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Eagles News: Jonathan Allen might fall to Philadelphia

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Slider? - Iggles Blitz
I think Jim Schwartz would love Jonathan Allen because of his ability as an interior rusher. Getting to the QB is the key to Schwartz’s defense and the best way to get to a QB is up the middle. As good as Bennie Logan was, he wasn’t a gifted pass rusher. I think that is the key reason the Eagles were willing to let him go. They wanted him back, but he wasn’t a guy to break the bank on. One of the other benefits to having a guy like Allen in Schwartz’s scheme is that it would make stunts and loops even more dangerous. Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham have both played DT in the Nickel. Fletcher Cox can line up anywhere. Those guys could fly up the field or you could have then running twists and stunts and giving blockers fits.

What are the Eagles’ top 10 options with their first-round pick? - PhillyVoice
As for Allen, there may be some concern that there were so many good players around him in Alabama's defense that it was difficult for opposing offenses to key on him. Star defenders at other schools don't get that same benefit. Still, Allen is a beast. In 2016, he had 69 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and 16 tackles for loss. Like Thomas, he is a guy who can play DE or DT in the Eagles' defensive front. A front four of Graham, Fletcher Cox, Curry and Thomas/Allen on obvious passing downs could be a scary unit.

NFL Mock Draft 2017: Surprise Eagles first round pick - BGN
Allen fell to the Eagles at No. 14 in the SB Nation NFL writer’s mock, but that’s not the direction I went.

BGN Radio Bonus: A Conversation With ITP's Mark Schofield - BGNRadio.com
John Barchard had Mark Schofield from Inside The Pylon on SportsRadio 94WIP last night to chat about Carson Wentz, the CB & DE class and trying to find the best fit for the Eagles at 14.

Eagle Eye: Quick Scouts Davis, Williams - PE.com
The "Big Three" in this draft at the wide receiver position include Corey Davis from Western Michigan, John Ross from Washington, and Mike Williams from Clemson. Williams and Davis are both bigger-bodied receivers (6-4 and 6-3, respectively), while Ross (5-10) has the explosive speed that puts him in the discussion in the top half of the first round. Ross has that game-breaking ability, and speed is certainly something you can’t teach, but I wanted to focus on both Williams and Davis in this piece, comparing the pros and cons of the two. To help me with that, I went to my favorite resource when it comes to the art of receiver play, Mike Quick, to help me study one game from both players. Quick had seen both prospects from afar, but had yet focus on either when we sat down earlier this offseason to study them.

Nigel Bradham's trial date for battery charge moved to July - CSN Philly
For the second time, the trial of Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham on a felony battery charge has been moved. Originally, the trial was supposed to start on Jan. 17, but was moved to April 10. On Monday, another motion for continuance was granted and the new trial date is set for July 3 at 9:30 a.m., according to Miami-Dade County court records. By July 3, the Eagles will be in their dead period between the mandatory minicamp in mid-June and training camp, which will likely start in early August.

Draft needs and prospect fits for the Philadelphia Eagles - PFF
Assuming his medicals check out, Ross could be a steal at 14. He is an electric playmaker, with unmatched speed. The freakish wheels might have been evident at the combine, but Ross is so much more than a straight-line runner. He displays a developed skillset throughout his game, including an understanding of the subtleties of route-running. Ross wins consistently during the stem on breaking routes using a number of techniques. He understands how to press leverage and how to occupy a bailing corner’s blindspot. Double moves are a nightmare to defend. Combining Ross with Jeffery and Matthews would restore the corps to respectability.

Charlie Garner's post-football life ruled by fear as his brain fails him - Sporting News
But, all of the sudden, it becomes horribly obvious all is not right with Garner. He is in the middle of a sentence when his sandwich drops from his hands to his plate for no discernible reason. His hands also fall to the table and don't move. The person with Garner looks at him with no idea what has just happened or how to react. "This is friggin' serious," said Garner, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "The doctors said this was going to start happening and now it's happening." Garner sits motionless and silent for about two minutes. Then, his hands move and he starts talking again about the other things the doctors have been telling him. This is not a pretty story.

