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A tally of the Eagles' drops in 2016 - PhillyVoice
Green-Beckham, Matthews, and Agholor all had far too many drops in 2016, but holy hell, Green-Beckham's hands were beyond bad. It's going to be very difficult for the Eagles to justify his roster spot in 2017 if he isn't vastly improved in training camp and the preseason.

Mailbag: Should the Eagles draft Joe Mixon? - BGN
Don’t forget to vote in our poll. So far, 54% say no while 46% say yes.

Focus Up Front - Iggles Blitz
The question with McDowell is value. He won’t be a 1st round pick to everyone. Others will see him as a Top 20 guy. I think he would interest the Eagles. I don’t know for a fact they like him, but he makes sense. Jim Schwartz loves long, tall DL. McDowell is 6-6 and has arms that are almost 35 inches long. He is versatile. McDowell can play nose tackle, under tackle and end. McDowell didn’t have a great 2016 season. The whole Michigan State team was down. Ideally, you would like a talented veteran like McDowell to play well and make the guys around him better. Instead, he didn’t play consistently well and also missed 3 games due to an ankle injury. McDowell is a Top 15 talent, but he didn’t play anywhere close to that level last year.

Lawlor: Lines Must Remain High Priority -
The Eagles might decide that the best course of action is focusing on the draft first and then looking for a free agent if things don't fall as they hope. This isn't a great group of defensive tackles, but there are some players who the Eagles will like. I think Montravius Adams from Auburn would be an excellent fit in this defense. He is powerful enough to stuff the run and athletic enough to be a disruptive force. Elijah Qualls from Washington is really interesting. He has a nose tackle build at 6-1 and 313 pounds, but is deceptively athletic. Jaleel Johnson from Iowa had 7.5 sacks in 2016, an outstanding total for an interior rusher. He is 316 pounds and would be a good mid-round target.

Film Study – Torrey Smith and What He Brings to the Eagles - Philly Football Talk
I tried to ignore the bad QB play from the 49ers and just focus on Smith. After watching several games from this year, I believe the Eagles should be able to get some decent production from him. He has some inconsistencies with catching the ball, but he should still be an improvement from what the Eagles had last year. Smith relies heavily on his speed and quickness to beat coverage as he is not a very physical player. As long as he shows he still has the ability to stretch the field, it should force corners to not jam him at the line.

2017 NFL Prospect Preview: Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey - EaglesWire
Marlon Humphrey is a physical cornerback, who excels in zone coverage. His toughness is evident from the moment you turn on the tape, as he snuffs out screens and delivers big hits whenever the opportunity arises.

PFF scouting report: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State - Pro Football Focus
Bottom line: While Conley isn’t the dominant cornerback that Buckeye teammate Marshon Lattimore is, he has still shown serious flashes of skill in his time at Ohio State. He has continued to improve throughout his college career, but the question remains whether his eye-popping stats this year were more of an outlier or part of a trend. His tackling needs to improve at the next level or we’re going to see too many big plays as a result of him not wrapping up properly, but his coverage skills make him an intriguing option at cornerback in a talented draft class.

2017 seven-round Eagles mock draft 1.0 - CSN Philly
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee, 6-3/259Yes, I'm aware corner may be a bigger need, but with Washington's Sidney Jones suffering a torn Achilles, Barnett is the best player available that would also fit a need. Barnett accumulated 32 sacks in his three seasons at Tennessee. He could be the type of player that registers double-digit sacks consistently on the next level. Last I checked, the Eagles don't have a player like that on their roster. Barnett isn't the twitchy, physical specimen of a pass rusher we've seen drafted recently. He wins more with brute strength and violent hands. He's not just a one-trick pony either. He defends the run well, setting the edge while also making plays on the ball carrier (52 tackles for a loss in his career). He tries to make up for his lack of twitch by anticipating snap counts and will get flagged for the occasional neutral zone infraction. That's something Jim Schwartz and the Eagles will likely live with.

Eagles' Carson Wentz will be under pressure to help Alshon Jeffery get his next contract -
The additions of Jeffery and Smith, however, puts some added pressure on Wentz to improve significantly in his second season. While Jeffery said the right things in his introductory press conference, the reality is that he is here in Philadelphia taking a one-year bet on himself. He is hoping Wentz can help him cash in on that bet -- with the Eagles or elsewhere -- next offseason to the tune of a massive contract.

Marshawn Lynch playing at home in Oakland is how his career should end - SB Nation
One more shot for Marshawn, but this time in front of the hometown fans.

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