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Eagles News: Dalvin Cook meets with Philadelphia at the NFL Combine

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

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Eagles to meet with multiple running backs at Combine - EaglesWire
Dalvin Cook, Florida State - Cook’s vision and footwork are always on the same page which allows him to see cut back lanes and run through them. He can make a house call from anywhere on the field.

Yes, Brandon Marshall should interest the Eagles - BGN
The Jets cut him. Now the Eagles should consider signing him. (Vote in the poll.)

An explanation on why Eagles RB Ryan Mathews hasn't been released yet - PhillyVoice
If Mathews had finished the season healthy, the Eagles might have found a trade partner for him, but that is no longer an option, as no team is going to trade for a player of Mathews' caliber at his price tag who suffered C6 and C7 herniated disks. Since there is almost no chance of a trade, why haven't the Eagles just moved on already, like they did with CB Leodis McKelvin? Howie Roseman was asked about Mathews' recovery from surgery, and what impact that would have on whether or not the Eagles would keep him.

Another Crazy Day - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are looking for young, talented receivers. Brandin Cooks is a young, talented receiver. This report does make sense. At the same time, the Saints won’t be giving Cooks away. The Eagles aren’t going to send a mid-1st for Cooks. The Saints do need defensive help, but I’m not sure the Eagles have any players the Saints would be targeting as part of a deal. Howie Roseman is really good at making deals so if he is really interested in Cooks, maybe something could be worked out.

Eagles could land a quality running back in the draft - Inquirer
The NFL's two leading rushers last season were rookies, and that running back draft class pales when compared with what NFL evaluators are scouting at the combine this week. It was an example of how the position can produce early contributors and offered a prelude to what could come from rookie running backs in 2017. "When you look at the running back position, we think it's a possible historic class about how many guys and where they would have gone in previous drafts," said Howie Roseman, the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations.

The Punch, and What Joe Mixon Says He’s Learned - The MMQB
First, Pederson wants Wentz to get some rest and come back fresh in April. “The whole offseason last year, he threw a ton of balls, he was constantly going from his last days at North Dakota State through this process and on into OTAs and camp. So come back fresh,” Pederson says. Second, when Wentz does come back, Pederson wants the quarterback to begin to assert himself. “I want to see him embracing being a leader on this football team,” Pederson told me. “Now that he’s got a year under his belt, he can be the guy, a guy who can really motivate other players, challenge other players, along with challenging himself.”

A Revolution At Running Back? -
The most accomplished running back in Indianapolis is Donnel Pumphrey, who set the all-time FBS rushing record with 6,405 yards. He gained 2,133 this past season, while scoring 17 touchdowns on the ground. He finished his collegiate career with 99 rushing and five receiving scores. Why is not considered a first-round pick? Size. He is 5-8 and 176 pounds. With his versatility, and big-play ability, Pumphrey can look toward a Philadelphia Eagle as proof that the biggest don't always win on the field. Sproles is listed at 5-6, but 190 pounds. "I feel like I’m kind of like a Darren Sproles, maybe not size-wise, but that’s how my game is, how I’d fit in at the next level," Pumphrey said.

Eagles want to build around Carson Wentz and he can help - CSN Philly
Not only are the Eagles going to build around Carson Wentz, but they're also going to let him help. Sure, the Eagles sat down with Wentz after the season to talk about a plan, but his contributions when it comes to actual personnel decisions have likely been exaggerated. He can help in other ways, though. Namely, he can just be himself: the talented face of a franchise who other guys want to play with. The Eagles view Wentz as the type of bait that could lure potential free agents to Philly. "First, in free agency, money does talk. There's no question about it," vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said. "But having a guy that people want to play with, and we've had that before. Having a quarterback that people say, 'I want to play with that guy, I want to build around that guy,' that's huge for you from a recruiting perspective.

10 wide receivers the Eagles could get in a trade -
JOSH GORDON, BROWNS - When he's clean and playing, he is one of the best receivers in the game. But he hasn't been clean and has been suspended the past two seasons. He has applied for reinstatement. And the Eagles have taken chances before.

Sean Payton: “Real significant” return needed for Brandin Cooks - PFT
“I wouldn’t say he’s on the trade block but certainly when a team calls, a team that’s looking for a receiver — and we’re looking to improve our defense — we’re always listening,” Payton said, via the team’s website. “I know Mickey has probably spoken to a handful of GMs or presidents with other teams, but right now I’m comfortable, we’re comfortable with [Cooks] in a Saints uniform. We think the world of him and his skill-set. [Compensation] would have to be something real significant. That’s part of being at the Combine, it’s one of the things that takes place here and that news certainly spreads quicker now than it would 10 years ago.”

Redskins’ ties to Scot McCloughan are fraying, and the GM deserves better - Washington Post
Whether coincidental or clumsily intentional, it’s fitting that Scot McCloughan and the Washington Redskins are apart this week when they should be united at the NFL’s premier offseason event. The distance between the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and wherever McCloughan is — Home with family? Locked in Daniel Snyder’s panic room? — symbolizes the disconnect between two parties that still ought to be enjoying a blissful, budding relationship.

Texas HS Football legend G.J. Kinne talks Baylor's hire of Bob Bicknell - Sic’em365
Matt Rhule went after former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly's key assistants, exactly how Kinne classified Bicknell. "(Bicknell) was kind of Chip (Kelly's) right-hand man in a lot of situations," Kinne said. Bicknell, according to Kinne, will be extremely familiar with the details of the scheme which Baylor plans to base it's offense around under Rhule. "Oh yeah, he will know all the ins and outs," Kinne said. "He turned down the (San Francisco 49ers) OC job after Chip's first year in the league."

Browns ‘strongly considering’ drafting UNC QB Mitch Trubisky with the No. 1 pick - SB Nation
The more quarterbacks taken before the Eagles pick, the better.


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