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The War on Drugs will headline Connor Barwin's benefit at the Dell Music Center in September - Philly.com
The good news is that even though Connor Barwin is no longer an Eagle, the annual charity concerts the now-Los Angeles Ram defensive end has put on to benefit Philadelphia playgrounds through his Make the World Better foundation will continue. The cool development is that this year’s show will mark the return of the War on Drugs, the Philadelphia five-piece band led by Adam Granduciel that stepped up to top-tier rock status with its acclaimed 2014 album, Lost in the Dream. Last weekend, the band released their first new music since signing to Atlantic Records with a shimmery, immersive 11-minute vinyl-only song called “Thinking of a Place.”

The massive success of the 2017 NFL Draft proves Philly is the best - BGN
Thank you for being awesome, Eagles fans.

Do The Eagles Need A Bell Cow RB? - BGNRadio.com
The Eagles biggest weakness is their best feature. They don't need a running back. Every NFL team sucks somewhere. With 53 players for 22 positions over 17 weeks holes are not emergencies, they're a fact of life. The key is to properly recognize and prepare for them. The Eagles have done so.

Where are the Eagles deep, and not so deep, after the 2017 NFL Draft: Offense edition - PhillyVoice
The Eagles drafted Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round, but they have a glaring need for a bigger back with Ryan Mathews still almost certain to be released whenever he passes a physical. Assuming Mathews is a still a goner (he is), here's a look at the Eagles' top three running backs, and their size.

Meet the UDFAs - Iggles Blitz
Orlosky was the top overall UDFA to some draft anaylsts. I had him rated as a 4th round pick. Orlosky was a 3-year starter at WV. He has NFL ability, but isn’t special in any way. He has solid size. His snaps need to be quicker. He gets a bit off balance at times and isn’t overly athletic. Orlosky is a grinder, but that’s okay at C. You can get by in there if you’re smart and tough. He’s both of those. I do think he could develop into a future starter, but I wouldn’t say that is likely. He’s going to have to really battle to even make this team. It is interesting that the top UDFA C signed with the Eagles, who have Jason Kelce and Stefen Wisniewski and Isaac Seumalo already. How did the team convince him to sign here? Will Kelce be dealt this summer?

Eagles add Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, but corner concerns remain - ESPN
Who will start at cornerback? They dedicated two picks to the corner position -- a second-rounder on Washington’s Sidney Jones and a third-rounder on Rasul Douglas of West Virginia -- but can’t bank on immediate returns. That’s particularly true for Jones, who is recovering from an Achilles rupture. It’s unknown exactly when he’ll be available. A group that includes Jalen Mills, Patrick Robinson, Ron Brooks, C.J. Smith and Douglas will have to figure it out in the meantime, barring a veteran being added to the group.

Eagles' Roster Build Still Not Complete - PE.com
Donnel Pumphrey wasn’t drafted in the fourth round to carry the ball 20 times a game. In fact, the Eagles really don’t have anyone on the roster who fits that bill. So it’s going to be a running back-by-committee approach, and the Eagles will also keep their eyes open for help. The good news is that there is a solid handful of veteran running backs still out there – DeAngelo Williams, LeGarrette Blount, Jamaal Charles, to name three – and there will also be backs cut between now and September. Pumphrey is a move-around kind of player and his versatility can help this offense. But he’s not getting the football on third-and-1 snaps and he’s likely a rotational player in the offense.

Ray Didinger's 2017 Eagles draft evaluation - CSN Philly
Drafting Pumphrey and signing Wisconsin's Corey Clement as an undrafted free agent adds two rookies to the mix, but I think the Eagles have to sign a veteran back between now and training camp. Jamaal Charles is still unsigned, and it wouldn't shock me if the Eagles brought him in for a look. He had several great years in Kansas City playing under Doug Pederson, and even if he's not what he once was, he may still be a nice fit in a backfield by committee setup.

2017 NFL Draft: Five draftees who landed in perfect place - NFL.com
4. Rasul Douglas, Eagles (No. 99 overall): Cornerback was the No. 1 need on the Eagles' offseason list. They elected to upgrade the pass rush in the first round before coming back with two cornerbacks in Rounds 2-3. While Sidney Jones' (second-round selection) injury situation might limit his on field effectiveness in Year One, Douglas should step and contribute right away..com

Derek Barnett Drafted #14 by Philadelphia - Rocky Top Talk
Not only was Barnett a consistent threat with at least 10 sacks in all three of his years in orange, he did excellent work against Tennessee’s stiffest competition. As a freshman he benefited greatly from Curt Maggitt’s presence, but he was the primary focus of opposing offensive lines the last two years and it didn’t slow him down at all.

Cornerback Sidney Jones selected by Philadelphia Eagles - UW Dawg Pound
Assuming a full recovery, Jones can provide a team the ability to follow a number one receiver around the field and cause significant headaches for the pass catcher. When the ball does come his way, Jones has a penchant for not allowing it to be caught. Jones knocked down 21 passes throughout his career and grabbed eight interceptions.

Rasul Douglas taken by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 3rd Round of the NFL Draft - The Smoking Musket
In 2016, Douglas finished with 70 tackles (3.5 for loss), 8 pass break ups, and a nation’s-best 8 interceptions. The effort gave him first team All-Big 12 honors.

NFL draft results 2017: Mack Hollins selected by the Eagles in the fourth round - Tar Heel Blog
Hollins has the potential to make a difference at the next level as a special teams player, if nothing else. For a guy who meant so much to the Tar Heel football program, and came so far after even paying his own way until a scholarship opened up, it’s very easy to root for Mack to succeed on Sundays. Best of luck, Mack!

2017 NFL Draft: San Diego State RB Donnel Pumphrey is drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles - MWC Connection
Here at MWC, we’ve been saying this kid is going to be playing at the pro level. Clearly, his speed and his field vision have gotten him to where he is now. He is the all-time leader in rushing yards in the NCAA, and has surpassed records that were thought to be unattainable. Not only can he accelerate through holes and run north-south, but he can catch passes out the backfield and get into space.

Shelton Gibson goes to the Philadelphia Eagles in the 5th Round - The Smoking Musket
Gibson will look to become another target for Carson Wentz this coming season, joining a receiving corps including Zach Ertz and Jordan Matthews. He joins former Mountaineers Rasul Douglas and Wendell Smallwood in Philadelphia. Gibson finished 2016 with 40 receptions for 927 yards and 8 touchdowns.

2017 NFL Draft: Nebraska Safety Nate Gerry Goes To the Philadelphia Eagles With the 184th Pick - Corn Nation
Gerry was an underrated recruit out of Sioux Falls, SD and a four-year contributor at linebacker (2013) and safety (2014-16). He leaves Nebraska as the second all-time in interceptions with 13. He was a fixture in All-Conference postseason award lists throughout his career and even garnered All-American honors from Pro Football focus and USA Today as a senior.

NFL Draft Update: Washington DL Elijah Qualls Drafted 214th Overall to the Philadelphia Eagles - UW Dawg Pound
Taking advantage of his tremendous size and the athleticism that comes from being a former high school running back, defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski was able to build a defensive unit around Qualls that maximized UW’s ability to control the line of scrimmage without having to commit extra defenders to the box. Because Qualls could flex between the three line positions, Kwiatkowski was able to disguise his sets and minimize the amount of blitzing that was required to generate pressure on the QB.

Derek Barnett is one move away from NFL greatness - SB Nation
Retired NFL defensive end Stephen White says the Tennessee pass rusher could end up being one of the most productive in the draft this year, with just one more move in his toolkit.

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