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  • " />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesBleeding Green Nation homepageHorizontal - WhiteBleeding Green Nationa Philadelphia Eagles communityFollow Bleeding Green Nation online:Follow Bleeding Green Nation on TwitterFollow Bleeding Green Nation on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchBleeding Green Nation main menuFanpostsFanshotsEaglesOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Eagles StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Eagles NewsYahoo Eagles Team PageYahoo Eagles ReportYahoo Eagles Depth ChartYahoo Eagles TransactionsYahoo Eagles PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Eagles News: Former NFL scout talks about why he’s bullish on the 2019 EaglesNew ,53commentsPhiladelphia Eagles news and links for 6/24/19.EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Eagles News: Former NFL scout talks about why he’s bullish on the 2019 EaglesTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Elsa/Getty ImagesLet’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...“I’m going to go with the Eagles as my No. 3 [hot] team. That’s a stock that I’m buying. Now, I know the win total last year doesn’t wow you but they get into the postseason, they go win a tough game on the road against the Chicago Bears. I know what this team is made of. And I think Carson Wentz — based off everything I’ve heard talking to people in that organizaton — how he’s looked, obviously they gave him the new contract. I think he’s due for a very big year with all the weaponry he has around him. We talked about him just the other weeks when you were mentioning the [NFL’s] best group of receivers and the variety they can throw at you with an Alshon Jeffery, bringing back a DeSean Jackson, everything I’ve heard in the offseason, it’s been an outstanding run for Nelson Agholor. So you bring in a JJ Arcega-Whiteside. They’ve got [Zach] Ertz. They’ve got [Dallas] Goedert. They have so many weapons around [Wentz] and they’ve built depth in that offensive line to be able to withstand any injuries. So, I think offensively they’re going to score a bunch of points and I think defensively, again, they can throw waves at you up front with that defensive line. I’m buying a lot of stock here in the Philadelphia Eagles. I think they’re going to win this division. I think they’re a threat to go a long way in the postseason.”Dakota Prescott: King of the 4th Quarter Comebacks? - BGNNow the pressure is really on! This is what you pay your QB for! He needs a TD to take the lead (99 plays, 30.7% Down by between 4 and 8 points). 33-58 for 432 yards, 1 TD, and 2 Ints for a 71.9 QB Rating. (He also ran the ball 4 times for 28 yards and a 1 yard TD(3rd and Goal from the 1 with 1:41 remaining). Oh...and he’s been sacked 8 times, fumbling TWICE, one for a TD.For Winston and Mariota, 2019 Will Be a Make-or-Break Season - MMQBThe under-the-radar hire from last week that you should pay some attention to: The Panthers tabbed 27-year-old Taylor Rajack as their new director of analytics, having poached him from Philly’s robust analytics department. The Eagles have asserted themselves as an NFL leader in that area over the last few years, and it’s helped them construct one of the league’s deepest roster. And while the Panthers have some catching up to do, they’ve had their toes in the water on analytics for a while. Coach Ron Rivera has integrated information from the team’s in-house analytics staff (fourth down is one area where you’ve seen it) Womens Mike Quick Jersey , and the team has been represented at the Sloan Conference in Boston annually, going back to when Dave Gettleman was GM. That said, new owner David Tepper has very clearly mandated a deeper investment in analytics, which makes sense given his background in finance, and bringing Rajack in is pretty clearly a move to start to shape the organization in the boss’ vision.Eagles mailbag: Biggest 2019 concern, rookie of the year, LBs - NBCSPI’m tempted to say the health concerns about the offensive line, but instead I’m going on defense to the defensive end position. In my last mailbag, I picked Derek Barnett as a breakout candidate for 2019, but even if he does break out, the Eagles don’t have great depth at the position. They started last season with these top four defensive ends: Brandon Graham, Barnett, Michael Bennett and Chris Long. This year, their top four are probably: Graham, Barnett, Vinny Curry and Josh Sweat/Shareef Miller. That could be a problem. At least the Eagles now have much better depth at defensive tackle with Malik Jackson and a presumably healthy Tim Jernigan. But will that be enough to cover of the deficiency of depth at edge rusher? Not sure.Rich Eisen On The NFL’s Ultimate Course Correction On PI - FMIAI think some NFL fans need to recalibrate their negative attitude towards paying quarterbacks. Just because a quarterback hasn’t won a playoff game or even played in one doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be in line for a record-breaking contract. I’m looking at you, NFL fans who think Carson Wentz isn’t worth a 30-million-dollar a year contract. Who cares if he hasn’t been able to finish the last two seasons? Who cares if Nick Foles was the one who hoisted the Lombardi for Philadelphia and that he appeared to operate the offensive controls better than Wentz in 2018? Wentz deserved every penny he got paid simply because it was his turn. It’s what the market bears in the NFL these days for young quarterbacks who show promise during their first contract.2019 Eagles Media Day - PE.comThe Eagles were cooking up some fire content during media day.Why Is Michael Thomas the Receiver the Saints May Finally Pay? - The RingerDespite posting prolific passing numbers, New Orleans has never given a wideout a big contract in the Sean Payton–Drew Brees era. That