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Eagles News: Carson Wentz is one of the biggest winners of NFL free agency

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/15/17.

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Free Agency Winners & Losers - Rotoworld
Carson Wentz – Talent shortages around Wentz made him difficult to evaluate last year. He started fast, then fell into a prolonged slump and struggled with mechanics. But he was surrounded by the NFL’s weakest pass-catcher corps. With Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith on the perimeter to go with Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews inside, Wentz’s supporting-cast excuse won’t be acceptable in 2017.

Film Room: Torrey Smith gives the Eagles a new deep threat - BGN
In case you missed Tyler’s film study.

Eagles only 2017 NFL mock draft, version 3.0 - PhillyVoice
John Ross - A few weeks ago, we noted that the Eagles' focus on free agency and the draft at the wide receiver position would be on speed. Sure enough, the Eagles poked around a bit on speedsters DeSean Jackson and Kenny Stills, before ultimately settling on Torrey Smith. While Smith was a nice pickup and an upgrade over what the Eagles have on the outside, I suspect the Eagles don't want to stop there. The Eagles could look to find a long-term playmaker with top-end speed for their offense. John Ross has top-end speed, and then some. At the 2017 NFL Combine, he ran an absolutely blazing 4.22, breaking the previous record of 4.24, which was held by Chris Johnson.

Who’s Going to Replace Bennie Logan? - Philly Football Talk
According to the Giants’ SB Nation site, the Eagles have been showing “lots of love towards Hankins” and they could be looking to poach him away from the Giants. Hankins is bigger than Bennie Logan and has put up better sack numbers throughout his career. He’s also 3 years younger than Bennie and is arguably just as good. Maybe the Eagles plan this whole time was to let Logan walk to bring in a younger guy like Hankins. Also, since when is Logan 28? I swore he was about to turn 25. There’s a lot of reports out there saying that teams are shying away from spending big money on free agent DT’s and that’s why the market has been so bleh for them. Teams are viewing this draft as a way to get cheaper defensive lineman rather than paying $8-10 million annually for one. This may lead the Eagles to getting a steal in Hankins and we know that Howie has fallen in love with the 1 year deals. One could be in store for Hankins.

NFL would be stupid not to punish Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott - Inquirer
It might be easy to dismiss the incidents as no big deal, particularly since the woman obviously made the conscious decision to expose her breast herself. If Goodell does that, he would miss the point. Regardless of what the woman did moments later, Elliott's pulling down of her shirt could be classified as sexual assault. If she filed charges, it would be up to the justice system to determine what happens next. The NFL's personal conduct policy is not about determining a player's criminal guilt or innocence. It is a public relations tool meant to protect the Shield and try to help maintain positive perceptions about the league.

Wentz And Foles And The QB Story -
The two transactions on Monday, one to start the day and one to end the evening, further define the Eagles’ quarterback picture, one that has taken a full 12 months to take shape. It’s been a “Merry Go Round,” as Howie Roseman puts it, and he’s right: The Eagles have continually addressed the game’s most important position to get it just the way they want it ...

2017 NFL Prospect Preview: LSU CB Tre'Davious White - EaglesWire
At times, White gives receivers too much cushion, leading to easy completions on slants and curls. His Combine scores were disappointing and highlight White’s need to out-position the opponent, as he will often find himself outclassed athletically. White never had more than two interceptions in any of his four seasons at LSU, finishing with six picks in 48 games during his collegiate career.

Eagles Mailbag: Dalvin Cook, draft cornerbacks, backup QBs - CSN Philly
I really like Dalvin Cook and I think he can be a good player in the league. But for me, it's still about value, and I think there might be better value on the board at 14. With that said, I'm not completely against the idea of Cook. I don't think it would be a bad pick. In fact, I think he would immediately make the Eagles much, much better. He would come in and be that three-down back teams always look for. But here's the thing, what if DE Derek Barnett or CB Marshon Lattimore are there? What if the Eagles think more of wide receivers Mike Williams or Corey Davis? What if one of the cornerbacks who doesn't get talked about as much -- like Marlon Humphrey or Quincy Wilson or Tre'Davious White -- is sitting there? It's hard for the Eagles to screw this one up.

Fixing defense will be a complicated task for Eagles - Morning Call
What the defense needs besides faster cornerbacks than it had last year is the right calls dialed up at the right times and a realistic expectation for how long the back end can cover if the front end is not making the quarterback uncomfortable. With the offense it has in place now, it needs a bend-but-not-break philosophy as a general rule — at least until it can generate the kind of a consistent pass rush that allows more chances to be taken in coverage. This team is going to score lots of points.

NFL Free Agency: Should the Eagles consider signing Malcolm Butler? -
Is Butler a No. 1? Simply put, yes. Even though he can get beat deep occasionally, there are not many true No. 1 cornerbacks in the league. Pro Football Focus had him ranked as the second-best cover cornerback in the entire NFL last season, and the No. 5 cornerback overall. In the NFC East, where the Eagles face some of the best receivers in the league, having Butler on the roster would be a gamechanger for years to come.

10 Thoughts on Free Agency - The MMQB
Even on the first day of free agency—the best day of the year for player-friendly deals—there were a surprising number of one-year deals and deals with no security. The Eagles particularly leveraged players not seeing the market they hoped with Alshon Jeffery taking a one year, $9.5 million deal (plus incentives) and Torrey Smith and Chance Warmack receiving only $500,000 guaranteed, an amount the Eagles will not hesitate eating. Forget the guidelines of “two years and we’ll see” or even “one year and we’ll see”—these are “let’s see in a few months.” Perhaps the legal tampering period gave these players an early dose of reality.

Eagles will miss Bennie Logan, which is good news for the Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
He might not quite stack up to Poe’s ability, but the Chiefs simply didn’t want to spend the dollars on Poe. And as Joel noted, the Chiefs just don’t have a ton of money right now to go out and spend big dollars (like Poe probably would have demanded). Logan was No. 9 on Pro Football Focus’ top-10 “sleeper” free agents list that could end up with some big upside.

Jonathan Allen is the defensive lineman 31 NFL teams will regret they didn't draft - SB Nation
He might just be the best pass rusher in the draft. Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White takes a closer look at the Bama product who can do damn near everything.


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