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Eagles News: Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas — the next Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard?

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/17/17.

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Budding friendship could help Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones become Lito and Sheldon - CSN Philly
It's likely no accident that when Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas walked into the Eagles' locker room for the first time last week, their stalls were right next to each other. The Eagles hope they're together for a really long time. "We want to build a defense and build a team that can stick together over a period of time," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said during the draft, "and hopefully this is a first step toward doing that." Jones, the Eagles' second-round pick, and Douglas, their third, first met in Indianapolis in early March. Both were coming off good 2016 seasons and were considered two of the top cornerback prospects in a draft class full of them.

Eagles got three of the biggest steals in the 2017 NFL Draft - BGN
The term “steal of the draft” gets thrown around way too much. Upon doing a quick Twitter search I can easily find a ton of different people who think a ton of different players qualify as this year’s “steal of the draft.” But who cares what some random Twitter people. Let’s take a look at what actual NFL talent evaluators are saying about this year’s draft class. In a piece for ESPN In$ider, Mike Sando had evaluators identify the biggest steals in each round. No Eagles players were listed as “the steal of the round,” but three Eagles received voted for the honor.

BGN Radio on SportsradioWIP 5.13.17: Who isn't making the 53? -
Which non-obvious players won't make the Eagles' final 53-man roster? We give you our names. Now give us yours.

A sneak preview of the 2018 RB draft class - PhillyVoice
The one area of Barkley's game that could use some work is pass protection, but again, at 5'11, 223 pounds, he has the bulk to be able to take on pass rushers. The other potential concern I might potentially have is heavy usage in college. In 2016, Barkley had 300 touches. How much will James Franklin ride Barkley in 2017 knowing that it will almost certainly be his last year at Penn State?

Donnel Pumphrey: ‘I’ve Had To Prove Myself My Whole Life’ - CBS Philly
The biggest point is that Pumphrey believes in himself. “There is always that edge there, and I’ve done it my whole life, from the time I was in high school, to the time I got into college after being told I can’t play D-I ball,” said Pumphrey, a ‘yes sir, no sir’ kind of guy who is highly intelligent. “It motivates me. I’ve had to prove myself my whole life that I can do it. I know when to get down, when to make guys miss, and my offensive line has always done a great job.

Eagles positional reviews: Will linebacker Mychal Kendricks be here in September? - Inquirer
In March, the Eagles were actively shopping Mychal Kendricks, but they wanted a fifth-round draft pick in return. That sounded like a fair swap, considering the linebacker’s relative youth – he’ll be 27 in September – but teams seemed to balk at giving up anything for a player whom the Eagles could eventually waive. I thought that Kendricks might be dealt during the draft, but the NFL market overall was quiet and, as of this writing, he’s still on the roster.

Coaching Takes Center Stage Now -
Three days of Rookie Minicamp ended on Sunday morning as the players gathered on the NovaCare Complex practice fields at 11:21 a.m. and listened as head coach Doug Pederson gave his final messages for the weekend. One step down, many more to go as the coaching part of the equation comes into focus ...

Eagles post-draft position spotlight: Quarterback - Morning Call
The single most overlooked move made by Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman this offseason was the replacement of Chase Daniel with Nick Foles as backup quarterback. Most people, including the powers that be on the Eagles, view this as an upgrade, which is significant for one big reason: history.

2 Eagles make NFLPA's 'Rising 50' list -
The Eagles were well represented on the NFLPA's 'Rising 50' list, issued Tuesday on the players' association website, with both tight end Zach Ertz, and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox garnering recognition.

What would things look like if the NFL used a draft lottery like the NBA? - SB Nation
The Cowboys probably don’t take a running back with the first pick in 2016, even if Ezekiel Elliott was in the top spot on the team’s draft board. The logical strategy is to trade the pick away like the Titans did or just grab Carson Wentz as Tony Romo’s eventual successor — a job that eventually went to Dak Prescott instead.

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