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.”
Lions Release Glover Quin
The Detroit Lions have released veteran safety Glover Quin, according to an official team announcement.
In related moves, the Lions cut wide receiver Bruce Ellington and linebacker Nicholas Grigsby from the roster.
“We thank Glover for his countless contributions to the Detroit Lions during his six seasons with our team,” Lions general manager Bob Quinn said, via an official team statement.
“Since joining the organization in 2013, Glover exemplified everything it means to be a true professional in this league — as both a competitor on the field and a leading voice in the community. Coach [Matt] Patricia and I have the utmost respect for him as a man and player, and we wish him nothing but the very best in the future.”
Quin, 33, started all 16 games last season for Detroit racking up 74 total tackles and 1 sack for the Lions.
Falcons Not Tending Brian Poole
Poole has played as the primary nickel back for the past three seasons in Atlanta and is coming off a career year in 2018 in which he set a number of career highs in tackles, sacks, and interceptions.
According to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure, the door is still open for Poole to return to the Falcons but he would have to agree to a lesser deal than the RFA tender.
Cowboys’ Travis Frederick Expected to Participate in Offseason Program
Dallas Cowboys veteran center Travic Frederick, who has missed significant time as he battles Guillain-Barre Syndrome, is closing in on a return to the field.
According to the Dallas Morning News’ David Moore, the All-Pro center is expected to participate in the team’s offseason program.
“Now it’s just about working in the weight room to try to continue to increase my strength and work with the team in the offseason as far as conditioning and getting myself ready come March and April,” Frederick said.
“Once you get to a certain point then you’re regaining your strength that you lost vs. the electrical connection that you lost,’’ Frederick said.
“I certainly hit that point in my upper body, which is actually a good thing when you hit that point where you slow down because that means the electrical connection is there and now it’s just building back any strength that you’ve lost. We’re at a point that’s very passable and very usable.
“As far as lower [body] goes, I’m at the point [where] I was missing a little bit of explosion but that’s the last part of it. The connection is there, now we’re just speeding up the connection. That’s the last part of the healing process.”
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