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09.03.2019 07:07
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Lombardi Trophy with the words "The New Norm" written across the middle.Coach Doug Pederson coined the phrase after the team beat the New England Patriots to win its first Super Bowl.The Eagles finally got a taste of championship success and they want more. Only eight teams in NFL history have repeated as Super Bowl champs , none since the Patriots did it after the 2004 season.It's a tough task, but the Eagles are determined to build a dynasty. They won't be underdogs anymore as they were throughout last year's playoffs. Teams are coming for them and they believe they'll be ready for the challenge."It's a great opportunity for us this season," Pederson said. "Great motivating factor for us to sort of rip off the dog masks and no longer be the underdog, but now be the hunted. Have the target on our back."Several key players who missed Philadelphia's playoff run are returning from injuries, including quarterback Carson Wentz, nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and playmaking linebacker Jordan Hicks. They'll make sure their teammates stay hungry."The biggest thing is the culture we've created, the team-first mentality, a bunch of unselfish players and the camaraderie we've built," Wentz said. "I don't see why the sky can't be the limit for us going forward again. We have high expectations, the city has high expectations and we love that."Some things to know about the Eagles, who open the season Sept. 6 against Atlanta:INSURANCE POLICY: The Eagles are in a unique position with a backup quarterback who was the Super Bowl MVP. Nick Foles will be under center until doctors clear Wentz to return following surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL last December. Foles will then return to the sideline without complaining. Foles has no ego, understands his role and is close with Wentz. He didn't demand a trade to go start somewhere else Tampa Bay Buccaneers T-Shirt , loves playing for the Eagles and enjoys the city. It's an ideal scenario. Foles played poorly in the preseason 鈥?minus several starters around him 鈥?but he gets a pass after sensational playoff performances.MORE WEAPONS: Rookie tight end Dallas Goedert, a second-round pick, was impressive in the preseason and joins Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz to form matchup nightmares for opposing defenses, especially inside the red zone. Versatile running back Darren Sproles returns after missing most of last season, giving the offense another threat coming out of the backfield.THE UNDERDOGS: An offensive line that features two All-Pros 鈥?right tackle Lane Johnson and center Jason Kelce 鈥?and Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks along with left guard Stefen Wisniewski may have been the best in the league last season and now gets Peters back to protect the quarterback's blind side. Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who was shaky in the preseason, has plenty of experience after filling in for Johnson in 2016 and Peters in 2017.FRONT FOUR: The addition of three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett and five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata strengthens a deep line that was No. 1 against the run last year.Starting defensive tackle Tim Jernigan is coming off back surgery and it's uncertain when he'll return plus Vinny Curry and Beau Allen moved on.But Bennett, Ngata and the emergence of second-year pro Derek Barnett should help this unit stay dominant. Fletcher Cox is one of the best interior linemen in the NFL. End Brandon Graham played at a high level and veteran Chris Long showed he had plenty left in the tank.COVER GUYS: Cornerback is another strength for the defense led by starters Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills. Sidney Jones, a 2017 second-round pick who missed nearly the entire season following surgery on his Achilles before the draft, and rookie Avonte Maddox had a strong battle for the nickel spot and provide plenty of depth.COACHING CHANGES: Offensive coordinator Frank Reich left to become the head coach in Indianapolis and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo became the offensive coordinator in Minnesota. Mike Groh replaced Reich and Press Taylor took DeFilippo's spot. Both coaches already were part of the team's staff and have familiarity with the system and the players. As we continue to move on with our free agent previews for the 2019 offseason, we have approached a position group that seems to have plenty of depth on the surface, but if you look close enough Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hats , you’ll see that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have to bring in some help from the outside. The Bucs have Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as their sure-fire pass-catchers for 2019. Those two are a great start, but depending on Bruce Arians’ evaluations of Justin Watson, Adam Humphries, and DeSean Jackson - the Bucs could be in pretty desperate need of some receivers.Jackson’s $10 million cap hit, lack of production, and bad attitude are known all too well and the word on the street is that Humphries - an unrestricted free agent in 2019 - may be able to find himself on the good side of a contract that’s worth close to what Jackson would make this year.If that’s the case, then