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Eagles News: Draft analyst says Sidney Jones would be a top 10 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/25/18.

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How Sidney Jones Stacks Up With This Class -
Tony Pauline: “If he’s healthy, he’s the first cornerback taken in this year’s class. No doubt about it. He’s probably a top 12 pick. I mean, really, despite the fact he even had the injury, I had him ranked as my No. 1 cornerback last year with the asterisk that there was an injury and that there was some rehabilitation that was going to need to take place. But if he’s healthy, there’s no doubt in my mind he is the top tier cornerback in this year’s class and probably going to come off the board before the 10th selection.”

NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Offensive tackle is the early popular pick for the Eagles - BGN
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Eagles stay or go: Jim Schwartz - PhillyVoice
In the Eagles’ win over the Patriots in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady did whatever he wanted to Schwartz’s defense for the entirety of the second half, until Brandon Graham made the play of his life working against Pats RG Shaq Mason from a defensive tackle pass rushing position. Graham’s strip sack is one of the lasting images of the Eagles’ Super Bowl winning season, but Schwartz’s defense will also be remembered for allowing 505 passing yards to Tom Brady, and 613 yards of total offense. It’s a shame for Schwartz that many will remember his defense for that, because his unit was unquestionably among the best in the NFL up until that point.

The QB Market - Iggles Blitz
The Cardinals could be an X-factor. They don’t have any QBs on the roster. They are coming off an 8-8 season and picking 15th, not ideal when you are looking for a QB. They have a new coach. Arizona is too good to be completely rebuilding, but also don’t feel like a contender. Would trading for Foles make sense for them? Foles played his college ball at Arizona so it is possible going back there could be something of interest to him.

Torrey Smith expects to return to Eagles next season - ESPN
“I’m expecting to be back, but I know how the business goes,” Smith said before watching his alma mater Maryland play Michigan in basketball. “There would never be any hard feelings. How can you be mad at someone who gave you a chance to win a ring.” [...] “I don’t know how it’s going to play out,” Smith said, “but I’m expecting to be back, and I definitely want to be.”

Eagles’ quarterback situation can quickly get messy in 2018- PFT
Wentz clearly is the Eagles’ long-term quarterback. But if Wentz isn’t ready for Week One, the backup will play. At some point, the switch will flip back to Wentz. If the backup is also the guy who delivered the Super Bowl win, the switch may be a lot harder to flip. Thus, in assessing their options for dealing with Foles, who is under contract through 2018, the Eagles need to consider the wisdom of getting maximum value for him now (in the name of rewarding him for what he brought to the city and the team) and having another No. 2 quarterback who will be easier to remove from the lineup if/when the season arrives, Wentz isn’t 100 percent, and the backup plays well.

Philadelphia Eagles at the NFL combine: Team needs, players to watch - PennLive
Edmunds is worth watching because he’ll stand out at the combine with his 6-foot-5 frame and blazing speed. CBS Sports speculated that Edmunds could be a part of the wave of the future at linebacker, and quoted a scout saying it’s impossible to find an apt player comparison for the former Hokies star — “You’re better off comping him with a basketball player,” the scout said. Edmunds will surely have the attention of the Eagles, a team that prides itself on forward thinking. Eagles fans might also want to keep an eye on Cabinda and Kiser for the opposite reason. Both players were ultra productive in college, and while analysts don’t expect either to produce mind-blowing combine numbers, solid showings could improve their draft positions and keep Philly interested.

Eagles, Vinny Curry better off going separate ways - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Curry is scheduled to cost the Eagles $11 million under the salary cap next season, a figure most everybody can agree is much too high. Where the two sides go from there is the tricky part. The Eagles may approach Curry about a pay cut. Then again, they may opt to trade or — more likely — release him outright instead. Even if the Eagles are willing to renegotiate Curry’s contract, he may decline the club’s offer, again prompting a trade or his release. Any way you slice it, there are a lot more roads leading out of Philadelphia than back in.

Why did the Jaguars choose to extend Blake Bortles through 2020? - SB Nation
Blake Bortles hasn’t been the best NFL quarterback in his four years in the NFL. Far from it. But he did enough to get a contract extension from the Jacksonville Jaguars that will add two years to his current deal and keep him tied to the Jaguars through the 2020 season. Bortles, 25, will reportedly receive a three-year, $54 million deal from Jacksonville that includes $26.5 million in guaranteed money and can reach $66.5 million if he reaches all of his incentives, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.


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