempts, which comes out to 3.9 yards per carry.

“LeGarrette Blount is a tough, physical runner who has enjoyed a great deal of success in New England and we are excited about adding him to this football team,” said Roseman. “We feel good about the depth and competition that we have created at the running back position and we are looking forward to getting the guys out on the field next week for OTAs.”

The Eagles won’t be able to rely on Blount as a pass catcher, but the truth is they don’t need him to. They already have a lot of backs with that skill in Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and Donnel Pumphrey. Blount figures to see most of his work on first and second down with those other backs rotating in.

The signing of Blount is bad news for two Eagles players. First, it confirms that Ryan Mathews is going to be gone, which we all basically knew anyway. It also means undrafted free agent signing Corey Clement will have a harder time making the final roster, though he could still end up on Philadelphia’s practice squad.

Blount is ultimately a nice one-year stop gap for the Eagles. He’ll run hard and take some pressure off Carson Wentz. Philadelphia can try again to find a long-term answer in next year’s draft.





[#] Wed May 17 2017 09:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Rookie Profile: Donnel Pumphrey, the ultimate underdog, is tough as nails

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Get to know the new Eagles rookie running back.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to draft Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In order to learn more about the new Eagles running back, I reached out to SB Nation's Mountain West Conference site: Mountain West Connection. San Diego State writer Ted McGovern was kind enough to answer my questions about Pumphrey.

1) Can you sum up what his college career was like?

In a word: stellar. Donnel Pumphrey is a special person- an exceptionally gifted athlete and the ultimate underdog. Pumphrey was overlooked by many universities due to his size, despite his Canyon Springs High School records and successes including being named the Gatorade Nevada Player of the Year. His high school coach, Hunkie Cooper, helped Pumphrey receive an offer at San Diego State- a launching pad for great players who may not always fit the standard P5 formula. On the team, Pumphrey was expected to be little more than a backup running back, but from day one he set the goal to beat Marshall Faulk's records. It didn't take long for coaches to note that Pumphrey did not avoid traffic but went in head on, and regularly defied his size and weight by both taking and issuing hits to and from guys who should have been able to flatten him. It was also recognized early on that he was an extraordinarily productive player. If you've ever seen Pumphrey run, he fights on every single play for every single inch, and he blows through stops that should be play enders. By his junior year, every team that opposed SDSU had one core strategy: shut down Pumphrey- as though he was the team. He defied all odds to become the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, and started his senior season as #74 on the all time most productive NCAA running back list. It was considered blasphemy to even suggest that Donnel Pumphrey could break Ron Dayne's record at season's start, as he needed well over 2000 more yards. He did, and was crowned the MW Offensive POTY again for a second year in a row. Donnel Pumphrey ended his career as the only NCAA player to ever surpass 1000 yards in pass completions AND rush for over 5000 yards. But, then again, he rushed for well over 6000 yards.

2) What are his strengths?

Pumphrey is said to have exceptional eye-foot coordination. He has great field vision and perception. He is known to make 90 degree cutbacks regularly, and he can turn on speed as though he has reserve turbochargers. Pumphrey is also tough as nails- and he has a charisma that cannot be broken. He doesn't avoid hits, and can shake guys off who are over 100 lbs. heavier. His greatest strength, though, is that he has a massive chip on his shoulder. Everybody- and I mean everybody- looks at Pumphrey and says "THERE'S NO WAY that this guy can cut it." By the end of the game opposing coaches leave with their heads spinning, including some who have said he's the best they've seen in college ball. Television announcers are oft quoted as saying they were wrong about Pumphrey and his abilities.

3) What are his weaknesses?

He's the smallest 5'9" 180 pounder you've ever seen. That's because he's actually 5'8 3/4 " and closer to 176 lbs. It's believed that he'll add some weight in the years to come because the climate is different in Philly than Las Vegas and San Diego. But, size has not been a weakness yet- only in perception. Pumphrey is a massive target because of his size, and opposing teams often believed they could shut down the Aztecs offense by simply shutting Pumphrey down. He was regularly double or triple covered. But, this doesn't stop him. Nothing does. In one game last fall against San Jose State, Trevon Bierria viciously targeted Pumphrey- full speed, head to head- and was ejected from the game. Fans thought a temporarily immobilized Pumphrey would be removed on a stretcher. Instead, he got up, shook his head for a minute or two as Bierria was ejected, and coach Ron Caragher gave him a high-five. Pumphrey stayed in the game, lined up, and on the very next play to fans' disbelief he ran the ball 27 yards for a touchdown. That's how Donnel Pumphrey deals with adversity. I don't think NFL teams will hesitate to try and punish him- especially as he produces. But, throughout college, he didn't make the injured list, despite hurt ankles and probably one or two concussed moments. Teams will regularly try to wipe the gridiron with him, and that's nothing new.

