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Eagles News: Why Carson Wentz makes sense as a trade up target

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/27/16.

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Wentzing? - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles will get a very good player, but they might have to move up again if they really want a guy…say possibly a QB. BGN has a post up on a report that the Eagles are one of the teams looking to move up, possibly to the top spot. The thought is that they might be going after Carson Wentz. Moving up for a kid from North Dakota State? On the surface, that sounds insane. Wentz isn’t your typical NDSU player. That school is a football power, at the I-AA level. They aren’t an NFL factory, but that’s usually because their players are either a bit small or lack ideal athleticism. There is the RB who is 198 pounds or the 5-11 LB or the WR who runs 4.68. The guys are gifted enough to thrive at that level and even be pro prospects, but they just aren’t quite good enough. Wentz’s two biggest strengths are his size and his athletic ability. He could play SAM LB if he didn’t want to be a QB. This is not your typical small school prospect. And he’s more than just a body. He is a talented QB. Wentz has a very strong arm. He can make every throw. He has excellent mobility and they used his running as part of their offense. He wasn’t in a spread attack that had him throwing jet screen after jet screen. He actually had to drop back and throw real passes.

Why Carson Wentz is worth the hype (and why teams should trade to get him) -
Here's a fun exercise: Count the number of current NFL quarterbacks with that kind of arm strength and accuracy on throw that deep down the field. Joe Flacco? Matt Stafford? Aaron Rodgers? Cam Newton? That's the kind of arm we're talking about here. Forget that it came on a Pro Day and in shorts. It's legit.

An early look at the Eagles' depth chart - PhillyVoice
Doug Pederson said that Jordan Matthews will play more on the outside this season. He is easily the best receiver on the team, and it previously made no sense taking him off the field. In free agency, the Birds added Givens and Randle. Huff is in an interesting spot. He was of course among the Oregon players brought in by Chip Kelly. While he has shown explosive flashes, overall he has been inconsistent. What does the new regime think of him? For now, we'll leave him at WR3, but I put him there with no conviction. The addition of Randle gives Huff legitimate competition.

Kelly stays slippery, while Pederson just slips up - Inquirer
Clearly, Pederson had a momentary lapse, but he had already had similar gaffes. Asked a few weeks earlier about why the Eagles traded Murray, Pederson initially mentioned free agency before correcting himself and noting that the running back wasn't a free agent. His answer during his introductory new conferences to a query about his involvement during the Chiefs' final drive in their playoff loss to the Patriots also didn't inspire much confidence about his ability to react on his toes. Pederson's news conference aptitude is hardly how he will or should be judged. He's never been an NFL head coach before and should be given time to mature. But his early goofs are further proof that he failed to impress during his only interview with the Eagles, as several sources familiar with the meeting have told the Inquirer.

Where there's smoke, there might be fire on Eagles QB front - The Intell
There is enough smoke out there right now, about the team trading up the draft board into one of the top two spots in order to grab a quarterback, that there has to be a fire someplace. We have heard this before. As recently as last year, in fact, when the all the pre-draft buzz was about trying to get up to the No. 2 spot with Tennessee to take quarterback Marcus Mariota. Well, the Titans were so bad last year, even after they took Mariota, that they own the No. 1 pick and the Birds may very well be flirting with them again.

Interesting futures bets on Mark Sanchez, DeMarco Murray, more - CSN Philly
Another interesting Eagles-related tidbit involves DeMarco Murray. The over/under for rushing yards set for the new Titans RB is 850. Murray rushed for 702 yards in a dismal year with the Eagles in 2015. He's exceeded 850 rushing yards in three of five NFL seasons, falling short last year and in his second season in Dallas, when he missed six games.

Where Are They Now? G Jermane Mayberry -
Selected by Philadelphia in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M–Kingsville, Jermane Mayberry was penciled in to become the starting left tackle. That plan, however, was put on hold when he came down with pneumonia. "It was pretty hard to go through," said Mayberry, who didn’t step onto the field until midway through his rookie season when he played on special teams. "And it was really humbling from a standpoint of you go to college and you have success and you just assume that success is going to continue and when it doesn’t ..." After starting every game at left tackle in 1997, Mayberry was moved to left guard the following season. He initially wasn’t too comfortable with the switch of positions.

NFC East Roundup: Tom Coughlin Clings On - Birds 24/7
This week’s roundup of the latest from around the NFC East as teams shift away from free agency and toward the draft next month.

Does RG3 take Browns out of drafting Carson Wentz or Jared Goff? - Yahoo
The Browns must know that Griffin, who just turned 26, could turn out to be a terrific find and a savior. But he also is far from a guarantee. Drafting a quarterback high is the only real insurance they can take out to make sure. They also let word get out minutes after the RG3 signing that Josh McCown, soon to turn 37, could be had. And there might actually be a lukewarm market for his services, with little clarity with the QB situations with the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos or the Rams, now in Los Angeles.

Trent Richardson says ‘it’s very easy to get lazy in the NFL’ - SB Nation
"It's very easy to get lazy in the NFL --€” not having everything scheduled and not having everything like at Alabama where it was so structured," Richardson told Zenitz. "We had study hall or we had to get a workout in in between classes and had five classes a day. It was just so structured. In the NFL, everything's on your own."

Villanova is headed to the Final Four - VU Hoops
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