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Super Bowl champs showed up to ESPYS in style, including a 'Philly Special' homage

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Super Bowl champs showed up to ESPYS in style, including a 'Philly Special' homage

The Super Bowl champs showed up to the ESPYS in style on Wednesday night out in Los Angeles.

Nick Foles may have taken home the hardware for best performance in a championship — with a heck of a speech to boot — but it was the Eagles' secondary who won best dressed.

Or maybe just most outrageously baller. Tough to tell these days.

I mean, just look at what Rodney McLeod wore. Purple. No shirt.

The Green Goblin wasn't far behind. Personally, I liked Jalen Mills going with a vest that still showed off his tat.

And then there was Malcolm Jenkins adding a bit of class to the group.

But the sartorial flair that won the evening may have to go to former Eagle and current member of the Chicago Bears Trey Burton, who kept the "Philly Special" close to his heart.

And shouts to Jake Elliott and his hat just because.

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Are 2018 Eagles better or worse at tight end?

Are 2018 Eagles better or worse at tight end?

Brent Celek and Trey Burton are out at tight end for the Eagles. The team’s top pick in the 2018 draft, Dallas Goedert, is in.

Two-thirds of the tight ends are new for this year, though that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We examine whether the Eagles got better or worse at the position coming off a Super Bowl championship season.

Better

More big play potential

There’s no denying the changes at tight end should make the Eagles’ offense more dynamic. Celek, age 33, could barely move anymore, while Burton is undersized at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds.

Selected No. 49 overall out of South Dakota State, Goedert lists at 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, and the 23-year-old plays “above the rim,” with plus speed and a knack for highlight-reel catches. Even Richard Rodgers, a fifth-year veteran from the Packers and frontrunner for the third tight end spot, is larger than Burton at 6-foot-4, 257 pounds with roughly twice as much career production.

More athleticism. Bigger targets. Defenses are going to have their hands full with this group.

Worse

Intangibles

Celek made up for declining ability on the football field with tremendous leadership off of it. He was a consummate professional, somebody who commanded the respect of his peers. Most of all, he showed young players how to prepare for the rigors of an NFL season, missing only one game in 11 years with the Eagles.

Burton was another positive influence, quietly going about his business as the third tight end despite possessing the talent for a larger role.

The Eagles lost a pair of hard workers. Goedert, a rookie, and Rodgers may turn out to be perfect teammates, but they have a lot to live up to in that regard.

The same

Zach Ertz

Few tight ends are as reliably productive as Ertz, who’s coming off his third consecutive season with at least 70 receptions and 800 yards receiving. He’s a top-five player at his position, 27 and in the thick of his prime.

The unknown

Depth

In the two games Ertz missed due to injuries last season, Burton recorded seven receptions for 112 yards with three touchdowns. Even Celek managed to pitch in with a three-catch, 39-yard outing — by far his most productive game — and hauled in his lone touchdown during the other contest.

Goedert has out-of-this-world potential, drawing comparisons to the likes of Ertz and Chiefs superstar Travis Kelce, but has yet to play a down in the NFL. Rodgers racked up a 500-yard, eight-touchdown season back in 2015, and has accomplished little since.

As long as Ertz is in the lineup, the offense will run smoothly. Beyond him, the Eagles can’t be certain what they have.

Better or worse?

The real sting would be Burton’s departure via free agency, except he was used so sparingly. Rodgers has proven capable of posting TE3 numbers at least.

The Eagles decided Celek was no longer a viable option and released him in March, which was difficult to argue. Whatever hidden advantages he provided, it’s difficult to believe Goedert or a replacement-level player couldn’t outperform him at this stage.

Celek posted 14 receptions for 136 yards in 19 games last season, including playoffs, along with some less than stellar blocking. Sentimental value aside, a Goedert-Rodgers combination looks like a big upgrade. BETTER

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Watching Doug Pederson talk about everything that made the 'Philly Special' possible is a joy

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Watching Doug Pederson talk about everything that made the 'Philly Special' possible is a joy

When talking about certain criteria such as big-game significance, creativitiy, and flat-out cojones, it's easy to argue the "Philly Special" is the greatest play in Philadelphia sports history.

As such, we'll talk about it for the rest of our lives. The mic'd up footage of Nick Foles casually suggesting the play to Doug Pederson and the coach's chill, matter-of-fact response took the play to another level.

It's the legendary kind of stuff like that that makes sports so darn fun.

The Eagles shared yet another awesome video about the "Philly Special" that includes Pederson sitting down with Eagles' great and film guru Ron Jaworski along with Brian Baldinger. 

"The timeout gave us time to kind of step back and think," Doug says. "Nick runs over to me and just says, 'Hey, Philly Philly.' And I go, 'Yeah. I kind of like it. Makes sense. Let's do it.'"

Doug goes on to talk about how the play was even available to run on 4th down in the Super Bowl. That was thanks to Press Taylor. You can read more on that here.

Pederson gives Foles a ton of credit for executing the play wonderfully and truly selling it. It's the way he describes Trey Burton's throw that is most memorable.

"Trey makes a beautiful throw. The reason Trey is in that position, he's a former quarterback in high school, a baseball player at Florida. He knows how to throw the football. He does a great job with what I call a 'butterfly with sore feet.' Just kind of floats one out there."

"The rest is history as they say."