4) Are you surprised where he was drafted? Higher or lower than expected? Just right?

No. I think Philly is a great venue for him. When he wins over the Eagles fans, he'll win over the NFL. It's a tough crowd, but Pumphrey will not let them down. He's all heart, a trait big in Philly, and the fans will appreciate that about him as they get to know him. He was drafted exactly where I thought he would be: Round 4. I knew that whoever was lucky enough to draft him would be finding one of the top talents in this year's NCAA draft. If he were bigger he would have been a first or second round draft pick, and that is actually where he belonged. But, for perspective, not only did he not get an invite to the Heisman dinner, but he was also passed over for Doak Walker. The NCAA's most productive running back EVER did not win the Doak Walker. Pumphrey was not phased. He's used to that treatment, and he just keeps on producing.

5) How do you see his NFL career playing out?

I see Pumphrey having a career similar to Marshall Faulk's. I believe once he gains his NFL momentum he'll become a very hot commodity, and I could see teams going to lengths to acquire him. I see a few Super Bowls in his future, many endorsements, a few records broken, and ultimately the Hall of Fame. I don't think he'll stop chasing Marshall Faulk. It's his center, and I believe Faulk is OK with that. He and Faulk have a bond. For perspective, Pumphrey is only a half-inch shorter than Faulk.

6) Anything to know about him off the field?

Pumphrey is a soft-spoken person with a good heart. He is a family man and he has a daughter, and his goal is to be a good role model for her. So far, he's done pretty well. He's deeply respected by the people who have played alongside him- many feeling blessed to be a part of his journey- and I don't see that changing in the NFL.

He's also the third athlete ever at San Diego State University to have his own university- issued commemorative bobble head- the others being Tony Gwynn and Marshall Faulk. Trivial as that may be, he's held in the very highest esteem at San Diego State University, by students, alumni, administrators and fans.





[#] Wed May 17 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/17/17.

Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...

Budding friendship could help Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones become Lito and Sheldon - CSN Philly
It's likely no accident that when Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas walked into the Eagles' locker room for the first time last week, their stalls were right next to each other. The Eagles hope they're together for a really long time. "We want to build a defense and build a team that can stick together over a period of time," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said during the draft, "and hopefully this is a first step toward doing that." Jones, the Eagles' second-round pick, and Douglas, their third, first met in Indianapolis in early March. Both were coming off good 2016 seasons and were considered two of the top cornerback prospects in a draft class full of them.

Eagles got three of the biggest steals in the 2017 NFL Draft - BGN
The term “steal of the draft” gets thrown around way too much. Upon doing a quick Twitter search I can easily find a ton of different people who think a ton of different players qualify as this year’s “steal of the draft.” But who cares what some random Twitter people. Let’s take a look at what actual NFL talent evaluators are saying about this year’s draft class. In a piece for ESPN In$ider, Mike Sando had evaluators identify the biggest steals in each round. No Eagles players were listed as “the steal of the round,” but three Eagles received voted for the honor.

BGN Radio on SportsradioWIP 5.13.17: Who isn't making the 53? - BGNRadio.com
Which non-obvious players won't make the Eagles' final 53-man roster? We give you our names. Now give us yours.

A sneak preview of the 2018 RB draft class - PhillyVoice
The one area of Barkley's game that could use some work is pass protection, but again, at 5'11, 223 pounds, he has the bulk to be able to take on pass rushers. The other potential concern I might potentially have is heavy usage in college. In 2016, Barkley had 300 touches. How much will James Franklin ride Barkley in 2017 knowing that it will almost certainly be his last year at Penn State?

Donnel Pumphrey: ‘I’ve Had To Prove Myself My Whole Life’ - CBS Philly
The biggest point is that Pumphrey believes in himself. “There is always that edge there, and I’ve done it my whole life, from the time I was in high school, to the time I got into college after being told I can’t play D-I ball,” said Pumphrey, a ‘yes sir, no sir’ kind of guy who is highly intelligent. “It motivates me. I’ve had to prove myself my whole life that I can do it. I know when to get down, when to make guys miss, and my offensive line has always done a great job.

Eagles positional reviews: Will linebacker Mychal Kendricks be here in September? - Inquirer
In March, the Eagles were actively shopping Mychal Kendricks, but they wanted a fifth-round draft pick in return. That sounded like a fair swap, considering the linebacker’s relative youth – he’ll be 27 in September – but teams seemed to balk at giving up anything for a player whom the Eagles could eventually waive. I thought that Kendricks might be dealt during the draft, but the NFL market overall was quiet and, as of this writing, he’s still on the roster.