may change.The 8 people you’ll meet at a Cowboys-Bills Thanksgiving - SB NationThe Thanksgiving meeting between the Bills and Cowboys promises to deliver the same kind of mayhem as your family....Social Media Information:BGN Facebook Page: Click here to like our pageBGN Twitter: Follow @BleedingGreenBGN Manager: Brandon Lee Gowton: Follow @BrandonGowtonBGN Radio Twitter: Follow @BGN_Radio The question is no longer about breakthrough seasons. The question now is, is Zach Ertz about to set records? The Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end is now tied for 2nd in the NFL for receptions (61) and is 1st among tight ends for receiving yards (644). At the midway point in the season Reggie White Jersey , those numbers put him on pace for 122 receptions and 1,288 yards. That would shatter the tight end record for receptions (110) set by Jason Witten in 2012 and put him in striking distance of Rob Gronkowski’s 1,327-yard record set in 2011.Ertz is also leading tight ends in red zone targets (14), receptions (7), and he’s tied for 2nd with 3 touchdowns coming from inside the 20. The addition of rookie tight end Dallas Goedert has allowed Ertz to work more from the slot, where he has thrived. He spends 56% of his snaps from that alignment which is a 12% increase over 2017. He’s first among tight ends operating out of the slot with 47 targets, 34 catches and 411 yards.Beyond the box score and analytics, the season Ertz is putting together from a route running perspective is splendid. He has routinely uncovered against man coverage, delights in facing zone, and has come up big in the red zone with his ability to tilt defenders at the break-point.That ability showed up in a crucial moment in Week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars’ cornerback Tre Herndon.Ertz knows he ultimately needs to get outside on this route, but Herndon is showing him outside leverage. Understanding he needs to create a secondary release, he has to get square with Herndon. The way he achieves this is by widening his initial release to match the width of Herndon. This gives him options. He can threaten inside, vertical, and outside.Once he gets square, he attacks vertically and nods inside. This forces Herndon to give ground and turn his hips, providing Ertz with the clearance necessary to attack outside and into space. The throw is behind, but it doesn’t matter as the scrambling Herndon can’t make up enough ground and gather his bearings in time to make a play on the ball.Similar to the previous route, this is all about giving yourself multi-directional options at the secondary release point. Ertz attacks the off coverage of Minnesota Vikings’ cornerback Mike Hughes vertically while he stems inside to get square. This forces Hughes to slightly hesitate before breaking, which is all is required.With safety Harrison Smith being occupied by the underneath threat Josh Sweat Jerseys Stitched , Ertz gets depth to his route to provide Carson Wentz a clean window in which to throw. Wentz delivers a strike and Ertz makes an excellent catch above his eyes and behind his momentum.Ertz doesn’t just beat up on practice squad corners and rookies; he does it against long-time starting veterans too. This was the case when he was isolated against New York Giants’ cornerback Janoris Jenkins.There are several layers to this play that make it successful and it shows the creativity in which the Eagles attack in the red zone. The Eagles show a “big” formation to start. They’ve got two tight ends and a wide receiver lined up in the backfield with Ertz and Corey Clement at tight end. The Giants’ are sure this is a “bust out” formation, but knowing that doesn’t make their job easier. The late shift forces the Giants’ to communicate their new deployment while processing the action and puts them at a disadvantage.Once the ball is snapped, the Eagles utilize play-action to dress the design up as a boot to the right. Jenkins is watching all this and understands that if it’s boot right he’s likely to get an “over” route from Ertz across the formation. Ertz uses this to his advantage and sells the over before he breaks off his route to the outside, leaving Jenkins befuddled. Wentz cuts off his boot action and it’s an easy pitch and catch from there.The other part of Ertz’s game that has led to his gaudy numbers is his ability to find the soft spot in zones. This speaks to his mental processing and play speed, because he does this at an extremely high level.Facing a cover 3 shell, Ertz understands he has to widen and then attack the space inbetween the defender to his outside and the defender picking up Nelson Agholor to his inside. This is routine for Ertz as he possesses fantastic spacial awareness. As soon as he finds the void, he gears down and shows his number to the quarterback.He also has this ability when operating against man coverage. His chemistry and the trust Wentz has in him is a big part of why Ertz leads the team in targets.Working against cover 1 robber and single coverage from safety Andrew Sendejo, Ertz flashes his ability to uncover regardless of the situation.The Eagles are attacking the three levels on the left side of the field and Ertz is supposed to run a deep out. Sendejo does a good job maintaining his leverage throughout the route stem and provides a roadblock to the outside. Processing this, Ertz shuts it down and sits, leaving Sendejo behind.Wentz steps up in the pocket and watches this happen, delivering an easy downfield throw.Man, zone, corners, safeties, from the slot or in-line.. there’s no situation that Ertz can’t win with nuance and savvy. His development over the years has led to him becoming a truly elite route runner; one which the Eagles are lucky to have. The Eagles and Wentz recognize this and their faith in him has him set up to make a serious run at the record books.
      November 28, 2019 5:32 PM PST