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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/18/17.

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Devin McCourty, Chris Long elaborate on decision to skip White House visit - Sporting News
Following the Patriots' historic Super Bowl win, Devin McCourty and Chris Long announced they would skip the traditional White House visit due to the election of President Donald Trump [...] For Long, it was about setting the right example for his child. “(When) my son grows up — and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is — I don’t want him to say, ‘Hey Dad, why’d you go when you knew the right thing was to not go?'” Long said.

Who the Eagles should and shouldn't take in the 2017 NFL Draft - BGN
A special bonus episode of BGN Radio! Plus an interview with BLG.

Carson Wentz acknowledges he watched film of draft prospects, but who? - PhillyVoice
A few weeks ago, Brandon Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation picked up a Periscope video of draft analyst Josh Norris of NBC saying as much. Gowton came to the conclusion that Wentz's list included West Virginia's Shelton Gibson, California' Chad Hansen, USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster, Eastern Washington's Cooper Kupp, Western Michigan's Corey Davis, Clemson's Mike Williams, and Washington's John Ross. Monday afternoon, Wentz acknowledged that he did indeed look at prospects on film. When asked how many he watched, Wentz replied, "A handful."

Up Chuck? - Iggles Blitz
Is he worth pick 14? Harris reminds me somewhat of Dwight Freeney, who was taken 11th overall. Freeney was on a different level, though. He had 17.5 sacks as a Senior. He was 266 pounds. He ran 4.48 at the Combine and had a 40-inch VJ. He wowed you on the field and with his workout. That doesn’t mean Harris isn’t a Top 15 pick, but he’s not sure to go that high. Some teams like 250-pound edge rushers. Other teams prefer bigger guys. The Eagles could see Harris as similar to Brandon Graham, who was taken 13th overall back in 2010. Graham was 268 pounds. He tested well for speed, quickness, agility and strength. He did have a poor VJ (31 inches). Graham was a great college player and then dominated at the Senior Bowl.

Ray Didinger's 5 2017 NFL draft sleepers - CSN Philly
Joe Williams, RB, Utah, 5-11/210 - A fascinating case because he quit football two weeks into the 2016 season, disappeared for a month then came back to play in the final seven games where he rushed for 1,332 yards and 10 touchdowns. Runs with speed (4.41) and power. At the combine, he told the NFL execs he walked away from football because he was dealing with the death of his younger sister. How the teams factor that into their evaluation of Williams is hard to say but what he put on tape in those last seven games is very impressive.

Wentz Has Leap To Make In Year 2 - PE.com
The Big Next Step for quarterback Carson Wentz is here, and with the first-day-of-school-feel around the NovaCare Complex on Monday as the players reported for the open of the Eagles’ voluntary offseason conditioning program, well, it’s hard not to be excited ...

Derek Barnett, Reggie White record-breaker, could provide big jolt to Eagles' pass rush - ESPN
The Eagles have made a commitment to building along the offensive and defensive lines and need a top-end pass rusher in order for defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's scheme to meet its full potential. Depending in part on how many quarterbacks and running backs get taken early, there's at least a chance that Barnett falls to 14. The argument can certainly be made that he would be good value there. This could be a situation where need matches up with the draft board.

Reuben Foster rotator cuff not healed at combine re-check, may need another surgery - Revenge of the Birds
Despite having to have surgery on his shoulder in February, not being able to test, getting removed from the Scouting Combine because of an incident with a doctor and being sub 230lbs, many felt that he was still one of those talents. Now, it is being reported that his combine medical re-check did not reveal that the surgery did the trick for Foster.

Inconsistent draft history the biggest factor in Eagles’ predicament - Allentown Morning Call
They want to do it the right way, building through the draft, relying on free agency and trades only to fill an occasional hole here and there. But the Philadelphia Eagles, as presently constituted, are built the other way around, with draft picks filling just 23 of their 76 roster spaces heading into their offseason program, which begins today. Three of them, Nick Foles, Jaylen Watkins and Taylor Hart, are back for second stints. Two more, Alex McCalister and linebacker Joe Walker, have yet to actually be on the regular-season roster.

Alek Torgersen: Penn studies are first, NFL hopes second - Philly.com
Alek Torgersen allocated time last week to writing a paper on the Affordable Care Act for a public policy class. He also needed to put thought into whether there should be an open market for babies so he's up to speed for a Fairness and Altruism course. And don't forget the hour he spent in a Samba ensemble for his Brazilian drumming class. This is not how the lead-up to the NFL draft is spent for some other quarterback prospects, who make football their full-time jobs even before they have an employer. But Torgersen, one of the top quarterbacks in Penn history and a two-time first-team all-Ivy League passer, decided to spend his final semester at Penn . . . being a student at Penn.

Corey Davis might be the best receiver in the NFL draft, drops and all - SB Nation
There’s something familiar about the Western Michigan product, says retired NFL defensive end Stephen White.

Roughly 20 NFL teams facing loss of chartered flights - PFT
Per a league source, roughly 20 teams may end up without charter arrangements for the 2017 season. According to Forbes.com, American recently suspended its charter arrangements with six NFL franchises: the Cardinals, Ravens, Colts, Jaguars, Dolphins, and Steelers. According to the Forbes report, American will continue to service the Panthers, Cowboys, and Eagles.

Pierre Garcon says ‘all the players’ loved former Redskins GM Scot McCloughan - Washington Post
“I haven’t paid much attention to it, but I know all the players, they loved Scot,” Garcon said. “Scot was a great guy, he was a football guy. All the players loved Scot and are definitely gonna miss him. And hopefully he’s still around football, to tell you the truth, because he was a great guy. All the players love him. He was all about football; it didn’t matter who you were, where you were from, he was just happy that you were playing football for him and he was happy that he scouted you and you trusted him to bring you to D.C.”

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