Eagles gave out one of the biggest undrafted rookie signing bonuses

Eagles gave out one of the biggest undrafted rookie signing bonuses

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Josh Adams – Iggles Blitz
Josh Adams was a weird player in 2017. He ran for 1,430 yards and averaged 6.9 yards per carry. Those are impressive numbers. At the same time, he ran behind the best O-line in all of college football (two Top 10 picks) so there was almost always running room. How much of that success was Adams and how much was the OL? The Eagles were willing to take a chance that Adams deserved a lot of the credit. They didn’t give him some mega-deal, but they obviously were aggressive in trying to add him. That shows more than casual interest.

Eagles Rookie Profile: Six things to know about Josh Adams – BGN
In order to learn more about the Bucks County native, I reached out to SB Nation’s Notre Dame blog: One Foot Down. Fighting Irish writer Joshua Vowles (@TheSubwayDomer) was kind enough to answer my questions.

Jason Kelce already has some good speech material – BGN
Jason Kelce’s speech at the Eagles Super Bowl parade was legendary, a roll call of all the criticisms, both ridiculous and legit, of his team, teammates, and coaches. Training camp is weeks away, but should the Eagles repeat as Super Bowl winners, he’s already been given some material to work with.

Why the Falcons lost to the Eagles and how they can win in Week 1 – The Falcoholic
Jim Schwartz, as excellent as he is, is known for his appetite for risk and his willingness to have his secondary bite. With that being said, I want to see at least 15 rub concepts/empty formations. I want to see a lot of double moves by Calvin Ridley, Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. I also want to see Sarkisian call like he’s in the NFL and he’s learned from every mistake the offense made in the playoffs. That’ll be huge. Atlanta’s offense will have to revolve around explosiveness and the abuse of over-aggression on the Eagles part. It’s really that easy. The Falcons are, if not a better team, at least an equally talented one. With better playcalling and exploiting Philadelphia’s weaknesses, they can win this upcoming Week 1 matchup.

The NFC owned the AFC last season – PhillyVoice
Last season, the Eagles had to navigate one of the tougher six-packs of playoff teams in NFC history. On the whole, the NFC playoff teams combined for 69 wins, which was the fifth-highest total since the NFL went to a 12-team playoff format in 1990. Unquestionably, the Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, and to a lesser degree the Carolina Panthers all have compelling reasons for why they will be Super Bowl contenders in 2018. However, it’s the strength of the rest of the conference that makes the NFC extra formidable.

Duce Staley: I’m not worried about being a coordinator – PFT
“Crazy league. Crazy situations. You talk about being at the right place at the right time,” Staley said. “Sometimes things are slotted, and they may not be slotted for you. Sometimes something may just pop up on you.”

Interview with Nick Foles – Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia
Pastor Joe sits down with quarterback Nick Foles from the Philadelphia Eagles for a casual interview to discuss Nick’s new book “Believe It.”

Top 5: Alshon Jeffery – PE.com
Take a look at the top 5 plays by wide receiver Alshon Jeffery during the 2017 season.

Who is the most deserving senior candidate for the Class of 2019 (Round 3)? – Talk of Fame Network
Maxie Baughan. Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke, Dave Robinson, Tommy Nobis and Larry Morris were the NFL NFL all-decade linebackers for the 1960s. They went to a combined 12 Pro Bowls that decade. Baughan himself went to nine Pro Bowls in the 1960s – four more than any of the all-decade linebackers. But not only was he passed over as an all-decade selection, he’s been passed over by the Hall of Fame. He’s never even been a finalist. A second-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1960, Baughan became a walk-in starter at outside linebacker for an NFL championship team and one of only three rookies selected to the Pro Bowl that season. He would go to the Pro Bowl in five of his six seasons with the Eagles, then was traded to the Rams. George Allen named him as his defensive captain and Baughan would go to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons with the Rams.

Ranking the NFC East: Interior defensive lines – Hogs Haven
The Eagles interior DL — with one big exception — is largely unchanged from last season, and given that the defensive front 7 played outstandingly all season, and that Philly won the super bowl, they certainly deserve a lot of respect. Fletcher Cox is one of the best veteran D-linemen in the game, and Haloti Ngata — who will be remembered forever as the man who ended RG3’s career — was signed away from Detroit in free agency this year, adding another big name to the fearsome front 7 of the NFL champion Eagles.

Cowboys defense has potential to be one of the better units in the NFL – Blogging The Boys
[BLG Note: Sure.]

Which long-suffering NFL player would you have rescued from his horrible team? – SB Nation
Too often, great players languish on bad teams. The only thing keeping Larry Fitzgerald from a full decade of losing seasons to start his career was the unexpected resurgence of Kurt Warner. Calvin Johnson played for nine years and won zero postseason games. Joe Thomas played 10,000+ straight snaps for a Browns team that recorded just one winning season over his 11-year career. But what if you could change that?

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Cardinals decide Jordan Hicks is ready now, promote power pitcher for opening day

Cardinals decide Jordan Hicks is ready now, promote power pitcher for opening day

The Cardinals wondered if he was closer to the majors than planned.