Coaching Takes Center Stage Now - PE.com
Three days of Rookie Minicamp ended on Sunday morning as the players gathered on the NovaCare Complex practice fields at 11:21 a.m. and listened as head coach Doug Pederson gave his final messages for the weekend. One step down, many more to go as the coaching part of the equation comes into focus ...

Eagles post-draft position spotlight: Quarterback - Morning Call
The single most overlooked move made by Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman this offseason was the replacement of Chase Daniel with Nick Foles as backup quarterback. Most people, including the powers that be on the Eagles, view this as an upgrade, which is significant for one big reason: history.

2 Eagles make NFLPA's 'Rising 50' list - NJ.com
The Eagles were well represented on the NFLPA's 'Rising 50' list, issued Tuesday on the players' association website, with both tight end Zach Ertz, and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox garnering recognition.

What would things look like if the NFL used a draft lottery like the NBA? - SB Nation
The Cowboys probably don’t take a running back with the first pick in 2016, even if Ezekiel Elliott was in the top spot on the team’s draft board. The logical strategy is to trade the pick away like the Titans did or just grab Carson Wentz as Tony Romo’s eventual successor — a job that eventually went to Dak Prescott instead.

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[#] Thu May 18 2017 07:00:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Thursday Morning Fly By: Is it draft day yet?

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*Hey here's Ron Hextall talking about his strategy for the later rounds in the draft. Which can't get here soon enough. [NHL.com]

*Justin Williams seems to be one of the free agents that Flyers fans would not hate signing. So let's take a look at him. [NHL Numbers]

*The candidates for GM of the Year have been named and they're uh...interesting? Not sure I agree with any of them so let's hear what you think. [Canadian Press]

*On how teams should be applying data to their actual player usage to maximize success. [Hockey Graphs]

*DGB on how the Capitals can learn from five other teams who constantly choked before finally winning their Cups. [The Hockey News]

*People are starting to think that Nashville might be the best place in the world to play hockey. [Deadspin]





[#] Thu May 18 2017 14:12:17 EDT from rss

Subject: Please point and laugh at this list of the NHL

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The NHL started in 1969.

Fans apparently voted on a list of the Top 20 Greatest NHL Teams Of All-Time. I had no idea this was happening and I read every email that the NHL’s public relations department sends out, but apparently other people knew and we’re two rounds into voting and .... uh, here’s the list. It’s in reverse chronological order.

  • 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings
  • 2000-01 Colorado Avalanche
  • 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings
  • 1993-94 New York Rangers
  • 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins
  • 1988-89 Calgary Flames
  • 1987-88 Edmonton Oilers
  • 1986-87 Edmonton Oilers
  • 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers
  • 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers
  • 1982-83 New York Islanders
  • 1981-82 New York Islanders
  • 1979-80 New York Islanders
  • 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens
  • 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens
  • 1975-76 Montreal Canadiens
  • 1969-70 Boston Bruins

Apparently there’s more voting that will narrow this down to a top 10 and a Greatest Ever Team OMG, but ... hahaha this list. I have thoughts.

  1. Everybody who voted on this was between the ages of 7 and 17 during the 1980s. I am convinced of this.
  2. THE 2016 PENGUINS? REALLY? What a coincidence that three of their four Cup teams made the list, it’s almost like Penguins fans didn’t vote for this thing at all.
  3. The 2009-10 Blackhawks team isn’t even the best Blackhawks team of this decade.
  4. The 1995-96 Red Wings won 62 games and aren’t on this list. 62-13-7.
  5. It’s really amazing what recency bias can do to a list like this. You really think 10 of the league’s top 20 teams — over 100 years -- came in the last three decades? Come on.
  6. hahahah did the NHL start in 1969 or what

I don’t know. I have more to say but this is too stupid. Please make your own jokes in the comments.





[#] Fri May 19 2017 07:00:01 EDT from rss

Subject: Friday Morning Fly By: It's hot.

