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Eagles News: Jeffrey Lurie didn’t seem to rule out drafting Joe Mixon

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2017 NFL Draft: Would Eagles draft Oklahoma's Joe Mixon? -
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, who has shown in the past he is not afraid to give second chances, might just be giving another one soon -- to Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon. "I don't want to talk about a specific player. Of course, I know all about situations like that," Lurie said Tuesday evening at the NFL Owner Meetings of Mixon. "I'll say this -- first of all, we've been an organization that has given players a second chance. However, we have also been an organization that really values character. Add to that, the fact that I would never want to telegraph what we are going to do at any position in the draft...I can't explain to you exactly what we would be doing, because I don't want to telegraph what we're going to do."

BGN Radio Bonus: BLG on with Joe Giglio, Did Carson Wentz Get WR Homework? -
Brandon joined Joe Giglio on SportsRadio 94WIP to talk about what direction the Eagles might go at No. 14, Jeffrey Lurie’s increased involvement, the rumor about the Eagles giving Carson Wentz a list of eight wide receivers to work out, and more.

11 takeaways from Jeffrey Lurie’s first press conference in over a year - BGN
From late last night. Info on Carson Wentz, Joe Douglas, Howie Roseman, Kelly Green jerseys, and more.

Greg Cosell's NFL Draft Preview: On the field, Joe Mixon is most complete RB prospect in this draft - Yahoo
While teams will have to make that decision on how to weigh Mixon’s off-field issues, for this piece I’m focusing on the evaluation of Mixon only as a player, based on film study. And on film, he’s one of the most complete NFL prospects among running backs in the draft. Based solely on film, Mixon is a better overall prospect than Florida State’s Dalvin Cook, who is projected by almost everyone to go in the first round. Mixon might not be the same kind of runner as LSU’s Leonard Fournette, who I reviewed here, but Mixon has very good all-around skills.

An update on Eagles DE Alex McCalister - PhillyVoice
"Everyone is excited about him getting back and showing what he can do," said personnel head Joe Douglas. "A lot of natural pass-rush ability with Alex coming out of Florida. I think our sports science staff, our training staff, our strength and conditioning staff, they’ve done a great job with Alex throughout this beginning segment of the offseason. I can’t wait to get him back to OTAs and see how he’s doing."

What’s on Sale? - Iggles Blitz
Is the roster complete? No. Are the Eagles headed to the Super Bowl? Probably not. But these were a pair of good moves. Long joins Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry to give the Eagles a talented trio of pass rushers. Jim Schwartz likes to rotate his rushers so it is critical to have at least 3 players you feel strongly about. Long might start. Curry might start. That will work itself out in Training Camp. The key is that the team now has a trio of guys that can pressure the passer.

Eagles' Jeffrey Lurie faces balancing act with Carson Wentz - ESPN
While there is plenty of logic behind the idea of properly arming your quarterback, recent history suggests Lurie and the Eagles’ brass needs to guard against going to extremes. When Lurie spoke to the media from the owners meetings in 2015, standing on these very grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, he had just handed Chip Kelly full personnel control -- a level of power that only Bill Belichick enjoyed at the time -- despite the fact that Kelly was still very green to the NFL world and had yet to win a playoff game. He explained that, in a quest to “get from good to great” he wanted to “maximize Chip Kelly’s vision and system” by handing him the keys to the car. Kelly pulled out of the lot and promptly crashed. He was fired before season’s end, and the Eagles are still in the process of recovering from several of the ill-fated personnel decisions that he made.

Jeffrey Lurie preaches patience with Eagles - Inquirer
While fans remain understandably antsy about the franchise's prospects in regard to finally winning a championship, Lurie said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that the Eagles must stay committed to a long-term methodology that was put in place after the decision was made to exhaust team resources to acquire quarterback Carson Wentz. "It takes a very patient, disciplined approach," Lurie said. "Short-term solutions to get to 10-6 . . . without a quarterback are non-sustainable. You've got to draft well. You've got to have multiple drafts in a row, hopefully, where you're surrounding that quarterback on all sides of the ball. That's the formula. It's not that complicated.”

Jeff Lurie: Condition of Roseman's promotion was to solidify personnel department - CSN Philly
Joe Douglas is a big, imposing man. As he's walked around lavish greenery at the Biltmore Hotel in Arizona at the annual league meetings this week, he's towered over most of the other NFL executives, including his boss, Howie Roseman. Douglas is large in physical stature. His role within the Eagles organization seems to match. "The hiring of Joe Douglas, I thought, was the pivotal moment of the last year," Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said on Tuesday night, speaking for the first time in over a year.

'Value Shopping' Nets A Pair Of Veterans -
PHOENIX – Free agency continues for the Eagles, and it does so with an eye on value and competition and giving veteran players whose markets did not go as anticipated a chance to come to Philadelphia and push for playing time. Enter defensive end Chris Long and cornerback Patrick Robinson, both of whom agreed to terms on Tuesday ...

Carson Wentz Talks To Teens At Columbia North YMCA - CBS Philly
Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz talked to teens about their future on Tuesday. The face of the franchise was greeted by 20 smiling teenagers at the Columbia North YMCA on Broad Street. He teamed up with J.C. Penny and top NFL draft prospect Deshaun Watson. They talked to the kids about looking and feeling their best. All the teens were treated to gift certificates for suits.

Philadelphia Eagles sign former Patriots DE Chris Long - Pats Pulpit
Long will add depth and experience to an Eagles team that has opted to release veteran edge defender Connor Barwin earlier this month. Last season, he registered 4.0 sacks and 36 tackles while being a rotational member of the Patriots' defensive edge depth chart.

Former LA Rams DE Chris Long Signs With Philadelphia Eagles - Turf Show Times
As a rotational lineman in 2016, Long put up four sacks with a forced fumble last year. At 32-years old as of today, there’s fair question as to how much he’ll be able to contribute moving forward. If nothing else, the Eagles just got themselves a hell of a locker room presence.

Eagles sign former Colts cornerback Patrick Robinson - Stampede Blue
Robinson was signed as a free agent by the Colts last offseason and played in seven games in 2016, starting six of them and recording 26 tackles, five passes defensed, and a forced fumble. It was a rough season for him, however, as he missed quite a bit of time due to injury and also didn’t play all that well when he was healthy. The Colts made the decision to cut Robinson earlier this offseason.

The Raiders wanted Los Angeles. They got Las Vegas instead. - SB Nation
It’s a glitzy consolation prize that heralds a new era for the NFL.

NFL1000: Philadelphia Eagles 2017 NFL Draft Preview - B/R
In the upcoming 2017 NFL draft, the Eagles' needs are clear. Their cornerbacks gave up 13 touchdowns and only pulled in three interceptions last season, and Philadelphia gave up the third-most passing plays of 40 yards or more. The 2017 draft class touts a strong group of cornerbacks, and after releasing Leodis McKelvin and seeing Nolan Carroll sign with the Cowboys, the Eagles will have to go that route at least once.


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