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Picking one free agent every team should sign this offseason - ESPN
Thielen, who finished with 69 catches for 967 yards and five touchdowns while dropping only three passes, had a breakout season in 2016 with Minnesota. He was a reliable target for Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, and that same short and intermediate reliability is a must for the Eagles' offense and QB Carson Wentz. Thielen, who's a restricted free agent, doesn't solve all Philadelphia's issues at the skill positions, but he can play the much-needed role of possession receiver as Wentz continues to develop as the Eagles' franchise quarterback.

The league’s best receivers for each type of route - PFF
Thielen’s double moves were lethal. He caught 3 of 4 targets for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns, averaging 46.33 yards per catch, 16.33 yards after the catch, with a WR rating of 156.3. Thielen caught 32 of 41 targets, which like Meredith, forced defenders to play his routes, giving Thielen the opportunity to take advantage of the defenders.

Carson Wentz worked out with two 2017 NFL Draft wide receiver prospects - BGN
In case you missed it from late last night.

BGN Radio #223: Is The Kenny Britt Train Rolling In? - BGNRadio.com
Listen to the latest episode of BGN Radio.

Here are a few options if the Eagles add a legitimate fullback this offseason - PhillyVoice
Kyle Juszczyk, Ravens (6'1, 240): Juszczyk is a quality run blocker and an effective receiver out of the backfield. Over the last two seasons, Juszczyk has 78 catches for 587 yards and 4 TDs. He made the Pro Bowl this year and is in the conversation for the best fullback in the NFL. As we know, vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, who Howie Roseman hired away from the Ravens, will be setting the Eagles' free agent board, so there's a connection.

Previewing the Eagles' offseason: Tight ends - Philly.com
Don’t expect Burton to go anywhere. The Eagles value him for both his growing role in the offense and ongoing role as one of the team’s best special-teams players. He has developed a close bond with quarterback Carson Wentz. And as a restricted free agent, the Eagles have the option to keep him. They’ll give Burton a tender, and unless a team pays Burton big money that the Eagles cannot match, he’ll likely play on that tender and be a restricted free agent next offseason. The Eagles also could give Burton a long-team deal if they see him as a potential core player.

NFC East rookie grades: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott led Dallas - NFL.com
Despite a bit of a rocky ride during his rookie season, Carson Wentz showed the football world that he has the goods to be a franchise quarterback for the Eagles. The 6-foot-5, 237-pound passer not only can make every throw in the book, but he is also athletic enough to create big plays with his legs. With a better supporting cast, he could be the guy who gets the Eagles back into the mix as a perennial contender. Wendell Smallwood flashed as a change-of-pace back/return specialist in limited action. He scratched out 312 rushing yards on 77 carries and displayed the kinds of traits (quickness, balance and body control) that could make him a difference-maker in a more prominent role. Isaac Seumalo and Halapoulivaati Vaitai cracked the lineup for a few starts, which will help the Eagles immensely going forward. GRADE: B-

Eagles Offseason Chatter (PST Show #197) - Philadelphia Sports Table
We’re getting into the Eagles offseason with free agency and the draft just around the corner. The Eagles will most certainly be cutting players and picking up new talent along the way. We brought Brandon Lee Gowton – BLG – Managing Editor at BleedingGreenNation.com and BGN Radio on the show this week to talk about this Eagles offseason.

A Schedule Of What's Ahead For Eagles - PE.com
Crunch time is coming. In a matter of a few weeks we’re going to see the Eagles’ free agency plan unfold – they have their plan in place, says executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman – and then all attention turns to the draft ...

Morning Sesh: Reunited And It Feels So Good - Philly Football Talk
Is it possible? Is it at all realistic to think that both DeSean and LeSean could be returning to Philly? Could the Eagles really be getting the band back together? In short, despite all of today’s scuttlebutt (yup I went there), the answer is a resounding no. Brandon Lee Gowton does a terrific job of breaking down how unlikely this scenario is – totally worth your time – but it’s also really fun to think about. We didn’t expect to lose those guys when we did. It hurt. And it hurt even more after Chip finished off his masterpiece of destruction – leaving us yearning for the playmakers he jettisoned out the door.

Who would be on the Eagles' ideal 2017 roster? - NJ.com
KENNY STILLS - This one can only happen if the Eagles get some breaks in cap space, as mentioned above. Stills is expected to demand at least $10 million annually, which is why it is possible he hits free agency and doesn't re-sign with the Dolphins. If he does hit the free agency market, however, Stills is the perfect compliment to Williams, and would be ideal for the Eagles. At just 24 years old, Stills averaged 17.3 yards-per-catch last season, and would be the down-the-field threat the Eagles need.

T.O. suggests he won’t attend his Hall of Fame enshrinement - PFT
If Owens has, as it appears, put his mind to not showing up for his gold jacket and bronze bust, maybe he won’t. The next question is whether that will influence the voters. It shouldn’t. But keep in mind that Hall of Fame voter Dan Fouts already has said that Owens isn’t helping his case by ripping the process. Which confirms that the members of the committee aren’t above human nature. Which invites speculation as to whether the voters will use T.O.’s apparent refusal to show up for the party as justification for the lingering refusal to invite him.

Chris Long ripped into people criticizing him for not going to the White House - SB Nation
Patriots defensive end Chris Long is one of the six New England players who have said they’ll skip a visit to the White House if President Donald Trump decides to invite the Super Bowl champions to Washington. Apparently not everyone on the internet has been cool with Long’s decision (shocking!), and he’s been taking heat for it ever since the news broke.

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