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*The Flyers have a coaching vacancy to fill. Think they might promote one of the guys from Allentown? [Highland Park Hockey]

*Team USA beat the Russians at the Worlds! That's good, since they're beating us everywhere else. [CSN Philly]

*...and then they were eliminated by the Finns. Welp. [ProHockeyTalk]

*There are zero Flyers teams on this list of the 20 greatest teams in NHL history and quite frankly that is outrageous. [Puck Daddy]

*In related news, DGB makes a team out of the biggest playoff disappointments in league history. [Sportsnet]

*You know what is fun? Lots of trades. Here's hoping we see a bunch ahead of the expansion draft. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Ask an NHL prospect which player they'd like to model their career after and these are the ten names you'll hear most often. [The Hockey News]

*There hasn't been a lot of scoring in the playoffs this year. Like...record-level lows. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Hey remember Luke Richardson? Loved that dude when he played here. Anyhoo he's a coach with the Islanders now. [Islanders]





[#] Sat May 20 2017 13:05:02 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Talk: Listen to BGN Radio on SportsRadio 94WIP

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[#] Sat May 20 2017 11:37:12 EDT from rss

Subject: LeGarrette Blount roasted the crap out of some dude on Twitter

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Blount Force Trauma

I think Philadelphia Eagles fans are going to really like LeGarrette Blount.

Look, I know there are concerns. He hasn’t played all that great away from the Patriots. He’s coming off a big workload and he turns 31 this season. Blah blah blah.

But how can Philly people not love this dude?

Ohhhhhhhhhh shit!

Let’s watch that back on instant replay.

Fatality.

Oddly enough, it seems like “Tanner” isn’t the only person giving Blount crap for leaving New England. Blount posted the following image on Snapchat in response to all the hate he’s been getting. Via r/Eagles:

I know he might not be in Philadelphia beyond this season (he signed a one-year deal), but I’m really looking forward to seeing the 250-pound Blount savagely steamroll some fools this season.

BLG is all in on LGB.


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[#] Sat May 20 2017 09:00:06 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles Rookie Profile: Strengths and weaknesses of Sidney Jones

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Get to know the new Eagles rookie cornerback.

The Philadelphia Eagles took a risk and selected the injured Sidney Jones in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In order to learn more about the new Eagles cornerback, I reached out to SB Nation's Washington site: UW Dawg Pound. Huskies writer Chris Landon was kind enough to answer my questions about Jones.

1) Can you sum up what his college career was like?

Sidney Jones came to UW as a late add to Chris Petersen's first signing class. It was a hastily assembled class given that many of Steve Sarkisian's recruits did not keep their commitment. Jones, a three-star DB, had been committed to Utah. Most Husky fans hadn't heard of him when he signed and didn't have much in the way of expectations.

That all changed once Jones showed up in camp. Despite not having any physical traits that one would call "elite", he quickly showed that he wasn't just the best young corner in his class but he might be the best corner on the team (Marcus Peters included). He immediately became a starter as a true freshman and, with Peters on the other side, was tested early and often. As he showed success - and there was a lot of it - teams started to look away from him. By the end of his freshman year, Jones had racked up a couple of INTs, 5 PBUs and 61 tackles. With that kind of productivity under his belt, opposing offensive coordinators pretty much quit testing Jones in his second year. He still managed to pick off four passes and break up another 10. By his junior year, Jones' side of the field was pretty much untested. He surrendered not a single TD pass in a conference that included bombers like Luke Falk, Sam Darnold and Davis Webb.

2) What are his strengths?

Jones was remarkably strong in the fundamentals even before arriving at UW - strange in a world where high school CBs tend to excel based on physical traits (see Adoree Jackson). He only became more technically skilled at UW. He is a press-first CB who wins at the line not through strength but understanding what a receiver is trying to do and taking it away. When he disrupts the read between QB and WR, he also shows great instincts on where the ball is going and how to affect it. Underlying all of this is a quiet, humble, work-first nature.

3) What are his weaknesses?

Jones is not the biggest or strongest player that you've ever seen, even for a CB. He also is not lightning fast. He doesn't get beat often, but when he does he can't always close the gap with the faster receivers. Obviously, the injury he suffered in the offseason - his only major injury in college - is a severe one. How he recovers remains to be seen.

4) Are you surprised where he was drafted? Higher or lower than expected? Just right?

I don't even feel remotely homerish in saying that Jones was the best CB in the draft before his injury - and I include his partner in crime and workout warrior colleague Kevin King in that assessment. That he went in the second round even with a major achilles injury feels right and, assuming Philly's medical staff is top notch could turn out to be a huge value. Jones is a better young CB than either Desmond Trufant or Marcus Peters were at this stage of their career. Both of them were pro bowlers with Peters even winning defensive rookies of the year.

5) How do you see his NFL career playing out?

Jones has the opportunity, even with the injury, to be a lock-down corner in a league that features a lot of bigger receivers. I expect that he'll recover pretty well and challenge for a starting role by his second year. Assuming that he bounces back to form, I think expecting Marcus Peters like production is not out of the question. I worry that he might not hold up as well in run support as he did in college, but that might be an issue for most young CBs.

6) Anything to know about him off the field?