The Best Player in Baseball Doesn’t Want to Be a Superstar - The Ringer
“Obviously last year we were banged up a little bit. Now they have some guys Carson [Wentz] can throw the ball to,” Trout said. “It put a lot of pressure on the young guys last year; [Nelson] Agholor and [Jordan] Matthews, put on a full workload. I knew how they felt, you know, coming into the league and being a professional. It just takes time. With Alshon and Torrey Smith coming in, it’s going to help them a lot.” Trout’s exactly the kind of Eagles fan you’d expect a celebrity who grew up eating “begels” and washing them down with “wooder” to become. He referred to quarterback Carson Wentz by his first name because the two are hunting buddies. Last Christmas he gave every Eagle who wears Nikes a pair of his signature shoe, in white and midnight green, along with a charmingly low-tech card. He’s already living the dream.

NFL Draft 2017: The 10 most interesting players - NJ.com
Allen could have come out in the 2016 NFL Draft and been a top 20 pick. Instead, he went back to the Tide and had his best season with 16 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks. He won the Chuck Bednarik Award as best defensive player and the Ted Hendricks Award as best defensive end. Texas A&M's Myles Garrett is getting all the hype and will likely be the No. 1 pick, but Allen just might turn out to be the better overall player.

Eagles want to put Isaac Seumalo 'into the mix' on the offensive line - Inquirer
One takeaway from Doug Pederson’s one-hour roundtable interview at the NFL meetings last week was just how optimistic the Eagles are about Isaac Seumalo. When Pederson was asked if Allen Barbre will remain the starting left guard, Pederson first mentioned competition from Seumalo. "He’s a guy that we want to get into the mix,” Pederson said. The coaching staff was pleased with Seumalo’s development last season, when Seumalo started four games. Those starts came at three different spots – left guard, right guard, and right tackle – and didn’t even include center, which might be his best long-term position.

What's the Eagles' next big move? - Morning Call
Every personnel move the Eagles have made, including the promotion of Carson Wentz to starting quarterback right after the blockbuster trade of Sam Bradford to Minnesota last year, has been a case study in aggression. Otherwise, the team would not have added two high-profile wide receivers to a young position group or signed defensive end Chris Long when they have much younger options like Vinny Curry and Marcus Smith available.

Chase Daniel: 'I'd be crazy' not to think about replacing Drew Brees one day - ESPN
“That’s obviously my goal and to become not only a starter, but a Pro Bowl starter.” Daniel said, “I’d be crazy” to say that he didn’t consider the idea of replacing Brees at some point, “to learn this offense, to get noticed in this offense and see where it takes me.” But he also acknowledged that, “obviously Drew, he’s Superman. He could play till he’s 45 if he wanted to.”

Sean McDermott “encouraged” by conversations with absent LeSean McCoy - PFT
The Bills kicked off their first offseason program under new head coach Sean McDermott on Monday and there was just one player absent from the voluntary workout. Running back LeSean McCoy was the player missing from the team’s initial work of the offseason.

Giants’ Owamagbe Odighizuwa issues mystifying series of tweets - Big Blue View
Sounds like the Giants’ 2015 third round pick is retiring from the NFL at the age of 25.

NFL draft 2017: One position that each team needs to address - SB Nation
Philadelphia Eagles — Cornerback. Right now the best options for the Eagles at cornerback are a pair of Jaguars and Colts castoffs — Dwayne Gratz and Patrick Robinson — and 2016 seventh-round pick Jalen Mills. It’s entirely possible that the Eagles could find both of their starting cornerbacks for the 2017 season in a draft class that is deep with talent at the position.

Erasing history: Phillies 4, Reds 3 - The Good Phight
Phillies on pace to go 162-0!

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