it’d be almost impossible for Tampa Bay to bring back Hump.So, the Bucs need a backup plan, therefore, here we are. Just like the offensive line, these receivers that we are about to look at don’t have to be starters. They are simply options that could fill the potential void at the slot position and the potential lack of a vertical threat.Don’t rule out the possibility of an in-house candidate making their case for one of those roles, but for this article’s purpose Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hoodie , we will only look at free agents. The highest-graded receiver in the league was Deandre Hopkins. He finished with a 92.0 overall grade that included a 92.2 receiving grade and a 63.8 run blocking grade. The 92.2 mark was the highest amongst all receivers in 2018.With all of this now in front of us, let’s find out who the Bucs can bring in at receiver for the 2019 campaign. 1. Wide Receiver, Adam Humphries, Tampa BayPFF Grade: 75.2 Overall/74.0 Receiving/67.3 Run Blocking/781 total snapsThis one is pretty obvious. Hump finished with career-high marks all across the board outside of yards per reception. There is no reason to think that he wouldn’t find a role in Bruce Arians’ offense. But as our own Alex Salvarezza and I discussed on our most recent episode of Overtime, Humphries may be offered/demand as much as $10 million during free agency. There is no way Tampa Bay could afford that salary. They’d break even if they cut Jackson and paid Humphries $10 million, but the thought here is to expand the cap, not even it out. The Bucs could use that $10 million elsewhere, because there are plenty of holes on the current roster. The former undrafted free agent finished with 76 catches for 816 yards and five touchdowns in 2018. His a tremendous route runner, insanely tough, and has only gotten better as the years have passed. The sweet spot here is right around $6-$7 million per year. That’s really all that Tampa Bay can afford, but if Humphries is wanted elsewhere - and there have been plenty of rumblings of interest - then there’s no reason to deny the thought that he could reach $10 million in salary. Let’s hope he gives the Bucs a hometown discount. Honorable Mentions: Golden Tate, Cole Beasley2. Wide Receiver Cheap Customized Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys , Tyrell Williams, Los Angeles ChargersPFF Grade: 65.9 Overall/66.4 Receiving/58.9 Run Blocking/857 Total SnapsI’ll admit on this one that I’m a bit biased. This is my dude right here. Williams is a 6-foot-4 205-pound speedster that can run a 4.33 40-yard dash. His size and speed are a rare combination and he is a pretty decent run blocker as well. Just like Hump, Williams went undrafted - except he hails from Western Oregon instead of Clemson - and now finds himself in prime position to make some pretty decent money in free agency.He finished last year with almost the same stat line as Jackson. He wound up hauling in 41 receptions for 653 yards and five touchdowns in2018, good for 15.9 yards per reception. This cat would be a true difference-maker if the Bucs were to sign him. It’d be like having Vincent Jackson - the other Jackson - lined up opposite of Mike Evans all over again, except this time you have a player who is “on the up” instead of in decline.And Williams is much faster than Jackson. Much, much faster.The Bucs also have the salary cap working in their favor. Not necessarily their cap in particular, but the Chargers’ cap. L.A. has around $21.9 million in cap, but guess who is due a new deal after this season?Melvin Gordon.You know he is going to want to get paid and he is the key to that offense outside of Philip Rivers. It would stun the NFL if the Chargers let him walk.So, that likely means that the Chargers will have to say goodbye to someone(s) and that someone in particular could be Williams. If that ends up being the case, keep your fingers crossed that Tampa Bay ends up becoming Williams’ new home.Honorable Mentions: Phillip Dorsett, Josh Gordon3. Wide Receiver, John Brown , Baltimore RavensPFF Grade: 64.7 Overall/65.1 Receiving/54.4 Run Blocking/797 Total SnapsOut of all three options, Brown is the most likely candidate to land in Tampa Bay. He’s projected to earn around $6 million and not only does he have familiarity with Arians and his system/scheme, but it’s safe to say that Arians was able to get the best out of Brown. He finished with a 1,000 yard season in 2015 and caught 113 receptions in his first two seasons under Arians.But Brown was diagnosed with sickle-cell anemia in 2016 and that apparently gave him some issues with his hamstring. He wasn’t able to build off of his promising sophomore campaign and even had more issues with his hamstring that kept him out of six games in 2017. All of that was put aside in 2018, however, as Brown played in all 16 games and finished the season with 42 catches for 715 yards and five touchdowns. At 5-foot-11 178-pounds, he is basically the same size as Jackson and can run a 4.34. Brown is essentially Jackson without the attitude. Their measurables are nearly identical and they both possess elite speed. Signing Brown makes the most sense out of all of the other options and when you consider how Arians is bringing a lot of his former staff together, you have to ask yourself, ‘why wouldn’t he bring backs some former players, too’.Honorable Mention: Jermaine Kearse

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