Really great kid - hardworking, earnest, focused. He's humble and well thought of in the Husky community.





[#] Sat May 20 2017 07:26:18 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles News: Joe Banner says Philadelphia can win the division

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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/20/17.

Let's get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...

Joe Banner Believes Eagles Can Win NFC East - CBS Philly
“I would not even hesitate to think the Eagles have as good of a chance, if not better, than anybody in that division to win it,” Banner said Wednesday, just hours after the Birds signed running back LeGarrette Blount, on the 94WIP Carlin & Reese Show.

How many carries will the Eagles give to LeGarrette Blount? - BGN
Figuring our how the Eagles will use LGB.

Eagles' offense is improved, but still far from great - PhillyVoice
The Eagles don't have any positional groups on their roster where anyone can say, "Good God that's atrocious" like they could a year ago with their wide receiver corps. However, being an active Twitter user, I've seen a popular notion among the fan base that the Eagles have a top 10-type of offense. Some believe it's top five.

Back to the Start - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles have had a pretty darn good offseason. They’ve made smart moves and been able to add some really talented players, through the draft, free agency and even a trade. It is almost easy to forget this all started with Alshon Jeffery. In my mind, he is still the most important piece the team has added.

The NFL Lens: Agility and Flexibilty w/LeGarrette Blount - Matt Waldman RSP
This dude is how most football fans I know react to speed. But if you want to see me act like this guy over a player, show me a prospect with great hips. If a football player is capable of doing a deep squat—especially in the context of his job—I’m more intrigued with him than a stiff guy with great speed. The hips are the source of a player’s ability to change direction and converting strength to power. It’s why I have always been a fan of LeGarrette Blount. If he didn’t punch out Boise State’s Byron Hout to begin the year, he’s no worse than a fourth-round pick—and I wonder if that estimate is too conservative. Blount reminds me a lot of Jerome Bettis. Both backs can negotiate heavy traffic because they had good footwork and flexible hips.

Inside The Studio: LeGarrette Blount - PE.com
Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro sits down with the newest Eagle, running back LeGarrette Blount.

LeGarrette Blount to the Eagles Just Makes Sense - numberFire
Limiting Blount’s workload and putting him in where he’s most effective is probably going to be the best use of him at this point in his career. There’s no need to make him a workhorse. He could also help in short yardage situations, where he was worth 0.40 Rushing NEP per attempt with a 65.4 percent Success Rate on 26 carries with one or two yards to go at any place on the field.

Eagles positional reviews: QB Carson Wentz is entrenched as starter with better support for Year 2 - Inquirer
The Eagles spent the past three months trying to improve around Carson Wentz – there could be two new running backs and four new wide receivers on the 53-man roster – but the responsibility is on Wentz to improve, too. Wentz had an especially encouraging rookie campaign, although no one should make travel reservations to Canton yet. Entering his second season, Wentz must show more consistency. He spent time earlier this offseason refining his mechanics with a private quarterback coach in California. He is wired exactly how you’d want your franchise quarterback, which is part of why there is so much optimism in the organization about Wentz.

One analyst says LeGarrette Blount will be 'disaster in Philadelphia' - CSN Philly
On the day the Eagles introduced their newest addition, a running back that punched in an NFL-high 18 touchdowns last season, Tanguay joined Philly Sports Talk and did more than simply temper expectations. "It's not going to work out," Tanguay said Thursday. "LeGarrette is going to be a disaster in Philadelphia." The 30-year-old Blount, who signed a one-year contract with the Eagles, is fresh off a career season in which he won a Super Bowl with the Patriots, rushed for 1,161 yards and was second among all wide receivers and running backs with those 18 scores. But there was a sole reason for all that success, according to Tanguay.

Where does Eagles' Carson Wentz rank among NFL quarterbacks? - NJ.com
The Eagles are all-in on Wentz, and after one season, many feel they made the right decision in trading up to pick at. His rookie season had ups-and-downs, but with 3,782 yards, 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, his numbers don't exactly jump off the page. So in a quarterback-driven league, how confident should the Eagles be about building around Wentz?

Monken: DeSean Jackson took the money and better be great - Tampa Bay Times
“You came here because of the money. Don’t give me all that bull about you came here because of the weather and Jameis. No. You came here because we paid you the most. You need to play like that. He gets that. He’s smart enough to understand that.’’

Tim Tebow’s accuracy problems continue as errant warmup throw hits fan in unfortunate spot - NYDN
Tim Tebow’s well-documented accuracy problems have extended to baseball too — and fans better watch out. Tebow’s Columbia Fireflies were warming up ahead of their game against the Lakewood BlueClaws in New Jersey Tuesday when the former quarterback sailed an overthrow — perhaps reminiscent of his passes in training camp with the Jets in 2012 — through a railing and into the stands, hitting an unsuspecting Doug Brustman...right where it hurts.

