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Eagles News: Derek Barnett makes a lot of sense for Philadelphia

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Derek Barnett was indeed a good pick for the Eagles at 14th overall - PhillyVoice
There are some who believe that won't translate to the NFL. I disagree. The other aspect of Barnett's pass rush that is so effective is his hand usage. When you watch him closely, he does an incredible job of knocking opposing offensive linemen's hands down. Once you get an OT's hands down, it's game over. All they can do at that point is try to hold the pass rusher as he runs by them. You see it repeatedly with Barnett on film. If indeed Barnett is a one-trick pony, it's one hell of a trick, though I disagree that he only wins one way. I do agree, however, that he needs to add more moves to his pass rush repertoire, which is thin on variety.

NFL Trade Rumors: Eagles, Saints discussing Mark Ingram for Jason Kelce deal - BGN
The trade would certainly make sense for both sides. The Saints need a center after losing current starter Max Unger, 31, to a foot injury. He’d be an instant starter for New Orleans. Philadelphia could easily replace Kelce with either Wisniewski or 2016 third-round pick Isaac Seumalo. The Eagles desperately need help at running back since they currently only have Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Donnel Pumphrey, and Corey Clement in the plans for 2017. Ingram would give the Eagles a real lead back in their committee approach.

BGNR ON 94WIP: Over or Under - Eagles 8.5 Wins -
South Point in Vegas has set the Eagles over/under at 8.5. John is taking the over and James is taking the under, despite predicting a 9-7 season. So, yeah.

The likelihood of full recovery for rookie Sidney Jones - Section215
There is, in my opinion, even more reason to be optimistic with Jones. For one, at 20 years old, he’s younger than any NFL player who tore their Achilles. For another, he has no significant leg or ankle injury history. All signs point to Jones making a full, successful recovery–but not so fast. How the Philadelphia Eagles approach his timetable, the 2017 season and their roster will determine whether or not he redshirts.

Moves and Maybe Moves - Iggles Blitz
Walker is a natural fit in the Eagles scheme. Looks like OU had him playing DE and DT and doing a variety of things (attacking and reading plays). Jim Schwartz will turn him loose and let him attack up the field. Walker had 6 sacks as a Soph. and you know Schwartz loves DL who can get to the QB. From a fit perspective, this can work. The coaches have to get Walker to play all out, all the time. They also have to hope he stays healthy. The talent is there, but DL with his ability don’t go undrafted unless there are serious questions.

Donnel Pumphrey is all that Philadelphia Needed From the 2017 NFL Draft - Inside The Pylon
Standing at 5’8” tall and weighing just 176 pounds, Pumphrey does not appear to have the physical attributes to be an every down back at the next level. With running back Ryan Mathews coming off of a serious neck injury and likely to be cut and Darren Sproles entering his last season playing in the NFL, the Eagles would have surely benefited from adding a player that can take a good number of carries and make an impact in between the tackles. Pumphrey, whom the Eagles traded up to select in the 4th round, may not be that player. In addition, the Eagles chose not to address the position later in the draft, choosing instead to look to the undrafted pool of players to fill that need. So, entering a season with nothing more than marginal talent at the position, why should Eagles fans be excited about Pumphrey?

10 mid-round gems from the 2017 NFL Draft - PFF
8. Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina (Round 4, pick No. 118) - Look beyond Hollins’ 4.54-second 40-yard-dash time at the NFL Combine, because he has game speed that plays. He has that long-striding ability to get on cornerbacks quickly, and it showed in his 20.6 yards per reception at North Carolina and 20 touchdowns on only 81 catches. He may never be a high-volume receiver, but Hollins’ speed should make him an immediate deep threat, and when combined with his strong special-teams ability, the Eagles got a valuable player in the fourth round.

Jay Cutler and the Odd Offseason of QB Movement - The MMQB

As much as I want the draft to come to Dallas, it’s going to be very hard for Philadelphia to lose the draft after the job that city did. Unbelievable. Just unbelievable. That city did a job that was off the charts. And the fans were so great—100,000 people that one day, and I bet there were 99,999 different jerseys, with fans from everywhere.

The Eagles Need to Just Go Get Mark Ingram - Philly Football Talk
As a guy that talks himself into Mark Ingram being a steal every single year in fantasy football, I think I am obliged to comment about the man. Mark Ingram is a very solid running back and one that helps this Eagles team immediately. Is Ingram the end all-be-all? Nope. But he’s just another weapon that the Eagles currently don’t have and another piece that makes Carson Wentz’s job easier, which if we’ve learned anything this offseason, has been priority #1 for the Eagles.

Philadelphia Eagles positional reviews: Will wide receiver Alshon Jeffery be the missing piece? - Inquirer
Jeffery became the Eagles’ highest-profile free-agent addition since Nnamdi Asomugha when they inked the 27-year-old receiver to a one-year, $9.5 million contract this offseason. Invoking the name of Asomugha might frighten some, but it’s unlikely that Jeffery will be the bust the cornerback was during his two-year stint in Philly. The Eagles didn’t make as much of a financial commitment to Jeffery, so there isn’t as much at stake. They would have preferred to lock him up long-term, but the former Bear wanted a one-year, show-me deal. While that might not give the Eagles any assurances beyond 2017, they will have the franchise tag at their disposal if they want to keep Jeffery. So they have some flexibility.

Rookie Class Prepares For NFL's Realities -
There is one level of challenge for the Eagles’ eight draft picks and the yet-to-be-signed class of undrafted rookies to reach the NFL. Hooray and congratulations to all of them. It is a significant accomplishment. Now comes the really hard part: Staying here ...

Lehigh's Nick Shafnisky taking first pro steps with Eagles - Morning Call
“Absolutely that's the way I'm looking at it," he said. "I'm hoping that if it's not the Eagles, one of the other 32 teams will see that I'm versatile, knowledgeable as heck and is willing to do whatever they want." The Eagles are bringing Shafnisky, a Whitehall graduate, in as a nonroster player, which means he won't count against their 90-man limit and will be paid essentially as a freelancer. But these tryouts have led to positions on the roster before with the Eagles and all the other teams who are holding rookie camps.

NFL urgency index: Which teams are in 'win now' mode for 2017? - SB Nation
The Patriots and Jaguars made big moves this offseason, but their levels of urgency are for different reasons.

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