The Philadelphia Eagles have done a lot of work during the offseason, especially in free agency, to put more talent and weapons around 2nd-year quarterback Carson Wentz.
Wentz had a strong rookie campaign in 2016 and is showing a big step in his development during training camp this year, signaling the potential for a big year.
One of the areas that Wentz worked on improving is his mechanics due to an elongated release.
“His ball placement is higher,” Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo said, per NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo.
“That’s allowing his arm slot to be back and not down. He’s really worked hard on that during this offseason and in our OTAs to improve that.”
Wentz is also showing that he is comfortable with his adjustments.
“I think you’re seeing him really get comfortable in the protection piece of things,” DeFilippo said.
“I think the whole big picture of playing the quarterback position has the game really, really slowing down for him as each practice goes along. You can just see his mind slowing down and you can see his feet getting in the right position, you can see his eyes are in the right position. We just have to keep growing day-by-day.”
Doug Baldwin Announces Retirement
Seattle Seahawks veteran wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who has been a critical part of the team’s success over the past several years, has announced his retirement from the NFL.
Baldwin posted the following on Twitter:
Because the end of one journey sees the beginning of another. And guess what.. it will be one hell of a journey. You will feel emotional and physical pain you never knew existed. You will fail over and over again. But don’t worry, all of it will be the reason why you succeed. pic.twitter.com/RBH3hy5dip— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) May 13, 2019
Baldwin sent out a number of tweets eluding to the end of his career and although he never used the word “retirement”, it is clear that he is stepping away from football.
The Seahawks signed Baldwin as an undrafted free agent out of Stanford in 2011 and he became one of the greatest players in franchise history, helping the team win Super Bowl XLVIII, and helping them reach the Super Bowl the following year, where they suffered a devastating loss.
Baldwin, who has suffered a number of injuries, was released by the Seahawks last week.
Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky Excited for Revamped Backfield
Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky is excited about the revamped backfield on the team as they approach the 2019 season.
Tarik Cohen, David Montgomery and Mike Davis currently comprise the Bears three-headed monster running back rotation.
“We’ve got a three-headed monster that’s going to be able to make huge plays for this offense,” Trubisky said, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune . “Very talented guys and pretty much handpicked by (general manager) Ryan Pace and Coach Nagy. I 100 percent believe in those guys.
“Just being around Mike and being back with Tarik, you just feel like these guys really fit this offense and are able to do the things we want them to do — running the zone scheme, making guys miss, extending plays, running guys over and catching the ball out of the backfield. That’s what we expect from David and Mike.”
Seahawks Sign Ziggy Ansah
Ansah’s new deal is expected to include $5.5 million in guaranteed money and will include incentives that could boost it by another near $8 million.
Ansah is expected to officially sign his deal on Thursday, when he flies to Seattle.
Because the deal won’t be officially signed until Thursday, Seattle
won’t lose a 2020 compensatory pick by signing Ansah.
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