Which NFL player would you name a food after? - SB Nation
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[#] Fri May 19 2017 17:10:01 EDT from rss

Subject: How many carries will the Eagles give to LeGarrette Blount?

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The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #237). In this episode, we talk about the LeGarrette Blount signing, the running back position, Eagles Q&A, and more.





[#] Fri May 19 2017 13:23:39 EDT from rss

Subject: Eagles 53-man roster prediction: Post-NFL Draft edition (2017)

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What will the Eagles' final roster look like?

I’ve spent this week projecting the Philadelphia Eagles depth chart. I started with the Eagles' offense, moved on to the defense, and then finished up with the special teams unit. Now that the 90-man roster has been sorted, it's time for an early prediction of who will actually make the final cut down to 53.

A lot of position battles are still yet to be determined but this projection will provide us with a general sense of what the final roster should look like. We'll revisit this activity multiple times throughout the offseason. (Before we get started, here's a look at what the roster looked like at this time last year.)

OFFENSE

QB: Carson Wentz, Nick Foles (2) [2]

Last year at this time, the plan was to keep Wentz inactive as the third string quarterback for most, if not the entirety, of the 2016 season. That obviously changed when the Eagles traded Sam Bradford. Now Wentz is the unquestioned starter. He had some positive flashes but he needs to improve in Year 2. Philadelphia surrounding him with better offensive weapons should help in that regard. Foles is a competent backup to have behind Wentz. The former PRO BOWL MVP is more accomplished than Chase Daniel. The Eagles only kept two quarterbacks last season and I think they’ll do the same this year. That means no Matt McGloin. Sorry, Penn State fans. The Eagles might try to keep a developmental quarterback on the practice squad (Jerod Evans, maybe?).

RB: LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Donnel Pumphrey (4) [6]

The Eagles will employee a running back by committee yet again in 2017. Blount figures to handle the bulk of Philadelphia’s carries. Sproles will still get significant touches in what’s expected to be the final year of his playing career. Smallwood has an opportunity to earn playing time with a strong summer. He needs to prove he can stay healthy after missing significant time with injuries last year. The Eagles want Pumphrey, who weighs 176 pounds, to bulk up to the 180-185 range. He’ll get some touches but not in a full-time role like he played at San Diego State. It looked like Corey Clement had a chance to make the roster before the Eagles signed Blount. He could easily end up on the practice squad instead.

WR: Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, Shelton Gibson (6) [12]

The Eagles finally have a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver again in Jeffery. He figures to be Wentz’s main target all season long. Jeffery will be motivated to put up a big season in order to get that lucrative long-term contract after this year. Smith figures to be the other starter on the outside. After a couple disappointing seasons with the 49ers, can he return to being more like the player he was with the Ravens? Matthews will start in the slot assuming he’s not traded ... which I wouldn’t rule out. Agholor has proven himself to be pretty bad but the Eagles can’t cut him due to money reasons so here he is. Hollins will be active on game day as a special teams player. He might be able to earn some offensive snaps as well. Gibson projects to be inactive on game day to start the season unless he’s contributing on special teams and/or Matthews is traded.

TE: Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Trey Burton (3) [15]

No surprises here. Ertz is the starter. Hopefully all that talk about having consistency at the quarterback position means something. The Eagles need him to be more productive earlier in the season. Celek is Celek. Not much of a pass catcher anymore but he blocks. Burton is a special teams ace. He played the most offensive snaps of his career last offseason. He’s a nice role player to have.

OL: Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Allen Barbre, Stefen Wisniewski, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Chance Warmack (9) [24]

This isn’t an easy group to project. The only three locked in starters include: Peters, Brooks, and Johnson. It remains to be seen if it’s Seumalo or Wisniewski (or Barbre? or Warmack?) at left guard. It also remains to be seen if Kelce gets traded. Barbre could potentially be a starter but he’s more likely going to be a backup (or get traded). If the Eagles keep Barbre around, he could be a nice sixth offensive lineman/swing tackle to have. Or it could be Big V who steps up at the first tackle off the bench. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will likely push for the Eagles to keep Warmack as he tries to rehab the former first round pick’s career. Dillon Gordon is a name to watch at this position after he made the roster last season. He’s on the bubble. Tyler Orlosky could also make the roster if Kelce gets traded.

