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Eagles News: Brandon Graham poised to bounce back in 2019 – Bleeding Green Nation

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PFF’s candidates for regression in 2019 – PFF
Candidate for more sacks in 2019: Brandon Graham, Philadelphia Eagles. People don’t realize just how good Graham has been for the Eagles over his career, and it is largely because his sack totals just don’t scream that he’s an elite player. Graham might be an exception to the rule considering that when you look at the last five seasons, he has a sack conversion rate of just 10.9% on his pressures, third-worst among 26 players with 250 or more pressures over that span. That was even worse in 2018, as he converted just five of his 70 regular season pressures into sacks (7.1% – worst among all players with 35 or more pressures). He’s recorded 50 or more pressures in each of the past five seasons so the opportunity should be there to put up more sacks, and the numbers tell you he should.

Taking stock of the Eagles’ linebacker corps heading into training camp – BGN
The Eagles signed Brown about a week after the 2019 NFL Draft. At the time, Brown had been on the market ever since Washington released him back in March. The signing brought some intrigue since Brown has had good flashes in the past. Film junkie Doug Farrar recently ranked Brown as the sixth best linebacker in the league. Pro Football Focus, meanwhile, had Brown graded as their third best off-ball linebacker last season. But if Brown is so good, why did Washington cut him?

An analytical deep dive into what the Cowboys have in QB Dak Prescott – The Athletic
But the divisional-round loss to the Rams last season was instructive. Wade Phillips dared the Cowboys to put the game on Prescott’s shoulders by loading the box and staying in base defense against 11 personnel. Dallas decided rather than adjust to a more pass-heavy attack, it would stay true to its identity. Ezekiel Elliott ran 20 times for 47 yards (2.4 YPC), they got behind early and ended up losing 30-22. Going forward, will the Cowboys maintain the same philosophy and ask Prescott to execute the offense and avoid mistakes? If they pay him $30 million per year, will that be an indication they believe he can do more? That they will encourage him to be more aggressive so the offense can succeed in different forms rather than just have to play one style? Those are the questions that the franchise has to answer in the months ahead.

Forecasting the next three NFL seasons: 25 predictions through 2022 – ESPN
23. Carson Wentz and the Eagles will win at least one division title. The NFC East hasn’t had a repeat champion since the Eagles did it in 2003-04, so as good as the Cowboys look on paper you can’t pick them to win it again this season. It looks like a two-team race between them and the Eagles, so let’s say Philly wins it. It would help, of course, if Wentz could stay healthy for 16 games, and I believe he will at some point. Wentz is under a completely unique kind of pressure: How many quarterbacks have had to live up to the accomplishments of their backups? The Eagles believe he’s up to it, and they have the people in place to help him thrive.

Pressure by Number of Pass Rushers, 2018 – Football Outsiders
The Eagles were the most frequent user of a four-man rush in 2018 and have been among the leaders each of the last three years. In that time, they have consistently generated pressure without a blitz on about one-third of their opponents’ pass plays. They have done a tremendous job of building and replenishing quality defensive line depth by signing players such as Chris Long, trading for players such as Michael Bennett, and drafting players such as Derek Barnett to complement their core duo of Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham. In 2018, the Eagles were the only team with three players — Cox, Graham, and Long — with 30 or more hurries.

Eagles players guess Madden 20 ratings – PE.com
Carson from North Dakota, come on down! Watch the Eagles players guess their teammates’ Madden 20 ratings in our new game show, the Hi-Lo Challenge!

10 Eagles who squandered their talent – NBCSP
Reggie Brown is the ultimate player who never got the most out of his ability. Like many others on this list, he was a second-round pick — a high second-rounder at No. 35 overall — and his career started off well enough, with 150 catches for 2,167 yards and 16 TDs in his first three seasons. He had more catches in his first three years than Mike Quick, more yards than Harold Carmichael, more touchdowns than Harold Jackson. But Brown often spoke about how he had other interests outside football and how football wasn’t everything to him, and it showed on the field. After just 27 catches for 407 yards and one TD in 2008 and 2009 combined, he drifted out of football before his 29th birthday. [BLG Note: Man, I really did believe in Reggie Brown.]

