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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/14/17.

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Sophomore Spurt or Slump? - The MMQB
Goff played 393 snaps and threw 205 balls as a rookie. Lynch played 176 snaps and threw 83 passes. By comparison, Wentz played 1,127 snaps (second most among all NFL QBs in 2016) and threw 607 balls. The Eagles rookie started hot, had to deal with defensive coaches getting tape and building a book on him, leveled off, and then continued to grow. Naturally, we know more about Wentz. For obvious reasons, there’s more optimism on Wentz nationally than the other two. But that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty of work to be done. The Eagles sent him off in January with two directives, as I understand them. One, he needed to rest a worn out throwing elbow. Two, he was to drill his lower body mechanics, in an effort to play and throw with more balance.

ESPN suggests three players for the Eagles to target in the 2017 NFL Draft - BGN
Still, I like the idea of Jackson as a second round selection. He’s athletic and he has good ball skills. And even if he totally busts at corner, which hopefully isn’t the case, at least the Eagles will have a good returner. That’s an area of need, too, with Josh Huff gone and Darren Sproles set to retire after this season. Perhaps the Eagles could even give Jackson some offensive snaps if he busts on defense.

Upon Further Review: Episode 2 - Who Is Bill Bergey? - BGNRadio.com
Vince Quinn is back in Episode 2 of Upon Further Review to go over the career of Bill Bergery. What made him an Eagles icon? How did he wind up in Philly? Why was he so important for the Eagles in the 70s & the 1980 Super Bowl run? Vince answers all of these questions and more!

How many quarterbacks could be selected before the Eagles' pick at 14? - PhillyVoice
Eight of the 12 teams drafting ahead of the Eagles could reasonably take a quarterback in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. In the NFL, you either have a quarterback, or you don't. If you don't you have no shot at contending for a Super Bowl unless you have some kind of historic defense like the 2000 Ravens or the 2002 Buccaneers. That's why you see so many teams (rightfully) reach for quarterbacks in the draft.

The Eagles Need to Trade Jordan Matthews on Draft Night - Philly Football Talk
We would see the best J Matt as the third option on this football team, but the problem with that, and the threat of him going off, is that the Eagles are going to have to pay the man after this season and I don’t want to live in a world where Matthews is getting $40 million to be a receiver on this team. And save me your Alshon Jeffery takes. That guy is here for the long term barring a career threatening injury. He signed here to grow WITH Wentz and help him develop into an MVP candidate, not leave the best QB situation he’s been in during his career. So yes, he’s only signed here for one year, but if he puts up a typical Alshon year, than you are looking at giving him around $60 million.

Lawlor's Favorite Draft Prospects: Defense - PE.com
We know the Eagles need help at cornerback. In an ideal world, they will get their guy in the first round. Things don't always work that way so it is a good thing that this corner group is very deep. It is possible Marlon Humphrey could still be on the board in the second round. His combination of size, speed, and toughness could make the Eagles love him. Adoree Jackson is a player who draws mixed reviews. Some teams love him, others don't. I could see Jim Schwartz liking him. Jackson is a gifted athlete, and he plays with a lot of confidence and emotion. He picked off five passes in 2016 and is a major threat when he has the ball in his hands.

Biggest draft bust ever for all 32 NFL teams - ESPN
OT Kevin Allen | No. 9 overall, 1985 - Former coach Buddy Ryan was quoted as saying the only way Allen could be useful is "if you want someone to stand around and kill the grass." Allen played just one rocky season in the pros. He tested positive for cocaine after reporting to training camp in 1986 and was released in October. Not long after, Allen was charged with rape and later pleaded guilty to sexual assault.

Eagles draft targets at No. 14: Ohio State CB Gareon Conley - CSN Philly
While Gareon Conley's stock is said to be rising as the 2017 NFL Draft approaches, the Eagles might not like what they see in one key area -- run support. A two-year starter for the Buckeyes, Conley backed up his quality tape and solid numbers with a strong performance at the combine, likely cementing himself as a first-round pick in the process. He has the size and speed to match up against and run with receivers on the perimeter, and allowed a meager 37-percent completion rate in college, according to Lance Zierlein for NFL.com. There's no mystery behind Conley's rise. It’s just draft experts catching up to what scouts and executives already saw.

Dream fantasy football fits for top 2017 NFL Draft RBs - NFL.com
If Cook's draft stock suffers from a subpar NFL Scouting Combine performance, a team like the Eagles (and by proxy, fantasy owners) could truly benefit. While Cook's athletic profile is worrisome, his tape and college production are highly encouraging. A dual-threat who is smooth in the open field, Cooks has drawn a wide range of pro comparisons, including Jamaal Charles. The Charles comp makes sense, as does pairing Cook to the Philadelphia Eagles where he could be the featured back in Doug Pederson's offense (Charles' former offensive coordinator). The Eagles backfield right now is led by the oft-injured Ryan Mathews, the soon-to-be 34-year-old Darren Sproles, and second-year Wendell Smallwood. Cook arriving in Philadelphia would hurt the fantasy stock of each member of that bunch, but with plugged-in beat reporters already theorizing Mathews could be a salary cap casualty, drafting Cook makes more sense. Cook's ability to handle a featured back workload would jell with Pederson's past running back usage, and Cook would give Carson Wentz a reliable ground game to take the pressure off his arm to carry the offense. Any way you cut it, this would be a great fantasy fit.

Eagles draft prospects: how good a fit is Christian McCaffrey? - Morning Call
He's such a superior athlete that he'll never need to be as strong as opponents who try to bring him down. This could be backed up by the nearly 7,000 all-purpose yards and 33 TDs he accumulated in just three seasons at Stanford. That's a staggering production measurable that has to have the mouths of Eagles coach Doug Pederson and executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman watering like Pavlov's Dog.

BREAKING: DT Johnathan Hankins to sign with Indianapolis Colts - Big Blue View
The Giants lose a starter from their dominant defense.

New York now looking to bring back NFL Draft, but Big Apple has plenty of competition - NY Daily News
The tradition of booing Roger Goodell at the draft started in 2011 at Radio City Music Hall during the NFL lockout and could return to New York as early as 2019. The booing went up a notch when the league took the draft on the road to Chicago the last two years and could reach new decibel levels and be off the charts in boo-happy Philadelphia in two weeks. The NFL has yet to announce where Goodell will be booed in 2018 – I mean the NFL has not yet announced where the 2018 draft will be held – but it won’t be back in New York.

Browns have a pair of 1st-round picks again and a chance to finally get it right - SB Nation
History reflects poorly on Cleveland’s selections when it has two Day 1 picks, but it’s not alone.

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