DEFENSE

DE: Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett, Vinny Curry, Chris Long, Marcus Smith, Steven Means (6) [30]

Graham is back in Philadelphia after denying reports of holding out for a new contract. He’s poised to have another big year after leading the NFL in combined sacks, hurries, and knockdowns last year. Barnett, the Eagles’ first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, will have a chance to play right away. He’ll likely rotate with the likes of Curry, who is coming off a disappointing 2016 season, and the veteran Long. Jim Schwartz likes to rotate his defensive linemen so there will be lots of snaps to go around. I have Smith making the team because he actually showed competency as a reserve defensive end last year and he contributes on special teams. Means is a nice rotational pass rusher to keep around. I don’t have Alex McCalister making the team because I need to see him prove himself first.

DT: Fletcher Cox, Timmy Jernigan, Destiny Vaeao, Elijah Qualls (4) [34]

I think the combination of Cox and Jernigan could really eat this year. I love Bennie Logan more than most, but let’s face it: he wasn’t the best pass rusher. Jernigan has 7.5 more sacks than Logan in 16 less games played. Cox and Jernigan could potentially cause havoc for opposing interior offensive lines. Jernigan will be motivated to have a big season since he’ll be a free agent after the year. The depth at this position isn’t so great, especially with Beau Allen injured (more on him later). Vaeao made the team as an UDFA last year but didn’t particularly stand out in a positive way. Qualls could push for playing time over him with a strong summer. Qualls could also moonlight as the Eagles’ fullback in goal line situations.

LB: Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Najee Goode, Joe Walker, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Steven Daniels (6) [40]

Hicks is a beast who doesn’t get enough respect. This is the season where he should be getting more national attention and accolades. Bradham had a good 2016 season. It remains to be seen if he’ll be suspended for the off-the-field situations he was involved in last year. Goode is a valuable backup because he can play all three linebacker positions and contribute on special teams. Walker showed good promise as a backup MIKE linebacker before suffering an ACL injury. He’ll have to prove he’s the same player after injury. Grugier-Hill is a nice special teams player who can also provide depth at the WILL spot. I imagine Schwartz is going to want to keep Daniels because he fits the Stephen Tulloch mold of a thumper. I’m going heavy at linebacker here in part because of the uncertainty with Bradham’s status. The Eagles will need depth if he gets suspended. 2017 fifth-round pick Nathan Gerry is a prime candidate to end up on injured reserve with a “phantom” injury. The Eagles will want him to spend time bulking up as a rookie. The former safety is only listed at 218 right now, which is pretty light for a linebacker. I still expect Mychal Kendricks to be traded before the season so that’s why he’s not listed here.

CB: Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, Ron Brooks, Rasul Douglas, C.J. Smith, Aaron Grymes (6] [46]

Not exactly the most inspiring group. Before we get started on the individual players, I do think that this position can benefit from two things: 1) an improved pass rush and 2) a solid safety tandem behind them. Still, this isn’t a depth chart filled with studs. Mills was rated as PFF’s worst NFL cornerback last year. He’ll have an opportunity to step up this season but he has a lot to prove. Robinson has been at his best as a slot corner recently. He’s struggled to stay healthy so that’s something to keep in mind. Brooks is coming off injury. He was the Eagles’ starting slot corner in 2016 but he also saw some snaps on the outside at times. Douglas, the team’s third round pick this year, has a real chance to start as a rookie. It’s not a guarantee but the opportunity is there for him. Smith and Grymes both ended up on the roster at times in 2016. They’ll have to contribute on specials teams. Another bubble name to keep in mind here is Dwayne Gratz.

S: Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, Chris Maragos, Terrence Brooks (4) [50]

This one isn’t complicated. Jenkins and McLeod are two high quality starters. Maragos is a special teams ace. The only question here is: who will be the third safety? Jaylen Watkins filled that role last season. I think Brooks can beat him out. Despite playing less snaps, Brooks had more special teams tackles, forced fumbles, and interceptions than Watkins in 2016.

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Caleb Sturgis (1) [51]

Sturgis has no competition this summer.

P: Donnie Jones (1) [52]

Jones should easily beat out UDFA punter Cameron Johnston.

LS: Jon Dorenbos (1) [53]

Dorenbos will use his magic powers to make Rick Lovato disappear.

INJURED PLAYERS

It’s unclear exactly when Sidney Jones (Achilles) will return to football. The feeling here is the Eagles should be cautious and hold him out for the entirety of the 2017 season. Howie Roseman didn’t rule out that, but we’ll see.

Beau Allen suffered a pectoral injury and had surgery earlier this offseason. There’s hope he can return in time by Week 1, but nothing is guaranteed.

Both Allen and Jones will be candidates for the PUP/NFI list(s).

