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

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Dalvin Cook hosted by Eagles on official 2017 NFL Draft visit - BGN
Interesting report from late last night.

Eagles set up private workout with Penn State WR Chris Godwin - EaglesWire
Penn State wideout Chris Godwin is the latest prospect that has a private workout scheduled with Philadelphia. Godwin opened some eyes at the Combine when he ran a 4.42 second time in the 40-yard dash. He decided to declare for the NFL Draft after posting an impressive nine receptions fo 187 yards and 2 touchdown performance against USC in the Rose Bowl.

Philadelphia Eagles' Torrey Smith says Carson Wentz wants to work out together next week - PennLive
Wentz, entering his second NFL season, seems to be itching to get know his new receivers, too. Last week, Alshon Jeffery said he and Wentz had exchanged text messages about the potential of a reshaped offense. And Smith said on the radio Thursday morning that Wentz wanted to meet to work out together. "He's already texting me, like, 'Hey, no pressure, but if you're going to be here next week, let's get together, let's throw,'" Smith said.

Eagles mailbag: Is Alshon Jeffery a 'Band-Aid?' - PhillyVoice
Nah. If the Eagles had their druthers*, they would have signed Jeffery to a longer deal. It was Jeffery who only wanted to sign a one-year deal. "We would have loved to have signed Alshon to a long period of time, but hey, he felt that the best situation for him was to take a (one-year deal), and prove the type of player that he is, and it allows us to retain his rights to have him here with the ability to have exclusive negotiating rights until free agency starts, and then also to have the transition and franchise tags if you choose," said Roseman in an interview on the Carlin and Reese show on Wednesday. "It gives us some leverage to keep him here longer term."

Divin’ Into Dalvin - Iggles Blitz
Cook’s combination of vision, footwork, balance, body control, power and speed make him a special RB. He had a ton of 20-yard runs in his career at FSU. Chunk plays like that are huge, especially in the NFL. It is really hard to move the ball 4 to 5 yards at a time. Just watch the 2016 Eagles in case you’ve forgotten that.

Film Study – Torrey Smith and What He Brings to the Eagles - Philly Football Talk
After unsuccessfully trying to get Torrey Smith before the 2016 trade deadline, Howie Roseman was able to snag Smith at the opening bell for free agency. Smith signed a 3 year/$15 million on March 9th, with years two and three being a team option. This brings a veteran receiver into a very young receiver group. While Smith is not the big catch of free agency, he brings a different aspect to the Eagles that they haven’t had in a few years, the ability to stretch the field. In 2015, Smith led the league in yards per reception with 20.1 Y/R, but in 2016, that dropped down to 13.4. His drop in production can, in part, be attributed to the poor quarterback play on the 49ers. Colin Kaepernick has been under 60% completion for two straight years, while Gabbert finished with 63.1% in 2016, dropped to 56.9% and was pulled after Week 5. Smith has never been a high-volume receiver, and even during his best year with 65 rec and 1128 yards, he still ranked very low in his catch percentage (191 out of 205 with 47.4% catch rate).

Alshon Jeffery the centerpiece of Eagles' free-agency haul - ESPN
Overall grade: B-minus. The Eagles needed to upgrade at receiver and accomplished that. They beefed up their offensive line by re-signing Stefen Wisniewski and bringing in former first-round pick Chance Warmack. And they essentially swapped backup quarterback Chase Daniel for Nick Foles. While the offense got plenty of attention, the defense was ignored. Logan and cornerback Nolan Carroll (Cowboys) signed elsewhere, and starting defensive end Connor Barwin was released. The intent in free agency was never to fix all all that ails, but it’s hard to miss the holes on the defensive side of the ball.

Offense Building Toward Something Special -
Alshon Jeffery is a soft-spoken man, but don’t think he’s bashful about his abilities. Put him on the basketball court and, “I’ll find a way to score the ball.” Throw him a pass and “I’m gonna catch it.” Jeffery believes in himself ...

Eagles mailbag: Defensive line, Nelson Agholor, top CBs in draft - CSN Philly
It's funny. That was the talk all last offseason, about how the defensive line was going to be the strength. Fletcher Cox told me that unit really needed to lead the way. But was it really a strength? At times, sure. Cox had a good season and so did Brandon Graham. At other times, though, the defensive line was a disappointment. Now, the team has lost two of its four starters on the defensive line. That's definitely a concern. Beau Allen is a decent player, but he just isn't as good as Bennie Logan. And while Connor Barwin didn't have an extremely productive season, Vinny Curry didn't do anything to instill confidence as a starter.

NFL Draft 2017: How far will CB Sidney Jones fall? -
"First of all, it's a shame, a damn shame,'' the personnel man said. "He's going to fall right out of there, now. How far? I guess that depends on the team. I mean, he's not going first round, but if you're an established team and can afford to wait for him you might take him in the second. If you're not that kind of a team, you'll have to help he falls further.''

Jamaal Charles doesn’t sign with Seahawks, and another team may emerge - PFT
Running back Jamaal Charles had a good visit in Seattle, as a source with knowledge of the situation explained it to PFT. However, Charles will not be signing there, for now. Earlier this week, the Seahawks signed former Packers tailback Eddie Lacy. Charles also may be visiting another team next week. For now, the identity of that franchise isn’t known. Early speculation following Kansas City’s decision to release Charles centered on the Eagles and the Colts.

Los Angles Rams Sign LB Connor Barwin - Turf Show Times
Barwin has a history with Rams defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, dating back to when they were both with the Houston Texans. He has dipped into double-digit area of the stat sheet twice in his seven-year career, notching 11.5 while with the Texans in 2011, and then again in 2014 when he bagged 14.5 while with the Eagles.

Michael Lombardi: I believe the Seahawks would trade Richard Sherman ‘for the right deal’ - Field Gulls
“For the Saints, if they were to call the Seattle Seahawks and say, ‘Look, we would be interested in obtaining Richard Sherman, would you be willing to do it?’ I truly believe, based on what I hear around the National Football League, that the Seahawks would in fact, for the right deal, trade Richard Sherman. He has two years left [on his contract] at around $11 million a year. He’s two years older than Malcolm Butler, and that’s all he is. He would come in and fix their defense in a style that they want to play. They want to emulate the Seattle defense in New Orleans. So could that be a trade that they make? To me, that’s an option. I’m not saying that they’re going to do that, but that would be an option.”

‘NFL Blitz’ bracket: Which team has the best QB, WR, RB, and TE combination? - SB Nation
Philadelphia’s work to bring in wide receivers this offseason did wonders for its five-man offensive profile. Alshon Jeffery will be available every game in this universe, which swings his signing from high-risk, high-reward venture into slam dunk territory. Matthew Stafford will make this a game, but ultimately the Eagles’ edge at wide receiver makes this a win for the birds. Winner: Eagles.


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