Golden Tate calls Matthew Stafford, not Russell Wilson, “best QB I’ve played with” – PFT
“To me, as of now, where I am today, I think Stafford’s been the best quarterback I’ve played with,” Tate said. “The guy can flat-out play. He’s tough, his attitude is amazing and he just wants to play ball. For me, I have nothing but praises for him. It’s almost unfair that he’s such a good player and doesn’t have playoffs or a ring to show for it. That kind of hurts my heart that I wasn’t able to help change that.”

Former Titans pass rusher Derrick Morgan announces his retirement – Music City Miracles
Morgan was the Titans first round pick (16th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft and spent his entire professional career in Tennessee, tallying 106 starts, 44.5 sacks, 306 tackles, 112 quarterback hits, 54 tackles for loss, and 5 forced fumbles. His sack total ranks 6th in franchise history behind just Ray Childress (75.5), William Fuller (59), Sean Jones (57.5), Jevon Kearse (52), and Jurrell Casey (46). Not bad company. [BLG Note: Thought the Eagles could have had some interest in Morgan as a fourth defensive end.]

The Three Most Fascinating Implications of the NFL’s Best Horrible Proposal Yet – Ringer
This BID proposal would change that. Having an 18-game schedule with a 16-game playing limit would force every team to give meaningful reps to backup quarterbacks. Last season 54 QBs started games in the NFL; this rule would mandate that at least 64 quarterbacks receive starts. That uptick would be amazing, because watching backup quarterbacks play in the NFL is hilarious. Sure, every once in a while a backup will make it clear that he should actually be starting. More often than not, though, awful things happen when a second-string player takes the reins of an offense. Think about all the players who would be asked to lead NFL offenses in this brave, stupid new world: the busts, the passers who long ago proved to be incompetent, the guys whose names you thought you’d never hear again. We’d see coaches hand the keys to 37-year-olds hanging on as mentors for young quarterbacks, fourth-round rookies whose last meaningful action came in the Bad Boy Motors Gasparilla Bowl, projects who would fall apart instantly if thrown into a game against pro defenses, guys who made the team because they’re golfing buddies with the offensive coordinator.

A Possible Ezekiel Elliott Holdout, Jarrett and Gould Get Paid, No Deal for Clowney – MMQB
3. Ezekiel Elliott taking a hardline contract sense makes sense. Pro Football Talk reported today that the Cowboys RB has said privately that he will hold out of training camp if he does not get a new contract. Elliott has two years left on his rookie deal (the Cowboys picked up his fifth-year option this spring), and knowing that the team sees him as the centerpiece of the offense, now would be the time to put pressure on Jerry Jones before his value begins to diminish.

Report: Ezekiel Elliott has talked about holding out of training camp without contract extension – Blogging The Boys
There are currently contract extensions to be negotiated for both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, but those conversations have left Ezekiel Elliott out in the cold. Zeke is also eligible for a new deal, but given that he’s a running back and has had run-ins with the league office because of his off-the-field issues, there’s a strong argument against paying him. Perhaps more to the point for the Cowboys, he still has two more years left on his contract so the urgency isn’t there for the team.

Kamrin Moore suspended by Giants – Big Blue View
Moore played in two games for the Giants last season after having been awarded to them via waiver claim from the New Orleans Saints before the beginning of the season. He spent most of the season on the inactive list. Per the NFL’s domestic violence policy a player is suspended six games for the first domestic violence incident and receives a lifetime ban for a second incident. Moore was expected to compete once again for a backup role.

Discussion Question: Biggest concerns on offense and defense heading into camp? – Hogs Haven
Trent Williams situation: I keep expecting this situation to resolve itself (perhaps with a contract extension), but the longer this drags on the worse it is. Despite all the injuries, Trent Williams remains an elite left tackle in this league and any protracted holdout or trading him away would be devastating to this team and their young QB. Obviously there is still over a week until the start of camp, but if it’s not settled by then this is going to be a serious problem.

‘Madden’ should bring back Rushing Attack, the best thing it ever made – SB Nation
Football video games can be a little inaccessible sometimes. Firing up a game of Madden isn’t exactly like a simple game of Pac-Man. If you don’t know the rules of football, don’t understand the strategy of calling plays, or just don’t feel much like getting invested in a game that’ll probably take more than a half hour to finish, Madden might not be for you. Madden’s Rushing Attack mini-game was the exception. The idea was pretty simple: A player is given control of a running back who has a fullback and a few blocking dummies to follow. All that’s standing between the rusher and a touchdown are two to four defenders, depending on the difficulty setting.

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