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Fletcher Cox reveals the biggest trash talker on the Eagles

Fletcher Cox reveals the biggest trash talker on the Eagles

Fletcher Cox joined Lane Johnson’s “Outside the Lane” Instagram show on Friday night and by the end of the 28-minute episode, the two Eagles turned their attention to one of their favorite teammates. 

First, Cox told a story about how Brandon Graham once set off fart bombs in the Eagles’ locker room. A story which Graham clarified on Monday. 

And then Johnson decided to keep the conversation going about Graham, who is the longest-tenured player on the team and one of the longest-tenured in the city. 

Lane Johnson: What most people don’t know, … who is the biggest shit talker on the team? 

Fletcher Cox: BG! 

LJ: Hey, is it unbelievable? 

FC: Hey, man, listen. Let me tell you something about BG. Obviously we play beside each other, right. He be on the field talking smack to the tackle, doing all this. I be like, ‘BG, you know this man finna double-team me, right, and f— me up.’

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LJ: You’re ramping him up for Fletch to take the load. 

FC: That’s what I’m saying. He’ll be like, ‘my bad.’ 

LJ: The most trash I think I’ve seen him talk is every time we play the Cowboys, him and La’el Collins are just nonstop. 

FC: From the first … ‘Hey boy, I’m gonna get you boy, yeah boy, you fat boy! … That’s his favorite thing right there. I ain’t never seen somebody talk s— with a mouthpiece in their mouth. You know, he wear the pacifier. ‘Yeah, fat boy.’ 

LJ: The pacifier, you know he can’t breathe out that damn thing. That’s why he be gasping for air. 

Yes, Graham is a notorious trash talker. In fact, he’s just a notorious talker. He’s definitely an energy guy in the locker room and on the field. 

Here’s a pretty good sampling of his trash talk prowess: 

So if the NFL thinks about mic’ing up players for the 2020 season, consider this a formal request to get Graham on that list. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: There goes half of the NFL preseason

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Eagle Eye podcast: There goes half of the NFL preseason

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Mercedes Benz of Fort Washington, West Chester and Atlantic City, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to reports about the NFL’s cutting the preseason in half. 

If rosters are reduced before training camp because of COVID-19, which players will be the first to go? The guys try to figure it out. 

And, would Doug Pederson really quarantine a quarterback in 2020, just in case? 

Recapping Nos. 10-5 on our list of most important Eagles. And Roob highlights some of the best and worst running back performances in team history. 

  • (2:03) — The NFL will shorten the preseason from four games to two.
  • (10:06) — Report of the NFL cutting down the size of rosters.
  • (22:22) — The idea of quarantining a quarterback to keep them healthy and available
  • (30:31) — Most important Eagles of 2020, 10-5.
  • (42:17) — The top 10 worst performances ever by Eagles running backs.
     

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NFL Rumors: George Kittle's rumored extension price is good news for Eagles

NFL Rumors: George Kittle's rumored extension price is good news for Eagles

Football's tight end position has changed considerably in the last decade. In 2020 we have a ton of game-changing pass catchers at the position.

Which means it's time for tight ends to start getting paid more, and soon.

One of the players leading the tight end revolution has been the Eagles' Zach Ertz, who is under contract through 2021 but will likely want an extension sooner. His next contract (in Philly, or elsewhere) will be influenced by contracts for 49ers tight end George Kittle and Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce. 

And now, we have some idea of what those deals could look like. 

Kittle has been looking for a huge contract, given his clear value in the passing game, but according to a report this week, it looks like the number will be a bit lower than some estimations.

Per The Athletic:

I recently spoke with someone in the know who said he thought Kittle ultimately would land a contract worth $13 million a year. That’s not the spectacular deal some were envisioning for the 49ers’ indispensable man, but it would still set the pace for all tight ends.

It's not mind-blowing money, but it would mark the richest contract for a tight end in NFL history. Right now, 14 wide receivers have a higher average annual salary higher than $13 million.

Does that mean an Ertz extension will land around the same place? And can the Eagles afford that? Let's investigate.

Here's a quick look at their respective numbers from last season:

Kittle: 85 receptions, 1053 yards, 5 TD

Ertz: 88 receptions, 916 yards, 6 TD

Ertz, who turns 30 this season, has reached three straight Pro Bowls and has been the Eagles' most relaible target during the Carson Wentz era. He's not getting younger, but he's still an elite tight end.

Kittle, who turns 27 this season, has reached two straight Pro Bowls, was named First Team All-Pro in 2019, and was the best receiving threat on a 49ers team that reached the Super Bowl.

The numbers put Ertz right around Kittle's neighborhood, but being three years older - and a potentially reduced role in the Eagles' offense with better wide receivers - could make it hard to argue he deserves an equal deal. 

I'd imagine, if the Eagles want to keep him around, he'll land a little lower than Kittle, but higher than Austin Hooper, who landed a four-year deal averaging $10.5 million earlier this year.

(Considering what Dallas Goedert has shown in his first two seasons, I wouldn't extend Ertz, but that's a conversation for another day.)

In any case, Ertz is still one of the most important members of the 2020 Eagles team, as NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro explained Thursday:

One main reason Ertz has been so important to the Eagles is because they haven’t had consistent play at the receiver position. He’s been the offense’s best and most consistent weapon in the last several seasons. In fact, he’s led the team in receiving for each of the last four years. 

While the Eagles have added some new receivers this offseason, my best guess is that as long as Ertz stays healthy, he’ll lead the team in receptions again in 2020.

And then we'll see what happens.

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