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Nick Foles’ book ‘Believe It’ debuts on New York Times best-seller list – NBC Sports Philadelphia
Nick Foles is now ranked higher as an author than as a quarterback. Nick Foles, ranked No. 32 on NFL.com’s recent list of active quarterbacks, will debut at No. 5 on the New York Times best-seller list. Foles’ autobiography, “Believe It,” which recounts his ascent from journeyman backup quarterback to Super Bowl hero, will debut at No. 5 on the New York Times best-seller list, his publisher, Tyndale House, announced in a tweet on Thursday. The publisher also announced that it would be listed among the top-selling non-fiction books by both Publishers Weekly and USA Today in forthcoming best-seller lists.
Jalen Mills joins the Philly Taco club – BGN
VERY IMPORTANT NEWS: Philadelphia Eagles cornerback and Super Bowl champion Jalen Mills is now a member of the Philly Taco club. For those who aren’t aware, the Philly Taco is the combination of a Jim’s cheesesteak wrapped in a giant slice of Lorenzo’s pizza. Behold this South Street behemoth.
A look back at the 2016 NFL Draft, and how the non-Carson Wentz quarterbacks have fared – PhillyVoice
And then of course there’s “Draft Twitter” legend Vernon Adams, who went undrafted, had a couple tryouts with the Seahawks and Redskins, and is now on his fifth team in the CFL.
Better Be Good – Iggles Blitz
It is a good thing the Eagles have a talented set of CBs this year. They also should have a better feel for things. Mills has a full year of starting under his belt. Darby knows the system and his teammates. Last year he was learning on the fly. Jones lacks on-field experience, but he won’t be like a normal rookie. Sitting in meetings helped him to learn the scheme and what to really expect from NFL receivers. Bausby was with the Chiefs at this time last year. Douglas was a raw rookie trying to carve out a role. He’s still trying to carve out a role, but he’s shown NFL ability and that will give his confidence a major boost. It is going to be interesting to see how the defense performs this year. There is plenty of room for optimism, but it will be a major challenge when you look at the QBs and receivers the Eagles will be facing.
Pitfalls and Practicality in the Age of the QB Megadeal – The Ringer
The era of the massive quarterback contract has arrived, and with it comes complications for any team willing to pay top dollar to secure its man. As the Eagles made clear with February’s Super Bowl win and the Rams have confirmed with their offseason spending spree, the most valuable commodity in today’s NFL is a solid quarterback on his rookie deal. This season, Carson Wentz will carry a cap hit of $7.3 million. That’s a cool $27.9 million less than the 49ers will pay Garoppolo. For the price of one Jimmy G, the Eagles will be able to afford Wentz, center Jason Kelce, defensive end Michael Bennett, offensive tackle Lane Johnson, tight end Zach Ertz, and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery … with about $3 million to spare.
Lane Johnson argues against PED snitching – PFT
The NFL has twice suspended Eagles tackle Lane Johnson under the PED policy. Johnson presumably didn’t, and wouldn’t, take advantage of the provision in the rule that could cut a suspension up to 50 percent in exchange for information about other PED violators. “No snitchin’,” Johnson tweeted. It’s a sentiment echoed by many in response to the elevation that the NFL encourages PED snitching.
The best offensive players Philadelphia Eagles will face in 2018 – PennLive
QB: Drew Brees – The Eagles are scheduled to face the 2016 (Matt Ryan) and 2015 (Cam Newton) MVPs this season, but Brees earned top honors because of his unmatched consistency. Get this: Brees has led the NFL in either passing yards or completion percentage in nine of the past 10 season. The Eagles will travel to New Orleans to face Brees and the Saints in Week 11.
Eagles’ 53-man roster projection: Summer edition – The Athletic
One of the more interesting low-key roster battles is the competition for defensive tackle depth with Jernigan out. Ngata will be the base-down partner with Cox in the short-term, but he’s coming off a significant injury of his own. And while Bennett and Graham can ease the rotation burden by sliding inside on passing downs, there need to be one or two truer defensive tackles on the roster. Competing for one or two spots are Qualls, Destiny Vaeao and Hector, the aforementioned undrafted rookie out of South Florida who fetched the team’s highest guarantee. Qualls probably offers the most pass-rush upside, Vaeao is kind of boring but might be the best against the run, and Hector is an unknown. And then there’s Aziz Shittu, who shockingly earned a shoutout from Doug Pederson on the final day of spring practices for a job well done. For now, I’ll give the edge to Qualls and earmark a spot for a veteran run-stuffing defensive tackle if things on the injury front with Jernigan and/or Ngata are looking dour.
Top 5: Celebrations – PE.com
Take a look at the top 5 celebrations from the 2017 season.
20 newcomers we expect to make an immediate impact in 2018 – PFF
New faces emerge in NFL locker rooms every offseason yet newly-signed free agents and rookies can underwhelm in their debut seasons with new teams. The select few that do hit the ground running can help a team on the cusp of significant success take that final stride. Philadelphia Eagles’ Chris Long, Alshon Jeffery, Nick Foles and rookie Corey Clement all made immediate impacts in their debut seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, all playing key roles in the team’s Super Bowl-winning season. Long and Jeffery both recorded 81.0-plus overall grades in 2017, while Foles and Clement both exploded in Super Bowl LII.
Summer School: Defending the run/pass option – Big Blue View
The trick, as it were, isn’t defending the RPO but making a reliable defense for the concept a part of the team’s regular defense. Unlike using the Wildcat or the Read Option, the RPO doesn’t take the quarterback out of the play, or put him in harms way. Instead it strives to simplify the defense for him while also keeping him out of harm’s way and easily mixed in with the rest of the offensive scheme. RPOs may never become the foundation of an offense, but it is also difficult to see them going away any time soon, so defenses need to be ready for them.
Ranking the NFC East: Tight Ends – Hogs Haven
The Eagles didn’t see much change in their super bowl winning roster, but TE may have been the key exception: the position where Philly had the most player turnover. Trey Burton, one of the super bowl heroes, was frustrated and unhappy when the Eagles didn’t offer him a contract before allowing him to leave in free agency. Likewise, longtime Eagle Brent Celek was allowed to depart, leaving the Eagles with only one veteran tight end — the very talented Zach Ertz, who has had at least 74 receptions, and 810 yards in each of the past three seasons. He’s caught 14 TDs in that time, including 8 touchdowns in 2017. The Eagles, as mentioned above, drafted Dallas Goedert in the second round of the ‘18 draft. Goedert was considered by many to be the best TE prospect available. They also signed Richard Rodgers, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, who is perhaps best known for being on the receiving end of at least one Aaron Rodgers game-winning Hail Mary.
Cowboys emulating past Super Bowl champs, including the Eagles – Blogging The Boys
Earlier this year, when discussing the Dak-friendly offense, the quarterback himself mentioned specific teams the Cowboys may start copying. The Eagles weren’t one, but the Chiefs and the Panthers were. Those teams utilize a lot more elements from the college game that are becoming more popular in the NFL today. The Cowboys seem to realize Prescott’s strengths and are determined to build an offense around that. Dallas isn’t preforming a strategic retreat by dumping the #1 WR concept, they are building a counter-attack that is relying on their tactical strengths.
What the hell did Kirk Cousins grill on the 4th of July? – SB Nation
I’ve stared at Cousins’ grill for a solid hour and I can’t for the life of me work out what the hell he’s grilling. The absolute best explanation I can muster is unseasoned London Broil. But he’s hacked it into steak-sized pieces and it’s turned an unsettling grey color. Before you think I’m just dragging Cousins for no reason, please know most people are just as confused by Cousins’ grill as I am.
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