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Practice Squad (10): C Tyler Orlosky, QB Jerod Evans, RB Corey Clement, OL Dillon Gordon, CB Randall Goforth, LB Don Cherry, DT Charles Walker, TE Billy Brown, DE Alex McCalister, WR Paul Turner





[#] Fri May 19 2017 11:52:34 EDT from rss

Subject: Former Eagles player lands coaching job

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The GOAT.

They couldn’t keep G.J. Kinne out of the game for long.

One week after retiring as a player, the former Philadelphia Eagles legend is now taking up a coaching job at Southern Methodist University in Texas.

Kinne, who recently got married, announced the news on Twitter on Thursday evening. The former NFL quarterback will be working with SMU’s offensive line while serving as an offensive graduate assistant.

There’s little doubt this is just the start of Kinne’s promising coaching career. It should only be a matter of time before we’re calling him the next Bill Belichick.

Seriously, though, it would be great to see Kinne work his way up through the ranks and rejoin the Eagles one day.

Speaking of returning, I have a question for you, Eagles fans. Would you attend a G.J. Kinne retirement/celebration party if we host a party in Philly? Because we just might do that. G.J. already said he’s down for it. So let me know in the poll below. It could be fun.





[#] Fri May 19 2017 09:00:07 EDT from rss

Subject: LeGarrette Blount is more than just a short-yardage running back

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Get to know the new Eagles RB.

The Eagles acquired one of the best free agents still available on the market this week by signing veteran running back LeGarrette Blount. Philadelphia desperately needed help in the backfield so Blount, who signed a one-year deal, is expected to fill a big need. For more insight on Blount, here’s a question and answer exchange with New England Patriots writer Rich Hill from Pats Pulpit.

1 - Can you sum up Blount’s entire Patriots career?

Frustratingly boom-bust, but a great team player that did whatever Bill Belichick asked. Blount's a one-dimensional runner that wasn't ever asked to block or catch the ball, so teams loaded the box whenever he was on the field. That limited Blount to a mere 2-yard gain no matter how many yards were needed for a first down, with the 10% chance that Blount would rip off a 10+ yard gain. He would rarely gain anything in-between and the Patriots just reached a point where they wanted more consistency and versatility on a down-to-down basis.

2 - What’s the reaction to Blount signing with the Eagles? Did Patriots fans want him back?

Patriots fans love Blount. He's been a huge part of two Super Bowl titles, his touchdown celebration with the Minutemen became a weekly staple, and he always came through in the fourth quarter when the Patriots needed to kill the clock. The Patriots wanted Blount back, too, but Blount wanted more money. The addition of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee made Blount expendable and their upside and versatility made them greater priorities for the offense. So while everyone would have been happy to see Blount return, the team found a way to upgrade the position for 2017.

3 - What are his strengths?

Blount is an outstanding outside runner because he can flip his hips and change from moving laterally to vertically in the blink of an eye- an impressive trait for a 250-pound runner. His 4.92 yards per carry over the past three seasons on runs to the outside ranks 10th out of 59 running backs with 100+ outside carries. When Blount runs with good pad level, no single linebacker or defensive back can tackle him in the open field without a handful of yards after contact. Due to Blount's size, he can literally just run into the back of his offensive linemen on the goal line to push the pile and score. Solid ball security and can actually return kicks pretty well.

4 - What are his weaknesses?

Blount is slow to build his speed, so if a defender can cut through the offensive line, they can take Blount down for a loss- or if the defensive line wins the trench battle, then Blount will probably be stopped for a loss. Blount's 3.58 yards per carry over the past three seasons on runs to the inside ranks 45th out of 62 running backs with 100+ inside carries. He's a mediocre pass blocker and he was never used to catch the ball out of the backfield. He needs to be constantly coached about his pad levels because they will rise and he will lose all of his physicality unless he's reminded to run lower. Needs to feel wanted in order to buy into the team mentality.

5 - What’s his ideal role at this point? How much of a workload do you think he should reasonably handle?

Blount can handle 200-300 carries no problem because he's the lowest-mileage 30+ year old running back you'll find in the NFL. He's best as a first down running back and as a fourth quarter clock killer if you want to maintain a lead. Perhaps the Eagles could use him more as a receiver, even if just once or twice a game, to keep defenses honest and prevent them from stacking the box.

6 - Anything to know about his off the field? Good locker room guy?

Everyone loves Blount in New England. The players, especially the running back room, are close with Blount and the coaching staff heaps praise on his professional approach and willingness to play whatever role he is assigned. He attends a lot of Celtics games and always brought his teammates, which endeared him to the greater Boston region, so don't be surprised if he makes his way to some 76ers games. Respect goes a long way for Blount, so as long as he feels wanted, he'll give everything he can for the team.


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