They’ve decided he wasn’t just close — he was ready.

In a stunning 11th-hour change to the roster, the Cardinals will promote Hicks on Wednesday or Thursday morning for the opening day roster. One of the quickest departures from spring training camp will now be an early arrival in the majors, leaping all the way from High-A to Citi Field in a single week. The righthander will take a spot in the Cardinals bullpen.

To make room for him on the active roster, the Cardinals optioned John Brebbia to Class AAA Memphis. The decision was finalized Tuesday afternoon, an official confirmed to The Post-Dispatch.

The front office, coaching staff, and even catcher Yadier Molina had conversations about whether Hicks was ready to leap from High-A to the majors.

“Stuff is stuff,” manager Mike Matheny said.

Hicks, 21, has a fastball that was clocked at 102 mph during spring training, and he throws a fastball at 99 mph that has sink to it. He offsets that pitch with a slider that he can throw for a strike and a changeup that showed greater command and depth this past spring.

The righthander was demoted from big-league camp early because he had failed to be punctual for at least two mandatory team functions. His teammates even took to social media to chide his lateness, and Matheny said no matter what he brought to the mound they couldn’t have rules and let any of the players’ missteps go unnoticed.

The Cardinals still wanted to give Hicks a taste of Grapefruit League play and show the major-league staff what he was capable of doing. He didn’t disappoint. When he was thrust into Sunday’s start in place of Adam Wainwright (hamstring), Hicks pitched four scoreless innings and struck out two. Half of his outs came on groundballs, and he allowed only one baserunner. In 7 2/3 innings this spring for the Cardinals, he struck out eight. On Sunday, showed a mix of 100- and 101-mph fastballs to go with a breaking ball that he can locate inside the strike zone — and sweeping outside of it.

“We’re a talent-based industry,” Matheny said. “When you have a unique talent like that and we have a need in our bullpen, right, we’re trying to figure out how we can use him in that spot. There is opportunity there. How that looks is yet to be determined.”

Hicks will join the team in New York.

To make room for Hicks and backup catcher Francisco Pena on the 40-man roster, the Cardinals will have to make two corresponding moves. They intend to designate a player for assignment, not place Alex Reyes on the 60-day disabled list. Doing that would push Reyes’ return back to May 28, at the earliest. The Cardinals expect him in the majors several weeks before that.

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Hochman: Luke Voit talks about playing OF for Cards, facing Jordan Hicks' fastball

Hochman: Luke Voit talks about playing OF for Cards, facing Jordan Hicks' fastball

JUPITER, Fla. • There are 32 active pitchers in Cardinals camp, and in the first live batting practice sessions on Tuesday, Luke Voit had the unenviable assignment of facing the guy everyone wanted to see … except a batter.

There’s quite a lot of hype about Jordan Hicks, the triple-digit kid.

“I was like — ‘Dang!’” the Cardinals’ Voit said of the the fastballs he faced, both four-seamers and two-seamers. “I mean, it’s heavy, man. It gets on you. It’s got the spin rate, too, if you want that four seam. So I was impressed. There was a lot of hype about him and from what I heard from last season — and I was impressed, just like everybody else was. …

“Good stuff, man. A lot of potential. Super-heavy. Mid-to-upper 90s. I didn’t realize he had sink on it, too. He got me to roll over. I guess (there’s) more of a slurve I think. Slider. It still kind of pops, you pick it up, it kind of slows down a bit. Potentially still could be a good pitch. Just more of the older guys being able to pick it up a little bit and take advantage of it. But overall, the kid can definitely be an end-of-the-line, (big)-time reliever.”

Can Hicks’ stuff play in the bigs?

“Oh, for sure. It’s just more of him learning his spots,” Voit said. “He doesn’t have his command yet, but that’s something you teach yourself over time. It’s hard, not a lot of guys when they throw that hard know where it’s going. He’s still tough to hit. I was just more impressed with how much sink he had on his fastball. If he can have that with a fastball that can blow you away and (also one that) just gets ground balls, that’s kind of what Carlos (Martinez) is. It’s impressive.”

As Ben Frederickson chronicled this winter, first baseman Voit has been working out also at corner outfield spots.

Here in Jupiter, Voit is down to 245 pounds, looking slimmer and stronger. He said his swing is feeling good — he’s feeling quicker with his hands — and that his core gives him more stability in his legs (“Not being too top-heavy,” he said).

Voit spent some quality time in the days before camp with coach Willie McGee, who played a couple games in the outfield in the majors.

“In the outfield, I’m trying to get my footwork right,” said Voit, who is battling for a roster spot. “It’s more just trying to get reads off the bat, because that’s the best way in my opinion to get the best routes and get the different slices or cuts. Running down balls down the line, just kind of getting your right angles toward it, having to turn around because of the wind, stuff like that. It takes practice, I’ll have to keep working on it. Hopefully Mike (Matheny) will throw me out there a couple times.

“And I’ve got experience in the minors too. It’s not like I’m just coming out there like Matt (Adams) did last year. I’m not going to look like a loose cannon out there. I feel comfortable. I’m not 100 percent confident in it, but that comes with more reps and everything.”