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  • NEW YORK (AP) — The Eagles are looking for a Green Repeat.

    Led by Nick Foles Anders Lee Jersey , the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl last season with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots.

    Foles took over last season when Carson Wentz tore the ACL and LCL in his left knee. Wentz is not expected to be ready when the Eagles begin defense of their title on Sept. 6 by hosting the Atlanta Falcons to open the NFL’s regular season.

    The Patriots are the most recent team to win consecutive championships, winning Super Bowls 38 and 39.

    And the Eagles will start their quest as the top team in the first AP Pro 32 poll of the 2018 season.

    The Eagles received six of the 12 first-place votes and 367 points in balloting by media members who regularly cover the NFL.

    The Patriots, who have been to eight Super Bowls in the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era, were a close second — just as they were in the loss to the Eagles in Minneapolis. The Patriots received three first-place votes and finished with 366 points.

    “As long as the Killer B’s, Brady and Belichick, reside in Foxborough, the Pats will loom as the team to beat,” said Ira Kaufman of SB Nation Radio.

    The Minnesota Vikings, who lost to the Eagles in the NFC championship game, are No. 3. The Vikings added quarterback Kirk Cousins in the offseason to a team with high expectations.

    “Is Kirk Cousins the answer? That’s the only question about this team,” Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams said.

    The Los Angeles Rams Rashaan Gaulden Color Rush Jersey , who won the NFC West last season, earned two first-place votes and are No. 4.

    “(Brandin) Cooks dynamite in new offense,” Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki said of the speedy wide receiver who had 1,082 yards last season in New England.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers, who have won three of the past four AFC North titles, are No. 5.

    Drew Brees and the Saints received the other first-place vote and will start the season at No. 6.

    “My projected Super Bowl winner leads this list,” said Alex Marvez of The Sporting News. “Tom Benson would have loved the Super Bowl 53 post party.”

    The Jacksonville Jaguars, who were in position to reach the Super Bowl until blowing a fourth-quarter lead at New England in the AFC title game, are No. 7.

    The Jaguars will start the season short-handed after they lost receiver Marqise Lee for the season with a knee injury. He was hurt in a preseason game against the Falcons, who are No. 8 in the poll.

    The Packers, who slumped to a 7-9 season after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone http://www.falconsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-justin-bethel-jersey , will begin at No. 9.

    And L.A.’s other team, the Chargers, round out the top 10.

    At the bottom of the poll, the Colts will start at No. 30 despite the return of franchise QB Andrew Luck.

    The Browns, who have lost 31 of 32 games in the past two seasons, are fittingly No. 31. The Browns will have a tough opener as they host the Steelers.

    And the Jets, who could start rookie Sam Darnold at QB, will begin in last place at No. 32.

    “The future may be bright with Sam Darnold, but the present looks brutal,” Marvez said.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers believe they accomplished their major goals of upgrading the defensive line and a porous secondary through the draft after going 5-11 and missing the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season.

    The Buccaneers added more defensive pieces Saturday, taking Pitt safety Jordan Whitehead in the fourth round and Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy during the sixth.

    "Thirty-one teams passed up (taking me) so I've got a chip on my shoulder coming in already Troy Brouwer Jersey ," Whitehead said.

    Cichy didn't play in 2017 because of a knee injury that occurred in preseason camp.

    "I feel great," he said. "I'm real close to 100 percent. I think by the time I get down there for minicamp and OTAs I'll be 100 percent."

    Tampa Bay used its first-round pick Thursday to take Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea 12th overall. He will be plugged into a revamped defensive line anchored by six-time Pro Bowl tackle Gerald McCoy and bolstered by last month's trade for pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul and the signing of Beau Allen, Vinny Curry and Mitch Unrein in free agency.

    Tampa Bay ranked last in the NFL with 23 sacks a year ago.

    The Buccaneers used a pair of second-round selections Friday to take cornerbacks M.J. Stewart from North Carolina and Auburn's Carlton Davis.

    "We feel great," Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht said. "There's more of a better vibe, not that it was ever bad, more high-fives and more positive energy with all the coaches and scouts this year than I can remember."

    LEARNING CURVE

    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter knows that 6-foot-6, 304-pound guard Alex Cappa, taken in the third round from Division II Humboldt State, will be facing a major step-up in competition. "That's a different level of football," Koetter said. "Right when his season was over, he goes down to Phoenix and works out at an O-line place with a bunch of NFL guys. He's the right kind of guy but there's definitely a transition."

    Tampa Bay has had previous drafting success with small-school offensive lineman Authentic Logan Cooke Jersey , taking starting guard Ali Marpet from Division III Hobart College in the second round of the 2015 draft.

    FAMILY AFFAIR

    Former Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis is Whitehead's cousin.

    "He gave me a lot of advice going through this process," Whitehead said. "Stay humble, anything can happen throughout this weekend."

    FASTER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK

    Second-round selection Ronald Jones II from USC is an explosive runner who the Buccaneers feel is faster than generally known.

    "He's got track times, the ran guy 10.3-something 100-meters and multiple 10.5's," Koetter said. "He runs hard. He's going to bring something."

    HIGH GRADES

    The Buccaneers took Penn wide receiver Justin Watson in the fifth round. He will graduate after taking his last final Wednesday at Penn's Wharton School.

    "I didn't have a lot of I-A offers, in fact the only two offers I had at the I-A level were Buffalo and Akron out of the MAC," Watson said. "For me, Penn was just the best fit for both football and academics."

    STILL NEED

    Tampa Bay could look to add depth at safety and the offensive line before the start of training camp.

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