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NFL Combine preview: Defensive end prospects who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
Is defensive end a need? Yes, and I believe the importance of finding pass rush help is a very underrated need this offseason. While wide receiver and cornerback are glaring, smack-you-in-the-face needs, an edge rusher is just a small notch below. As we reported a month ago, the Eagles are expected to free up significant cap space this offseason. Among the obvious cuts will be DE Connor Barwin, as the Eagles will save $7,750,000 if he is cut or traded. Barwin wants to stay in Philadelphia and has stated that he would be open to a pay cut, but even a pay cut is unlikely to keep him on the roster.

Eagles Talk: Combine players to watch, free agent WRs, more - BGN
Previewing the NFL Combine on the latest BGN Radio podcast.

Combine Preview: Defensive Backs - PE.com
Workout Warrior: CB Adoree' Jackson (USC) - There are a lot of outstanding athletes in the secondary. You need to be great in order to be a high pick in my opinion, but Jackson will take the cake here. A first-team All-America in football this past year, Jackson was twice named an All-America on the track as well as a two-time Pac-12 long jump champion. That speed carries over to the gridiron, where he was a game-breaking threat on offense, a dynamic return specialist, and a high-upside cornerback with shutdown potential. At 5-11, 185 pounds, I’m interested to see how big he checks in at the Combine. I expect the track star to test extremely well across the board. Staying at cornerback, Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey is going to run very well in the 40-yard dash. At safety, Washington’s Budda Baker should stand out above the rest for his athletic prowess, but keep a close eye on Rudy Ford from Auburn as well. He's a converted cornerback with reported 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash. I actually think Ford has a better chance than Baker to turn into a traditional starting safety in the NFL, while the latter will be more of a subpackage player at the next level.

Agent's Take: Let's connect the dots for 26 teams in NFL free agency - CBS Sports
There has been a lot of speculation about DeSean Jackson returning to the team that drafted him. The Eagles have plenty of familiar wide receiver options. Director of Pro Personnel Dwayne Joseph was a front office executive with the Bears during Alshon Jeffery’s first four seasons. Newly hired wide receivers coach Mike Groh served in that same capacity with the Bears from 2013-15. He was also Kenny Britt’s position coach with the Rams last season. Offensive coordinator Frank Reich was Pierre Garcon’s position coach with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. Quarterbacks coach John DeFlippo was Cleveland’s offensive coordinator in 2015 when Terrelle Pryor was first making his transition to wide receiver. Cornerback also needs to be addressed. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz was in charge of the Bills’ defense in 2014, which was Stephon Gilmore’s third NFL season.

Bowen: Eagles have important work at NFL Scouting Combine - Daily News
There is always more going on than just the assessment of draft prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine, and that seems especially true this year for your Philadelphia Eagles. Wednesday, coach Doug Pederson is scheduled to take questions from reporters for the first time since the season concluded in January. We have a few things to address, not the least of which would be the decision to block quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo from interviewing to become offensive coordinator for the Jets.

10 prospects with something to prove at 2017 NFL Scouting Combine - CSN Philly
WR Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky - Taylor was probably the biggest standout during Senior Bowl week, but he's from a small school and might not be very well known yet. A favorite of NBC Sports' Josh Norris, Taylor has a chance to impress this week. Under 6-foot and under 200 pounds, Taylor will still probably test very well this week.

The 2017 Phenom Index for Rookie Wide Receivers - RotoViz
Curtis Samuel, Ohio State – The highest Phenom Index score of the 2017 class goes to a guy who also managed 700 rushing yards in his final season. The last player to surpass 700 receiving and 700 rushing in a season was Percy Harvin in 2007. As you may remember, Samuel and Harvin both played under Urban Meyer, who has an excellent track record of putting skill position players into the NFL. The other thing to like about Samuel is that he’s got some special teams experience. Overall, he looks like a fantastic multi-faceted threat for today’s NFL.

The NFL Offseason Capital Rankings - Ringer
22. Philadelphia Eagles | Salary Cap Space: $11,638,476 (30th) | Draft Pick Capital: Eight picks valued at 1,924.8 points (12th) | The Eagles don’t have a ton of wiggle room given their cap space, but with just two starters (defensive tackle Bennie Logan and cornerback Nolan Carroll) hitting free agency, they don’t have to do a ton of contract gymnastics to hold on to a defense that finished last season fourth in DVOA. Philly can make its most noise in the draft: The Eagles hold eight picks, including no. 15 overall, where they could land a playmaking (and reliable) receiver like Corey Davis or John Ross or add a three-down back like Leonard Fournette.

Hall of Fame voter essentially tells T.O. that complaining will keep him out - PFT
“I told him he is dividing the selection committee just like he divided locker rooms,” the unnamed Hall of Famer said. “I told him to be quiet, let the process work and he will get in.” Myers then followed the quote with a Dan Fouts-style warning that Owens is hurting himself by having the audacity to complain that he has been snubbed.

Jets release former All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis 9 days after his arrest - SB Nation
The New York Jets have released four-time All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, nine days after his arrest in Pittsburgh, the team announced on Tuesday night. The dynamic cornerback, now 31 years old, will be a free agent heading into the 2017 season. He’ll have trouble attracting suitors after an off-field incident that has left him facing multiple criminal charges. An alleged fight in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood has the former All-Pro charged with with four felonies: two counts of aggravated assault, one count of conspiracy, and one count of robbery.

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