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Jordan Matthews expects more playing time as outside WR - Inquirer
By playing on the outside instead of exclusively in the slot, Matthews will be more involved in formations that have only two wide receivers. The Eagles had designated left, right, and slot wide receivers under Chip Kelly. There will be musical chairs among the group under Doug Pederson. "Essentially everybody’s going to be doing that," Matthews said Wednesday. "The only difference is it’s not going to be where I’m going to be 90 percent in the slot. I’ll have more looks on the outside." Matthews gave the example of staying on the field in two-tight end formations. He usually came off in those sets during his first two years, but he now can remain on the field.

Eagles hold the cards in Fletcher Cox contract negotiations - PhillyVoice
While Eskin may have gone a little overboard in his criticisms of France, his point that the Eagles have their share of leverage is absolutely valid. As noted, Cox is schedule to make just under $8 million this season, and if the Eagles franchise tag him in 2017, he'll make significantly less than what he would make if he signs a deal anywhere near the contracts listed above. The franchise tag amount for defensive tackles in 2015 was $11.19 million, and $13.65 million in 2016. If we were to project a similar increase in 2017, Cox is looking at a franchise tag amount of about $16 million. If Cox and the Eagles cannot get a deal done, he'll essentially be playing for something close to $24 million over the next two seasons.

Jordan Hicks Ready For Leadership Role - PE.com
In fact, after Ryans was informed of his release, he reached out to the 23-year old to assure him that he’d be ready to take on this new challenge and also left him with some words of wisdom. "The one piece of advice he gave me was ‘Don’t be afraid to speak up. The guys respect you. You’ve proven yourself. You have to step into that role and you can’t be afraid to speak up,’" Hicks explained. "I think I have to just continue to be me. If I try to be anyone other than me, that’s not what earns respect. You earn respect by hard-work ethic, showing your teammates you’re reliable and being yourself. Whether you’re quiet or charismatic or whoever you are as a person, you can’t be somebody else that you’re not."

Trading up in the NFL Draft is often the way to go - Sports On Earth
There are plenty of risks to moving up in the NFL Draft for a prospect, but teams continue to do so because every so often it will pay off with major dividends. These are five recent examples of when such a move has been worth the cost.

Players who are clearly the best NFL draft prospect at their position often don't live up - NFL
What happens when you take the player who is clearly the top prospect at his position? You can get a really good player, but you're just as likely to think trading down would have been better.

Fletcher Cox trade makes sense, but keeping him sounds better - ESPN
If the Eagles are sold on a quarterback in this draft, and if they are concerned that they are on the road to losing Cox in a year or two, then a trade like that makes perfect sense.

Adam Schefter doesn't think Browns will draft a QB, says Eagles or Jets could trade up - NJ.com
"I think Cleveland at two, right now if it were to stand where it is," Schefter said Wednesday on 97.5 FM The Fanatic. "I don't think the Browns are going quarterback. My belief two weeks out is that if I had to guess, the Cleveland Browns will not be going quarterback."

Draft Daily: Jack Conklin, the ‘Road Grader’ - Birds 24/7
Conklin told the media that "quite a few teams" talked to him about playing right tackle — at least to start his NFL career — before being asked what it takes to stay on the left side at the next level. "I think it just comes with athleticism. I think a lot of teams will see that on Friday with the running," Conklin said. "A lot of teams don’t know. I think after they watch my times and see how I perform on Friday, they’ll be surprised. Hopefully that helps them think this guy can play left tackle, too."

2016 NFL draft positional breakdown: Offensive line - CSN Philly
Friend is a possible seventh-round pick or a priority free agent. He isn’t a great prospect, but it’s hard to ignore his strength. He put up 41 reps at 225 on the bench press during Temple’s pro day. The highest number at this year’s combine was 34. His height is an obvious concern, but he might be able to squeak by as a depth interior lineman at the next level.

Top 16 late-round picks since the Tom Brady draft - NFL.com
Saturday -- April 16, 2016 -- will mark the 16th anniversary of what turned out to be a momentous occasion in NFL history: the selection of Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. In honor of this date, Gil Brandt compiled a list of the 16 best players selected in the fourth round or later in the past 16 drafts. (2 Eagles make the list, but they only drafted 1 of them)

Whichever NFL team drafts Corey Coleman needs to get him the damn ball - SB Nation
He can line up outside, in the slot, in the backfield and even return punts ... a creative offensive coordinator is going to love having Coleman on the roster. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White breaks down the Baylor receiver.

The BGN NFL Draft Party T-Shirts Are Here! - BGN
COME TO THE BGN DRAFT PARTY! Our good friends at ATLS. Apparel (@ATLSapparel) have done such a great job with these shirts. This isn’t just some low quality t-shirt that will be useless after one wash, these are 100% ring-spun cotton. Not only durable but super soft and comfortable. It’s a great buy for $20. These will only be around for a very limited time, so make sure to grab as many as you can before Monday, April 18th at 12:00 noon ET. If you are attending the draft party at Nick’s Roast Beef on Cottman, you can pick up your t-shirts the night of the party. Make sure you bring your ID and your receipt, you can not pick up you t-shirt without these two things. RSVP to the BGN Drafty Party by **clicking here**.

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